English Ales: Old Ale

Notes: Low level attributes typical of wood aging such as vanilla are acceptable. Brettanomyces and acidity reflect historical character; low level attributes such as horsey, goaty, leathery, phenolic, etc. and acidity may be present and balanced with other flavors. Residual flavors that come from liquids previously aged in a barrel, such as bourbon or sherry, should not be present. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may choose to split this category into subcategories which reflect strong and very strong versions, or historic and modern versions.

  • ABV: 6.3%-9.1%
  • ABW: 5.0%-7.2%
  • IBU: 30-65
  • Color (SRM): 12-30
  • Color (EBC): 24-60
  • Original Gravity: 1.058-1.088
  • Original Gravity °P: 14.3-21.1
  • Final Gravity: 1.014-1.030
  • Final Gravity °P: 3.6-7.6

Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.

12 Old Ale Reviewed

Beer Brewery Rate Avg.
Adam Hair of the Dog Brewing Company 8.00
Auld Asheville Vintage Ale Highland Brewing Company 8.70
Barrel Aged Hibernation Great Divide Brewing Company 8.06
Curmudgeon Founders Brewing Company 9.00
Fourth Dementia Kuhnhenn Brewing Company 9.21
Fruet The Bruery 9.76
Grandpa's Got a Gun O'so Brewing Company 8.23
Heavy Seas Plank I Heavy Seas 4.51
Jasperilla Old Ale Independence Brewing Co. 7.56
Old Stock Ale North Coast Brewing Company 9.00
Really Old Brown Dog Ale Smuttynose Brewing Company 7.36
Third Coast Old Ale Bell's Brewery, Inc. 8.50