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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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Reviews by Grundle20:
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From a rough pour off a store-purchased growler a sizable creamy eggshell white head is produced. The head displays great retention but not too much lacing to note.

There's a mild toffee sweetness building the bulk of the nose. Aside from that there's a touch of crisp Earthy bitterness from the hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
For a beer that produced a surprisingly robust head the beer actually drinks a little flat. A little strange but it is from a growler. Anyways, up front there's a slight chocolate tone that quickly transistions in to more of the malt toffee character from the nose. This flavor carries through the majority of the drink smoothly only to be finished by a hint of piney hops. There's a touch of caremely aftertaste.

I like Scottish ale and this is a pretty good example. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2008 19:19:23 | More by Grundle20
More User Reviews:
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-05-2013 00:46:17 | More by OhioBobcat
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-14-2013 13:01:14 | More by mccallisters_dali
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-25-2013 00:06:17 | More by NHSTEVE
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-10-2012 02:04:04 | More by AndrewDeci
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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
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2012 00:27:35 | More by BillyBrew
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-08-2011 09:13:23 | More by stevecooks
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-02-2011 18:28:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-01-2011 18:38:29 | More by LostHighway
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-26-2011 17:29:55 | More by nmann08
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
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