The name is a reference to New Hampshire landmark "the Old Man of the Mountain". Old Man Ale is the brewery's interpretation of an American Pale Ale, but it's got a distinctly British flavor profile. Look for subtle, citrusy hops on the nose; tame, not at all rambunctious, with prominent toasty notes wrought with a biscuity aroma. You'll also get quite a bit of diacetyl butteriness on the nose (and in the flavor). Expect the flavor to present very toasty malts, with a cracker-like flavor (think Saltines—and as it warms, you'll smell the crackers on the nose as well). Finishes with a slight Scotch and soda note and subtle floral hop aromatics. It's got complexity to it, but doesn't announce it—it went over our heads the first time we sampled it because it's got an atypical flavor for an American Pale Ale and novelty commanded our attention the first time around. Pair with New England Clam Chowder loaded with crumbled crackers. A delicious pairing that's great on a cold night to help keep 'old man' winter at bay.
Leaving their home in the port city of Derry, Ireland, a small group of families set sail in the spring of 1719 for freedom and a new land. They settled in New England in what became the town of Derry, New Hampshire, then known as The Nutfield Colony. In the tradition of his pioneering Irish ancestors, Jim Killeen sought to settle his own territory in his hometown of Derry with the creation of the Old Nutfield Brewing Company.
In August of 1994, with help from the Derry Development and Preservation Corporation, Jim leased space in an abandoned shoe factory. After months of fundraising, Jim and his wife, Tina, evicted the then-current tenants of the old shoe factory (a rather intimidating flock of pigeons), and began the job of converting the space from shoe production to brew production. One full year after procuring the space, the first beer ingredients were added to their traditional copper and brick brew kettle as they brewed their first commercial batch. Now in their 13th year, New Hampshire's "True Craft Brewery" is also the biggest microbrewery in the state.
For more information, call (603) 434-9678 or check out their web site at www.nutfield.com.
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