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War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Reviews by Swedes21:
Photo of Swedes21
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Auburn, one finger head, min lacing, no carbonation

Smell - Malts, caramel, black lycorise

Taste - Dry, toffee, caramel

Mouthfeel - Added volume, metallic all very distinct in the taste.

Overall - not a beer id run out and buy a case of, but as the beer got down in the class, i found myself enjoying it more and more. great share with SpinRSX!

Swedes21, Jul 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this an amber it even says so on the label,poured a clear rich copper with a well defined tight 1/2 finger white that leaves a few traces of lace behind as it settled.Quite fruity in the nose a slight roastiness a real noticable grassy element so there is some hops in there,well rounded flavors a little toasty and buttery but not overly sweet just a little caramel finishing somewhat dry and herbal.For what it is its top notch its an American amber it has a hop profile and it goes down very easily.Recommended with Buffalo cuisine.

oberon, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a nice golden amber color with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. It forms a light creamy tan head that slowly fades to a very thin covering. Lacing is light and slick, sliding down just behind the body.

Smell: The aroma has a subtle malty tone with lots of sweetness.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is straight forward and simple. It has a big juicy malty body with mild hints of hops. The mouth feel has a thick solid texture that is just slightly slick with a medium body and soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a good solid average Amber that is easily sessionable.

generallee, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, NYC. Hats off to Dinosaur for offering some of the best BBQ in the city as well as a more then respectable brew selection. This one arrived light clear amber with a fluffy, frothy, long lasting eggshell head, that left moderate amounts of thick lacing. Nose was mildly of bready, sweet maltyness. This is a crowd pleasing, easy drinking brew. Soft malts, notes of maple, vanilla, honey and caramel in the mid section, leading to a balancing hop dry out late. Nothing special, just a decent sesioner, smooth and went well with some of those extra tasty Dino wings...

Billolick, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the fridge into a pint glass.

pours out a clear deep golden amber color with a small one finger of fizzy white head that faded almost instantly to nothing.

lack of aroma. some buttery diacytol, biscuity malt. very faint herbal, grassy hops.

in the taste, toasty biscuity malt, some buttery diacytol, some fruitiness. grassy, herbal hops balance things out a bit. some lingering bitterness.

light body, just a touch on the watery side. carbonation is a bit overdone as well.

a drinkable beer for sure. although its a pretty one dimensional brew, it doesnt taste nasty and its very cheap which makes it a nice session choice. these were buy one get one for 8$ for awhile at my local store.

dogfishandi, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, with a fairly nicely lingering lacing on it. Smells sweetly malty, almost too sugary sweet. Luckily the sweetness doesn't transfer over to the flavor, which for the most part is a nice balancing of light malt and a dash of bitterness.

Nothing wrong with this one. It's a good, honest, straightforward brew, not trying to wow you with anything.

SetarconeX, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of caddybuyer
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando

A-Amber nut brown with a virtually non existant head.

S-slight caramel malts and little else.

T-Caramel malts continue but there is little else going on here. Quenches the thirst, and that is about it.

M-slightly over carbonated and thin. A good alternative to soda.

D-Thank you...I'll pass, and I ordered something different.

Summary.

If you call yourself the "War of 1812" live up to it. This was a wimpy brew unworthy of the name.

caddybuyer, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The War of 1812 Amber Ale pours a slightly hazy copper-amber body beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white that holds quite well and and leaves some nice rings of dense lace.

The aroma offers a lightly sweet blend of yeasty fruitiness and doughy caramel malt.

The body is medium, and it's lightly crisp on the tongue with a fine, median-level carbonation.

The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of fresh, bready/toasty and caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness (strawberry, apple), and delicate floral and grassy hops backed by a firm, balancing bitterness. The hop flavor appears more distinct in the finish which lingers with some residual malt and dry bitterness.

An approachable, straightforward and drinkable beer that pairs well with a variety of foods (honey glazed chicken, grilled eggplant, or lasagna, for example), or can stand on it's own for a bottle or two.

NeroFiddled, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who said this was a pale ale? Bottle says amber and thats what I taste. A great amber in fact. Looks the part with a slightly red, amber body and white head. Smells of rich caramel. Tastes of caramel but with a touch of fruit, a nice complexity of candy and fruit thats hard to find in ambers. Had this back-to-back with an Anchor Steam and I'd give this one the edge. Fie on the APA label and give this a try

tempest, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a slight white head that sticks around for a bit.

S: Sweet malts with pine hints and a touch of fruit. Nice.

T: Slightly sweet and toasted malts make up the body. Finishes with a dry biscuit flavor.

D: Not a bad brew, just a tad on the boring side.

rebel1771, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of dgeebs07
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

dgeebs07, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of nyrblue2
3/5  rDev -11.8%

nyrblue2, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet fruity malt with some discreet bitter hops. Taste is very light overall with some sweet malt and a light bitter finish. I’ve seen worse amber but still, this one won’t go down in history.

Phyl21ca, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from Kinney Drug Store.

Pours into a clear amber body with a thick, off-white, foam head that holds for a reasonable duration.

Smell advertises toasty malts. Caramel and hops. Hop aroma's not too complex or forthcoming... it smells green or grassy (thank you Venom for the vocabulary).

Kind of dry taste without the expected malt punch. Sweetness trumps any notion of roasty or toasty. Sugars remain in my mouth, kind of ruining the finish. Where's the hops?

I can't lie: I really enjoyed my first bottle of 1812, but the second got a little monotonous. If you drink it with your nose (that makes sense in my head) it's a much more enjoyable brew. However, I want a cleaner finish from my APAs and a better hop/malt balance. Maybe a better quality/variety of hops could render a stronger performance.

tonytuffnuts, May 20, 2006
Photo of charlesw
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little light on the amber, v. clear, smallish, off-white head that's good and dense - nice tight bubbles. Smell... Smell? What smell? Weird. Ok, I had some beer and ate dinner and all, but, wow, I just don't smell anything. Crazy. Tastes of malt with a kind of orange twist at the end. Well, you'd know if you tasted it, eh? Nice and even in the mouth. And, hey, I suppose I'd drink this stuff by the case if it were more accessible 'round here. Hmm. Why does it say APA up there? It says amber on the bottle. Hmm... Change request going out, I suppose...

charlesw, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Ithaca Ale House...

A: Golden blonde, leaning into an am,ber colour. Head is about half a finger... doesn't last long. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

S: Some subtle malts, and a little touch of an almost herbal hop. Fairly straight forward, but not too shabby.

T + M + D: Toasted malts, a bit of sweetness, and a little dash of hop balance. A decent balance, at the very least. Carbonation is crisp and body is a bit lighter and refreshing. An easy to drink beer, most certainly, and a good choice when one doesn't particularly want a flavour explosion, but it wouldn't hurt to have a bit more to it.

Proteus93, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear golden/amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty. There are some hops noticeable.

T: This beer is initially sweet and malty. There is some bitterness that can be perceived. It is a well-balanced and smooth brew, but nothing outstanding.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with noticeable carbonation.

D: Easy drinking amber brew - good for sessions.

barefootbrewer, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of DoubleMalt
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

DoubleMalt, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of mjaskula
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear amber red with a thin white head that dissipates.

Aroma is mild with hint of malt. Taste is mildly malty with a bit of hops, fairly well balanced. Nothing overly special, but easy drinking. A bit dry in the finnish.

mjaskula, May 02, 2009
Photo of jkchristy
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

jkchristy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MTNboy
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is good beer but in my opinion not their best beer they brew.
They also have a real good Pumpkin Spice during the fall.

Appearance- Kind of Reddish-brown with a good head.

Smell- Good but a little strong but not much.

Mouthfeel- It has a good volume.

Drinkability- Goes down great and great with a meal too.

MTNboy, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of stevecee2003
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight forward Amber, with a few surprises. Poured with a rich frothy head that died soon after. But while it was there it clung nicely to the glass.

For me the smell was faint, buit there was the slight tint of caramel and a little malt.

The taste was surprisingly good. Perhaps a good session beer for some. There are hints of candy and caramel. A very nice mouthfeel.

stevecee2003, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Monty's Korner in Rochester, NY. It pours a deep golden-tan color. The head is really thick and creamy leaving some lacing behind each sip. The smell is quite interesting as it has a really strong malty bread aroma along with some orange peel or some other citrus. The flavor is full bodied, rich, and it has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. I really liked this beer because it was so off-beat.

Rudgers73, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, licorice

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with toffee. There is also a very distinctive flavour in this beer.. perhaps licorice. It finishes with a malty toffee aftertaste.

Overall - At first I wasn't crazy about the taste but it grew on me and I progressed through the glass. At least it's a little different than most of the amber beers out there. I'm not sure I could drink more than a 1 or 2 in a sitting though. Thanks for the bottle Swedes21

spinrsx, Jun 23, 2011
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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.