SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
I’m a cynical bastard these days when it come to new beers. Pretty much nothing really does much for me these days in the new category. Yes, there are damn good beers hitting the pavement out there, but there is only so much that you can say for amazing flavor. Beer usually tastes like beer. Good beer is good. But a good story is hard to come by, and even harder to find attached to a good beer. X ale delivers a good beer attached to a good story. It’s just crazy to look back on what mild ale was over 150 years ago. It tastes a lot like an IPA, actually. Kent goldings and pale malt will never go out of style. this is there kind of beer that makes you self conscious about your local pale malt. The English have it good. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Very interesting beer indeed, it has qualities of an ipa, an imperial pilsner, and a mild. Very nice amd complex malt bill, plenty of hops, some spiciness coming from soemwhere, definitely has some sort of layer yeast it seems like. definitely fun to drink amd am extra point for obscurity that actually tastes good! Cheers! wchesser (2074) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Really liked this-just terrific balance. Dark orange gold with a fading head and some heavy lacing. Full bodied with solid malt core wrapped in some lightly floral and muted citrus hops that turn honeyed as it warms.
Sanitation and water quality improvements being what they are though in the last 100 years, I wonder if this is how it really tasted...? thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a slightly hazed gold into an English pint. Bright white conglomerate head with good retention recedes leaving trailing spiders. Sweet, clean hay and dough aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and candy corn upfront turning to a mild, earthy bitterness in the lasting 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.
wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Aroma is malts, fruit and an undercurrent of hops, similar to a bitter. The flavor is fruit, malts, hops/citrus and a very dry and, oddly, a medium but deep bitter finish. Definitely interesting, can’t really say I’m an expert on milds but this was definitely different than others I’ve had, possibly due to the historical style version this was made after. SDalkoholic (2386) - 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. bluejacket74 (1992) - 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. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle marked as brewed 2/13/2012. Pours with a murky/hazy, clear pale golden hued body with a large, fluffy white head with good retention and even better lacing. Aromas are of marmalade, earthy, nutty, dry apricot, medium esters. Hop forward, warm toasted malt notes. Clean. Warming, inviting, fresh donuts. Flavors show a medium to full bitterness, citrus glaze, marmalade, lightly earthy, rustic spice notes. Muted tangerine, lingering grassy hops, bitter balance overall. Very nice malt character. A bit doughy and cake like. Very lively bubbles, medium dryness, bitter lingering and lightly warming. Tasty. Grassy bitterness is a bit high. Like both the story and beer for both of the X Ales. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Sampled on 6/29/2012. This English mild pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with a touch of floral hops. A medium bodied English Mild. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral. Nice carbonation. A fairly simple beer. Easy to drink and hides the alcohol well. If this very your typical English Mild I would be drinking a whole lot more of them, This 1838 version of a mild is fruity, higher in alcohol and, wow, you can taste the hops. The 1945 version is loaded with biscuit malts and ice tea. It is very interesting that you can trace the evolution of the English Mild in these two beers. I am not sure I liked where the English Mild went. From these two examples it seems that the Mild became a much less clean beer. The malts are not as simple and the flavors became muted. This is a great concept and I will have to try and seek out the other beers in this series. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.