A distinctive quality of these ales is that their yeast undergoes an aging process (often for years) in bulk storage or through bottle conditioning, which contributes to a rich, wine-like and often sweet oxidation character. Old ales are copper-red to very dark in color. Complex estery character may emerge.
English-Style Old Ale
Category: Strong Ales
- Roast Beef and Lamb
- Double Gloucester
- Spiced Plum Walnut Tart
- Irish Walker, Olde Hickory Brewing
- Heini's Hooch, The Church Brew Works
- Heini's Good Cheer, Roundabout Brewery
Copper-Red to Very Dark
Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
Noticeable to Hot
Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived to medium. Hop bitterness is minimal but evident.
A malty and sometimes caramel-like sweetness may be evident.
Not common to style.
Diacetyl is acceptable at very low levels.
Moderate to Mouth-Coating
Low to Medium
Pale, Chocolate, Black Patent
Ale, Brettanomyces possible