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

Serve in English pint


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6950) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy butterscotch with a small white head that dissipates quickly with good lacing. Aroma is citrus, corn, grain, hay. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, light grassy bitter. Bit of corn syrup. Bitterness increases with drinking. Surprisingly full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Interesting beer, very interesting series idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5469) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a white head of foam. Aroma is citrus rind and esters. Reminds me a lot of a saison. The hop profile is fairly floral and aromatic. Not at all what I expected, but I like the idea behind the series. I’ll be looking for the rest of them.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is light and slightly reminiscent of a farmhouse. Taste has some definite funk to it, and feels very heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
Thanks to Man-ki fors haring. 655 ml. bottle sampled. Drank side-by-side with the 1945 as suggested. Very interesting concept that greatly interests me, although it is quite impossible to be honest. Bottled on 13/02/2012 so quite a bit old for this. Pours a hazy murky orange with little white head. Nose is mellow yeast, plaster, thick yeast, lightly fruity, some dust & vintage, mellow hops,… Taste is light plaster, yeast, mellow malts, sweet peach, light fruits, mellow caramel notes, light flowers,… Body is a bit dominated by yeast. Sort of neutral and okay. Feels far too American for its intent for me personally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Man Ki and 77 ships. Dorée paille, col blanc épais. Arôme garde un côté anglais dans l’approche des malts, entre pâle et anglais, note fruitée de pêche pour un houblon restant assez neutre. Palais reste épais, malté, sec et levure, pointe amertume houblonné en fin de bouche pour un côté citronné modéré.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Aroma is faint lemony hops, cardboard, soap, honey, and light grain. Pour is orange with a fizzy white head. Spotty lacing. Flavor is light grain, plenty of grass, lemon peel, bitter hops, and more honey. Not a bad brew but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2013
bottle. pours very light yellow white head. very foamy. aroma is faint grain. taste is very thin refreshing lots of malt and corn

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Light grainy malt and alcohol aroma. Clear gold with a large white head. Earthy barley malt, herbal hops, and alcohol flavor. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of thick foam head that eventually retreated leaving behind a golden honey liquid. Aroma smells weird like wet cardboard with only a minor whiff of sweet malt, but other than that I wouldn’t know this is a beer. The drink is harsh and has a strong taste of adjuncts combined with alcohol which makes me very displeased with spending about $4 for this 12 oz. bottle. I will stay away from Almanac Brewing until I hear good things about their beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Very light lemon and herbal hops aroma. Golden yellow with large head. Sweet lemon, light barley malt, and herbal hops/alcohol bitterness. Interesting - nothing like a modern mild - probably most like a modern English Strong Ale.

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