Olde Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!

Added by notchucknorris on 07-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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13
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23
For Trade:
3
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, toffee, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol burn in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite boozy at the moment.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

love the old ale style, and how many different ways it gets brewed. this is one of the more classic english types, almost a barleywine, but with a lot more pronounced malt fruitiness and a more drinkable overall beer, but there are plenty of similarities. very english in nature, tons of yeast character here, bready and toffee-esque flavors, and plenty of chunky yeast floccy bits in the beer too. radiant burnt caramel color, with a lasting thick but mellow tan head, nice looking brew. the body i found to be just a touch thin, but the flavors are all rich enough it doesnt really need to be any more beefy. the toffee grain profile is big, the alcohol stands out just enough, and i find the whole thing quite decadent, despite having an earthy middle and self cleaning finish. not overly complex, but extremely sturdy at 11% abv. a beer to let warm up, drink slowly, and in good company. all of the big alesmith beers are so well done, this one should serve as an example to other american brewers looking to make old ale, its that good.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Old Ale." "2013 British-Style Ale." 11% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool printed-on label art and foiled-over standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a nearby bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Bottled 07/02/13, so she's pretty young.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of shiny vibrant khaki colour. Very lively and healthy. Good creaminess - especially for the style, and great thickness. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 4-5+ minutes I'd say. Supple even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Average frothiness for the style.

Body colour is a dark glowing ruby red. Quasi-translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Low vibrance, but I wouldn't call it dull.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style, save for the attractive head. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Plum, fig, dates, unrefined sugars, caramalt, biscuit malt, toffee, brown sugar, light maple, and refined raisin. Light toasty character. The dark fruit blossoms as it warms; the fig in particular really opens up. Yeast comes off English in character. Light hints of molasses. Low attenuation is evident; there's plenty of residual sugars left and I suspect it'd age nicely. Some notes of port as well. Not getting a definite hop profile or any booziness. A pleasant inviting aroma of average to mild strength. Excited to try this one.

T: Raisin is my first impression. Definitely has low attenuation; there are plenty of residual sugars filling out the body of this one. Biscuit malt, caramalt, toffee. English yeast with a little biscuity character. The dark fruits are much more timid in the flavour than they were in the aroma, but I do find dry fig, light plum, and dates when I search for them. Alcohol is noticeable but it's certainly not a boozy or hot beer. No hop character really comes through; this is to style. By all means on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying. The dried fruit character helps tame the sweetness, shriveling the sugars (if you'll forgive the stupidity inherent in that phrasing). All in all, it's certainly complex, but it lacks the cohesion and artful balance you'd find in the best beers in the style. I don't doubt that it'd develop and refine with age. It is a bit ripe. Some subtlety. I like it overall, and it has serious potential.

Raisin is dominant.

No off-flavours are obvious.

*As it warms, I do notice some bitterness on the climax, which tames the sweetness somewhat. Maybe there's a hop presence here after all, but just not in terms of flavour. The bitterness seems to mesh favorably with the molasses, which is strange indeed.

Mf: Thick, smooth, and lightly dry. A bit vinous. Unrefreshing. Pretty good body. Nice presence on the palate, but ideally it'd be fuller, richer, and more refined. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Above average execution to be sure, but it's far from ideal. Hints of a syrupy viscous feel; they'll fade with time. Sticky.

Dr: Drinkable? Above average for the style, below average perhaps for the ABV. I'm enjoying it and it hides its ABV okay, but it screams out a need to be aged. This is definitely one to cellar, but by no means is it a bad brew fresh. It's about as good as I expected. I'd try it again aged, but I doubt I'd buy it again fresh. A nice little Old Ale from Alesmith, but it doesn't play with the big dogs. Worth trying once for the fair price point.

B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/27/13.Pours into an impy nonic a deep amber hued chesnut brown with a billowing large light beige head that sticks to the glass like glue.Deeply fruity and cake-like in the nose,brown sugar and even a tinge of mineral comes into play as well.Sweet but not overly so on the palate,caramel toffee and dark fruit along with more brown sugar sweetness,just enough of a leafy English hop presence to dry it out enough in the finish.A fantastic "sipping" brew,it's malted to the hilt and sweet but not over the top.Great job here.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lovely color, a dark coppery amber-brown in the flared nonic. Modest head, but giving the glass a jiggle swirls up some nice lacing and bubbles. Aromas of malt and leather.

Dates and dried figs seem to dominate the flavor. This is really rich and syrupy with a lot of dark caramel. Burnt sugar like a flan, even a touch of vanilla. I'd have to say it's a little cloying with the spicy bitterness adding to the murky melange. Tangy and a little sharp underneath, with the hoppy bite becoming more pronounced. Some burnt butter and cedar for the finish.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bottleworks. This is just a crazy complexity of flavors, but it adds up to wanting something to clear the palate. I'm all for variety, but I'd have to take a Barley Wine over this amped-up Old Ale.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Quarter Barrel in Oxford, OH . It poured a rich amber with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was boozy with nice malty base. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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