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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 bluegrassbrew
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, even if it says amber ale on the bottle. Little head with some retention.

Smell is almost non-existent. Some hops.

Taste is a bit grainy. Some bready malt. Seems a tad muddled and not on par with the amber/red ale style.

Overall, a beer that seems more like an English Pale Ale than an American Amber. Not horrible or anything, but I would not buy it again.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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 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 stevecee2003
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Italian American Club in Watertown, outside of Sackets. Smell-Malt at best for my hairy nose. Tasted like an amber to me and below average hoppiness. Delicate accents of caramel and overall sweetness. Taste was more dry than my taste would prefer. A good brew the first time going down but loses character after each one. The brewery has a Pale Rider which is the real deal.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 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 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 Rudgers73
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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 charlesw
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

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 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 Stimack
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ;-)

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

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.

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 outdoorbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of RollingRock
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

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 CBFanWish
3.58/5  rDev +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.

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 Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
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!!

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