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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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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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blknikon

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.4%

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

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 09:08:05 | More by PEBKAC
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2001 00:10:53 | More by Todd
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -28%

12-09-2012 19:29:10 | More by sendbeer
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badenglishihave

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Murky red-brown. Not very appealing but it does have a slight amber look and I'm a fan of that. Head is slightly off white, moderate retention and minimal lacing.
S: Meh. Citrus, fruit. Didn't make me want to taste it.
T: Not a very flavorful beer, slightly fruity with a strange aftertaste (as was noted in another review)
M: Good feel but not anything spectacular. Normal for an amber beer of this type.
D: I feel like I could put back a few of these fairly easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 23:23:10 | More by badenglishihave
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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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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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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

01-25-2014 12:55:25 | More by Noelito76
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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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s35keith

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-24-2012 02:34:14 | More by s35keith
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zeff80

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark copper color with a tan, one-finger head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, biscuity malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very malty sweet and grassy. There was an odd hop bitterness that was not appealing.

M - It was relatively crisp and somewhat soft. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - An okay ale, but it didn't taste like a pale ale. It just tasted like a malty ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:51:31 | More by zeff80
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getalife2k5

New York

2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

head dissapeared right away leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. rich brown in color. definitely some nutty, earthy maltiness with a hint of honey smoothness. perhaps also caramel or toffee. i tried hard to detect any hops but only came up with a little bit of bitterness. i really expected more hop character. not bad, but really nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 01:33:29 | More by getalife2k5
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 13:19:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

New York

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thick and murky dark cherry red. Bubbles can be seen in the thin spots. Puffy finger of white head.

Rather sweet caramel aroma. Rich and slightly roasted. Slight brown sugar, oak. Some pungent raisin. Nice roasted English ale.

The taste is a heavy initial brown sugar. Some roasted malt, but a very astringent alcoholic aftertaste. Aspires to a strong ale taste, but it comes off wrong. Had potential, but its nature comes off a tad musty.

Ashy and gritty feel on the tongue, but that's not a bad thing. Overall, the flavor improves as it warms, so let it warm up nice and good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 02:16:05 | More by williamherbert
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 18:58:23 | More by andjusticeforale
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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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rorjets

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-11-2014 17:29:19 | More by rorjets
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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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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, with illegible freshness date. What's the point in having a date if no-one can read it? Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown with medium carbonation. Malty aroma with a bit of molasses. First taste has a nice maltiness, although the taste does fade a bit quicker than is preferred. A bit too much carbonation on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:03:53 | More by sstackho
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

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..

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 14:39:08 | More by OatmattStout
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Located at a liquor store in Brookline, MA. The beer is a clear reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that did not last long. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with touches of fruit. Medium body with a toasted malt flavor that has notes of caramel and fruit. There are a fair amount of hops present as well. Mildly bitter finish that tastes of hops and sweet spices, along with tart fruit. The finish that was reminiscent of a Barley Wine, just a lot less pronounced. Overall a good straightforward E(A)PA.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 19:02:35 | More by Dogbrick
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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.