The Lords of the Ales: A Powerful Onslaught of Ales from the Two Towers of North America and Great Britain
Mild ale is a traditional style of English ale that is characterized by darker colors, sweetish malt flavors, and subtle hopping levels, all within a lower alcohol frame (typically 3.5 percent ABV). Their purpose is to allow the drinker to get a full quotient of flavor in a “session” beer―a trick to which English ale brewing lends itself readily. In the 1940s, mild was more popular than bitter in English pubs, though it is less common now. U.S. craft brewers occasionally pay homage to this style.
Interpreting the 100-point Scale
Consumers can translate the point score to the following quality bands:
|Less than 80
- = Brewpub
- ABV = Alcohol by volume
- Date denotes the date on which the beer was tasted
89 Black Cat Ale, Moorhouse’s Brewery (England). 3.4% ABV (3/10)
Translucent brown color. Bright roasted nut, dark chocolate and toasted grain aromas follow through on a soft entry to a dryish medium body with excellent depth and intensity. Finishes with a long, roasted coffee and baker’s cocoa fade. A spot-on mild ale with a lot of character.
89 Bear-Ass Brown, Silverton Brewery (CO). 4.2% ABV (3/11)
Pretty ruby mahogany color. Rich chocolate-covered coffee bean aromas and a flavors with a crisp, round, dryish medium body and a long, vibrant, pumpernickel toast and roasted nut finish with light leafy hops. Very tasty.
87 Bristlecone Brown Ale, Uinta Brewing Co. (UT). 4% ABV (3/11)
Rich copper color. Rich nut bread toast, soy sauce and sunflower seed butter with a round, frothy dryish medium body and a pleasant root vegetable, weak coffee and kale-like hop finish.