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Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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81
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002)
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Reviews by zacharius:
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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer pours a dark amber brown color with a thin off white head. Smell is of hops and esters. The predominant taste is of fruitty yeast esters with a hint of roast malt and caramal malt but just a hint. The aftertaste of hops and a mineral water taste. Thin bodied but refreshing beer. Kind of boring so I wouldn't want to drink too many.

zacharius, Mar 27, 2005
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

trocketsauced, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

jmccraney, Jan 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

DOCRW, May 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

grizzbar, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

evilkorova, Dec 19, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +23.4%

If you're in the mood for a Dunkles style beer then grab one of these and see what it's really supposed to taste like!

This is Maritime Pacific's version of a German dark beer. They've used ale rather than lager yeast but other than that it's pretty much right on for the style. And man is it good! Nightwatch is very dark red...about like a cola...and it produced a rocky, light tan head that stuck around. It has slightly sweet, delicious carmel malt flavors. The hops are present in perfect balance but malt is the main attraction in this very good beer.

If you like beers like Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Michelob Amber Bock or Henry Weinhard Dark Lager then seek out a Maritime Pacific Nightwatch. It'll be a real eye opener.

Nixon, Feb 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +14%

offby1, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thin tan head and light lacing. Brown ale aroma of toasted malt. Looks quite nice. Flavor is somewhat thin. Dark malt, hops, dark fruits, but all light flavors. Finishes dry and abruptly. Would be quite good with a bit more body and flavor.

LiquidAmber, Aug 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a deep garnet to almost brown color, the head light tan in color, pertinent in size with a frothy in its texture, which culminates in fine lace that clings to the glass sheets. Decent malt nose, slight hints of caramel, with a sweet start, skinny top. Finish is potently hopped, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste, and a drinkable beer.

Gusler, Nov 19, 2002
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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark garnet hue, and close in color to a brown. Nice clarity. The head is quite thin but has ample retention. The aroma is quite enjoyable, being comprised of spicy and floral noble hop notes well balanced by toasted malt and a hint of diacetyl. Lots of toffeeish malt flavors hit first and are followed by crystal malt sweetness and slightly spicy noble hop flavors, ending with slightly sharper roasted grain and clean hop bitterness. The noble hop flavor is a welcome change to the typical American hops used in the style (e.g. Cascade, Willamette) The slight diacetyl adds to the complexity of this brew. Nightwatch reminds me of Full Sail's Amber, albeit with noble hopping, better body, and all around better balance. It's got more character than many Ambers out there.

marc77, Mar 30, 2002
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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at Galway Arms on the ave in the U district. Appearance was pretty dark but not thick. Carbonation present, and a tiny head. I thought it was interesting that the head seemed to grow as time went on. There’s a nice lacing as well. Aroma was sweet and almost milky. Lot’s of fruit presence, both sweet and dark. Honey and caramel. Taste wasn’t at all what the aroma leads you to believe, it’s a bit bland and pretty heavy carbonation. It seemed a bit too bitter for my liking. Palate was decent. Pretty drinkable. Lots of carbonation, but there’s little lasting tastes. Overall its something I would have to be in the mood for. It’s not bad but it’s nothing great either. It’s like the girl you see, think she’s pretty and start to talk to her, and you realize there’s nothing about her that interests you besides her looks.

Smurf2055, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

sukwonee, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

A dark red ale with low carbonation and head, some hoppiness, the brewer describes this with a "sweet candy-like aroma" but it has a malty smell to me. The ABV is 5.5%.

jdhilt, May 08, 2002
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3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: clear dark amber, almost brown in color. A one finger head slowly fades. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: the aroma is soft, as only some nuts and chocolate are barely detectable.

Taste: nice malty backbone with a milder nut, chocolate, ripe fruit sweetness, and very mild dry bitterness. The malt levels and fruitiness were mellow enough to not be too sweet.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. The maltiness lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a simple session beer here that has a nice full flavor. This beer was very fresh on tap, making this a nice pint to have mid-afternoon.

Gavage, Jul 24, 2006
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4/5  rDev +14%

Zombiepaper, Mar 17, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a nice dark brownish with black tints. The off white head pours to about a 2inch thick head. The smell is of roasted almonds and toasted bread. A hint of light caramel butter. The taste is light with just a small lingering of dark caramel taste. Medium bodied, not a bad effort.

beertaster13, Nov 24, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

Dark brown color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied amber ale. Roasted malts, nice malt sweetness. Some hoppyness. Mouthfeel is thick & smooth. Nice balance. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 02, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev +12%

Pours extremely dark with a very dark ruby color to it. Whatever head is there after a very firm pour quickly goes away. Nose is firm wood, nut, and caramel. Lots of deep red wood mostly though. Flavor is a faint, but noticeable nut on top of a robust leafy and woody character with a strongly pronounced sweetness. Feel is fairly syrup like on the liquid and low on the carbonation. Overall very drinkable. A good brew. A bit lacking it seems in certain areas, but still pleasurable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev +2%

Standard, clean label. Pours a deep amber, mahogany liquid, with no head. Still, a slight lacing is left on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is heavy of smoke. Peat is heavenly, but its somewhat one dimensional. The taste, likewise is fairly simple. Nice, but simple. The peat flavor is wonderful, but somewhat overwhelming. Something I 'd never think I'd say. Could be a wonderful scotch if they distilled it. Sadly, it doesn't make it the most drinkable beer.

freed, Nov 27, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%

A 12 oz. bottled poured to a pint glass; my first taste of a Maritime Pacific Brew, picked up at By the Bottle. Bottle label has some coding along one side, meant for indicating month & week of brewing, but nothing is notched. "Brewed in the Northwest with Imagination".

Listed at 5.5% ABV on Maritime's website.

A: Deep auburn-brown with about 1/2-finger of fizzy tan head, settling to a thin splotchy film. Much deeper, darker color than a typical amber/red ale.

S: Smells like a richly roasted brown ale, laden with lots of caramel, cocoa, & toasted nuts. Almost buttery with subtle coffee aromas, too.

T: A dark, husky roasted grainy flavor - definitely more akin to a brown ale. Lots of caramel malt, burnt toast, smoke. Finishes dry, quite spicy and with a little bit of sour zest.

M: Dense and zesty, crisp and biting. Well carbonated with a clinging dry roasted bitterness, this packs a terrific long-lasting fuller-than-expected mouthfeel.

D: Quite good. Really enjoyed the full-roasted flavors in this and the sweet/spicy/bitter interplay. Definitely worth picking up and a beer that I'd have again.

msubulldog25, May 24, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a dark ruby red color with golden amber edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with subtle earthy hops.  Hints of rye, caramel and toffee as well as some hazelnut and grassy hops.  Kind of bland really.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish.  Spicy with subtle dryness.  Decently bitter but nicely balanced by sweet malt backbone that has hints of caramel, rye and toffee.  

corby112, Aug 06, 2012
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Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.