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Old Ale | Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.

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Old AleOld Ale

Brewed by:
Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CRJMellor on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by CRJMellor:
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, lush caramel color with a solid, tight foamy tan head that coats the glass.
Aroma of rich toffee, hint of tea, sweet, resin and floral hops.
Flavors of toffee, caramel, wheat bread, dark citrus fruit and some gooey, resin and herbal hop bitterings.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and coats the palate with a dense ale fullness. Really rich. Feels higher ABV than it is.
Drinkability is enormously high. 2 of these with lunch was just an awesome experience, really great beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: fruit, dark malts, a touch of chocolate, no strong hops, no roast. Appearance: Brown with ruby highlights, chestnut, ½” fluffy head, dissipates to film. Flavor: fruity dark malts, some roast in the background some chocolate, plums. Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, no astringency. Overall Impression: weak on the alcohol and the malty esters – this is not a malty, estery vinous, sherry like rich old ale

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: deep, dark brown hue with a clear body and a frothy tan head of moderate size and duraton.

Smell: Sweet but mild aroma of caramel, chocolate and dark roasted malts Hints of dark fruit including dried plums.

Taste: The flavor is mildly bitter, has more intensity than the aroma, has an obvious hop presence, and reflects more dark roasted malts. Lingering after taste with a touch of char and smoke. .

Mouthfeel: medium+ body with fairly soft, medium-low carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A fine ale with plenty of dark malt flavor for one so low in ABV.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prior to this beer I began to think Old Ales were all huge boozy affairs.

Brownish amber color with a small head that does not last long before it settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is what I would associate with an English ale. Roasted malt that still has some sweetness that goes along with the earthy and floral elements of the hops. Nicely balanced flavor. A lot of sweetness from the malt but the bitterness from the hops keep things in check. Slightly earthy aftertaste. Not the most complex flavored Old Ale out there. Light body with a soft, gentle carbonation. Infinetly more drinkable than almost any other Old Ale because of its modest ABV.

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Photo of vlodko62
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a bit of a whim - I hadn't heard of Hepworth before, and was itching for an Old Ale. It did not disappoint.

Poured with a decent two-finger head, which died down to a thin film of foam pretty quickly. Malty notes predominate, with a hop bitterness on the finish and in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cola-brown with a very slight head of eggshell foam that quickly shrinks to a skim even after an aggresive pour. This beer looks exactly like a diet coke in the glass with a few bubbles stuck to the inside of the glass. The aroma is subdued and malty. Sweet malty flavors balanced with a mild tea-like bitterness and mineraly quality in the finish. Very light and mild bodied. A nice session ale, easy drinking.

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Photo of EigenBeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bubseymour
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - quite unimpressive pour with no head whatso ever.

Smell - Has a very strong malt presence to it and some caramel notes.

Taste - Very British and very "old". Tastes like a beer I had back in 1800. Some hop crispness to balance the malt and flavor out.

Mouthfeel - very thin and watery and flat with no carbonation.

Overall - Very sessionable and light. Some good flavorings going on for the style and somewhat fulfilling. Needs a better head and carbonation. Feels like I'm on the otherside of the pond drinking this one.

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Photo of taylocd
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into nonic glass.

A - Very dark, though not black as I anticipated; there were hints of red in the brew. Retained a small head throughout and the glass was covered in lacing.

S - mostly coffee aroma, with hint of caramel sweetness

T - again a strong coffee presence

M - just barely a bit thin compared to other Old Ales, but nothing too far out of the ordinary

D - If mouthfeel or taste were exceptional, I could give this a 5.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a clear body and a good finger of frothy light-tan foam. Good.

Smell: mild but decent aroma of sweet, caramelly and nutty malt. There's a hint of musty fruitiness in there and it is good if a little bit low-intensity.

Taste: nutty, toasty and a bit biscuity, the flavor isn't quite as sweet as the aroma. The intensity of the flavor is better, though, and the autumnal warmth of the nuttiness well-complements the bitter chill and biting rain coming down outside.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low but sufficient level of carbonation. Not precisely creamy, but it's got a decently satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall: I rather like this beer. It might not be something I'd have everyday, but it definitely has its place. It's well on the low side of the ABV spectrum for the old ales I've had, but I find it works well nonetheless.

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Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny color with a rocky head; decent retention and just a smattering of lace

Smell: Toasty and husky, with toffee, tobacco and a hint of stone fruit

Taste: Nice range of malt flavors in the front end, with toast and grainy husk flavors complemented by toffee, tobacco and the hint of stone fruit; earthy hop and nut skin flavors arrive in the middle and there is some burnt sugar that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a classic Old Ale and really more like a Dark Mild, this is a very nice English style beer - hard to find many quality English beers these days

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Photo of moarmare
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent addition at my local bottle shop- thought I'd grab one while it was at its freshest given the 4.8% abv. Labelled Classic Old Ale on the bottle. Pours a reddish dark brown with a slight head but nice tight bubbles that yield a creamy head. Nice bready and coppery aromas with a hint of earthiness. Quite full flavored for the low abv, and has a nice balance between a dry breadiness, earthy hops, and an almost burnt caramel flavor that is subtle but adds a nice tinge of bitterness and depth. Not sweet at all, a nice example of an old ale. Smooth and with nice substance in the mouth. Nice addition to the local market.

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Photo of RogerDoger
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a light mahogany, deep amber. Decent two finger head recedes to a cap and leaves nice lacing all around.

Flavor is like burnt dextrose and brown sugar. Moderate amount of barnyard funk aromas tell me this is a "prodded maturity" old ale. Smallish aroma of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Aroma is light, to be expected.

Flavor is dusty, funky grain. The barley is light, but VERY flavorful, like a concentrate. Sourness from the yeast and maybe the grain. Bitterness is low and hop presence is not really worth mentioning. Funky barnyard aromas come in for the finish with an earthy, dusty flavor with a little bit of roastiness thrown in.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is adequate. Somewhat hard edged in the carbonation bubbles, but good.

A very flavorful light beer, I would drink it again. Scores would be better if it wasn't for the brewer "faking with the funk".


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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with a nice garnet hue when held to the light.

Raisins, toasted nuts, toffee, and mild roast form the malt character, which shows plenty of depth. Earthy, rustic hops through the middle and end give the impression of a well aged beer.

Great load of flavor considering the strength of this beer. One of the few winter-type beers that one could actually drink all night without getting hammered.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany, very clean. 1 finger head, quickly fading.

The nose is full of light chocolate malts, and has a general "fake chocolate" aroma. A little rust, faint port, and overripe cherry.

Very malty in flavor with that chocolate malt taking center stage. As it sits, it gets a little smokey with flavors of cigarette butts mixing in with the chocolate.

Very light in body, the mouthfeel is a little watery. There's also more carbonation than I tend to like in an Old Ale, but that's to be expected considering its bottled rather than on cask.

Not a lot of character to this beer, it is very light and drinkable. I don't know that I would seek out another, though the $1.99 price tag is nothing to quibble at (it's definitely worth the price). It strikes me as a beer that suffers from being bottled; I really think if I were to have it on cask, I would have an entirely different opinion.

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Photo of drpimento
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty decent beer, old ale or porter or whatever it is. Poured with a medium very light tan to off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear mahoganey. Aroma is malty, caramel, and roasty. Flavor is the same but a lot more intense. Good body and carbonation. Good finish. Great balance. A really good dark beer that has a little restraint and is yet fully realized.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark and clear , foamy beige head. initial sour aroma had me thinking the bottle was skunked. It is just the nature of, and adds to the character of the beer. Some molasses on the nose, but chocolate on the taste. Complex, as aroma is different from taste, but overall, well executed.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wl0307
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 04/06/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark brown in colour, lightly carbonated, coming with a beige frothy pillow that lasts extremely well.
S: bready, brown-sugary, syrupy even, plus an extra touch of red bean paste but short of a real kick. Malty and roasty at its best, I think.
T: loose mouthfeel, bitter-sweet, malty and fruity with hints of raisins, dried blueberries & dates, followed by a light taste of roastiness as of burned nuts and aromatic bitterness of aromatic hops, while the aromatic molasses' notes linger as well.
M&D: lightly-carbonated, medium-bodied, pretty light on the mouthfeel but the flavour makes up for the lack of weight. This malty brew benefits from a good depth of hop bitterness and decent level of roastiness. Easy to enjoy though not to the point of being remarkable I'm afraid.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Marinost
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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