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War Of 1812 Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 68
Photo of LLENROC
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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 bilyboy65
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
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 mjaskula
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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.


If you call yourself the "War of 1812" live up to it. This was a wimpy brew unworthy of the name.

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 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 generallee
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 Proteus93
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of garcia2a
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Erie in Weedsport.

The beer poured a nice golden amber color, clear. no carbonation with a flat lacey haed with light retention.

The bouquet was was sweet. Lots of malt, yet I get candied sugars and a bit of honey. This sweet malt thing goes through to the taste, where the malt with some yeast leave a pleasant taste with a short, yet nice, aftertaste.

This is an easy drinking beer with a medium body and good mouthfeel. It does cloy, but to be fair it was late when I had this beer. Overall nice, kinda like a Yeungling and Becks love child!

Photo of Getinthevan
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a barbecue. My choices were this or " Busch Light " so I chose this. Looks like the better choice.

Poured a clear oak brown with a finger of head, carbonation is visible but minor.

Smelled a bit like oak and spice, very hard to smell anything else.

Tasted a bit like hops, spice, and black coffee. Nothing fantastic here but it went well with the burgers and when I " needed a cold one ".

Mouthfeel was good. Clean, crisp, very refreshing, weight and carbonation perfectly balanced.

Drinkability for refreshment is high, anything else, I'm uncertain, as this beer is fairly average as far as other qualities go.

Photo of Ig0r
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour gave a short, white head of small bubbles that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing in the glass. The color is a deep, clear amber.

The smell is pretty weak, a little spiciness and some hop aroma. The feel is smooth but not thin, with a good amount of carbonation present. Like the smell, there seems to be little remarkable about the flavor. There is some grapefruit sourness with a good hoppy finish. Not much remains for an aftertaste.

This seems to be something that doesn't have much character, but would be good refreshment.

Photo of frazbri
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Amber Ale poured a clear copper-auburn color topped by a short cream head. Mild aroma of orchard fruit, almond and nutmeg. Flavor was sweet and nutty balanced by bitterness. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a well balanced amber ale. Nutty flavors make it interesting.

Photo of drunkmonk
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is like a new penny, shellacked, and clear with a high head of medium sized bubbles that fade quickly.

Very light sent of melons and malt in the nose, adds little to the experience, but is pleasant never the less.

Rather malty with white bread and a tease of hops, and finishes with elements of butter.

The War of 1812 may have cleansed the British pallet of any desire to re-acquire the American Colonies, and this beer is a clear and light pallet cleanser too.

One could easily spend an afternoon on the deck drinking this one with friends.

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!


Photo of JDV
2.32/5  rDev -32%
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 TheTrevor
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is almost all sweet malts. The taste starts off with malts that aren't quite as sweet as the scent indicated followed by some hops that are not overly bitter and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky without too much carbonation. I consider this beer to very drinkable and could see grabbing a couple more if they were at hand.

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.

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.