Summit Unchained 11 Old 152 Kentucky Common

 
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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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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3.4
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2012
bottle: Amber pour with a medium foamy head. aroma is grainy rye. woody, light resinous hop. flavour is toasty bready light to medium sweet caramel maltiness, slightly sour grainy rye again. earthy sprucey woody hop.

3.2
JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle. Lots of grain in the aroma and the flavor. Some lightly bitter hops, with a very earthy quality. Bitter grain in the flavor. Hazy copper color. Very much like an American pale ale.

3.1
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Nondescript aroma. Hazy reddish amber. Frothy yellow/off white head. Malty, old aleish flavor. Tastes stone smoked. Not my favorite but true to style.

3.6
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirit. Pours a light brown color with an off white head and some lacing. Aroma is rye, bread, some pine hops. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bread, rye, toast, nutty, with a dry, bitter hop finish. My first Kentucky Common. Very interesting. Not sure what the sour mash adds, but a tasty brew nonetheless.

3.6
Nsanders (1171) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Dark copper with a medium white head. Smells earthy, peppery, and rye-like. Sweeter than it smells, but bitterness is definitely the stronger flavor. Medium body, light carbonation. Good fall or anytime beer. With the name ’Old 152’, I didn’t know what to expect, but found it to be one I liked more from this series.

3.5
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a medium, tan, creamy head with some lacing. Aroma is bready rye and hops. Flavor is caramel malt, bready rye, pine, earthy hops, and a bitter hop finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not at all sure what to expect from this style but it seems a bit hoppy for an amber type. Pretty good though.

3.4
camborne (1029) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Good hoppy aroma . Spice and caramel upfront. Great color and off color head. Its interesting but not one of my favorites. Complex enough but yet still kinda simple, if that makes sense.

3.2
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle @ Brad’s house. Pours a dark red orange appearance with a tan head. Pretty spicy, light caramel, herbal, a bit piney hoppy aroma. Kind of chewy, spicy rye, very earthy hoppy, a touch herbal flavor. Alright.

3.4
smm (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle -> Mason Jar (Kentucky...right?) Pours a deep amber-red with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet toasted malt and heavy on the rye, like a loaf of bread. Big rye presence, with a bit of light citrus on the tip of the tongue. The hop additions cut through any anticipated malty sweetness, leaving only the citrus and rye. Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy. Since internet is my only reference point as to what a Kentucky Common is, I am disappointed to not catch any sourness in this beer. Overall, a solid rye-amber ale with enough hops to keep things in check.


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