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Thunder Hole Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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.

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11-11-2012 03:21:57 | More by stunna
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-19-2012 20:51:55 | More by kevgod
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-12-2012 18:53:12 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-11-2012 04:08:42 | More by The_Astridhaze
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-10-2012
Freshness: Best by 12-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Received in a trade

Clear, reddish-amber color, with a tan head of 2 fingers. Lacing and head retention are good.

Smells are of caramel, roasted malts and some nutty aroma.

Tastes include caramel malts, and woody/earth hops. More malty sweet than hoppy bitter.

Mouthfeel has a high amount of carbonation and a finish that is balanced well between dry and sweet.

Overall a very good brown ale, my favorite so far from Bar Harbor.

Thanks to Greg for this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:01:59 | More by sommersb
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-10-2012 12:12:16 | More by NumberNone
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a bit light for a brown ale, deep amber red with a 1/2 inch of frothy head.

S - Smell of English and brown malts, a twang of hops, and a bit of toffee.

T - Actually quite good for a hop forward brown. English malts and toffee take the show with bittering herbal hops in the finish. Not too complex but it works.

M - Light to medium would guess it was around 5 or more but the ABV screams session.

Overall the only draw back here is the price since Pittsburgh doesn't distribute these guys I found the single for $3.50 at the House of 1,000. It was good but not over 3 bucks a pop good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:27:19 | More by DrDemento456
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep persimmon body under a finger of frothy off-white head that settles slowly into a ring and leaves some spotty lace. Lovely color.

S: Nutty, roasty, and hoppy. Very herbal in terms of hops, but the roundly dark malts take center stage. Nice.

T: Soft, bittersweet roasted malts. Dark fruit, nuttiness, and a hint of chocolate. Herbal hops lend some balance and mild bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Medium body, highly frothy carbonation. A bit much, but still pleasant.

O: Really pleasant beer. Not a style I really like, but this one is totally enjoyable.


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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body that yields a foamy creamy head that leaves a decent ringy lacing. The head is small and dissipates within several seconds.

S: malts with just a tad of coffee. Some toffee presents itself as well as the beer warms.

T: malts again, with just a bit of the coffee and toffee.

M: light, leaning on the watery side.

O: I like this beer. It may not be one of the best "browns," but it still does the trick.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:01:13 | More by BeerKangaroo
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 15:19:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an exceptionally clear reddish brown, topped with a 1/2 finger off white head. Next to no lacing at all.

S- Initially slightly sweet malt followed by a somewhat mineral water scent.

T- Similar to nose. Starts with a slightly sweet malt taste, finishing almost metallic.

M- A bit thin and watery. Decent carbonation.

O- Nothing bad, but nothing all that memorable. Just o.k. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:40:59 | More by capeannbass36
Thunder Hole Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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