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Holyoke Dam Ale - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Holyoke Dam AleHolyoke Dam Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001)
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-14-2013 04:17:58 | More by Duhast500
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-29-2013 15:07:47 | More by dgherm
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blknikon

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.4%

05-07-2013 23:30:22 | More by blknikon
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-05-2013 22:50:49 | More by ejimhof
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-08-2013 20:55:09 | More by Ecxeeder616
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Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -28%

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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

07-13-2012 00:16:52 | More by ms11781
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper to dark amber with a white frothy head and inch thick.

Aroma: Wisps of grape, honey, light citrus hop, grainy malt.

Taste: Grapefruit notes in the begining and some piney bits as well. Hop bite on the palate. Caramel malts with good bready texture with some sweetness in the end.

Notes: Good drinking beer start to finish. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:49:08 | More by horshack7
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s35keith

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-24-2012 02:34:14 | More by s35keith
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-31-2012 15:49:35 | More by Gregwa
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.13/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a brilliant copper color with a huge head. It's aroma starts malty with a hint of citrus. The taste is semi-malty but other wise just plain bad. Maybe a bit medicinal but very stale tasting. The mouthfeel is light. Paper City Holyoke Dam Ale is a bad beer, not recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:16:20 | More by B967ierhunter177
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iohann

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-28-2012 06:27:54 | More by iohann
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-05-2011 02:10:50 | More by tclapper
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru copperish amber with a modest head and a bit of scattered lacing. Mild citric and pine among sweet and nutty malt aromas. Decent little punch of bitterness, but the hop flavors are modest at best, and are no match for the toasty and somewhat nutty malt profile. Blind tasting, I'd have guessed ESB or maybe brown ale. A hint of cardboard suggests possible oxidation, but it's not really enough to affect my overall opinion, which is that this a slightly below average pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 14:00:47 | More by PDXHops
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holyoke Dam Ale smells, on the one hand, quite hoppy, with lovely grapefruit and citrus aromas drifting from the bottle, and on the other hand, like a good, nutty brown ale, replete with caramelized brown sugars, apricots, oranges, and figs.

On the tongue, the brew begins with a hard and fast shot of hoppy bitterness, which is quickly matched in intensity by the sugars present in the malts, which add the orange, apricot, and caramelized brown sugar flavors noted in the aroma. The sugars combat the hops for some time, but when they eventually peel back, they reveal not the expected layer of bitter hops, but a huge, malty nuttiness, akin to toasted pecans, that dominates the last third of the mouthful, and continues to peck at the tastebuds long into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is an excellent brew, and well worth trying; Paper City is quickly becoming one of my top-rated Massachusetts-area microbreweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:11:54 | More by jondeelee
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/17/2011 at Yard House in Dedham, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by a decent earthy hops bitterness. There is some mild caramel and citrus sweetness but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it isn’t too bad but it’s not the first beer I would pick in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 16:31:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured out as a rich amber color with a yellowish colored head on it. The head last for a minute or so till it melted down to just a little ring around the glass. The aroma was a little sweet with some hops in the background. The taste was pretty typical of the style is had a subtle sweetness that finished up with a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:40:44 | More by Knapp85
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Brad007

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First example from this brewery that I've had.

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. It fades quickly.

Aroma is a mix of sweet, "gummy" malt with only an inkling of hop presence.

Taste echoes the aroma with a decent emphasis on the malt (where it should be). Sweet, chewy and buttery.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. All of these flavors mingle/linger at the back of the throat.

Basic and delicious. You can't really go wrong. I would have preferred slightly more hops but otherwise, a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:02:26 | More by Brad007
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Daddy's in Hull.
It pours a deep ruby-hued amber (too dark for the style) with a fast-fading off-white head. Some sticky and trailing lacing.
The smell is for the most part, malt driven. Whiffs of dry grain and damp basement stand out. A light smell of prunes and citrus are in the background.
Flavors of sweet caramel malt and dextrose are upfront. Citrusy and tea-like hop bitterness are hidden under the layers of malt.
The style of this brew more closely resembles a mild Scottish Ale. In fact, with a little boost in abv, it would be a very nice Scottish ale.
This is a very drinkable brew. Just a bit off the mark if this is to be classified as an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 13:15:19 | More by BeerResearcher
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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.