Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary'
Old Flame Brewing Co.

Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary'Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary'
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American IPA
Ranked #5,115
Ranked #32,287
3.67 | pDev: 6.54%
Old Flame Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary'Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary'
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with some light citrusy hoppy notes is pleasant. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops notes with some caramelized malt and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but hops flavours don’t shine as much as I was expecting.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Flame IPA - or 'Perry Loved Mary to the Bitter End' - brings back memories of many beers I've had. Its familiar golden-yellow colour falls on the lighter end of that spectrum and appears filtered. It looks average in every way, including its head which, not only is modest in size, but fails to tack on much lace.

Nothing jumps out of the glass. By way of reference, if we were to locate this IPA on a map it would land somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, just west of the British Isles. Compared to British ales this is a little more aggressively hopped, and the malt bill a little restrained with its toffee and toasty notes, but it certainly lacks the boldly hoppy trademark characteristics of 'New World' examples of the style.

There's no colourful, tropical fruit notes. No cutting acidity. No pithy bitterness. The hops are mild - as is, relatively speaking, the alcohol content (6.3%) - and about the only thing distinguishing them is an earthy, somewhat vegetal spiciness in the aroma. There's virtually no trace of the hops (or much at all) on the palate. If the intent was a balanced, approachable IPA then mission accomplished...

Truthfully, however, this kind of beer is pretty underwhelming (especially for a first impression). I'm not at all opposed to composure - it's not the proportions that put me off it's the level of personality. Malty, mild IPAs are delicious too provided they're done right. What makes aggressive, off-balanced hop-bombs so appealing is the clarity and confidence of expression, the ripeness of flavour.

Ontario craft brewers' biggest crime is playing it too safe and Old Flame is as guilty of it as any of them. Perry Loved Mary is a beer better suited to mainstream tastes than hardcore craft drinkers who will likely find this a little too commonplace and conservative for their palates. If, on the other hand, you're not the adventurous type then by all means go about lighting that (Old) Flame.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a decent sample approx 6 oz. at a Backyard Beer Festival held by a friend of mine. Straight from the brewery via growler.

Appearance - A fairly light and bright golden color beer was poured with a small white head which receded quickly. Some haziness and a few bubbles made their ascent to the top of the glass.

Smell - Big dose of earthy grapefruit aroma, not much in the way of malt aromas to balance it out. Some other citrus mixed in, orange and lemon but grapefruit is the star.

Taste - The good: lots of grapefruit flavor which was very tasty. The bad: Excessively bitter aftertaste, even for a more pine-resin earth and grapefruit flavored IPA. Malt isn't terribly present.Taste is a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - Heavy when the grapefruit is running full force, then turns light and too thin. Decent carbonation, but inconsistent body drops this some.

Overall - A decent, but slightly too bitter IPA with an unbalanced body. Worth a try, but could maybe use a couple of tweaks.

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Photo of peensteen
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Sammy, fresh from the brewery.

Golden copper, one finger white head, some lace as well. Smell is a pretty even split of hoppy and malty, earthy-fruity hops, lightly minty, orange peel as well as toasted malt and lightly buttered bread. Taste is hoppy with, minty-earthy hops up front, lightly toasted malt, a bit grainy, lightly sweet, bitter hoppy aftertaste, drying in the finish. Lightly carbonated, medium body, drying and oily. Good as is but if this was billed as an English IPA I might have rated this a bit higher, still worth a go as is though.

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Old Flame 'Perry Loved Mary' from Old Flame Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 13 ratings