Editors' Picks: Old Ale

Here are four great examples of a style that doesn’t get much attention these days, despite the depth that reminds us why old ale endures.

Jamie Bogner Oct 2, 2019 - 2 min read

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Fuller’s Vintage Ale

The annual release of this beer, going back to 1997, is always one to get your hands on. Better yet, stock up for vertical tastings or to see how the beer matures over time. The 2018 version is full of tropical flavors from Olicana hops, making it a bright sipper.
ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 40 Location: London, England

North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale

This is a classic recipe that has long been part of the American craft-brewing fabric. It’s rich and malty and mellows with age. You’ll find toffee and stone fruits mixed with slight vanilla and toasted brown sugar.
ABV: 10.2% IBUs: 34 Location: Fort Bragg, California

Founders Brewing Co. Curmudgeon

This beer has all of the classic flavors you want, but with added sweetness and depth from the addition of molasses and then oak-chip aging. It’s the kind of beer that makes you think of a leather chair near a warm fire on a cold night.
ABV: 9.8% IBUs: 50 Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great Divide Hibernation

When winter rolls around, this beer makes an appearance. It is more hoppy than the traditional English versions, but that adds an earthy character that boosts up the malt profile, giving your taste buds a little boost against all the sweetness. Comes in a can, making it perfect for après ski.
ABV: 8.7% IBUs: 50 Location: Denver, Colorado

Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].