War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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War Of 1812 AleWar Of 1812 Ale

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 104
Photo of Rudgers73
4.57/5  rDev +36.8%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
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!! (464 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of mayorwalda
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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! (2,051 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of LLENROC
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of stevecee2003
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.74/5  rDev +12%
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 (548 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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... (599 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of RollingRock
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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... (557 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/21/08. On tap at the Colgate Inn. Pours a deep red/amber with a small white head. Aroma of a nice framboise lambic. Flavor of light fruits, rhubarb, and a nice malt base. A decent beer. After trying this, I was shocked to see the low rating it gets...I thought it was quite good. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) (312 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good amber. Good color to fit the style. Not a lot of head though. Nutty malts with some light hops in the background to round it out. A little sweet as well, but I think its from the malts. Light bodied ale makes this very drinkable. Nothing to shock the taste buds. Would consider this a very good session ale. Something that is easy to drink with enough flavor to keep you entertained for a few pours. (415 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give this brew a try, it is my first from Sackets Harbor. The brew pours to a amber color with a off white head that has pretty good retention and did leave a fair amount of lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma is mostly of malt, a toastyness that is slightly cut by a hop scent. The taste is nice, has a sweet characteristic, which is different from what I was thinking, based on the aroma. Does have a hop taste as well but is not dominant, actually balances things out quite nicely. Over all it is a nice brew, not going to shock anyone, would say that this is a fair brew. Would I get it again, yeah probably but will not be choice 1 – 50 ;-) (667 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber with a thin crème head. Nose doesn’t have much to it really. Sweet and malty. Flavor is bodied, but not a whole lot of character. Well rounded enough, but just no real kicker. Smooth feel with a bit of an almost syrup like edge to it. Nice to drink. A bit too sticky on the feel and lacking in noticeable character, but nice enough to try. (361 characters)

Photo of Getinthevan
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap here at Barnacle Bill's in Tallahassee and man did it hit the spot.

The head was foamy and frothy, just the right amount of bubbles blowing in the breeze. The color was a nice brown-red and ripe for the picking. Needless to say, it looked damn good.

Smell was very hoppy with a pleasant aroma to go with it.

Taste was very good, but my biggest gripe was the aftertaste. The aftertaste at first was very good, but quickly dissipated after just two or three seconds. While the aftertaste was nice, it didn't linger in my mouth long enough for me to fully enjoy it.

Mouthfeel as mentioned above was good, but the aftertaste wasn't as long as I wished it would be.

For any time in the afternoon, 1812 is a great beer to unwind with and share amongst friends. A nice, cold ale is always great after work or stressful classes and 1812 certainly is a good one to down the hatch with. (897 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beere. Orange in colour with a thick frothy head that quickly disappears into a spiderweb lace around the glass. The aroma is malty and grassy. The taste mimics the aroma almost perfectle. A nice balance between malts and hops. It's a little lighter than it shouild be. (279 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice amber color with a head that fades quickly to nominal lacing.

S: Malt and caramel sweetness aroma.

T: Taste of malt with a light sweetness and mild bitterness. Dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth, nice balance.

D: Nice beer, seem to compliment food. good for a couple. (293 characters)

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.