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Copperhead Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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Copperhead Ale
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192 Ratings

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 07-30-2002)
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Reviews by chilly460:
Photo of chilly460
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper body with a short white head. Dissipates quickly, speckling of lace on the sides.

S - Sweet malts, maybe some toffee, but very faint.

T - Basic sweet malts here, not as much depth to say they're caramel malts. A bit of earthy hops on the end.

M - Medium bodied, nice smooth beer

O - Nice easy drinking session beer, no surprises

chilly460, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Jason, Apr 28, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Billolick, Jun 04, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Thrasher, Sep 17, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ryser2k, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Hescrafty405, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ThatguyJoefromBoston, Mar 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Skabiski, Oct 13, 2014
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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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 03, 2003
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.

Rootdog316, Jun 02, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

avisong, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cliff1066, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

bconsidine, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

chim52chim, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Hessian257, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
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

hdofu, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

bum732, Aug 02, 2009
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

dave00100, Dec 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Mrosato92, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Swift989, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

DarthTremens, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.93/5  rDev -12%
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.

PhillyStyle, Aug 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

sneth019, May 07, 2012
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Copperhead Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.