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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11973) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 14, 2013
from Erzbierschof - hazy dark blond beer with a little white foam left; aroma of candi sugar, peaches and some spices; a good malt backbone and a fair sweetness; quite high carbonation and with some grainy bitterness; residual sweetness in a long fruity and grainy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (17307) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 12, 2013
Weich hopfiger Start, im Hintergrund dunkles Malz. Karamellnoten, blumiger Hopfen. Zum Ende kurz kratzig, würziger werdend. Gelungen harmonisches Mild mit stimmigen Hopfen. 11/12/11/12/11/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is citrus, grains, malt, and herbs. Flavour is citrus, malt, herbs – with a slightly bitter finish. ABV is not particularly well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sampled July 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale, off-white head; lots of thin lacing are left on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells slightly grassy, a bit herbal, with a soft lemon like hop character, as well as a noticeable, pale cracker like maltiness in the finish.

The beer is nice and dry up front, but still has a solid, pale cracker like maltiness. The hop character is the dominant flavor here, and it contributes notes of herbal, grassy, and amply bitter hops. Lemon like hops add a touch of citrus character, and the hops also contribute flavors of black pepper, hints of menthol, a definite weedy herbal note, . As the beer warms up it has more and more bitter, spicy, lemony hop character to it. The body of this beer has a fullness to it that helps to carry the hops; it is nice and drinkable still, but definitely sits a bit on the palate. Notes of Meyer lemon become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up. Touches of alcohol, and a bit of green, spicy, slightly vegetal character from the ample hops.

Interesting and actually more interesting b/c of the historical context, that this is the same mild as the low gravity brown one that I had last night is just fascinating. Objectively it is a nice, hoppy, blonde beer; quite a bit different in that it is not made with American hops, but it sort of fits in with the West Coast IPAs in its pale malt and hop focus. In the end I like the 1945 version of this beer more; perhaps I am a bit too weaned on expressive new world hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2012
22oz bottle in a plastic cup. Looks amber with a lacy head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts plus some floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer but nothing that stands out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6034) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Tandem rate with 2-22-1945 X Ale: Hazy yellow-orange with a thick, off-white head. Scent is malt, grain, grassy hops. Taste is a slight herbal bitter over malt sweetness... A hint of band-aid. Very soft feel.... Rather good. Next up: 2-22-1945 X Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Unclear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, light to moderate hoppy, herbs, moderate yeasty. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, herbs, malty. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20120914]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish with weak hints of yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 20, 2012
Botella. Golden hazy colour with a white head, medium sized. Sweet camel fruity spiced like aroma. Flavour is sweet with fruity herbal like hops and some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (15286) - DENMARK - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle, 7.4% @ FOneFan. Hazy dark yellow with tiny white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, citrus and a little harsh. Flavour is malt, fruit, yeast, hop, little sweet and medium bitter.

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