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Somers Amber Ale - The Frog & Onion Pub

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Somers Amber Ale
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The flagship ale of Dockyard Brewing. This copper coloured ale is a traditional English Bitter. Created using the finest Noble hops, this brew is an all-around crowd pleaser to be enjoyed with all foods!

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Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

On a cruise from NJ to Bermuda the ship was docked at King's Wharf in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Stopped into the Frog and Onion Micro Brewery. Purchased a 5 glass sample.

A: Orange color wilt medium level of carbonation 1 finger head.

S: Fruity smell with slight hops presence.

T: Light caramel taste, some malt, and a slight citrus presence. Well balanced with some bitterness..

M: Medium body, slight carbonation, drinkable, and enjoyable.

O: Enjoyable, drinkable, my second favorite of the five samples. Would purchase a full glass on a later trip.

09-07-2013 01:42:37 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of msubulldog25


3.83/5  rDev +20.1%

6 oz. pour, sampled at The Frog & Onion (The Dockyards/Bermuda). I also had an imperial pint of this at The Swizzle South Shore on another occasion.

All North Rock beers are now being brewed by Dockyard Brewing Co., on premises of F&O. NRBC then sells them at their South Road pub under the same names.

Description (from menu): "The flagship ale of Dockyard Brewing this copper coloured ale is a traditional English Bitter. Created using the finest Noble hops this brew is all round crowd pleaser to be enjoyed with all foods!". ABV not listed.

A: Clear amber/copper orange. A dollop of creamy off-white head and a fair amount of rising carbonation.

S: Unassuming mild aroma of mildly toasted cereal grain, a hint of sweet fruit covered and light covering of spicy hopping.

T: A balanced and fairly rich union of caramel maltiness and lightly spicy/dry hops. Bittering grows to a point then fades to subtle fruit and soft toffee sweetness, then evolves again to a lengthy bitter conclusion.

M: Light body, modest carbonation. Crisp, clean finish and lingering bittering.

D: A favorite from the first sip. The 'Amber Ale' in name suggests something different than the English Bitter this is; overall I found it pleasing to drink and sessionable. I estimate the ABV at around 5%.

04-21-2008 03:14:09 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Boto


3.7/5  rDev +16%

Draught @ Frog & Onion. This one poured a clear amber color. There was about a finger of dense off-white head on it. It has a good nose. A good amount of malts with hints of biscuits and earthy hops. The taste is very good. Mildly bitter. Malts, biscuit, and faint toffee. A nice English Bitter.

08-28-2013 14:40:29 | More by Boto
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Had this on 6/8/11, but just found my notes now; didn't want to try to guess and enter without them.

Light copper colored--some slight pure white head. Looks okay.

It's lightly carbonated and smooth. Slightly sweet with traditional bitter aftertaste.

Smells sweet like it's mid-fermentation. It got better as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel was a bit watery, but this was a good beer.

01-16-2012 02:47:23 | More by Kooz
Photo of MNBeerNE


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

11-25-2012 15:11:28 | More by MNBeerNE
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

03-16-2014 02:47:56 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

Cheers to my parents for returning from a cruise with a mini swing-top growler (16oz, basically a Grolsch bottle) of this (and the porter)

Appearance: Crystal clear, amber/copper color - not much of a head, but I can't complain since this growler sat in some luggage for nearly half a week - possible to drum up some off-white carbonation, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Grainy, crackery, and bready - kind of smells like a multigrain bread mixed with some multigrain crackers - a slight vegetal, musty aroma, kind of smells like body odor - some lightly spicy hops, and some sweetness

Taste: Interesting, like a cross between an English bitter and an American amber - multigrain crackers and multigrain bread - some slight, vaguely English minerality - some slightly spicy hops - not really bitter at all, mostly sweet - some sweet toffee

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, smooth, very drinkable, but perhaps a little watery

Overall: Unique and tasty

Dockyard Brewing/Frog & Onion is the best brewery in Bermuda. Because it's the only brewery in Bermuda. Despite the lack of native competition, this is actually pretty good. There's something a bit off in the smell, but it's bready and refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

08-07-2012 05:43:13 | More by angrybabboon
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: clear, dark gold, next to no head

Smell: hops a tad bit of rye bread, and malt

Taste: The taste follows the smell to the T.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, light bodied, a bit watery, slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: This is advertised as an English bitter but does drink lighter than that. It is very smooth and there are traces of hops. It could be sessionable on a hot day. Above average as an overall beer, very average for the style.

07-22-2009 18:18:40 | More by tigg924
Photo of socon67

New York

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-16-2014 17:45:04 | More by socon67
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-18-2014 16:17:35 | More by mdube0378
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Served on tap at Dockyard Brewing in Bermuda.

Pours a copper color. Good foam. White atop. Light caramel smell. Malty taste, toffee. Very light carbonation - too light. Mild light hop at finish. Smooth, very light.

Ok beer, good flavor, but needs much more pop.

05-24-2012 01:28:58 | More by KTCamm
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A 20oz pint on tap at the Frog & Onion, Bermuda, April 13, 2009:

A: The beer appeared a clear golden amber color with about a one finger light, white head on it that was not particularly well retained. Minimal lacing, if any, but the beer did show a nice amount of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S: The aroma was light, mostly grains, similar to a lager, but also a little hops and a slight sweet smell.

T: As I recall from the menu, it stated that it was a traditional English Bitter, but the taste was clearly amber ale. The taste was light malt; I really did get any hops, with a very light hint of something sweet, really not discernible though.

M/D: The beer had a light body to it, average carbonation to it. The beer was crisp and had a nice finish to it. Overall, the beer was easy to drink and enjoyable but not something that I would drink regularly if given the chance. Average at best.

04-30-2009 16:04:49 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of PTEdelman


3/5  rDev -6%

07-03-2014 12:30:50 | More by PTEdelman
Photo of Dogbrick


3/5  rDev -6%

Sample at the Frog & Onion in Bermuda: Clear light amber color with a thin bone white head and spotty lacing. Malty nose that contains some earthy elements. Light-bodied and sweet and skews to the malty side, but does contain touches of hops and fruit. However it is pretty one-dimensional overall. Average at best.

10-11-2007 19:12:40 | More by Dogbrick
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Amber/reddish color, with a clingy head. I found it to be relatively tasteless for an amber ale; I kept waiting for some (or any) flavors to become apparent, which didn't really happen. Not exactly sweet, not really bitter. I guess in that sense you could say it's well balanced. My review might be sort of biased in that I'm not a big fan of amber and red ales in general.

06-17-2002 19:07:00 | More by doerickson
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2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

07-29-2013 18:26:26 | More by Pando
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1.5/5  rDev -53%

06-09-2013 02:33:55 | More by Jersh67
Somers Amber Ale from The Frog & Onion Pub
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