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Engine No. 5 - Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

Not Rated.
Engine No. 5Engine No. 5

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 06-11-2006)
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead


2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Amber red in color, little head to speak of. This is just about the only thing this beer has going for it based on the style.

Smell- Some hints of malt, and thats about it. No hop aroma to be found.

Taste- Malty, and Phenolic. Maybe slightly grainy. This beer tastes like it was brewed with Ringwood yeast. The yeast really overpowers the beer. Virtually no hop bitterness here.

Mouthfeel- thin, and light in body. Very lackluster

Drinkability- While this beer was easy to drink, it had much left to be desired as far as taste. It went down easy, but thats all. I wasn't impressed and likely won't try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2007 18:24:19 | More by deanhead
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-15-2012 01:21:53 | More by hopley
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

03-01-2012 21:28:39 | More by jophish17
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2012 02:22:41 | More by EvanWilliams
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-05-2012 13:45:30 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-28-2011 22:50:36 | More by nmann08
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is malty and spicy, mainly cinnamon, with a hint of caramel. Flavor is malty with a spicy undertone, just a bit on the thin side. Texture is smooth yet rough around the edges, a teensy watery but still pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:38:26 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's as part of a mixed sixer. Poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear crimson amber color with about an inch of creamy off white foam. Nose and taste consist of...hmmm, pretty malty here, sweet caramelized malt, toasted bread grains, a bit earthy. medium in both body and carbonation with a nice bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 06:10:46 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Mavajo


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I also got this from the Green's on Buford Highway.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head. Lots of lacing and decent head retention. The smell is interesting - kind of a roasted, chocolate, toffee thing going on. Taste is similar. My first thought, oddly enough, was of a Barleywine I had the other day. There's something going on here that I can't quite put my finger on - kind of a dark chocolate sort of bitterness. This has a pretty bold flavor, and I give them credit for that. The flavor isn't necessarily my cup of tea, but I appreciate a brewery that actually gives their beer some character.

Mouthfeel is decent. A bit creamy, unobtrusive amounts of carbonation. It's reasonably drinkable, but I don't imagine that I'd have more than one. All in all, I'm pleased that this beer seems to stand out a bit, and I was very pleasantly surprised, but it's not quite my thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 21:11:01 | More by Mavajo
Photo of glid02


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts and lightly toasted malts and a hint of earthiness from the hops.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. The toasted malt flavors are a bit larger than the smell would indicate however the caramel malt flavors and the earthiness are almost exactly as advertised. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall both the flavors and aroma seemed a bit watered down. I think this falls somewhere between an amber and a brown but does neither better than average. Don't avoid but don't seek this one out - Pennichuck's bombers are much more worth your money.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:36:08 | More by glid02
Photo of PhxHorn


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bon for this one. Despite springing a leak during shipment, I was able to salvage about 2/3 of the bottle. It pours a deep dark red bordering on brown, huge 1-inch tan head, lots of lacing. Smells of malt and caramel. Tastes of malt and caramel with a toffee-like finish. Not a lot of hops, but plenty of sweet red characteristics. Carbonation was just fine despite the leak, and I feel fortunate that I was able to enjoy some of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:04:26 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH. Poured a dark amber, red color a small light yellow head. The aroma is roasted malt and biscuity. The flavor is roasted malt, from chocolate notes and some bready, biscuity notes. Not much hop character at all. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a strong bite from carbonation. Drinkability is average as the flavor can be a bit overpowering and the finish is not very clean.

Overall, a good, not great, ale with some good roasted flavor and balance. Not overly complex though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 03:19:27 | More by Gosox8787
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from neighbor Tom this brew pours a dark cola color with a decent light tan head and good lacing. The aroma is nutty malt and vaguely grassy hopped. Not bad, along the lines of a brown ale. The taste is unfortunately much weaker, swampy malt and more grass with a little bit of tart apple and some smoke. Thin bodied with mediocre carbonation, somewhat drinkable but not something to revisit. Certainly not what I would have in mind with a red ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:51:03 | More by Durge
Photo of AlexCuse


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an average beer, not really anything special. Darker than most reds, and you can taste the malt that gave it the color. The extra malt seemed to throw off the balance a bit, a tiny bit more flavoring hops could help. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy for a red ale too.

I would drink this again, but I won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:13:41 | More by AlexCuse
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle obtained from Hannaford's Supermarket Derry,NH. dark copper with some reddish highlights with a half inch of off white head that sadly dissipated too quickly. scent of chocolates at first sniff, smells of caramel and toffee after the aroma of chocolate settles in. taste of caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate. moderate mouthfeel, not too heavy. the drink ability of this beer is really good. it truly is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:20:27 | More by CheckMate
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice red/amber with a slight fizzy head that dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Some caramel notes and sweet lightly toasted malt. Not super strong or complex, but not unpleasant.

Mediocrity here. Nice caramel flavors and some bread toast and a little fruit. A mineral bitter edge toward the end, but not much else.

A bit more carbonation and a little more body would have been desirable. Probably would have turned the corner for me as to whether I would commit to this again. A decent beer overall, and I had no trouble downing the pint, but a bit reserved. OK to try, but not a must have.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 12:01:08 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of tpd975


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice deep garnet hue of red. Very small off white head with zero retention or lace.

S: Tons of sweet malt. Mostly caramel with a touch of bread.

T: Malty mess of a beer. Huge caramel malt up front. Lots of dark fruit on the back end. A bit metallic as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, low carbonation.

D: Not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 19:45:31 | More by tpd975
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color very ruby when held to the light with a thin tan head

S - Is of sweet malt caramel

T - Has the caramel malt as the nose but with some dark fruit added to the taste

M - this beer has a thin body with lighter carbonation to it

D - Overall its a pretty decent beer easy to drink with a good taste its worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:01:35 | More by armock
Photo of thain709


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep cooper body with ruby highlights...very little head even after an aggressive pour...minimal lacing

S - Sweet and roasted malts

T - A very well balanced beer here...starts off with caramel malts...there is a nice hop bitterness towards the end...it is rounded out by the roasted malts again leaving a coffee aftertaste

M - Medium body...could have been creamier

D - This is a good Irish Red...especially for not being made in Ireland...great drinkability...well balanced

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:58:20 | More by thain709
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a one finger head. Some nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of caramel sweetness comes through, but little else.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, ripe black plums, red grapes, and a surprising hint of chocolate late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less so at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the malt flavors.

Drinkability:if you are in the mood for a malt focused beer this one is for you. Easy to drink too.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 23:04:03 | More by Gavage
Photo of Brad007


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing in my glass.

Aroma is sweet with a bit of smokiness. Emphasis is on malt here and it delivers in the aroma. Subtle.

Taste is nice and smooth with a decent amount of flavor. A bit of smokiness. A bit sweet.

Mouthfeel's full of sweet malt and the hint of smokiness. A bit chewy as well. Overall, goes down very nicely. Carbonation is a bit high for me though.

This is a nice and flavorful beer. Sessionable at 5% and easy to drink. It goes to show that good beer should be flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 00:35:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of OatmattStout


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured to a bronze clear color. Very little head and minimal lacing.

nose of sweet caramel and fruit.

Taste really kinda monotone malt with out much complexity. Looking for more here but not bad in any specific way.

Mouth feel OK

overall not very impressed. wonder if old bottle as seemed a bit flat on carbonation and flat on taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 19:57:11 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Shaw's in Londonderry. Pours a dark brown translucent body with a good inch of off-white head which dissipates somewhat quickly, Smells nutty with some caramel malt. Tastes nutty with a fair bit of caramel and toffee, some chocolate and coffee notes toward the finish and in the aftertaste. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Super drinkable, balanced... A solid brew for sure, as good as any beer I've had from this brewery. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:53:20 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep copper/burgundy with a small foamy head.

S- Smells of a toasty biscuity malt. Definitely on the sweet side.

T- A sweet biscuity malt. A mild earthy hop note lingers in the background with almost a tea like bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, somewhat creamy. Maybe just a tiny bit over carbonated.

D- Very good. This would make a nice session red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 20:30:19 | More by JayNH
Photo of deereless


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Much less of a red ale than a brown ale, quite clear, half a centimeter of foam which dropped to leave spots around the edges - 3.50, S: This beer has an overpowering aroma of Tootsie Roll, lots of thick dark sweetness which reminds me of dark molasses, no hops that I can truly discern - 4.00, T: Dark and quite chocolatey, mild bite, espresso like bitterness, finishes dry - 4.00, M: Ever so slightly on the side of being gritty - 3.75, D: A very pleasant and very drinkable Irish Red - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:59:22 | More by deereless
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Engine No. 5 from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
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