Old Wylie's IPA | Rivertowne Brewing

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Old Wylie's IPAOld Wylie's IPA

Brewed by:
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 by OWSLEY069:
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3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ynalak
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brother_rebus
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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 glass_house
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Gmartin75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Irish57
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crowsnest
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of cwxc818
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of derekdclark1
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rwshelton2
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of curlybird
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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