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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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74 Ratings

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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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.13/5  rDev -67.4%

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!

B967ierhunter177, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -42.4%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

PEBKAC, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -28%

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.

Todd, Jul 02, 2001
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of badenglishihave
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

badenglishihave, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

PDXHops, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

Knapp85, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

ms11781, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of s35keith
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

s35keith, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

zeff80, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of getalife2k5
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

getalife2k5, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

NJpadreFan, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of iohann
3/5  rDev -13.5%

iohann, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of williamherbert
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

williamherbert, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

andjusticeforale, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Duhast500
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Duhast500, Apr 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Gregwa, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of sstackho
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

sstackho, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of OatmattStout
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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..

OatmattStout, May 14, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Dogbrick, Oct 11, 2007
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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.