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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: 16.43%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.15/5  rDev -66.9%
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 iohann
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of PDXHops
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of Brad007
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.