Old Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Old AleOld Ale

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional English-style brown ale with a distinct malty sweetness and fruity aromas that deepen with age.

Added by nomad on 02-15-2004

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I doing the 2013 vintage right now and am glad I cracked it open. Not sure if we're at the peak right now but it's pretty good.Conditioning is good, flavor is nice and it looks great.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holiday vintage 2012. Popped open the corked & caged bottle on New Year's Eve 2014. Pours a cloudy dark copper/hazy light saber with very large white head that sticks around quite a bit and loves a fair bit of lacing. Smells of candied dark fruit with brown sugar and a faint vinous quality. Must have held really well in the bottle. Tastes sweet upfront with raisins and figs. A tiny bit of oxidation is present, but not enough to distract. No hops whatsoever, but the sweet melt character of this beer does still show some balance with a lingering bitterness. Overall, a very nice Old Ale that seems to have held up well. Cheers to the IH brewer who gave me this beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Old Ale - bomber bottle vintage 2008

Dark reddish-brown but not opaque with a durable head.

Lots of dark fruit, especially dates.
Head has great retention. Very smooth feel with good but light carbonation.
Good sweet/bitter balance.
Lingering pleasant aftertaste.

O: Excellent for style.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holiday Vintage 2007. Purchased at the brewery during the same year. Cork and caged.

A: clear, copper color, poured with head that dissipated
S: medium to full-bodied, true aging with prunes, dates, and leather, very nice
T: deep roasted malt, malt dominates, a tinge of oxidation but it really adds to the beer, this beer tastes well beyond its 4 years
M: mellow, incredibly balanced

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2009. This beer poured outs with a big creamy white head on top. The color of the beer is a deep brownish orange, that is a little cloudy. The smell of the beer has some boozey sweetness and some earthy malts on the nose. The taste had a little bit of a pine and cinnamon mixed with the malts. The mouthfeel is roughly medium bodied and is pretty smooth. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 04 Dec 2010. It was IH Media's Old Ale served at IHLNC.

Brought with a wispy head upon arrival. Color was a cloudy light-brown. Nose was sugary-sweet with notes of green apples and raisins. Mouthfeel was effervescent with an initial rush of heat on the tongue. The taste was quite malty with a sharpness that seemed indicative of its youth. Finish left me with a sugary rush and a lingering heat. This beer reminded me of the kiddie candy, Now & Later, in that you may try some now, but definitely save some for later. Like down the road later. This is one that will almost certainly improve with age.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2010 version from IH Media. Served on-tap at IH Lancaster.

A: The old ale is a coppery brown color, lighter than I recall the bottled versions being. The cuprous hue supports a thin off-white head that leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose is malty with toffee leading the charge. Sweetness from the malts and yeast add a pleasant finish to the nose.

T: The old ale, despite being a recent vintage, doesn't skimp on the old flavors. Toffee and fruit (thanks to the yeast) rise to the surface. The maltiness is warming and soothing with a bit of a musty flavor. The mustiness isn't wild, rather it supplies vinous flavors to the ale, giving it an older taste that a fresh beer should have.

M: The mouthfeel is toffee and fruits, sweet but not cloying. This beer could easily sit around for a few years and be just as good.

D: Not as strong as I remember the bottles being. This ale is a nice holiday tradition.

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