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War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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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 Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me as a birthday gift from my parents. They tried finding me something that I've never had before and they did with beer. Had my first one of the 6 pack last night. The beer poured out as a amberish orange color. The head was thin white and fizzy. The retention wasn't the greatest or anything and neither was the lacing. The smell of the beer has a grainy sweetness to it. The taste of the beer is also a little sweet up front and remains that way for more of the time I was drinking it. The bitterness isn't very strong on this one. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the light side, kind of watery, overall it's a drinkable brew but I don't see myself buying more of this once I'm out of it.

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a not quite amber pale ale. pours as average as can be, clear golden with only a hint of red color to it, small head. smells malty and boring, and the taste is similar, but with some sort of sour finish, almost like a weaker version of a flemish sour at the end. not unpleasant at all, but it doesnt belong in this beer. its got decent drinkability but it isnt exciting enough for me to want to drink all night.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a nice thin white lace head. The aroma is terrible. It reminds me of English ales. It is very dry and musty. The taste is good. It has the feel of a pale ale, but with the sweetness of crystal malts. It may be too sweet for some. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a light/medium bodied beer. It is a good sessions ale for people who enjoy hand-crafted beers. This is not for the domesticated drinkers.

Photo of smcolw
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts with a single finger head which settles to less than single bubble layer. Amber color and clear.

Fairly mild aroma of brown sugar-like malt.

Sweet molasses flavor that gives it a rich body with a below average level of carbonation. I can't detect any hop, which would surely improve the flavor here.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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...

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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

Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fro ma 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. pours amber in color with a small white covering that quickly disappeared. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and slightly sweet with some caramel malts. Taste is sweet with toasted and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK. it's fairly light and easy enough to drink. Overall it was OK, nothing special and pretty average.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a tawny dark red-brown color, some light coming through for an overall effect of translucence. The tan head starts off big, a mix of foamy and spritzy, which condenses for a strong full finger and sticks down good lace.
The aroma is somewhat nutty and earthy with some fruity esters and a fairly strong tang.
That nutty tang carries through in the flavor. It's sharp to the point of almost being sour, and there's some bitterness from earthy and herbal hops.
The feel is crisp and biting, medium dry with a fair smoothness that could use just a bit of cleaning up.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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)

Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Suds
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good, enjoyable session brew (enjoyed it recently during an evening card game). Pours a clear amber color, and has a think coat of white foam. The aroma is a toasted caramel and slight hop mix. It’s moderately dry, with a very nice hop balance. At times though, the beer has a sulfur and metallic off-flavor. All in all, it’s a pretty good brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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 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 Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

War of 1812 Ale pours a hazy copper color with a thin tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, caramel and bread like. The flavor is also on the malty side, caramel is most prominent. There is a touch of hops, but they are in the background. Decent, but I'd probably pick something else.

Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.