Old Capital | Keegan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States
keeganales.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is named for the Kingston area’s rich historical heritage, is reflective of traditional tastes. Simply put, it’s a golden, crisp and refreshing beer. Whether it’s out on a Saturday night with the gang, or home with dinner midweek, Old Capital’s exceptional smoothness makes a great choice for every occasion.

Added by Stimack on 11-24-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Photo of smithj4
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of smi69
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can (O+ collab) into a Teku glass.
4/3.5/3.5/3.25/3
Fizzy and golden.
It initially smells pleasantly crisp with an apple undertone. An unfortunate bit of that plastic ozone whiff.
Pretty solid golden ale with not quite enough oomf. A touch watery, but the flavors that are there are floral, fruity, and smoothly sweet. Just a touch of that same off flavor on the aftertaste.
Very drinkable.
Pleasant enough, but marred and forgettable.

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Photo of Drknight
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewhausdude2016
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therubicon
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjohns73
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zekeman17
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redbarnbikes
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of farrago
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meager head, barely coats the surface before disappearing, bright white, the lacing in turn tries to grip the glass but swiftly fades into oblivion. Light orange rust water hued liquid, soft gauzy quality, a few lazy bubbles scattered here and there. There’s a slightly crispy cracker to biscuit breadiness to the nose, molasses and honey, powdered orange soft drink notes, corn, has a wet graininess to it, fecund, displays a metallic ring before it all fades which mars any unadorned prettiness. Medium-bodied, has a round and generally soft mouth feel, the carbonation is neither fluffy nor crisp, sort of flat-footed. Corn, sweet grains and more molasses, the nondescript sweetness sort of takes the leading role in wallpapering over the blankness. Never coalesces into a real breadiness, however how generally malty it is. Apple, pear, apricot fruit which requires a little effort to enjoy. There’s some funky residue at the end which is hard to pin down exactly. Smooth enough to drink at a steady pace were there no expectations of greater complexity to the experience.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R11415
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FieldingWater
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

as much as a session blonde ale is pretty boring, i liked this beer a lot more than it looks like others have. its got excellent carbonation and is crispy dry. combine that with a real low abv and a cooler of ice, you have a pretty refreshing beverage for a summer day, especially a day you plan to drink for most of. very mild in every aspect, especially the hops, there really isnt much more there than a euro style balance, and the grain is also impossibly light. what i do like though is that while its yellow beer though and through, its well crafted, well made, no visible flaws, no corners cut, kolsch type more than any thing else i think, and quite tasty if you like this kind of thing. i could see it being an excellent introductory beer for someone looking to get into craft, but its also a nice palate cleanser between bolder beers. if you know what to expect and still choose this one, i suspect youll like it quite a bit. just very neutral in many of its elements, thats not always bad.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of steve419
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps an old bottle did not like this one.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after the first capital of New York, I did not like this beer the first time I sampled it, oh, 3 or so years ago. I was first getting into craft and of course this beer seemed lackluster. Then I made myself a Florida--a mix of this beer and Hurricane Kitty--to create a strawberry blonde, if you will. As far as beers named for colors, be it black, brown, red or blonde, the blondes seem to have a rough go of it; yet, in real life everyone wants an easy blonde. This may not be the sexiest of beers, but you can definitely pound this every night of the week without shame. Onto the tasting

A: Brilliant straw, lemon shade. Well-stacked and proportioned snow white head. Clarity borders on brilliant, and lacing is +.

S: Strong wheat musk. Honey like sweetness.

M: Very light with a soft underbelly. Not without crispness. Med-high carb.

T: Really nice malt profile here featuring wheat crackers. Some spicy, peppery characteristics. Low level of fruitiness mixed with some vegetal; apple, pear, rhubarb. Not much in the way of bitterness. A good beer, but outstanding blonde. I'm wondering if their recipe has changed. Great beer to introduce those non-craft drinkers to.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of k47k
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ksilver2
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of corm44
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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Old Capital from Keegan Ales
3.34 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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