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

RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.

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bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy gold with an off-white head. Aroma is light pitted fruit. Med body. Flavor is light pitted fruit - seems apricot. It’s relatively dry and finishes nicely bitter. Who knew they had such good beer back then.

bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2012
22 ounce bottle, label says brewed on February 13, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt/grain, citrusy hops (orange peel, apricots), and a bit of caramel. I think the brew tastes mostly like the aroma, but the citrusy flavors (plus some lemon peel) are dominant compared to the other ones. There’s also a bit of bubblegum noticeable in the taste, along with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and is well carbonated. For $7.99 a bomber, I’d try this one again for sure. I thought it was good.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
(22oz bottle) clearish gold, fine white bubbles. Nose of golden raisins, alcohol, bit funky, grapes. Taste of white wine, funky, very yeasty and estery. Interesting.

mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Hazy gold with a white head. Grainy, malts, fruits, little sweet, crisp. Easy palate, refreshing, fruity, yeasty, light spice, and a great finish.

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet bready malts, citrus and earthy hops, and a bit of English yeast esters. T - Starts off with a mix of bready malts with a bit of earthy hops and a touch of lemon peel. Through the middle, some resiny hop and a touch of bitterness alongside some English yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt with some piney hops, some light fruits, and a touch of light booze. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly boozy finish. D - Very drinkable. Smooth and overall nicely balanced. The simple malt bill allows the other flavors to come out a bit more.

madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle shared by MrPickles in the GTMW ticket line...thanks Andy! - Pours light hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is toasty malt with herbal hops and a bit of fruitiness. More hops in the taste, grassy and bitter through the finsh, with a bready, toasty malt body. More hoppiness than I expected. Pretty carbonated, with a medium body. Let down a little by this one.

kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2012
(bottle) pale gold with quickly fading white head. Aroma of light malt and grassy hops. Flavor is pale malt and a lot of grassy hops. Nice beer; cool concept.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bomber, fresh. The pour yields a cloudy, dusky, glowing golden-amber body with a short head of creamy, off-white foam. Slowly, the foam recedes to a patchy film, leaving tattered strands of lace on the glass. The nose is based in pale, mildly sweet cereal malt, with hints of wet hay, straw, and some orchard fruit. It’s a little boozy, and surprisingly quite hoppy and grassy. Flavors mirror the nose, showing striking straw-like bitterness over a relatively dry, slightly astringent cereal malt base. There’s a hint of lemon pith as well. The void of crystal malt on a beer this hoppy nods to the West Coast style APA, but it is even more pale. The palate is substantial, yet quite dry. Carbonation is lively, intensifying the astringency. I had no idea that mild ale ever came across this way. It’s certainly not mild, but it is tasty. Glad I got the history lesson.

jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
@Maxx’s TURD Tasting-thanks j12601-22oz bottle-pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is spice/herb, light malt. Taste is spice/herb hops, light malt.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle... Poured a pale, golden pour with a white head. Malt sweetness and medium bitterness. Citrus, tangy acidic citrus fruits. Hint of hops, and a little bit of alcohol in the body.

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