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Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, November 22nd, 1838, X Ale

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Mild was a hugely popular style for more than a century (1800-1900s). Here, we have released two mild ales side-by-side.: two beers from opposite ends of that period, brewed by the same brewery. If you drink both, you will drink the same brand from the same brewery separated by 107 years. Over those years, Mild changed considerably: something these beers amply demonstrate. Though bearing the same name, X Ale, in character they could hardly be more dissimilar. The 1830s saw the beginning of a boom in Mild ale brewing, which in 30 years became England’s favourite beer. This beer, 1838 X Ale is a typical London Mild of the era: bigger and more robustly hopped than modern versions. Brewed from 100% pale malt and Kent hops, this is a straightforward, uncomplicated beer, much like the working classes who first drank it. The colour is also much paler than you might expect. From this original form, Mild was to undergo many transformations, culminating in the second beer in this series, February 22nd, 1945. Drink them side-by-side to compare how this beer style evolved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2014
0.65l bottle from Bierkoning. This is a really good looking heavy cloudy really bright orange one with a big kinda bubbly white head with great retention. A bit surprising aroma to be honest. Not sure what it was expecting, but not this. It has a really sweet and super floral nose with lots of interesting hard to put words on nuances. Citrus and tropical juice that has been standing in a warm place is perhaps the best description I can make. There is also a swift of alcohol, wheat and flour as well. Really easy to drink. It tastes a bit different from the aroma. It’s not nearly as sweet as I would have thought. The mouthfeel here is light oily and it has a below average prickling carbonation level. I get a good amount of hay and grass in the taste. A bit like fresh cut grass with a little citrus juices and a blood orange bitterness. It’s really lightdrinkable and really interesting. Ends with a fair amount of alcohol in the aftertaste. This could be any genre in the world - but far from what I would think of when I think of a mild. Looking forward to the 107 year older brother. 03.10.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
22oz bottle 9/28/13 (Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids)-Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, citrus, and malt. Taste of the same with some grass. This light to medium bodied brew was quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3866) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2014
It poured a light hazy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma was of toasty maltiness with herbal hops and a bit of fruitiness. There were more hops in the taste, with grassy and bitters through the finish and a bready, toasty malt body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Golden, trüb, etwas hefe und leicht hopfigesvim aroma, süsslich würziger antrunk, leichte bittere im abgang, mild zum trinken ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep golden color, small white head. Aroma of citrus, raw bread. Taste is sweet citrus and caramel. Totally different than its cousins, each a fascinating piece of history.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowenbrau (3232) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2013
65cl bottle. Toffee, caramel, liquorice aromas. Pours murky golden with average white head, vanishing, some lacing. Medium body, silky texture, soft carbonation. Taste is sweet, toffee, nuts, caramel, malty, some honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
14th January 2013
Very hazy orange beer, little white head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Dry creamy malt. Mile minerals. Good balance of pithy orange hop bitterness. Even more creamy malt and a trace of banana ester. Fairly astringent finish. Interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6529) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2013
650ml bottle. Hazy orangey golden colour with small, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Hoppy aroma with a touch of mint, pale malty basis with biscuit touch. Taste is minimally sweet pale malty with a biscuit touch, floral hoppy overtones with an orange note and hints of mint, almost peppery in the finish. As the description says: "[...] this is a straightforward, uncomplicated beer, [...] much paler than you might expect". Exactly: no knick-knack, simply tasty, quaffable, good - and, by the way, the palest Mild Ale for me so far. Thank you for reviving this recipe - cool stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle. Medium sized off-white head with some beige sits on a hazy pale orange body. Some bits of lacing as the head fades to a film after a few minutes. Nose is sweet orange, grain, yeasty fruit, remnants of floral hops and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Flavors of lightly sweet malt are quickly surpassed by strong herbal and lemon pith bitterness. Medium body. Finishes both sweet and bitter. Not what I expected at all from my limited knowledge of modern milds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle..Nose is yeast, light fruit, orange peel, dust..Taste is light, fruit, caramel, hop, musty

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