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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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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 ehnesandrew
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

ehnesandrew, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of k3v1k
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

k3v1k, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of musqayan
4.25/5  rDev +25%

musqayan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Jaybirdbrew
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Jaybirdbrew, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Cooker_stp, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of CGrzecki
4.25/5  rDev +25%

CGrzecki, Mar 24, 2014
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 Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice brew. The colour is a deep rich amber, orange really, with a frothy head when first poured that quickly disapates to a thin island lace and medium heavy glass ring.
The body is medium and the aroma is a little grassy.
The taste is very well balanced starting with a malty sweetness which quickly finishes to the hops but not excessively.
Definetly a session beer for me, I will be crossing the border for more of this fine ale.
Recomended!!

Shiloh, Apr 15, 2003
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 nh2032
4/5  rDev +17.6%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mayorwalda
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the good ol' War of 1812... in the form of an amber ale? Sounds like a good time.

From the pour of theis amber ale you actually get an off-amber color, it's a little more yellow or gold than your typical amber or red ale; but all's well in the aroma department as this beer gives off the fragrant maltiness you expect from any malt-centric style.

The head's about a finger or so with a vigorous pour and , leaves just about nothing for lacing. The carbonation of this beer, too, is a bit dull, but I find in a malt focused beer, carbonation can keep you from experiencing the true smoothness of the malt selection, so perhaps this is intentional--if not just beneficial.

Upon the first sip, you can taste, of course, a lot of sweeter, caramel malts with too, a bit of some darker roasted malts and an array of fruitiness I can't quite put my finger on (I want to say mango, but that can't be right...) as well as some vanilla and a general nuttiness. There is also a little bit of an alcohol taste which balances out some of the between-sip sweetness.

I am not usually too big a fan of amber ale's but this one drinks pretty well and has a nice balance of sweetness and heartiness, which makes it stand out from some of the other red ales that have become more mainstream (Killians for a good example).

A: This amber ale is actually not quite amber, but I don't hold it against it!
S: You got some real red/amber ale aromas here! Malty, fruit, nut, more malt--great amber ale stuff here.
T: I find this to be a well balanced amber ale, where I find others to be either too sweet or centered on just one facet of it's flavor this seems to embrace all of its different flavors.
M: This brew has a medium body and mouthfeel with a surprising creaminess which helps you taste some of the more subtle fruit flavors hidden away in this beer's complexity.
O: I would recommend this as a good session amber ale that is well balanced and equally complex. Sacket's Harbor's brewers have done the War of 1812 justice (in an odd way, no doubt) I'd say!

mayorwalda, Sep 11, 2011
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 LLENROC
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer on tap at Kilpatrick's Publick House in Ithaca, NY. Since then I have been buying it by the case. A great beer for sheer drinking pleasure and boy can you drink plenty of these in one sitting. It's has good flavor and goes down smooth. Unfortunately for me they are not available in my region. One weakness to this beer is the lack of mouth feel.

LLENROC, Apr 25, 2010
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 aaronh
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber bear that pours with a white head that recedes quickly. String fruity aromas indicate the fruitiness in the flavor as well. There is also a nice malt backgroung for both the aroma and the taste. A fairly well balanced beer that delivers a smooth mouthfeel. The finish is not very clean, and this hurts the drinkability for me. Not nearly as hoppy as many APA's, but a decent beer none the less.

aaronh, Jan 05, 2003
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
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

jkchristy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of thebuck
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

thebuck, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of RollingRock
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer to drink. Very smooth. Had kinda of a light amber color to it. Very drinkable beer. Not much carbonation. Had a hint of sweetness to it. I enjoyed the burst of flavor when I drank it. Slight hop taste to it. Slight malt as well. Beer stayed cold for a while.

RollingRock, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of RancidAggro
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

RancidAggro, Dec 18, 2013
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 outdoorbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

outdoorbrewer, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of lovindahops
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear amber with a light head that barely survives the poor. Not for much lacing. Moderate carbonation

S- a moderate malty apple cider type smell. It's actually strong throughout the process

T- same theme with the cider concept. The malt decorates the substance of the brew. Meanwhile the sweets participates in a concoction of complimenting the brew. Truly a sweet amber

M- a little too syrupy for me... however the flavor does deliver substance

D- you can slam this no question. A good amber ale with local ties. I can drink a ton

lovindahops, Oct 19, 2010
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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.