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Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale - Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company

Bold Coast Pemaquid AleBold Coast Pemaquid Ale

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%

Brewed by:
Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied Scottish Ale with a hoppy finish.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of mscottjohnston


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap at Sarah's Cafe in Wiscasset.

A: Leather brown. Wispy thin head.
S: Overpowering malt. Very faint smoke smell
T: Heavy on malt, with some nutty flavor.
M: Light body with subtle carbonation.
O: Fine for a while, but the malty flavor starts to overpower. Not much else going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 21:31:02 | More by mscottjohnston
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Sourish spicy flaour. Cloudy red with a significant head. A tad of hop aroma. They said this is how it tastes,it came recommended by patrons, and that is only something I would if really pressed, and even then I cannot finish a glass.Mouthfeel is blah.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 01:43:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Lost Bear:

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with a small white one finger head, some rings were left in its wake

S: toasted brown bread, but also kinda like sourdough, smokey, earthy hops

T: smokey sweetness, hops in the background

M: medium; fairly sessionable; clean, malt-driven finish, sweet watery aftertaste

O: this is good for the style and pretty good to me

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 03:14:31 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can sometimes be a fan of Scottish ales, so I had to try this one.

Deep mahogany pour, a bit turbid. Off-white/tan head, light. Small, but I'm guessing due to the pour. This has some stickiness to it.

Aroma and flavors center on the malt. It's sweet and bold, some peat or smoke just in the background. Earthy, some fresh nut and caramel. A hint of fruit...apple?...comes in the middle. A bit slick or flat it seems. A solid offering

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 02:22:28 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of terrymingle

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on tap in various restaurants throughout midcoast Maine, and have also purchased growlers of this ale. It is a darker ale, and bold, but has a sweet flavor. Almost a caramel taste. Malt-y, and very good, with no bad aftertaste. Not very widely distributed, unfortunately. Wishing it was available in Central NY and not just in Maine.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 02:48:21 | More by terrymingle
Photo of sk8man121


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a semi-translucent mysterious shade of cherry cola with ruby highlights. No head at all; instead, a light ring clings to the edges perimeter of the glass.

S: Lightly roasted malts, fruity red berry esters. Subtle, yet appealing.

T: Juicy-fruit malts dominate. Bready center transitions into a slightly hoppy and bitter finish. Not entirely sweet; nicely balanced, actually.

M: Medium carbonation with decent body, although fails to cream-up adequately and thus drinks rather thin.

O: Sheepscot's Pemaquid Ale has quite a bit of a following in Southern Maine, as I assume it does in points north. Clean, refreshing and very drinkable (guessing the ABV to be around 4.5-5.5 percent), I can understand why people enjoy it. It won't blow you away, but then again something tells me it's not trying to.

A nice, almost sessionable small-batch ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:24:28 | More by sk8man121
Photo of Durge


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown copper colored brew with little sign of a head and no lacing as poured chilled at the Great Lost Bear in Porland, ME.The aroma is a fairly weak maple malt with maybe a hint of evergreen. The flavor offers a watery coffee/iced tea malt with a prevailing tart apple bite. It's also a little woodsy, revealing a bit of its Scottish intentions but this is pretty thin bodied and aqueous if you want a satisfying result, for me. Modestly carbonated, at best, more like a cask ale, and just not enough guts to make a good grade. It does carry a decent grassy/evergreen type bite. It's not that far off, but it's not there. Fair drinkability if you like the tart flavor enough, but not something I will repeat most likely.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 01:16:16 | More by Durge
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear.

The look is a red amber color transparent with a decent head formation.
The aroma is sweet and malty. It is full of crystal malts hints of roasted crystal malts round out this Scot ale.

The drink on this beer is very good considering the amount of flavor. it is smooth and easy to drink and doesn't fill you to quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 01:59:12 | More by bishopdc0
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Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle picked up in Waterbury, VT. Served in a standard pint. Pours 80% head - tan in color, sizzling and rocky. As head gradually collapses it reveals a semi-hazy amber liquid. Head eventually settles into a semi-consistent skim of a cap with textured clumps of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat yeasty, followed by a slightly pungent character somewhat reminiscent of cheese. There's also a trace of fruity malt in the mix. Taste follows nose, with the addition of a nutmeg or allspice; however, it's all a bit watered down and there is a slightly metallic tinge to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a fairly clean finish. Not a bad representation of the style, but the metallic flavor kills it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:46:39 | More by Jwale73
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 7/11/10 notes. Picked up at Stateline Liquors.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of toasted malts, vanilla, and fruit.

t - Tastes of spices, fruity malts, and fruity hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok ale, but nothing really jumped out at me in the smell or taste. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 20:33:51 | More by mdfb79
Photo of lehows

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville. Poured a beautiful brown color with off-white head. Clean aromas of crisp malt and bread on nose with a super creamy malted caramel flavor. Highly drinkable for a scotch ale, I wish I could get my hands on this at home. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 14:35:04 | More by lehows
Photo of kingcrowing


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap near pemaquid point, poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a fairly dark brown with a very small light brown head. Nose is light and malty with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is really similar to the nose, quite malty an sweet - there's a bit of a spiciness like nightmeg or something. The finish is a bit yeasty but nice. Refreshing out at the ocean!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 20:33:58 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thick head that delivers splashes of lacing and good retention

Smell: Plenty of caramel in the aroma with an interesting mineral twist

Taste: Opens with a malty caramel flavor that adds a bit of the mineral and hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malt flavors dominate but the mineral elements persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An OK Scottish ale; some unusual elements but not something I would likely seek out again

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 20:16:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of TonyReaves


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got the growler filled this afternoon. As for the abv, the brewer told me today it's 5%.

Poured into a nonic. Has with a thick head that sticks around a while, sending out aromas of caramel and bread and some fruitiness.

I've been a fan for years, but there's a mineral flavor I'm just noticing for the first time. Around that, the familiar malt sweetness evoking caramel and toffee with a slightly buttery finish.

I used to think this was a pretty heavy ale, but I'd say it's about average for a regular Scottish ale. Easy to drink more than one. I'd say this is definitely Maine's best Scottish ale.

Edit: The growler version is quite different from the contract-brewed version you find in bombers and on-tap. Different yeast and different water- I think even an inexperienced beer drinker could tell them apart.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2010 05:01:38 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of lackenhauser


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery color with a great off tan colored head that has some great lacing hanging around. Somewhat solvent like and rubbery aroma. Definate malty flavor upfront. Nice trace of caramel like and toffeeish sweetness. Again, like the aroma it is somewhat rubbery and that tends to detract from what would be an otherwise pleasant experience. Somewhat bready/biscuit like. Nice, soft mouthfeel to it. A nice Scottish ale. I had not realized this was on my wants. I tend to think this might just be a somewhat off bottle-the positives tend to come thru in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:41:57 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Sebago's a couple days ago, decided to let the impression sink in.

Pours a slightly dark amber color, some of those big cask like bubbles on the top but not much in the way of actual head, no lacing, bit hazy in the glass.

Smell is mostly malty as I expect with a hint of hops, and something else that's lurking...

Taste is rather peculiar, I've had it in bottle form and on-tap at a few locations, but this is the first time that I'd say it's almost completely different. The cask version (which it's said was the only one made ever so far) is actually a bit sour, reminds me of a sour brown ale more than it's predecessors. It's not bad, in fact I actually enjoyed it but it's nothing like the usual Pemaquid. I can see others being turned off by it though as it does catch you a bit by surprise.

An interesting experiment from Sheepscot (they've done cask beer before, so it's not inexperience), but I'd be interested in trying Pemaquid on cask again to see how it turns out once more.

Serving type: cask

12-05-2009 16:38:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At first glance this label appears to be a quiet Maine lighthouse seascape. But if you look closely they'res some one being smashed against the rocks by waves. That's creepy.

Dark, clear amber color with a large white head. Foamy collar leaves sparse lace.

Doesn't smell like much. Cola and woody hop?

Taste has nice elements of caramel toned bready malt with a buttery spice tinge in back. It's also fairly cola-esque and watery with a soapy finish.

Brewed by Sebago.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 21:07:43 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Walken


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, Pemaquid Ale
64 oz. Growler, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark kahki brown with orange highlights, head is small and forms slowly, but retains very well, sheeting along the sides of the glass.
Odor: Toasted brown bread, somewhat rich with a tinge of sourness, almost like sourdough. There's a hint of smoke in the background, low earthy hop aroma.
Consistency: Low end of medium bodied, carbonation is surprisingly high, almost offensive, I would have expected this to be a little softer on the tongue.
Taste: Nummy. Starts in with toasted brown bread flavors, evolving slowly into full dry, day old chocolate cake with suggestions of smoke in the background. I'm not sure if I'm detecting sourness around the edges of the tongue, or just extre fruitiness from the yeast, either way, it's far from an issue. Finish is clean and malt-driven, not much left other than some lingering bread flavors.

This is definitely a diamond in the rough, my only personal issue is with the carbonation and fruity yeast/sourness. That's not to say that either element is out of place, but could definitely be toned down a tad on both counts.

Serving type: growler

10-05-2009 20:58:43 | More by Walken
Photo of dasenebler


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber.

Deep amber, with a small light beige head. Aroma is so-so, with some light sweetness and toasted malt coming through.

Flavor is pretty good. This is definitely a lighter scottish ale. Sweet, buttery maltiness. Notes of toffee. Carbonation is on the lower side, which I like, but the mouthfeel is medium, and kind of unremarkable. I would guess that the abv is somewhere around 6 percent, based on how I'm feeling over the course of the drink.

I've had Pemaquid on-tap at a number of establishments in Maine, and it's definitely better than from the bottle. Also, for better or worse, Sebago is actually the company that brews these bombers of Pemaquid. I'm told that all of Sheepscot's beers are best experienced from the original source, in a growler directly from the barn-brewery in Whitefield (i.e., not Sebago).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:03:49 | More by dasenebler
Photo of msubulldog25


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well now, here's an obscure little brewery that managed to find its way to Oregon; so obscure, I guess, that it sat forgotten in a shipping box these past several months. 22 oz bottle with a small white lighthouse on the label, set atop rocky, surrounded by blue skies and crashing waves. Poured to a pint glass; thanks, Pamola (Kyle) for sending.

A: Hard to know if this is the 'correct' look or not...beautiful auburn-amber hue, crystal clear and cut by a multitude of cascading carbonation stream. All this occurs beneath a gigantic rocky head of ivory seafoam - over 3-fingers - which drops slowly, leaving plenty of sparkling lace. I don't know if it *should* have such a massive head (it has been at least 5 months since our trade), but I honestly don't care; it's quite pretty all the same.

A: Fairly quiet aroma of malty caramel and a deeper huskiness. Occasional whiffs of a meatier smoke, otherwise 'average'.

T: A bit hoppier than expected, PLENTY of spice amidst all that caramel sweetness. Not really picking up the 'smoke' I found (at times) in the aroma, but there is an earthy/peaty element that's pretty nice and true to the style. Good grainy huskiness; pretty nice balance, too

M: Carbonation seems higher, but feel mellows out to a smoother finish. Moderate malt stickiness, lingering 'roast'. a touch medicinally bitter in the end.

D: Tasty enough, not a terrific version of the style, but a serviceable one. Wouldn't mind having this again, though I'd say my chances are pretty slim of finding more, barring a trip to Maine.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:07:24 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Brad007


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark burgundy color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with peat and a smoky tint to it. Standard for the style.

Taste is full of smoky peat, sweetness and just a bit of alcohol. Chewy and tasty. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewy peat malt. Again, very nice and tasty.

A decent example of the style. Very drinkable but perhaps better suited for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:33:24 | More by Brad007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. The beer pours a clear brown with a small head. It has an aroma of super sweet caramel malt and some roasted notes. The flavor is of roasted malt mostly. Overall, I found this beer to be sweet and bland but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:27:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pemaquid ale pours a dark copper color body with a little more than one finger of tan head that is composed of very large bubbles. The head disappears almost instantly, leaving not a single bubble on top. No lacing at all.

This has an extremely bready aroma with a touch of sweetness and a touch of toasted malt aroma.

This beer is not really what I expect from a scottish ale. There isn't any big, rich malt flavors. Instead, there is just a touch of earthy hops and a flavor that relies heavily on slightly lighter malt. Lots of bready flavors, with what tastes like a touch of rye. A little bit of sweetness in the middle. A small taste of tobacco comes through in the finish.

Medium bodied, just thick enough and well carbonated. This one has a pretty good mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable beer. Pretty simple, but good.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:40:09 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of ToasterChef


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go-to local beer; whenever I'm wavering on what to drink, a growler of Pemaquid always satisfies! This time around, I had it on tap at the Great Lost Bear. It pours very dark red with a full head of tiny bubbles. The head will disappear so that it is virtually non-existent. Despite that, this is a great beer! The taste is outstanding, neither too hoppy or too malty, but a perfect combination of flavor. Very refreshing; I could drink this one all day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 19:57:10 | More by ToasterChef
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber I have been saving since the fall from one of my trips to Maine.

A-Very attractive deep dark red/brown with a puffy eggshell head that settles rapidly. The color on thes beer is very pretty...If it had more of a head it would be perfect.

S-Sweet caramel malts abound, with little hops detectable in the nose.

T-Smell carries over to the taste....roasted caramel malts predominate with mild hops on the backside to balance it all out in a very enjoyable way. This is a very tasty beer.

M-Well balanced overall with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

D-This is an extremely drinkable and balanced beer with a leaning towards the malts. I drink this one all the time on tap at Shaw's Wharf in New Harbor, ME, which should technically be ground zero for this brew as it is likely the closest bar to the famed lighthouse on the bottle. The tap handle at Shaws is a hand carved lobster buoy with Pemaquid Ale written in hand....how cool is that?....(And the bottle itself, was purchased from the venerable CE Reilly Store down the road).

I understand that Shepscot now contract brews out the bombers and kegs but still fills growlers from the barn. Awesome.

Scotch ale, well, I'm not sure about that, but all I know is that it is as enjoyable right now while snow is falling on NJ, as it is in September with a big lobster cooling in front of me in the dock bar at Shaws. The ABV is a bit of a mystery, but I'm pegging it at low to mid 5's.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:44:26 | More by caddybuyer
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Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
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