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

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Holyoke Dam AleHolyoke Dam Ale

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 18.62%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 75
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.15/5  rDev -67%
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!

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of Todd
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of badenglishihave
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of getalife2k5
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of sstackho
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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..

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Photo of Stopper
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to light amber with a generous beige head that recedes very slowly (it's constantly replenished by copious bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass). The aroma is predominantly that of a chewy caramel maltiness, with very little hops. The initial sip is dominated by this caramel malt flavor as well along with a well-balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is initially pretty light and becomes lighter somehow evoking iced-tea (though I can't place exactly why, besides just the mouthfeel). The finish becomes quite dry with a slight flavor of roundish, mellow, slightly citrusy hops.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with ruby tints and a one finger white head that dissipates but leaves lace along the way.

S: Fruitness and malty goodness aroma. Nice on the nose.

T: Tastes of malt with a tad of sweetness and fruitiness. At first it had a cherry aftertaste, but I'm changing my tune on that now. No bitternes at all.

M & D: Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth finish. Drinkability is good--Defs would have another.

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Photo of horshack7
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Ranbot
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass. Nice amber color with a slight haze. A small ring of sediment was left at the bottom of the bottle. Approximately 3/4 inch of foam that settled into a thin layer after a couple minutes. Some slight lacing. Taste is very malty - biscuit, slightly nutty. Malt flavors are quickly followed by a mild to average crisp hop bitterness. I think the hops have a slight piney flavor, but nothing in the hops really stand out against the malts. Good carbonation.

I would describe the Holyoke Dam Ale as a mild pale ale or hoppier amber ale. It's tasty and drinkable, but it's not going to be turning any heads either. It's probably the best offering in the mix case that I picked up on my recent trip to Boston. I don't see Paper City near me regularly, but if this was brewed in my local area, I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with a previous who says that this is definitely more of an amber than a pale ale.. not hoppy enough for a pale ale. Pours a reddish orange color, nice consistent head all the way down with some moderate lacing. Light body to to it and decent mouthfeel, taste is of light malts and I get a nice cherry taste to it. Didn't really expect it but it really adds some nice flavor to the beer. Nothing great, much better than the Radler Brau Ive had from this brewery.. nice, drinkable brewski.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
"Best if served before" date has faded away.

Pours a light chestnut in color; noticeable carbonation. Half-inch, foamy off-white head with decent retention. A bit of condensed lacing with good strength.

Moderately sweet toffee with hints of plum and fig. Rounded whaffs of floral hops that succumb to the malted sweetness and darker, ripened fruit.

Subdued, mild malt sweetness: caramel, vinous fruit: grape, plum, fig, red apple. As the sweetness recedes, a growing rustic, floral hop presence comes to the forefront. Nutty, earthe flavors are followed by a scant bitterness, finishing dry.

Medium in body; earthen and dry mouthfeel with the proper amount of slick, sweetness.

Not a great ale, but pretty characteristic of an English Pale: nutty, semi-sweet malt character with a moderate floral hop balance.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.