War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
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Reviews by outdoorbrewer:
3.73/5 rDev +10%
Procured a bottle of 1812 from a nice chap in a pub in Lake Placid back in 2004 and brought it home to NJ and it sat in the beer fridge until now. Well it poured amber clear and frothy leaving a creamy head of off-white color with a nice show of various size bubbles, mostly lasting, that left a fair amount of lacing. A layer of sediment remained in the bottle giving me a clue that this is going to be a "real" beer. A light bread malty aroma followed with a slight flower hoppiness and to me no residual yeast nose. Initial moderate malt flavor and light bitterness gave way to a nice semi-sweet malt and hint of bitterness in the finish. I did detect sulfur and at the same time a maple fragrance that quickly faded. I enjoyed this brew and will slow down and exit the Northway to see if I can pick up a supply to carry out a session.
11-26-2005 03:42:17 | More by outdoorbrewer
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3.95/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
08-27-2006 00:44:22 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-12-2008 21:45:02 | More by generallee
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
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...
01-13-2007 16:39:16 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
07-19-2011 00:28:22 | More by Swedes21
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
12-01-2010 01:57:04 | More by dogfishandi
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-01-2007 00:35:41 | More by SetarconeX
2.53/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
If you call yourself the "War of 1812" live up to it. This was a wimpy brew unworthy of the name.
02-17-2009 23:10:11 | More by caddybuyer
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
09-28-2006 21:25:24 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +24.5%
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
07-25-2006 22:33:30 | More by tempest
3.13/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
04-28-2009 22:19:56 | More by rebel1771
2.88/5 rDev -15%
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. Ive seen worse amber but still, this one wont go down in history.
04-28-2006 13:24:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.13/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
05-20-2006 10:45:38 | More by tonytuffnuts
3.73/5 rDev +10%
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...
08-27-2006 22:03:36 | More by charlesw
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-16-2008 01:40:59 | More by Proteus93
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-31-2008 20:04:34 | More by barefootbrewer
3.05/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-02-2009 02:55:38 | More by mjaskula
4.05/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
12-28-2006 17:46:39 | More by MTNboy
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-21-2007 04:27:53 | More by stevecee2003
4.6/5 rDev +35.7%
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.
01-13-2007 14:09:39 | More by Rudgers73
War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
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