Old 152 | Summit Brewing Company

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Old 152Old 152

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JamesMN on 10-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 23 October 2012. Tasted 20 January 2013.

Pours an almost-clear dark orangey amber. One finger of cream-yellow head, good retention, stellar lacing that looks like wave-washed foam.

Smell is soft and smooth, with a gentle rye spice. I wish there were more of it, because what I find is really nice. Lightly crisp, robust and refreshing all at the same time. That touch of spice adds a lot.

Taste is muddled, with a bit of bitter, a bit of spice, and wallop of odd oily, almost chalky, flavors. It's like a rye-d up IPA gone wrong. Weird.

The mouthfeel blends in with the taste, but neither one impresses me. It has this chalky astringency, especially late, that I don't really like. The rest of it is fine, medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. But that finish, like some bitter water-absorbing powder, really doesn't work for me with this beer.

I had high hopes, but I feel like it fell apart in the taste and mouthfeel. It's like a sphere that shattered, sending sharp broken bits off in different directions. They could have worked if they'd held together, but instead each one has a cutting effect.

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Photo of jcparish88
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of duffalo
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the appearance. Slightly darker than a pale ale, and there's a nice (but not too much) white head on top. Not a ton of smell to the beer - not ultra hoppy - kind of sums up about how I'd expect a rye to smell, but nothing special. The taste is great. You can definitely taste the slightly more bitter in flavor grains of the rye in the beer. There's a slight bit more hoppiness to the beer than I've seen in other ryes, which I like. There's also a good maltiness to it, although not enough to make it too malty for the style. Overall, this may taste a little bitter to people who don't enjoy ipa's/pale ales/ the other hoppier styles, but part of that is due to the rye. I think that it's very nice rye ale - well balanced and great taste.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark amber in color…fairly dense, only mildly transparent... some off-white head did form a thin layer on top…(3.75/5)

Smell: I know it’s a rye ale right away with its distinct sour smell…there is some peppery spice happening here…a faint sweet creaminess as well…paler malts, yeast, barley, caramel, and a touch of citrus round out the aroma…way more spiciness in the nose as this brew warms…(3.75/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, heavy spicy rye in the front…sweetness, a touch of cream, more spicy rye, sour mash, wheat and earthy hops in the middle…finishes very thin, more rye spice with some pale/bread malts…mild bitterness more apparent as it warms…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, it is a touch watery…some in the rye carbonation that does bring a spiciness to the palate…creamy, spicy and smooth…it does finish a bit dry…(3.75/5)

Overall: Not a flavor I normally go for, but this one may open up a new door for me…the spicy rye flavor is good and balanced very well with grains, corn and hops here…I really like it…my major knock is it’s a bit watery, but that’s just me being critical...summit unchained series has been a great find for me and this one lives up to previous offerings…definitely worth trying and if I’m lucky enough to see it again, I will be picking one more up…(3.75/5)

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Photo of doucmehu
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & citrussy notes

T: Slight caramel flavor, peppery rye & slight orange peel up front. Slight doughy notes, caramel & grainy bitterness as this warms, Finishes with a slight nuttyness, bready sweetness & some astringency

MF: Light/medium body, lively carbonation, a touch of grittyness to this

Drinkable enough, but nothing I would want to buy again. Summit has really underwhelmed me since I first tried them years ago

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Photo of mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brownechris
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some rye and grains. Taste is spicy, hops, rye, some bitterness,a bit of grains, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Does this series imply that the brewers are normally chained up? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild strawberry, dirt, light leek, perfume-y flowers, light grass, and a smattering of dried-up biscuit. The taste holds notes of mild caramel, earthy greens, light grass, and a splash of grapefruit zest near the back end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a generally nice hoppy rye, nothing remotely close to special, and, frankly, not up to the usual Unchained standards, but it's a decent enough brew.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red copper colored w/ thick cream cap tons of lace stick age and hazed clarity w/ tight bead

S-smell is piney and bready w/ light fruity yeast and herbal hop accent

Mouthfeel is mostly bitter and semi full w/ good carbonation level and depth of hop oils adding smoothness on the palate w/ a mostly bitter finish
T - strong piney hops w/ light fruity tinge from rye malt and yeast w/ spicy herbal blend of hop flavored which tip the taste overall to a bitter brew

Overall a great hoppy rye another good strong beer w/ great hops from Summit

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. I am looking forward to this. A pre-Prohibition "Kentucky Common" style that uses a sour mash, rye, and corn. Talk about adjuncts.

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color with an amber hue. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb lace all the way down the glass.
S: The first thing I get is the fruity, spicy, peppery rye. Perfectly balanced with bread and biscuit aromas. Juicy hops in the finish with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: Excellent. I love rye, and this has it in spades. Fruity flavors like pears and bananas. Spicy, peppery, and bready rye. Plenty of hops. Juicy, slightly bitter. Grapefruit. Everything is so well balanced.
M/D: A medium body. Crisp and clean carbonation, that is smooth at the same time. Finishes on the dry side. So enjoyable. Gone in no time, and very moreish. I can quaff several without a thought.

An excellent beer that is so enjoyable and easy to drink. Lots of subtle nuance, and complex at the same time. Anybody that thinks adjuncts don't belong in beer need to try this. Excellent, and highly recommended.

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Photo of imthaschmidt
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just saw this beer for the first time recently in a random beer store, looks like it's already been out for a couple months. After getting the chance to chat with Mark Stutrud from Summit earlier this year about the Unchained series when Saga was released, its something i'll never pass up. Much like Goose's Fulton & Wood series, each brewer gets creative freedom to brew their own unique recipe.

Deeply saturated hazed auburn, reddish russet in the light, with a billowing craggy head of eggshell foam that forms crazy peaks & valleys as it settles. Sticky concentric rings of lace in the glass. Ample head retention.

Sweet and spicy grainy rye aroma, specialty grains.

Lightly bitter with a spicy grainy breadiness, smooth and somewhat full bodied. Malt driven, some bittering hops but not much in the way of hop-derived flavors. Not bad though, and worth trying for Rye Beer fans.

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Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/brass in color topped with a nice pale tan head. Excellent lacing and good duration as the head drops... makes a very good first impression.

The nose offers a blast of hops -- not what I'd expected? But it's on par with the beers that Summit has brewed of late. There's probably more going on with the hops on the nose, but it doesn't/isn;t doing so much for me, other than give me mild and pleasant flashbacks to my days as a "THC" connoisseur in college. Piney/resiny, floral and juicy -- today's hop lovers will appreciate it, certainly. Light note of rye ('spiciness') and a lighter, sharp, almost lactic-sour character, too. Herbal even beyond the hops, vegetal/oily...

Definitely a mixed-bag on the first sip. Bitter-hoppy and on the tangier side of bittersweet, light herbaceous/vegetal quality mingling amid the malt and hop interplay -- quite complex. The finish is definitely on the dry side as well, and I appreciate this as much as the next guy, but it's not really up my alley. The hops almost overpower this brew initially.

I mention(ed) vegetal quality, and in fact I get a mixture of green grape skins and rhubarb. Dry and astringent... more due to hops rather than malt I reckon.

The mouthfeel is lighter and easy-drinking.

Not too strong by today's American I.P.A. standards, but not too weak either (and no, 5.8% is --not-- a session beer by any stretch!) I could have a couple of these before I grew very tired of it. It's just not my cup of tea as it were, but I do appreciate the effort and research that went into it, so marks-up for that!

Not a bad beer in the least, and though I couldn't drink much of it it's probably worth seeking out for those who appreciate rarer style. As it stands, it's a rare rendition of a style that is almost unheard of -- in the commercial market today, at least : )

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Handy50322
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TubbyDullard
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber colored beer (almost orange) with a large and rocky three finger head. The head seems to stick around for quite a while. It also leaves a lot of lacing.

S - A strong spicy/fruity hop aroma dominates a doughy malt smell with some hints of rye.

T - Rye malt seems to battle against the spicy/fruity hops. More balanced than the smell led me to believe. The malt seems to be more complex than just being rye dominant. There is also some caramel flavors and doughy flavors. All of the flavors mix together well, and yet stick out on their own.

M - Thinner than most other rye beers that I have had, but it makes it very drinkable.

O - Rustic is the perfect word for this unlikely combination of flavors. They work surprisingly well together, and make for an unusual and unexpectedly good brew.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Red-copper. Head is three fingers, very thick, lasts well and leave a ton of lacing. Quite nice looking.
S- Earthy, big rye scents, a bit of pepper, a bit musty, a touch of sweetness.
T- Up front it's a big rye kick. Spicy, earthy, a little bit sweet, nice flavors all around. My only real critique is I'm not sure what the hop profile accomplishes. It's just a flash in the finish, but it's kind of in this middle ground where it is big enough that you notice it, but not big enough to really embrace or to balance the beer. Either make it bigger and make it a balanced beer or let me have a rye bomb.
M- A touch chewy at first, and a bit sticky/slick. A little surprising in this regard. A bit drier would be appreciated for me.
O- A good rye beer that is a couple tweaks away from being very strong.

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Photo of koes0024
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 110 ratings