RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 96   ABV: 3.2%
Sometimes you’ve just got to take it back to where it all began. And we took it way back with this offering. Old School is a British-style pale ale brewed with organic malts that feature Caramel and Munich malts for an easy drinking yet full-bodied character. The real darling of Old School, though, is in the hops. We went back and dug up some East Kent Goldings, traditionally used in all ales of British origin with a floral nose and an earthy, spicy, slightly sweet flavor. From start to finish, this is a great beer for celebrating the good times: past, present and future.

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Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
Originally reviewed 1/14/10. The final beer I had at the brewpub the other night. This came out a murky gold, with a small white head on top. Retained well; left plenty of sticky lace on the glass. Scents of citrus, flowery hops, and fresh biscuits. Good creamy body, yet still retained a mellow crispness. Very nice. Mild bitter punch at the onset with a good hop presence, but this finishes oh so sweet. Wow. I really dig this beer. Aftertaste is of fresh-baked bread. This was really good. I could drink this one all night. I see they bottle, I’ll have to find some of these somewhere. Recommend.

doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
You CAN go home again, and this time you can drink the beer! Pours a copper color, clear, with a light white head. Nose is more malty than hoppy. Like an English ale should be. Mouthfeel is good, hops are mild. Good aftertaste and bite. Not bad from the Land of the Sky!

zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Asheville Wine Market. Light orange pour with a ridiculously frothy off-white head. Faint Earthy, grassy, and floral hop aroma. Tangerine and piney hop flavor at first with a distinctive orange flavor as I drink more of this one. Just ok.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Date: January 03, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Ticker
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy white head, bits of lace
Aroma: lightly sweet pale malt aroma, light hops
Flavor: dry pale malt flavor, earthy and citrus hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours up a near-clear, amber-orange body with a thinnish, though lasting, white head. Smell: A mild nose where the notes don’t just leap out at you. Going in, you can glean hints of pale malts, light fruit, and earthy hops. Taste: Pale malts gently caressed with some toasty and sweet caramel qualities. Lil’ spritz of fruity apricot juice. Earthy, grassy hop character with enough bitterness to balance things out. Drying finish that bounces back and forth between hints of malts and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Actually, I quite liked it. It’s balanced, it’s easily drinkable, and, if the purported ABV percentage is correct, well, then kudos to them. Should pair with just about any of the grub served up at ABC.

jhliesen (836) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bomber--Below average pale ale, nothing really dominates or even sticks out in the drink. Gold color beer with a medium, light color, froathy head. The slightest grapefruit aroma was detected, the taste was light hoppy with no malts. Asheville Pizza, $4.00

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a nice copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, grain, astringent, and earthy citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, toast, grain, grassy, and citrus hoppy finish.

SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 bottle from the cheeseman just arrived today! lively carbonation. Coincidentally, the girlfriend kylie and i had this beer right after a 2008 brandy barrel angels share. kylie loves carbonation and was complaining that the angels share has low carbonation (she has no knowledge of the 1. typical carbonation in english barley wines 2. high alcohol barrel aged beers have less than average carbonation. 3. the shit storm on the ratebeer forums about this beer. anyways, this one was a guzzler, spilled all over the table. 3/4 head. which was actually funny, since she got exactly what she fuckin asked for. serves her right. decent belgian pale ale. spicy. good.

theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
22 oz bottle generously sent to me by Suttree. Pour is a hazy yellow golden, with a frothy loose 2 inch off white head. Some lacing left on the glass as the froth falls. Aroma of soft toasty malt and citrus floral hops, which are also soft and subdued. Taste is a nice balance between the malt and the hop of the nose, nice citrus brightness and ever so mild dry bitterness to the finish. A nice mineral earthiness is in the aftertaste. Palate is thin to medium clean and drinkable. Thanks Phil, this was a nice one.

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