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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 WillieMoe


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a string copper color with little head and mild tracing. The smell is not overpowering, but gives off a sort of dry, bitter malt smell. Has a slightly hoppy bitter taste about it. There is very, very, very light fizz about it, as it goesdown fairly smoothly. The taste in the mouth is not great but solid, making it somewhat drinkable in my book.

08-06-2007 02:25:19 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of mcallister


2.2/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

07-12-2007 21:39:17 | More by mcallister
Photo of mentor


3/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

01-15-2007 00:13:34 | More by mentor
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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...

01-13-2007 16:39:16 | More by Billolick
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.6/5  rDev +35.7%

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.

01-13-2007 14:09:39 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of MTNboy


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

12-28-2006 17:46:39 | More by MTNboy
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

09-28-2006 21:25:24 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.73/5  rDev +10%

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...

08-27-2006 22:03:36 | More by charlesw
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

08-27-2006 00:44:22 | More by oberon
Photo of tempest


4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

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

07-25-2006 22:33:30 | More by tempest
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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 ;-)

07-22-2006 11:33:09 | More by Stimack
Photo of tonytuffnuts


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz from Kinney Drug Store.

Pours into a clear amber body with a thick, off-white, foam head that holds for a reasonable duration.

Smell advertises toasty malts. Caramel and hops. Hop aroma's not too complex or forthcoming... it smells green or grassy (thank you Venom for the vocabulary).

Kind of dry taste without the expected malt punch. Sweetness trumps any notion of roasty or toasty. Sugars remain in my mouth, kind of ruining the finish. Where's the hops?

I can't lie: I really enjoyed my first bottle of 1812, but the second got a little monotonous. If you drink it with your nose (that makes sense in my head) it's a much more enjoyable brew. However, I want a cleaner finish from my APAs and a better hop/malt balance. Maybe a better quality/variety of hops could render a stronger performance.

05-20-2006 10:45:38 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -15%

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.

04-28-2006 13:24:23 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10%

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.

11-26-2005 03:42:17 | More by outdoorbrewer
Photo of RollingRock


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

11-15-2005 21:46:36 | More by RollingRock
Photo of Suds


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

10-24-2004 12:02:09 | More by Suds
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-08-2004 14:47:00 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

12-01-2003 03:09:39 | More by WesWes
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

04-15-2003 18:45:39 | More by Shiloh
Photo of aaronh


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

01-05-2003 08:44:38 | More by aaronh
Photo of John

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

My impression of this brew is that it's more like a light amber ale than an APA. Light to medium bodied with a subtle malt character and faint hop finish.

12-14-2001 13:25:53 | More by John
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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.