Old Wylie's IPA | Rivertowne Brewing

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Old Wylie's IPAOld Wylie's IPA

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Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 75
Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -30.1%
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 +21.4%
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 -13.3%
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 rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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 Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +13.9%
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 +11.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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 OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, small pine and a gingerbread like malt. In the taste, pine hops, almost minty, with a gingerbread like malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine to bland aftertaste. Quite piney, ok, but lacking in flavor and taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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 tone77
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Mounty4Life
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form can into pint glass. Had nice 1 finger light white head that laced thick to sides of glass. It's a light amber color that's clear. All kinds of nice grassy and pine notes with just enough malt to balance this just right. Tastes reminds me of something dogfish would have created. Great malt backbone that makes it a easy drinking ipa. The hops really come through in the backend. Four varieties of hops give it just enough bitterness for ipa lovers. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for everything else that's so complex. Overall a great offering from Rivertowne that will be enjoyed as long as I am in Pittsburgh! Great job Mr Maxwell!

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Old Wylie's IPA from Rivertowne Brewing
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