Copperhead Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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Copperhead AleCopperhead Ale

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 07-30-2002

The name isn’t a coincidence. This Düsseldorf style Altbier blends caramelized malted barley with pronounced hop character to create a subtle copper hue. Copperhead Ale is famous for its signature balanced flavor & impeccable smoothness.
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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color with medium size off white head. Slight malt smell. Didnt notice much lacing. Taste was ok. Slightly bitter, much more pronounced flavor than BMC lagers or lite beers, bout nothing exceptional. Mouthfeel a little thin but ok, not watery. Drinkability was good. I had a few 20 ouncers of this and it held up well. If I had not been doing pitchers of Yuengling earlier, I would have had more. A session beer, not bad but nothing I would seek out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a pint on tap at the Brazen Head in Bklyn, NY. The info board tells me this was tapped a week ago, nice, fresh beer. Arrives a shimmering shade of light golden. Sugar white head, some retention and expansive and impressive lacing, especially late. Nose is sweet malt and a tad flowery. This is a nice, smooth malty brew. Creamy mouthfeel, notes of rye, with some drying hops late. Nicely crafted and easy drinking alt. Suprised by the low ratings here, as I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you ask me, this is a Dusseldorf Altbier, not an Irish red. A pretty damn authentic one, too, with Caramunich malt and some wheat for balance. Gives that trademark sweet biscuity Altbier flavor, hints of brown sugar and caramel. Lots of floral hops to create bitterness and kill the sweetness upon the finish. Copper ale with medium-to-small head that vanished, good German musty nose. Tangy on the tongue and soft, excellent mouthfeel. This is a very good, well-balanced beer, with a lot going on in the flavor but also straightforward enough for easy drinkability. Definitely NOT an Irish red.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, deep amber body reveals hundreds of tiny, steadily rising bubbles beneath a thick blanket of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves some nice rings of lace. The nose delivers a bready and lightly caramelish malt with just a subtle note of fruitiness and background hops. Its firm and gently crisp in the mouth before warming to become a bit creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers a lightly toasted malt that's well-balanced by a firm bitterness and accented by subtle floral hop flavors. It finishes dry with a lingering note of caramelish biscuit and bitterness. Very well done!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Buddy's in Annapolis. Not a bad beer at all, it had a small head that dissipated very quickly. Poured a strong copper color hence the name. Definitely smelled of malt, and had a very malt aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, looking forward to more from the Fordham Brewery.

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not at all bad. I wasn't sure how it would be. Sort of had a sweet malty flavor with a bit of hop. Smelled similar to to some kinds of grass. Sort of a reddish brown color with a thin tan head. For a low alcohol content it has a good taste and I think that arguably benefits the drinkablility. A definite winner

Photo of bum732
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel and toffee sweetness, some white raisins, little brown sugar, figs and plums. Tastes of sweet caramel like malt with a very moderate bitterness. Finishes fairly sweet with more caramel and some dried dark fruits.

Not a bad beer, fairly one-noted, not at all like a traditional altbier. However, the sessionability on this beer is fantastic.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't think the caramel worked on this one. Not soft enough.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Ram's Head Tavern, BWI airport:

The beer appeared a light copper color with a thin head and no lacing to mention. The aroma was kind of weak, but mainly grainy. The taste of the beer was average, seemed more like an ESB than anything else. The beer had a medium feel to it and it seemed slightly under-carbonated. Overall, not a beer that I would go back for.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

App: nice copper colored, translucent with fair amount of white head
Smell: classic altbier with smells of toasted malts, biscuit, hint of floral hops
Taste: sweet malts forward, lot of caramel and hint of burnt sugar, a bitter floral finish to offset the sweet and a fairly clean finish
Mouthfeel: Fair amount of carbonation, light bodied
Overall great for the style, and easily quaffable, well balanced and good beer to accompany burgers and hot dogs or by itself – I consider it an alternative bier to the routine lagers and people are always surprised to find they enjoy it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color beer with a nice foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is bit weak. Taste is dominated by some light caramel malt and some unrefined grain or adjunct that is not too pleasant. Body is a bit light with some good carbonation. I was under the impression that this was an amber ale until I check on the website and noticed that this was an attempt at an Altbier – definitely off-style but fortunately I don’t rate to style .

Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The quest for the best craft-brewed Altbier continues... and this may not be it but it's very close. Not a bad rendition of the style. A local (regional) brewery, so the bottle was fresh; gorgeous copper color and soft carbonation with a massive, creamy head. Subtle malt and hops in the nose with a taste that was surprisingly balanced, though a bit more (yet still slight) hops than some others. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the better offerings. Still, a pleasant surprise and something I will purchase again. As drinkability goes, it's tops.

Makes a great session beer. I know. I recently tried Copperhead Ale (a lot of it, actually--thanks "N") from a keg while enjoying the Styx concert at Rams Head Live. It was even better on tap and every glass was good from first sip to last. Tried fresh, this is easily as good as the German "macro" alts like Frankenheim. In fact it is very reminiscent of Frankenheim Alt (color, mouthfeel, etc.), though without subtle "I came across on a boat" taste.

Photo of charlesw
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear light amber. Medium whitish head that is quickly gone leaving very lasting lace. Smells... Yeah, it smells, you know? I mean, smells... Like fresh sweat and musty closets. Weird. I don't remember that with other bottles. Is this one off? We'll soon see... Nope, not off. Just not great. Light and sweet like big brand lager but with a bit of a citrus rind bitterness smack in the middle of the back of the mouth. Some dry chocolate notes in there, too. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of jonB
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No surprise that this one pours a deep copper color. There is a small bubbly foam that quickly dissipates. The smell is dominated by sweet yeast. The taste is a malty caramel and finishes slightly sweet. A fairly easy drinking beer with low alcohol that can be easily sessionable.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer came from my fridge stock. Drank it around 45 degrees from standard ale glass. Poured beautiful clear copper color but no head or lace. Aroma was of caramel, biscit, and some hops. Flavor was like caramel candy with mild hop bitterness in start and finish with medium mouthfeel in between. Real good beer!

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a dense collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted and biscuit malts are present in the nose; notes of caramel malts also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with hints of caramel and some metallic notes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This altbier seemed to be rather malty and lacked the fruitiness that you normally associate beers from this style with.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As others have noted, seeing that his is categorized as an altbier is a bit surprising - it struck me as a fairly boring amber ale (I suppose because I've seen more than a few ambers named "copperhead"). A bit astringent without any noteworthy malt or hops catching my attention. "Blah" seems to sum it up.

Photo of bultrey
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn. Copper as copper can be, with a thin white head and minimal lacing. A mild, smooth caramel and toffee nose. Nothing really jumos out at you from this beer -- a nice smooth toffee malt balanced by a ginger-tinged spicy hop bitterness that actually lingers quite nicely. A good enough session beer if you like the style. Good enough to make me want to try their other beers.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Pours a nutty brown clear with little head, but some lacing is present on glass.
There isnt much aroma...some malty caramel but slight metallic aroma.
Taste is of malty bready caramel...very light and thin. With actually more hops than I would have thought for this type of beer, but I like it. Its simple, but good. A really nice session brew for sure.
This is my second brew from Fordham, and although they havent wow'ed me, based on oher reviews, they have exceeded my expectations. Worth a try.

Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark copper / red hue. Quickly settling head leaves sparse lace. Earthy Willamette hop nose, butterscotch, medium caramel, & toffee in aroma. A hint of fruitiness is there as well. The mild hop bitterness leaves this beer sweet and skewed towards malt in balance. Toffee - like malt notes and biscuit malt upfront give way to mellow butterscotch and mild fruitiness. Hop flavor is understated, but is a touch floral. Moderately bodied. Finishes toasty and sweet. Copperhead Ale is an enjoyable brew that went down very well. I wish I had another bottle... there seems to be more going on here than the typical Amber.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- clear copper brown color with about two fingers of off-whitish head no major lacing in the glass average retention

s-aroma is light nothing really shining through shilght hop aroma

t-taste is clean and hoppy bitterness is in good balance jjust letting you know that is there keeping the malts in check

m- average feel not great strengths or weakness

0- overall this is a pretty good beer just tried it on a vacation looking to expand the repertoire and mission accomplished worth a try

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown glass longneck bottle into a Stange.

Color is, as the name implies, a very bright copper, topped with a small tan head that lingers the whole way through and leaves nice thick rings of lace down the glass.

Aroma is none-to-complex, with just a bit of sweet malt and floral, fruity hops making themselves known.

Light-to-medium in body with a perfect amount of carbonation carrying flavors of bright, bitter hops with a strong, creamy underlying caramel sweetness that teeters on the brink of cloying but is just balanced by the hops.

Finishes smooth and sweet, with an aftertaste and body that lasts just long enough to search out another bottle.

A pretty decent interpretation of the Altbier style. A little light in color; certainly a bit hoppy compared to the original, but that is pretty much to be expected by an American brewery. Very drinkable; I could down these all night long.

Photo of daliandragon
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My label is somewhat different but pretty similar to the one shown above. I picked this up at the local Harris Teeter because I'd never heard of it and I kind of got my hopes up. Unwise.

They call it an Alt but it doesn't seem to share the malt strength or smoothness of the style. The color is appropriately copper but nearly headless and unappetizing. Nose is mediocre caramel malts but thin and wispy.

The taste lets me down too, with some decent malt up front but little in the way of balance or complexity. Also, the thin body doesn't have the velvety texture typical of the style.

I was very disappointed with this one. This brewery needs to step up it's game before I try them again.

Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, clean, clear beer with a smallish head that dissolved fairly fast.

Nose is pretty balanced, some mild hops, a touch of apples.

Taste has a stronger malty apple presence coming through. Very well balanced. A touch of graininess.

Body's a little thin.

Overall, not bad, but not one I'll be going out of my way to get again.

Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Buffalo Billiards in Washington DC.
Clear, copper color with a decent, eggshell colored head. Foam quickly faded away, no lace.
Slightly bready smell, light hop aroma. Taste had some light carmel malt, some hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel and body a bit thin.
This was drinkable, but nothing special. I actually thought it was a basic amber ale, a bit suprised to see it listed (here and on the Fordham website). Could use something more for an altbier.

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Copperhead Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.