From the HBD Archive
From: Darryl Richman <>
Subject: re: Old Ale Query
Date: 1989-04-28 14:41:06 GMT

From: Andy Newman <NEWMAN@Venus.YCC.Yale.Edu>
"My questions is...What exactly IS Old Ale,
"and roughly what is it supposed to taste like (opinions are welcome
"on this last question)?

Old Ale is a style of beer that is supposed to reflect the brewing habits
in England before the arrival of hops... it ought to be very strong, and
is often very sweet. The color should be dark, but not black. A commercial
Old Ale is Theakston's Old Peculier [sic]. This is an everyday beer from
the times when the folk were drunk everyday. BTW, a "mixed" drink is the
"Mother-in-Law", which is equal portions of Old and Bitter.

--Darryl Richman

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