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War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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War Of 1812 AleWar Of 1812 Ale

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BA SCORE
79
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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 DrewV
1.9/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

In order to not subject myself to another bottle of this stuff, I'm reviewing this from memory. Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Bought as a 2-for-1 6-pack deal for 9 bucks. Figured it was "cheap stock" for when friends come over.

A: Darkish amber, one-finger cream-colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet malts, not much hop aroma. Some diacetyl? Almost syrupy.

T: Pretty much like the smell -- syrupy, buttery malts. Some diacetyl. Can be cloying. Nothing good here, not even a nice hop bite to clear the palate at the finish.

M: Moderate-high carbonation. Doesn't help the taste at all. Aftertaste is present and simply builds into the next sip.

O: Not a good beer overall, nor is it a good representation of the style. The best that can be said is that it may possibly be a very small step up from the BMC mainstream beers. On the other hand, maybe just different, not necessarily better.

Every chance I get, I try to pawn this off on visitors. Most of them are BMC fans, so they're not overly offended by this stuff. But certainly nothing I'm looking to try again.

EDIT: After posting this review, I scanned through the other user reviews and it seems like my memory was pretty accurate. Nothing totally offensive with this beer, but it's just nothing I care to subject my taste buds to again.

Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of TheDeuce
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

War of 1812 Ale...in a bottle.

Appearance-a light amber red, frothy head at first but it doesn't linger long and falls away.

Smell-not that aromatic, what I did get was a mix of light malt, spice, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again very light. light body, light taste, muddled and syrupy and finishes very clean.

Drinkability-nothing memorable.

Overall-not very enjoyable, didn't hit any notes, seemed rushed, flavors didn't work and melded together. Not recommended.

Photo of mcallister
2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale shade of amber with a genrous amount of carbonation and a small off white head that fades quickly leaving minimal thin clinging lace.

Interesting nose. Very rich clover honey with caramel and toffee. Milk chocolate as well as an expressive boquet on the finish.

One dimensional, thin and watery. Mainly toffee and clover honey in the mouth wit very slight floral hopping and even less in way of bitterness. Won't be trying this one again.

Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of davehoward. Thanks!
Pours a very light amber. Transluscent with a small short lived head. Smell is light and just a faint maltiness. Taste is thin, lightly metallic and standard maltiness but very lightly so and with a light flavorless hop bitterness. Very thin and simple. Drinkable with no off flavors, but more of a gateway craft beer, I'd say.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

War of 1812 amber has a translucent, light brown body with basically no head.

The aroma has lightly toasted malt and a hint of hops to it.

1812 is a little bit off. The toasted malts come back with a bit of light sweetness, but a moderate amount of sourness accompanies it. Just a hint of hops in the back-end, but the flavor is rather muted.

Mouthfeel could use a little bit more carbonation, but the beer isn't flat or anything.

All things considered, I don't know if I will be trying 1812 again or not.

Photo of nick76
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is papery and grainy with dust, grass, and brown sugar. The appearance is amber gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin and the finish bitter. This is not a good beer. There is a likable maltiness but there are a lot of off flavors in it as well.

Photo of caddybuyer
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of DannyBoyDD
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Longo_1985
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Beerbuddha
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color with a thin white head which dissappears quickly. The smell is a faint grainy smell. The taste is a bit papery with a slight mineral finish, Mouthfeel is a medium body with medium-high carbonation. My overall perception is one of disappointment. I found this beer in Florida and it was one I've not heard of and one that I can't get in Louisiana. I unfortunately had to by the whole 6 pack since Publix didn't sell singles. I wouldn't recommend buying this beer. It really isn't all that good for the price which was around $8 a 6 pack.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm always looking for a great amber. This one wasn't it.
Appearance is that of a Pale Ale; no darker. Medium head.
Aroma is very malty, flavor is much the same, toasted malts but with some powerful butterscotch and anise flavors that get in the way. I assume they're byproducts of whatever strain of yeast is used, but they're out of control. Hops are a non-factor.
Feel is average. Medium to light body.
It's not undrinkable, but it's too sweet and the off-flavors will not be denied your attention. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of drunkmonk
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired as a throw-in from Paulthebeerguru. Thanks.

A- Reddish copper, faint lacing

S- Not much going on, sweet malts with some faint fruity esters.

T- Sweet malts, some rasberry notes and faint toffee. No hop bitterness. Left with faint malt sweetness.

M- Thin with a bit too much carbonation. A bit fizzy.

D- Drinks fairly easy.

A beer to consider if you have a few BMC drinkers over to the house. Me thinks this might be a good cross-over vehicle to the craft side of things.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ejh06752
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mentor
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Sacket's Harbor Brewing for the opportunity.

Pours almost no head. Nearly clear dead brown-amber. Smells dark caramel, a bit scortched. Woody dry with some sour and esters of non-descript muskmeon/honeydew character.

Tastes dry and quite toasty. Almonds caramel. A touch sour. Woody dry and a bit empty. Dry snappy finish. Some noble hop character that I find similar to Tettnanger.

Md body, but somes across with thin because of the dryness. Not very drinkable.

Photo of MrBIP
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a think clear brownish with a decent head. The aroma is roasted malty, but a bit of solvent is in there. The flavor is very thin and light, mostly malt with just the faintest whiff of flowery hops. The finish is rather sour and the mouthfeel is flat and chalky.

It is good on tap in the brewery, but nothing to sing folksongs about in the bottle.

Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[On tap at MacGregor's in Penfield, NY] Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Ale is an amber ale with a thin, dense, splotchy white head that soon fades. The aroma is faint, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. It has a medium light body and it's reasonably smooth. The flavor is faint and a little sour. It's not very bitter and a bit wooden tasting. Overall, it's a pretty unoffensive beer.
(rated Jun 23, 2008)

Photo of jneiswender
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the beer through a beer of the month club. Poured into a pint glass. Very light copper color. Fairly thick, french vanilla ice cream head. Head stays around with nice lacing.

Smells like a candy-like malt scent.

Okay malt flavor, much better hop bitterness as it goes down.

The beer is certainly drinkable. But I could get really bored with this drink. I don't know if I would choose it to drink for the night. It isn't a bad beer. Just not very exciting.

Photo of giblet
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this beer on tap in New York. it was a nice light amba color. nice carbonation. some lace but little head. i tasted of light malts. not as full as i would like on the body and the flava but still a good beer.

glad i tried it. would be relatively easy for me to drink.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Photo of mjaskula
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
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