Old Wylie's IPA | Rivertowne Brewing

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Old Wylie's IPAOld Wylie's IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
myrivertowne.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Andrew Maxwell put over 1.5 decades of recipe development into this India Pale Ale, creating the fourth dimension of flavor. Combining four varities of hops produces a unique beer that has an aggressive hop flavor, bite and aroma without denying the presence of malt which I.P.A.s often lack.

Added by beerphan on 11-27-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
219
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.89%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

golden in color, white head. nice hoppy aroma - mix of pine, citrus, grassy herbal notes. balance of bready malt flavors. good balance, just enough bitterness. medium bodied.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It has the aroma more of a wheat beer than an ipa, with cloves and just a very bland hop aroma in the background. It has more of a citra hop bend to it, but I got a spoiled mango / tropical fruit flavor going on with it. Something was off with this one for sure.

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six-pack of cans purchased in Ohio with the cans labeled as being brewed and canned in Export, Pennsylvania.

Cloudy, orange hued body; very thick, sculptured, white head; sticky clumps of foam on the glass. Pineapple aroma with notes of caramel. Old orange flavor; malty; slow building hop bitterness; earthy. Medium-heavy in body; coarse; initial sugary heaviness with a semi-dry finish.

An okay IPA that won't necessarily disappoint but probably won't wow you either. It has more of a heavier, malt sweetness character and the hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness is rather dull and unexciting.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz can into a tulip glass

Look - Golden honey color. Half finger white head, dissipated quicky
Smell - Tons of floral, tons of sweet malts
Taste - Taste follows. Super floral. Sweet caramel malts

Overall - So many IPAs better than this one. Very malty. Not my style.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can bought at Giant Eagle in Washington, PA.

A solid IPA. Doesn't break any new ground but it's easy to drink with a nice hoppy kick.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange golden color with off-white head. Citrus and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not an overly complex IPA, with a balanced malt bill on the backbone, more than I like in an IPA. A little hop bite at the finish.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color body with a small foamy head.
Aroma has a earthy citrus aroma.to it.
Taste is has some citrus flavor with a balance of sweet malts.
mouthfeel is good and overall a average ipa.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy copper hue with a one finger off white head that faded to leave a light thin blanket with a fluffier halo.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, tea leaves, herbal earthiness, faint cardboard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, just sweeter. Taste is almost like an earthy hop candy which while good as a candy is not good as a drinkable beer. Far too much malt sweetness there is some herbal earth bitterness on the finish but this is moreso just a malt bomb.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, feels a touch watery.

O - Overall this was a mediocre IPA. A malty, herbal mess my sink enjoyed this one more than I did.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and balanced sweet malts; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A bit too malty, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The head is two fingers' worth of weighty pale orange-tinted cream settled atop a brassy clouded medium orange sort of brew. The head falls very slowly and never much, sticking some patching and thick rings that develop to torn sheeting as the beer falls.
Pith, weed and some sourdough make up the aroma, along with flashes of something like dry kibble. It's not bad, but it's unusual.
This IPA drops the pretense of balance for hops, though it's not a hop assault. The hops do overshadow the malts to the point of making their presence negligible. The hop profile itself is, again, unusual, as citrus pith, weed, stem, not-quite-smoky grains, tobacco, cheesecloth, and earth hit the palate. It's hoppy, though not most peoples' preferred hop profile, and it works for me as a hop fix and a well constructed brew.
The body just makes medium, interestingly, and it's crisp with a certain smooth softness. It leans on the dry side, though a sort of juiciness keeps it even. It does thin out at the very end of the sip, where a sort of huskiness kicks in.

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Photo of raznug
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This IPA pours a darker golden color and is topped with ½” of white colored head.
Smell: Hops dominate the smell but there is malt in the background.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is hops and that sticky resin that all Hopheads love.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky would be the best way to describe this beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I do now consider myself a fan of this brewery. They produce good stuff. This one is slightly misclassified as it is a borderline light american IPA.

The odd part of this one is that although it is canned, it is funky looking, but it is supposed to be that way. The aroma is good but a little weak. Hoppy, malty and funky.

The taste is outstanding. Hippy, bitter, not clean. It has loads of character. The aftertaste is bitter, malty, and funky. It's a little nasty, but interesting.

Recommended, and note I will now try their on blind faith.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear golden orange color, with a one-finger, white head
Aroma: pine and citrus
Taste: follows nose of pine and citrus, with added topical fruit flavors. Pine dominates up front that leads into citrusy lemon and finishes with sweet, light mango and cantaloupe notes and tropical fruits. Though the can says there's noticeable malt flavors, I'm not detecting much malt presence.
Mouthfeel: standard body for an ipa, not too thick or thin, lots of carbonation and bite: which is lovely because it helps accentuate the pine and citrus hops.
Overall: This is an excellent beer for this week in particular. It will be enjoyable during hot days, by the beach, or at picnics. But generally its a very solid ipa, regardless of event or location. With its refreshing pine and citrus flavors and strong bite, this beer will be enjoyable whenever and wherever. Instead of grabbing a sprite or sierra mist, I'd recommend you toward the adult cooler, where you can fish for an Old wylie's ipa.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the POPE, Philly, PA.

Copper pour with a half inch or so of foamy white head; good retention and a bit of lacing. Pretty mild aroma, vegetal, leafy hops, worty malt. Taste was pretty bland, but very bitter. Too bitter actually, even for an IPA, mainly in that it lacked any fresh hoppy goodness. Pine needles and grass, and a very bland malt base. Light-medium body, dry, thin and watery mouthfeel. Was not a fan of this one.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps this was old, I don't know, I really didn't pay much attention for a date.
The appearance was fairly decent with a copper amber color and short white head.
The aroma was mostly malts and had that old IPA smell.
Taste was stale and malty. Not picking any hops in the flavor.
It did drink quite smooth and full bodied on the palate.
Overall not a very good representation of the style. It taste and smelled stale.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a hint of brown, one-finger head
S: Orange juice, a touch of hops but also an unattractive metallic note
T: Malt and earth up front with a pleasant citrus rind midpalate and some resin hops on the finish
M:Medium-bodied, earthy
O: A nice initial effort but far from the best in its style. I like it but it would be better if there were a touch less earth, a bit more hops and (possibly the first time I've said this) a bit more sweetness

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange with a small off white head. Wispy surface after decent retention.

Smell - Grapefruit. Lemony. Kinda malty.

Taste - Bright lemony hop flavor that pushes toward grapefruit. Eventually becomes very grapefruity with a pithy bitterness. Malty throughout, but too sweet. A bit toasty.

Mouthfeel - Drinks pretty well. Malty without being heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nothing exciting. Not to my style for an IPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single can from Abe's.

Bright hazy yellow orange body, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth. Dense lacing.

Inviting though non-aggressive aroma of non-sharp citrus with a dash of pine.

Solid semi- sweet malt base. Plenty of juicy fruit. Good bitter snap at the swallow. Fruity finish.

Light-medium mostly smooth mouthfeel, with just a late touch of prickliness.

It's not going to burn up the trade forums, but its a solid enjoyable IPA, and a pleasant surprise after their pineapple ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good clarity on a tarnished orange coloring reveals a glass consuming display of carbonation of moderate pace. Foamy, 2 finger ivory head shows good standing while helping to leave a thick lace coating accented by heavy saturn like descending rings down the vessel.

S: Spicy pineapple, a dash of pepper herbs, starfruit and cantelope with a modest strength.

T: The flavor is grassy alcohol, sweet toasted grains, dry flowery hops. Peppery orange peel, spicy middle with citrus, the dry toasted nature begins to come through while the finish shows a good dry hopping of pine.

M: Creamy, dry hopped, medium bodied, carbonation settles down a bit.

O: Overall nice aroma, a different feel taste wise then the nose, a decent general drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On my last trip to Da Burgh, I met up with a couple of my buddies at Rivertowne Pour House and the staff was kind enough to assemble a mixed case of four (4) six-packs of each of their six (6) CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (TM)! If that is not customer service, then I do not know what is!

From the CAN: The Malty/Hoppy Meter pegs this one at the top of the Hoppy (Bite) end of the spectrum; "Anderw Maxwell put 1.5 decades of recipe development into this India Pale Ale, creating the fourth dimension of flavor. Combining four varieties of hops produces a unique beer that has an aggressive hop flavor, bit and aroma without denying the presence of malt which I.P.A.s often lack.; "Cheers and thanks, [undersigned] Andrew T. [?] Maxwell Brew Master". I assume that the graphics are an homage to Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol and Wylie Avenue was the heart of the once-vibrant Hill District.

A more sedate Crack CAN only lead to an inverted Glug! A perfect finger of dense, tawny head was the result. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had a minty hoppiness that made my mouth water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were just about right. I did not find them aggressive, overly or otherwise, but more toward mellow, like hop tea. It may be a result of their intended interaction with the malt, as noted, and frankly, I really liked it. It is going to be a big day of AIPAs and PGA Golf at Merion on TV and I CAN live with not getting blown out early. Fantastic lacing began to appear right away. Finish was semi-dry with a tickle of caramel malt exerting itself in the back of my throat on the swallow.

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap

A - Poured orange tinted good, a little above a finger of head, nice fluffy white lacing.
S - Sweeter hops, orange juice, pine, citrus bite, and some good floral notes.
T - Lots of pine and bitter floral, this is kinda a let down from the nice citrus fruits in the aroma.
M - This ends very dry and bitter, medium feel.
O - A decent IPA, though there is some areas where it could use improvement.

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Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some pine. Taste is also big on hops, some mint, pine, bitter and dry, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short, rich white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Malty grain, biscuit, earthy grass and light orange citrus hop aromas in the background. A bit light on hop character for an IPA. On the lighter side of medium bodied with pleasant, creamy, rich carbonation. Biscuity malt up front with floral and light citrus hops to the end. Finishes with a piney hop aftertaste. A local brew with lots of potential. Needs a bit more hop aroma and a touch more hop bite through the middle to be a true American IPA. If there was such thing as a German IPA, this may qualify.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pond water light brown. Big sudsy cap stood tall and dug in. Lacing is pretty.

Piney and herbal hops in the nose. Competing somewhat is a sweeter toasted malt and semi-flamboyant yeast presence. Not a fruity nose.

Crisp, but with some papery elements. Dry pine, toast, bitter grapefruit pith, vegetable-like herbaceous-ness, mucky yeast, and finishing nutty bitterness. Mineral qualities make it a bit salty. In fact, it tastes like there is salt in the beer. Might have worked without the caramel malts.

Carbonation is low-medium. Semi-scrubby in the end. Wet body. Not a satisfying gulp.

This was better we hen I've had it in the past. Can't tell if my can isn't fresh without decipherable code stamping. An average local IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amberish copper color with a slight off white head that is about one finger thick. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with piney and earthy hops present over the top. The taste has a big malt backbone with caramel malt and sweet malt being balanced out by piney and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate. Overall its a solid ipa, nice malt backbone and characteristic with a nice balance off hops. Enough going on to make you come back for more.

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