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Thunder Hole Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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84
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 119 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HarryPotHead:
Photo of HarryPotHead
4/5  rDev +7.5%

HarryPotHead, Nov 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle. The beer was a light to medium brown color with a small head that quickly disappeared. It had a caramel, nutty aroma. The taste was a little nondescript. It was mostly sweet, with some coffee/chocolate undertones. A mild beer, and a little thin.

lordofthewiens, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.
Nice deep brown color, dense off-white head.
Aroma is fairly light. A whiff of roastiness but that's about it.
Flavor is solid, with a hint a touch of chocolate and hint of coffee-like roast. Nice touch of bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is smooth, but a bit too prickly with carbonation.
Very nice beer, would be nice in any weather.

mbrandon2w, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of fdrich29
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle brought back from the brewery by mom and dad.

Beautiful thick and creamy head atop an amber caramel body. Lot's of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Nice malt nose, just the way I like it.

I'm not a fan of brown ale's but this one is very mild and malty with a little smokiness.

Mouthfeel was a bit tingly but smooth and a touch of alcohol bite at the end.

Glad I had a chance to try this beer. Although definitely not my favorite style, it was a well crafted beer.

fdrich29, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, medium carbonation, minimal head, light brown in color

Smell: toasted malt, nuts, sugar

Taste: Toasted malt, some nut, and sugar

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation that can be felt

Drinkability: A good brown ale. This may be my least favorite of Bar Harbor's three big offerings, but is still a pleasure to drink. I could have up to three and will always bring a couple bottles back when I visit Maine...Although maybe not a six.

tigg924, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of fdefulvio
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

fdefulvio, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker reddish brown with a thin off white head.

Smell: Malts and nutty.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of toasted malts and nuts.

Overall: This is an ok Brown Ale. I am not personally a fan of Browns but I enjoy this one.

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a slighty ruby deep brown color with not much head at all, totally acceptable for the style. Nose is like vomit! It's gross!

Taste luckily is nothng like vomit which is good, but it's still not too great. Lots of nutty malt, caramel and sweet molases dominate. Light carbonation and a thin body lead to a dull mouthfeel. Ok beer but not fantastic.

kingcrowing, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of far333
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazey chestnut with an oatmeal colored head that rises u an inch high and settles out quickly. Low aroma of sweetish toasted malt. Flavor of half cooked chestnut, toasted malt, hint of mushroom. Mild bitterness, no hop flavors noted. Full and creamy mouthfeel, very round and rich. Overall below average. Pretty one dimensional, not very complex.

far333, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of yankeeheel
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a big fizzy tan head. The smell is of caramel and a little bit of roasted nut but nothing that makes it any different than another brown ale.

The taste is very good. A nice medium malt profile with a whole lot of nut coming through. Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Very little hop is detectable. As it warmed the flavors became more pronounced. At times it almost had a porterish taste/mouthfeel, but it's definitely not a porter.

Another highly drinkable Maine beer...go figure.

yankeeheel, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look who showed up in Pittsburgh, two beers from Bar Harbor...Thunder Hole Ale, and Cadillac Mountain Stout. This appears a dark crimson amber color, quite clear when held toward the light. Aroma has some roasted malt qualities that bring out a touch of caramelized sugars...these beers are crazy drinkable across the board. Flavor wise minimal balanced sweetness peaks across an earthy English ale type of a brown ale with complex malt flavors and herbal earthy hops. As it warms you get more subdued malt character, these guys know how to ferment out the residual sugars not cloying bone in this beers body, it's amazing. Mellow natural carbonation on the mouthfeel in a medium bodied brown ale, I can't tell you to go out and try these beers enough. Overall high quality artisitic masterful brewers that know their art and have been at the game for a long time. I'm happy to see some of it distributed outside of New England, down here in the Burgh.

WVbeergeek, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of testch09
4.5/5  rDev +21%

testch09, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark mahogny with a small head that's gone quickly. The smell is slight, but very good with alot of sweet malt,toffee, and nuttyness. The taste, like the smell, is full of malt and nuts. The creamy toffee and nut flavor is very good. The m/f is light and well balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. A very good brown ale, one of the best I've had in a while.

jmz62565, May 28, 2006
Photo of QXSTER1
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale is a find. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that lasts till the end and laces on the way down. Taste is spicy with subtle roasted grain and bready flavors. Hops are rounded and in the background but contribute to the balance and drinkability. With a smooth medium bodied mouthfeel and crisp well defined flavors this is one fine brown ale.

QXSTER1, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of asabreed
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium to dark copper and brown color, unfortunately with very little head or retention. Looks like soap bubbles at first, and they vanish pretty quickly.

Smell: Malt sweetness and slight roastiness. Some toffee, mild honey, coffee.

Taste: Expected from what the aroma gives off. Some light sweetness and slight roastiness, finishing with some slip herbal and citrus hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little slick and watery until the end, where a burst of carbonation makes itself known.

Drinkability: Maybe it's just me, but it seems like every Brown I have lately is the same as all the others. It's become a style that seems apparently easy enough for many domestic breweries to make, and with many there's nothing that they're trying to do to set themselves away from the pack. A double Brown? Maple syrup? Brett? Something at least a semblance on the experimental side? If you like your Browns easy and sessionable, however, you'll most likely enjoy this, since, though it's an easy going brew, it's hard to knock it in that sense, to a certain degree.

asabreed, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Hessian257, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of blknikon
3/5  rDev -19.4%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of Thunderchief
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Thunderchief, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I exspected the beer to come flying out of the bottle when I uncapped it, like it's namesake. Thank goodness it didn't. A nice brown clolor. The taste was semi-sweet and malty, with a hint of hops. Almost a porter, but not quite. This was quite a tasty beverage.

bewareOFpenguin, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

DarkLordPsycho, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

trevorpost, Jun 25, 2013
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Thunder Hole Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.