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

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BA SCORE
80
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
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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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has changed a bit. It's a pretty bitter brew now, but without much balance. The hoppy citrus flavour dominate, and malt flavour is more or less nonexistent, except for some grain. Still worth a try, some may like it. I thought it was okay, overall.

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a "best if served by date" on the back label with a blurb about the beer also.

Appearance: Bright amber with orange sunset hues, sticky off white lace dresses the top of the brew.

Smell: A mix of grain, malt sweetness, candy apple, caramel and citric hop.

Taste: Crisp and smooth with a medium body, quite malty with some grainy and toasted undertones. Moderate carbontaion on in the mouth. Hop bitterness is laid back though leaves a quick well placed sharpness to break up the malt substantially. Hints of fruitiness of citrus and apple meld with hints of caramel and toasted grain. The finish is quite clean with some residual grainy sweetness and leftover hop twang.

Notes: American Amber Ale is what they were going for and did a damn good job at brewing one ... no surprises, merely a more than decent beer to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber with a best purchased by May, 2007 on the label. A pretty nice beer. Amber color with red highlights, a small head. It had a nice fruity aroma, with some caramel in the background. Taste was similar, with a good fruit presence, some sweetness, and hops in the aftertaste. Fairly substantial, a nice beer to drink.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, Best Before dating on the rear label, but on this one the info is washed away, oh well they tried...pours medium almond amber, tan head, bubbles rising, spotty lacing, pretty typical, decent ale. Nothing special, but drinkable and fairly well balanced. Maple maltyness a bit prominent, hops present but not aggressive. Respectable every day quaffer and worth a try.

Photo of jondeelee
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Roasty amber hue, good head that dissipates but laces the side of the glass. Tasty with buttery malts, hints of caramel and bread crusts. Hops are subdued but the beer remains balanced. Hops come into their element in the long, terrific finish. Quite a British flavor despite the New England salts and a watery mouth. I'd call this a mild although it might be a little too raw. Splits the difference between a Bass-type pale ale and a mild. In a nutshell, this beer does taste very good, is refreshing and refurbishing, makes you want more with each sip.... BUT -- as I was reviewing it and trying to dissect the flavors, I didn't think it had much to offer. My recommendation: drink and enjoy. Don't think so much. Maybe accompany with white breads and salty cheeses.

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sounds like everyone has a slightly different experience with this beer. Could it be the open fermentation process? Mine was a dark amber color with a very slight head that was gone almost immediately. Smell is sweet roast malt, with a little caramel and vanilla. The flavor matched the aroma almost exactly (reread previous sentence). Nice round flavor that feels good on the tongue. Not overly carbonated. Good session beer.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear amber with a assertive off-white head. Nice amount of lacing sticks around as the beer goes down.

Smells a little nutty with a small amount of hoppy background. Nothing world moving here.

Tastes like a nice pale ale should. Not completely hop dominated. Nice pale and caramel malt representation up front with a bit of a semi-sweet middle. Finishes a little dry with a mild hop wave.

Mouthfeel is a little light but dealable. Pretty well suited to the style.

Very drinkable. Sholud appeal to a wide array of beer palates.

Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather pleasant well rounded beer. It is a deep amber-copper color. A nice foamy head is created. The smell is nice, with hints of malt and hops to be found within; a nice mixture of malt and hops. The taste is enjoyable, a real treat. This is a nice and smooth pale ale. Enjoy!.

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clearish mid amber appearance with a pale head of 1/8 of an inch and it sticks around awhile. Laces in small strings. Aroma is lighlty hoppy, some tart grape skin impression. Medium carbonation, light and somewhat gravelly mouthfeel. Malt is straightforward, lightly biscuity, some honey sweetness. Hops are apparent early but come on to dominate the crisp ending. In many ways, this has similarities to the IPA but the body is weaker and there's a slightly off sour sense. Nothing really wrong, a little unmemorable. Thanks to Alex P. for bringing this from Rhode Island on his way to interview for a Twin Cities TV internship.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paper City- Holyoke Dam Ale

A- Light amber reddish copper with a small filmy head.
S- Sweet grains, brown sugar, and caramel. Light cooked vege and a slight earthy twang.
T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt with a wet earthy hop flavor.
M- Sweet malt with a tangy hop feel and finish.

Overall- Not impressed with this 1 from the bottle. I recall this was better on tap when I was in Holyoke for the Ct. River Beerfest.
Just doesn't seem like a Pale Ale.

Photo of jmz62565
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a ruby color with a large foamy head. The smell has some "bisquity" aroma,but this is all about the sweet malt scent. The taste has a rich creamy texture with the dominating flavors sweet malt,carmel,and maybe some fruit. The m/f is light with the flavors well balanced. This is a pretty good beer,alittle above average,but it's really nothing special.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Party Source in Syracuse. This beer seems more like an amber to me. First, it's a red-amber color. Second, the beer is very malt-centered with a sweet, cherry flavor. It's fairly drinkable, but the hops only seem to provide a mild spice in the aftertaste.

Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours out to a dark amber. the smell is cardboardy and rich with malt.

There is a decent medium to full mouthfeel with two distinct taste here. ONe is th ebig brown ale malts, which are not really too sweet, and the next is a hop flavour in the finish which is not enough to balance this out. With dsteak fries and a burger, this would be a nice choice.

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent amber colr, but very little head in my bottle. Smell was nice, fruity, floral, sweet. Taste was likewise fruity and malty, but left with a taste of hops for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel was well-rounded and this brew was very easy to drink. Excellent offering from a local brewer.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head and a cloudy amber color with a little orange in it. Light lacing and a decent somewha malty nose that does not come through in the taste. Hop bitterness was the most prevalant in this ale and not much malt back up. Pretty average and not as good as other paper city brews tasted..

Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From reading Todd's reviews, and based on my sample, it seems this beer changes a lot. Mine was, if anything, unbalanced on the malty/sweet side but not to a fault. I found the grainy flavors very reminscent of a local favorite, Hammer & Nail Brown, but with more bittering hops. Overall a nice change of pace.

Photo of fitzy84
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack of the this fine drink. The appearance lacked any head, almost immediate lacing. Very clear dark amber brown appearance, almost as a rusty-looking as the great mills that once powered Holyoke. The smell has some good hints of malts, nuts, and citrus. The taste was pretty enjoyable of the above flavors: nice and clean, pretty light thanks to its balanced mouthfeel. Overall, suffers some aesthetic issues, but a generally good APA.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
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!

Photo of PEBKAC
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Recovered notes from my ABF afterbirth.

BB: 09.something something.08

Pours out deeper then I would of expected. A confusing rusty amber brown, with slight chill-haze. A sturdy froth the color of yellowed lace. Eager carbonation.

Watery toffee notes are apparent, as well as some vanillin, murky chocolate, molasses, & soggy bread crusts.

Taste is upfront with a rigid bitter coffee & metallic twang, a little extra bitter shrubbery for presentation, followed with a basic caramel sweetness & a little hay.

Body is compact & dry, leaving only remnants of steel.

Mixed results, but I could probably have two if you were paying for it.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice biscuity grane with a mild peppery hop.

The taste was balanced toward the malty side with a featured a nice sweet grainy malt and a light citrus hop presence.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a good drinkable APA. Very sessionable.

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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.