Old Capital | Keegan Ales

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Old CapitalOld Capital

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by shoretaxi:
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3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Ksilver2
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lumberjerk
2.43/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold. Foamy pure white head.

Aroma: Hard to detect, but might just be me. First thought was nondescript fruity.

Taste: Nothing standout yet. Sourness. A familiar but vague spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very. Not a huge punchy taste, goes down smooth and decently easy.

Overall, not bad but nothing amazing. Would not recommend.

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Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keegan Ales Old Capital pours a slightly hazy golden body beneath a short head of frothy white foam that settles down into a wide creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Lacing is somewhat limited, but it does leave some wide splashes and streaks of lace behind.

The nose is citrusy (mostly lemon-lime like with perhaps a light spritz of grapefruit) over a mild, gently sweet, straightforward maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a gently crisp carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with citrusy hops cutting through the malt and leaving it refreshingly dry with a light bit of acidity. The gently sweet malt and mild hop bitterness are perfectly balanced, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of lemon and lime.

Quite nice! A refreshing, hoppy brew!

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mindfuldave
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of k47k
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTaster
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance very pale in color yellow straw head dissapeared quickly. Smell not much here just a hint of bread and some sweetness. Taste a touch of malty sweetness and very restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel lite in body mediem carbonation. Drinkability would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a malty looking yellow color with a small white foamy to bubbly head quickly dissipating. Barely any lace.
The aroma had some lemon pledge/plastic, sweet grass and some toast.
The flavor had the lemon pledge in front with a huge floral soapiness backing that up. Very plastic-like in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a hard-to-take-down sessionability about it. But this isn't exactly a sipper either. Carbonation felt fine and so was the ABV. Finishes with the plastic and lemon pledge.
Overall, not sure what happened here but this is my stance on this beer fresh and after six bottles, if that tells you anything. This is not a blonde ale I would come back to.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw with a beatiful head and excellentlacing. Smell is malt, grass and fruity undertones. Taste is likewise maltly, fryuity and ends with some mild hop elements that leave the back palate dry. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Drinkability is very easy especially with the pleasant light hop bitterness on the finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A glass consuming bright white head dominates the vessel with a sturdy, rocky foam structure. A strong sense of swirling effervesce rises within a pale brass coloring that showed a brilliant clarity. Patchy, sporadic lacing.

S: Pale grains, straw and not much else. Very mundane, no spiceness, boring.

T: A bit washy flavor-wise, dry wheat, some stale dry oranges, and grapefruit hopping. Damp musky grains, some brief moments of hope and flavor where i thought this turned the corner were only met with the disappointing realization that this wasnt really good with a weak washy finish.

M: Again a washy mouthful, light body, stale citrus and for such a strong visisble carbonation presence it felt really fizzy on the tongue lacking a crisp factor. Washy musky citrus feel.

O: Keegan ales continues to disappoint me with their boring, bland interpretations that probably may get attention from the macro-craft crowd, but gets lost in the swill with the more demanding craft flavored drinker. No frills, watery down flavor and just not up to style on this one, watered down.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Another elbow deep grab into the deep end of my mini fridge. Why it was built without a light socket I will never know. I hope nothing that's mutated reaches out & bites me. A blanked out spot where the BB date should be has me pondering.

Would you like to know more? /click here

I pour it out & despite the weak head, the endless stream of carbonation running for freedom piques my interest. Almost, but not completely clear. Must be traffic. Is it really that bad being stuck down there?

It must be because it smells stuffy & damp down there. The kids need to get out once in a while & get some sunlight. Dusty old lemon wood polish & stale Fruity Pebbles. Mom must be secretly cleaning your room again. Did you remembered to put back dad's pornos? Eh, just tell her your friend must of left it there.

The halfhearted texture of wheat, coupled with the mild, over-salted taste of a cheap seafood dinner, finished off with the bitter minty taste of kissing her right after sex... she already brushed here teeth. :|

Your sister was better :(

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that never completely faded away.
S: The nose has light to moderate aromas of bready malts and hints of floral hops.
T: Initial tastes of bready malts quickly give way to a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops (the kind of bitterness you would expect from a pilsner as opposed to an IPA).
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered sessionable given its low alcohol content. I would consider having it again if I was looking for something refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of FieldingWater
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light biscuity aroma cut with a lemon zest essence.

The taste was overly sour. I could pick up some soft malts in there, but could not appreciate them because of the sourness.

The mouthfeel was clean and sour.

Overall not a very impressive beer. Too sour. Period.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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Old Capital from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 133 ratings