Summit Unchained 11 Old 152 Kentucky Common

RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Brewer Eric Harper has gone old school for Summit Unchained #11. As in, Old 152. Inspired by the Kentucky Common beer style that was popular before Prohibition, it actually uses a sour mash of maize and rye in addition to traditional malts and Cluster hops (just about the only hop available in the U.S. back then).
The results are anything but sour, yielding a chestnut-colored brew with a slightly spicy floral aroma, biscuit, caramel notes and crisp, clean bitterness.

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boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle from wegmans. Pours clear copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma Is rye forward with some caramel malt balance. The taste is rye ipa style with a nice, light malt balance. Nice easy drinker.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Light amber with good, foamy, beige head / Bright nose of pine, rye and citrus / Medium body, soft, delicate, hoppy, with good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of dry rye spice, grapefruit, pine, and a touch of caramel / Not like the couple other Kentucky Commons that I’ve had, more like a rye ipa, but a very nice brew no matter which.

heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Reddish copper hue when held ot light. The khaki head is long lasting and relatively dense. A dusty smelling brew with some notes of old books and apple core. A little bit leathery in the nose. This taste like old leather and salty caramel. A bit of robust hopping is there, but certainly not overdone, just hints of citrus in the back end of each drink. There is some note of pear and celery in the finish. The body is softly carbonated and that adds to the smoothness. This is actually quite nice and interesting. It is like a petite amber, and made to be a crowd pleaser. Smooth and relatively light, but enough going on to keep you interested, a great balance that is rarely done correctly. Summit has a winner with this one.

wxman (1842) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a bright medium amber with hints of garnet. Pretty decent off white head up front that diminishes but continues to coat the surface and ring the glass. Aroma is spicy hoppiness. Taste is characteristic grapefruit and pine along with sweet caramel maltiness. This is very good, and they can call it what they want, but this is an IPA.

ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
December 8, 2012 bottle at haskell’s tasting. Orangish brown pour with nice amount of head. Malty and caramel with a little bit of spice in aroma and taste. Solid brew that I would drink again.

Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Medium brown with small white head. Medium malty beer with a bit of rye or.some.other strong grain character. Decent beer.

nuplastikk (6420) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Really cool offering from Summit. 12oz bottle. Copper-ruby orange with a big frothy head. Sort of like a really dry, hoppy version of Anchor Steam. Quite excellent, fresh, vibrant fruity esters, but all well balanced and restrained too. The hops are one dimensional, but very present and fascinating from a historical perspective. Somewhere between medium and full bodied, with a birchy, woody faintness. I sort of love this beer for what is and represents...but it is a solid beer all around.

mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. I’m really a fan of the Summit Unchained series each year. This is a new style that feels very retro and nostalgic to me. Overall a recommend. $9.49/ 6 pack.

Finhead (1800) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
A clear, deep amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel and bread, along with some lighter hop spice. It has a medium body with slick texture and average carbonation. The taste is bitter and extremely dry from start to finish.

badgerben (5286) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Copper color with a large head. Aroma of grain, rye and dank hops. Corn, rye and grain-laden flavor. A bit smokiness that’s more of an abundance of earthy vegetal flavor than bonfire smoke. Light spice. Moderate bitterness.

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