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Archer's Ale - Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.

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Archer's AleArcher's Ale

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96 Ratings

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.31% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 12-12-2001)
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Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on May 22, 2006. On tap at Julios Spring Beer Festival. No aroma. Pour of clear deep amber, with an off-white head. Light sweet phenolic flavor with a huske of bitter oaken fringe and tannin tartness. Drinkable, at least, but really not much character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2006 03:33:43 | More by CharlesDarwin
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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap.

Served in a pint glass. Copper/amber hue with a thin head that barely covered the surface before dissipating (but it did leave some lacing). Smell was malty, primarily caramel notes. Taste was malty sweet, balanced by a hoppy finish. Crisply carbonated and very drinkable.

Not a great ale by any stretch of the imagination, but not bad either. Goes nicely with a meal and would make a good sessoin beer. I'd certainly order it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2006 01:09:26 | More by eberkman
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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Ct River Brew Fest: This one poured a dark amber color. There was a fairly decent off-white head with some lacing. There was some maltiness to the aroma, which was good but a bit thin. The taste was along similar lines. Some maltiness with a touch of bitterness. Certainly not a great beer, but still a decent session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2006 15:50:35 | More by Boto
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3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent try at a pale ale. pured a reddish amber color with a small thin head. Could definetly get the smell of malts and hops but it really didnt work into the overall taste. Taste was slightly malty, could not really taste the hops. OVerall not a bad beer though, would try again in bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2006 15:51:24 | More by TrickKnee
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a full bodied New England early fall freshness. Well formed blend of light hoppy taste. Almost a light English style ale. Color strikes you as you pour your first glass. Great starter beer for those who want to ween off the basics that a package store might offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:17:51 | More by devildog1633310
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3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a reddish orange iced tea color. A solid finger of flat white foam, on the creamy side, with good lacing.

Aroma - English malts, light toasty and sweet nuances.

Taste - some moderate grain up front, lightly toasted and a touch of diacetyl. A hint of metallic in the background mostly, not too distracting thanks to some good balancing hops. The swallow brings out the hopped side of the beer, mild though it may be, leaving some roasted malt out there as well. Finishess slightly bitter and roasty, nice.

Mouthfeel - rather highly carbonated, almost gives it a salty kind of flavor at times. On the lighter side of average, overall not the best area of the beer.

Drinkability - plenty of malt and hop flavor for a worthy session pick. Sampled courtesy of a beer trade with beachbum.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 04:31:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aa hazy copper penny color with a big white head that stays throughout the entire beer. Nice belgian lace. Malty roma, spicy (Cinnamon?), biscuity. Taste is malt. a little hop bitterness, light body with good carbonation for the style. This is a nice drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 01:50:22 | More by kennyo
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Texas Longhorn Steakhouse in North Attleboro, MA, served in a 25oz. mug glass.

A: The beer is light brown, with a thick foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is quite malty with notes of nuts, honey, caramel and a little hops.

T: The flavor is a bit sweet and is dominated by caramelized malt, nuts, tea and a touch of hops (which comes out slightly more as the beer warms).

M: Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It’s tasty, but lacks a decent kick and could fill you up a bit. This wouldn’t be my first choice, unless there were no other micros available and the only other choices were from BMC.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2006 04:00:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re; "This was seriously more like a brown ale, the style is a bit off. I enjoyed this beer, but it's a strange pale ale."

I had this ale when it was first released at a beer tasting in Sturbridge, MA. I'm not surprised some here find it off-style. The brewer I spoke with, I believe he told me he was one of the brewers, who was serving the samples, told me it was an "English Mild." I remember telling him it seemed "on-style" at the time. It didn't taste at all like an American Pale. It had more of an accent on the malt, little hop at all and seemed mildly complex for a lighter version of a more malt focused ale, as a Mild should be. Unfortunately we're talking a couple years ago so, as of now, that's the best I can do.

Serving type: can

07-11-2006 21:14:10 | More by kencarman
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an active bubbly, deep brown amber color. Thick frothy head 2" thick.

smells Malty, nutty, slightly smokey with a slight hint of hops.

Taste malty, smokey-caramel, nuts and oats, very well balanced. Leaves a very nice honey-sweet aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth, although slightly flat after a very active start.

This was seriously more like a brown ale, the style is a bit off. I enjoyed this beer, but it's a strange pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 20:44:36 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper with a thin bubbly off white head. Moderate carbonation.

A - Toasted malts, bready, hints of caramel and chocolate.

M - Full bodied kind of chewy.

T - A mild tea like sweetness. This brew is dominated by a toasted malt flavor, as if I was eating spent grains. This flavor even masks the grassy hop finish and comes back as an aftertaste.

O - Not bad, but not memorable either. This beer improved as it warmed. I don't believe that this beer should be categorized as a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 14:22:18 | More by SteveO1231
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Rustic, deep copper in color. Creamy white head that settles to a sheet after a moment. A few patches of condensed lacing.

Semi-sweet toasted malt with a bit of caramel. A touch of biscuit with a burnt, floral hop aroma. Very evident butterscotch.

Toasted biscuit flavors with a light, buttery diacetyl. A mild toffee sweetness followed by gritty floral hop accents. The bitterness is a bit off as the diacetyl, sweetness, and floral hops are a bit unbalanced.

Light to medium in body; crisp and mellow on the palate. Noticeable carbonation creeps through.

A bland English-style Pale characterized mainly by how the diacetyl interacts with the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 01:29:53 | More by NEhophead
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. No freshness date.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized off-white head and some sticking and trailing lacing.
A sweet malty aroma is released at first pour, but fades rather quickly. A light smell of hay and metallic hops remains.
A doughy bread sweet malt taste is easy to notice. A metallic copper tang is slightly edgy in the back of the throat. A light taste of sweet limes lingers pleasantly in the background.
Nice beer for camping/boating/beach/disc golf or mowing the lawn.

Serving type: can

04-21-2006 23:57:47 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber red color with frothy thick head that laced nicely.

Smell of caramel malt with light hop character.

Tasted very malty and sweet, with the flavour of citrus rind. A very malty brew that is light on hops. Nicely sweet, but that sweetness stays with you and can have a general yuckiness in your mouth if drinking ceases. So bottoms up!


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:14:02 | More by Freshie
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Archer Ale had a nice hazy copper, caramel coloring. I found the flavor to be overbearingly sweet, almost sickly sweet. Very malty flavor that could be better balanced with a stronger hop flavor. I didn't taste much hop in this beer at all. I found it fairly drinkable, but not refreshing. It was a bit cloying in the mouth. I found it an average ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 15:11:32 | More by JMD71
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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had no idea what to expect from this beer. It poured a nice clear reddish amber color. The appearance was the best quality of this beer. Although certainly not bad, it wasn't great. The smell is of caramel malts and a faint nutty aroma. The taste was a bit sweet with a hint of butter. I found the aftertaste not that diserable. It's a fairly drinkable beer though. I like it better than the macro beers but I won't be reaching for this one often.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 01:54:27 | More by mcowgill
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New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered cream head that goes quickly but leaves a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is light spicy malts. Starts with the hops and malts balanced, finish is watery. Here's a pale that is not loaded with hops. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 23:38:38 | More by jdhilt
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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very interested in this beer since seeing it on many shelves lately.

A: Pours a ruby red or very reddish amber color with a very tiny head that actually left lace on its way down.
S: You can definitely smell the malts, but there is also a spicy hop twang that comes to the nose as well.
T: Taste is abundant with malts and spicy hops--doesn't leave much bitterness in your mouth. The second taste wave is a bit metallic, almost like I had a quarter in my mouth.
M: Mouthfeel is good and goes down smooth--isn't too dry either.
D: This is a drinkable beer, but nothing that'll make you run for it again.

I hope every bottle doesn't taste as metallic as the one I had, because this is an intriguing beer, from the pour, the color, the smells, to the first taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 00:12:32 | More by bjohnson
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3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours almost red instead of amber. Intrigued, I put the glass to my nose and smelled a wonderful maltiness. With my first sip, I was very pleased that this beer had a smoothness I had not expected. It goes down very easy, but didn't have a lot of aftertaste. I would recommend this beer to all who are looking for an easy going local micro. I enjoy the over-the-top hopped up brews as well (from local guys and west-coast), but sometimes it's good to take it easy for a night. Also available in cans, I hear.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 14:02:00 | More by MattBrooks
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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from cask at the Horseshoe Pub.

This ale poured a cloudy, iced-tea brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass in clumps. The smell was hoppy (spicy hops) with some maltiness. The aroma faded fairly quickly. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with good hoppiness and a very light fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was lightly hoppy. This was a nice, easy-drinking pint.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2005 22:12:51 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of cans from Martignetti's. I was very eager to sample this as it was recommended by many on the forum.

Appearance = Pretty poor head and lacing but respectable color of deep golden brown. No light gets through.

Smell = Very sweet, carmel, honey flavor with floral and fruit scents. There's a lot of flavor here. It smells almost like a slightly fermented fruit juice, similar to an apple cidar. Pleasant although it tastes like it's gonna be extrmeely sweet.

Taste = Sweet and syrupy although not unbearably so. Great balance between flavor and lightness, giving it perfect drinkability. I could drink 6 of these without feeling full or overwhelmed. Taste grows on you and gets better with each sip. Carmel, malt, bready yeast without much a strong hop presence but I still enjoy this taste a lot.

Overall = The best beer I've ever had in a can. Nothing to knock your socks off but an extremely tasty and highly drinkable beer. Recommended to bring to a party as you might convert a few macro swill drinkers.

Serving type: can

07-20-2005 02:27:23 | More by LPorter33
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3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool..my first microbrew from a can...here goes. Pours into my SN tulip a deep red with hints of orange, quite dark. There's a fast bubbling half inch head on top. Aromas of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruits and nuts along with a citrusy herbal hop. Slightly bready and nutty.

First sip brings a biscuity/caramelly maltiness that has lots of baked bread undertones. There's a big mix of dark fruity nutty flavors swirling around with a hint of butterscotch (maybe some diacetyl?) Goes down sweet with a touch of citrus hop...but it's quite mellow. Seems a bit muddled overall.

Mouthfeel has a good medium body and a nice smoothness. Goes down easy. This beer just doesn't do it for me...odd flavor profile overall for an APA...but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-17-2005 03:14:24 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived a bright amber with a weak white head that died rather quickly.

The aroma was minimal. Absolutely no hops and very little malt.

The taste was primarily sweet malty caramel with no hops.

The mouthfeel was very light with high carbonation that left a tingle on the tongue.

This is a good beer but one that I will not sample again the next time I come to Boston.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2005 02:14:34 | More by LarryKemp
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4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by a micro that came in a can and I cannot say that I was disappointed, either. It poured with evidence of great carbonation, resulting in a thick head and lots of effervescence. The color was dark amber with a reddish hue and a small amount of brown. It was a beer that was heavy on the malt, as evidenced by a hazlenut/chestnut nuttiness on the nose. It had a light mouthfeel, but a strong, sweet finish. This is one that I would reach for again, especially if I were going camping, where glass is a no-no.

Serving type: can

06-15-2005 17:50:17 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the can much darker than expected with a centimeter deep foamy head The dark appearance was notable in the nise and flavor. Much roastier than I would expect too. Nose is malts and roast. Flavor is all malts with hops that do not provide quite enough for there to be true balance. Lots of roasted grains come through as well. Hazelnuts too. Mouthfeel is crisp, but with a very dry and sweet finish. I think this beer would be a great introduction to the world of craft beer.

Serving type: can

05-20-2005 20:39:28 | More by MuddyFeet
Archer's Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.