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Lighthouse Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to the judges at the World Beer Championships, one of the world's best English Mild Ales comes from the opposite side of the pond. Once you savor this ale's rich, roasted malt flavors and subtle aromatic hops, you'll agree.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 04-10-2002)
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Reviews by Risser09:
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a white wine glass · fridge · late 2011

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color. 1.5" head, light yellow, great retention, some lacing.

Smell: Pilsner malt. Hay, earthiness. Mostly a malty aroma.

Taste: More pilsner taste with a light hop addition. Barely any alcohol. I like how vibrant the beer is in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: See above. Great vibrance in the mouth with carbonation activity. Bright and low alcohol.

Overall: A solid brew that could be drunk in mass quantities (think sporting events or outdoor activities). I would enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:57:15 | More by Risser09
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-31-2014 14:14:33 | More by MA08
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dlindsay79

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-19-2013 14:14:39 | More by dlindsay79
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jwjon1

Delaware

3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-01-2013 16:02:29 | More by jwjon1
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tapbit

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-13-2012 14:01:45 | More by tapbit
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-27-2012 18:12:52 | More by harpus
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

04-30-2012 23:41:15 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-26-2012 22:38:42 | More by Cavanaghty
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: brown/orange colored body with a one finger white head that dissipates to a film and lingers for a minute. A perfect foamy lacing surrounded the sides of the glass. Barely any carbonation was seen rising.

S: some fruits, possibly plum. The hops are subdued but are slightly noticeably there.

T: light maltiness to it. Some of the fruits came back. There were some slight chocolatey tones to the taste. The hops are lightly balanced in. Closer to the end of the beer, some raisins came out.

M: medium and very balanced. The lightness of the ABV helped contribute to a mainly drinkable beer.

O: this was an excellent beer. I would have this again in a heartbeat. With all that is going on between the taste and the smell, in my opinion, it is hard not to want this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:09:56 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jamesbrews


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

04-23-2012 02:26:30 | More by jamesbrews
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rpaine


4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-12-2012 21:29:14 | More by rpaine
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testch09

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-26-2012 14:23:01 | More by testch09
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-18-2012 20:41:17 | More by NHSTEVE
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patreely12

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-03-2011 00:24:02 | More by patreely12
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-27-2011 14:40:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-25-2011 03:39:12 | More by rab53
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice copper color with a white fizzy head on top. The aromas of grains, hops, and malts all come together on the nose of this brew. The smell is light but big enough to draw you in. The taste of the beer is quite good, it's slightly sweet up front, a little toasty in the middle and finishes with a pretty interesting hop bitterness. It's got some nice transitions from start to finish. The mouthfeel was light and had a decent amount of carbonation. Overall I enjoyed it, I was glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 18:23:46 | More by Knapp85
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A fleeting off white soapy head is made but disappears shortly after being poured. Body style sits and gives off an orange cloudy dull amber, with some quick rising cola like carbonation bubbles. No lacing at all leaving a minimal collar.

Bouquet is quite nice. Clean and light toasted malts, getting into baked bread territory. Feels good this seems like it could be full of flavor.

Taste is kind of weak marmalade orange, but only slowly brings the toastyness on the swallow. Finish is brown bread crust, with a wet body feel. Extremely light, but also quite enjoyable, but I'll give expected wetness for such a low abv.

Overall this is packed with flavor for such a low abv. Kind of looks a little flat though, nonetheless I would have this again at a drop of a hat over many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:12:50 | More by smakawhat
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown outr of the bottle hits the glass and pushes up a snooth head of off white foam.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain that really shows itself off

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:01:17 | More by mikesgroove
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a copper straw color with a quickly disappearing head that leaves just a tad of lacing.

lots of buttery bread with some herbal hops in the nose and some light caramel sweetness.

caramel, bread, butter, herbal tea, fruity esters, a bit of tinfoil. some lemony hops maybe as well. pretty simple, but that's by design. I think its a bit too sweet though, for me.

slightly carbonated and light/medium bodied but with an oily finish that keeps the sweetness around too long.

meh. a style that is very hard to find a good example of around here. I'll pass on this one in search of a better example.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:26:25 | More by silentjay
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Nice fluffy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace no lacing, mostly clear pale honey color.

Nose light malts, hints if toasty malts, some light earthy and touch herbal hops.

Taste starts with light herbal hops, a bit similar to uk style bitter, touch earthy hops and even hint of fruity hops, light malts, little toasty malt, mostly dry to start and finishes even drier, light lingering herbal hops and touch of bitterness. At least there's nothing off.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall kinda boring, not much going on and the hops are not the best character imo, and the bitterness is barely detectable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:50:56 | More by jlindros
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ztaylor1

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a cloudy amber. With a small head that retreats quickly.

Smell- sweet malt, a little metallic. Mild hops.

Taste- bitter upfront with a strong malt dominance, kind of rye-like. But thankfully not as metallic as the smell suggested.

Mouthfeel- it has a light presence without being all that watery. Not bad.

Drinkability- the light mouthfeel makes it easy to drink while watching the tube.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:24:29 | More by ztaylor1
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rsgcwhite

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny Amber appearance that pours a moderate head that rapidly diminishes to a fine lacing.

The aroma is critus, dry and with light caramel notes - but the aroma is not strong. Like being near a cave in springtime surrounded by citrus rinds. Or asking your friend during a long ride, "What is that?"; "Did you just eat an orange?"

The taste is initially malty and dry, with a bizarre 'old bread' aftertaste - sort of like an unseasoned crouton. It's...odd. It tastes unbalanced - it has an almost metallic feel to it, and I keep checking the bottom of the glass to see if I dropped a nickel in it.

As the bottle progresses, the sensation diminishes - the fairly descent hoppiness lingers on the tongue and drowns the other flavors. The hops give it an almost grapefruit character. Mouthfeel is dry but appropriately so for an ale.

Overall, this beer takes you for an adventure - but for all its advantages and misgivings, it seems more or less a unique but fundamentally average ale - even if it is an English Dark Mild one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:38:32 | More by rsgcwhite
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a finger thick off-white head that quickly disappears to basically nothing in a few seconds time.

S: Not much nose going on here, slight scent of roasted malts and has a bit of a bread smell to it.

T: Has a very smoky flavor with a little malt flavor. Really nothing is catching my attention in this beer, just a run of the mill beer to me.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has some bitterness in the finish.

D: Not my favorite beer, just an average beer in my opinion. Not a bad beer but nothing jumped out at me. Probably wouldn't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:06:05 | More by mavbrew
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy head atop a heavily carbonated honey gold pour. Excellent retention and lace. A little too much head though.

Banana comes through strong in the nose, more in the form of banana bread. Underlying notes of nuts and sweets back that up.

Heavy carbonation up front. Really lots of fizz. Nice mild malt format. Slightly sweet with dark, ever so lightly roasted malt. Faint hint of dried fruit and caramel.

Feel is very light and airy, as one would expect.

Excellent session drinker. Easily put down a six in three hours with very little after effects.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:48:37 | More by beer2day
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Lighthouse Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.