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Thousand Islands Pale Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2005

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 52
Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is on the darker side of the spectrum for the style, a dark orange that's mostly transparent. A slightly tinted head begins sticky and big-bubbled, lowering casually to foam and sticking some good legging down.
Caramel and pith work in tandem on the nose as with a heavy must/earth coming out over time.
Hops are heavier in the flavor, with big resinous/stemmy bitter pith notes running all the way through as balance is lost somewhat.
This beer is crisp, starting off medium sweet/dry, and as the bitterness hits the back of the throat it builds up dryness. It remains crisp all the way through and smooths out at the end. All in all, it's a little strong on the abrasion and pith.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a lot of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone. There were also some small particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, toffee/caramel and a light amount of hops. The beer finishes with a toffee/malt aftertaste with a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I'm not sure how fresh my bottle was, so that might explain the stuff floating around. The taste was actually pretty decent and full bodied. It comes across as more of an English pale ale than an American one however. It's worth a try if you happen to see it.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sackets Harbor Thousand Islands Pale Ale is a cloudy amber ale with lots of small particles in it. The thin, blotchy white head leaves nice lacing. It has a sweet caramel aroma with a note of wooden hops. It's pretty light bodied and very lively. It leaves the mouth gritty and numb. It's a bit sweet like caramel. It has a light to moderate bitterness that's resiny and wooden. There's nothing wrong with this. It's not very refreshing for a pale ale. It would be interesting to see what this beer would be like if all the ingredients were doubled.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a pale amber color with three fingers of khaki/tan head. The retention was quite good, the lacing off the collar persistent. The pleasant aroma was of hops layered over a dry malt and caramel malt core with hints of bread. The flavors were similar but the hops profile was immediate and pronounced on my tongue. Only after the initial burst of herbal bitterness similar to an ESB did I taste the more subtle malt characteristics. Light toffee, caramel, hints of nuts. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation fine.

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Photo of brentk56
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that descends to a ringlet and archipelago, but leaves more than a few dots of lace

Smell: Quite an unusual aroma, somewhat akin to butter rum, although not exactly - sweet and malty, with an herbacious hop element

Taste: Starts out sweet and then turns herbaciously bitter, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the unusual bitter flavors give way to the sweeter malts but the flavors never really come together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual concoction but not one that is particularly enticing

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger thick initial head. Settles to a single layer of fine bubbles. Leaves a nice ring of lace. The color is bright copper and nearly clear.

Traditional malty pale ale aroma. Muted hop smell. Slightly metallic.

Far more pronounced hop bite to this beer, which is particularly strong on the swallow and aftertaste. The initial sip is smooth and filling--a rich liquid that is close to the consistency of milk. Relatively lighter carbonation. An easy-to-drink APA.

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Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at first very surprised to see generally low grades scored for this IPA after enjoying my first taste at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton, New York. But then I noticed that all but one of the reviews is for the bottled variety which I have not sampled yet, and the one "on-tap" review from Murtyman is right in line with my assessment, only he stated it much better than I can. This pint poured cold at the Inn shows a clear light copper color with a decent off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma is a mild herbal hops and grassy malt. It immediately suggested some chewiness to come, enticing. The taste is generously bodied smooth malt and playfully hoppy herbal highlights. This is what a pale ale should be, full and tasty, sweet but balanced with an earthy bitterness. Very easy drinking with delicate carbonation. I am very surprised at the quality and flavor here, one of the best pale ales I've tried, easily recommended. Where is Sackets Harbor? I need to go!!!

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Photo of duffextracold
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden orange color. little to no head.

S- Smells grainy, with a hint of bitter hops.

T- Sweet, with very bitter herbal hops. Sort of weird, spicy malt taste. bitter aftertaste.

M- Heavy carbonation. has a sort of smooth, buttery mouthfeel.

D- Not sure about that flavor. its just a little weird. Perhaps its just too bitter and poorly balanced? Not one of my favorites.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew looks marvelous. Large white head that fades slightly to leave icebergs of foam floating around. So many rings of lace it's like a white out inside the glass. The liquid itself is a lightly cloudy translucent honey color. I don't know that a pale ale can look better.

Smell is faint wheat and lemon.

Very highly hopped with herbal, bitter hops. Some sweet malt becomes more present as the beer warms and the bitterness recedes. Starts out bitter, end up sweet...wierd.

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Photo of rsawyer
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a locals for locals trade with orcasteve-

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light copper color with haze (chill haze???) Little head with almost no lacing.

S- Floral hops are evident. There is also a malty body lurking in there too...

T- Very bitter hops at first. Strange, since the smell was giving me a floral bitterness- the taste has little to no floral attributes. When the malt comes around and attempts to balance the bitters I find myself getting some strange flavors. I don't know if I am a big fan.

M- I can certainly tell there is carbonation in this one- regardless of the fact that it is not visible. The beer is light and easy to drink

D- Not bad- I don't know if I am a fan of the flavor yet though.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a classic Pint glass and as greeted with a two finger foamy head. The Copper color had a slight haze and the beer also had a slight floral aroma.

Not a huge fan to be honest.

I thought the taste was very out of balance and this was an overly sweet beer for a Pale Ale.

There was a sweet Malty initial taste that was somewhat spicy. This transitioned to an understated spicy hop bite that faded very quickly.

The beer had heavy lacing as it was consumed and a medium mouth feel.

I am left with two short comments

Too sweet.
Not very balanced.

There is better beer to drink in this world.

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Photo of Franchise
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden raisin color leaving a thin....actually no head. The aroma is caramel, spicy hops, brisk and sweet. The taste on the palate is bitter upfront, balanced with a small sweetness of honey then back to a citrus rind bitterness.

Overall this is nice and hoppy but too much for a pale ale the hops are a bit strong for a APA really on the lines of a IPA. I look for more balance in my pale ales but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sackets Harbor Thousand Island Pale Ale
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. pours a good light copper color with a nice white head on top. moderate retention rate. very faint lacing.

S: very light aroma. some grassy tones along with a hint of metal. not much of a hop aroma, but it is there way in the back of the nose.

T: nice, surprisingly rich flavor compared to the aroma. good malt backdrop, some caramel in there as well. nice bittering hops, but I get some metallic flavors as well.

M: medium body. mild carbonation. rather clean and crisp.

D: A good APA, just some off flavors to me, but it could be the version of hops. Good session beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.07/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this brew a little bit ago and am sampling it at cellar temp poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear copper color with fluffy orange-white head of 3 cm foaming up and fading gradually leaving large craters as it fades.
Aroma is pretty mild with some light general malt and floral hops. But not a lot going on and difficult to detect.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine fizzy carbonation, texture is a little watery.
Flavor is general caramel malt for a nanosecond and rolls to a hoppy bitter flavor. Kind of grapefruit rind but also fairly astringent like an aspirin. Not a lot of complex hop flavors, mostly just bitter.
Not the most enjoyable beer unless you like puckering bitey beer with little complexity or body. I wont buy it again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chill-hazed amber with a thin head.

The smell is floral and citrus with some doughy yeast.

The taste is floral, citric with some tea-leaf. Caramel backing gives this a nice balance. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

The body is a tad thin, but it holds up well-enough. Smooth with a lingering, pleasant aftertaste.

An easy-drinking "sessionable" brew - a "hoppier" pale ale (more noticeable in taste than in aroma), but still well-balanced, as per style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown. Small amount of head off a very firm pour and it sticks around for a short while. Nose is light. Green leafy hopppy scent. Flavor is actually pretty smooth. Consistent slightly salty hops coat your tongue and never really fade. Slight metallic tone on the very very end. Barely there, but something is up. The resin hop character is also there, and it stays pretty firm. Feel is thick on the liquid, good level of bubble, and it just leaves a lasting impression on your tongue. You can feel this one for a very lone time. Overall very drinkable. This was a surprise. Not that I thought it was going to be a disaster. It's just nice to be able to find something that is not so mainstream be so nice. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a four finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney hop nose. Flavor is typical pale ale, piney hops, bitter. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of iceball585
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden copper color, slightly cloudy, thin lacy white head, many small carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Pale malts, biscuits, hint of hops, slight metallic smell

T- Bitter hops, flowery, bready, toasted malts, yeast, pine

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation, crisp, bitter bite

D- Not too bad, but not a favorite

This auroma of this beer really fools you a bit. It smells mostly malty but tastes mostly hoppy.

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Photo of drseamus
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat cloudy amber body with a white fluffy head that fell leaving some on the edges of the glass and around the rim. The aroma isn't bad at all. There is a bit of hop aroma in front of some malt, but they are both rather subdued. It is malty at first and ends rather bitter but there isn't much hop flavor in there. The bitter aftertaste lasts a while. The body is on the lighter end of medium. The bitterness greatly detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a bottle before dinner at Craft in NYC.
Poured a Golden Amber with no head, just some small suds laying on the surface.

buscuity malts with a touch of floral hops, some honey and a bit of caramel

Very malty beer with a bitter bitter finish. The hops are super powerful but are very blunt, and monochromatic there is not much depth to the hop flavor. A little bit of pine.

Medium body, adequate carbonation.

A pretty average beer, not awful at all, but there are many many other pale ales I'd reach for first before going for a Thousand Islands again

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Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the beer through a beer of the month club. Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a yellow orange fall leaf color. Eggshell head that goes away rather quick.

Smells is of malt immediately and then faint hop aroma.

Decent taste. Heavy pine, slightly medicinal. Not overly hopped for an IPA. Not for the hop heads for sure. Like the 1812 Amber, I don't think its bad, its just not good.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a super clear bleached copper with a one finger off-white head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is decent actually, with a thick cling on the sides. Smell includes dry malt with a unique seaweed odor. For an APA, where are the hops in the nose? Taste is pretty disappointing as well. Dry corn stalk flavor with a sour pine taste. Too funky for the tongue to enjoy. Some chalk like flavors in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a clean medium body with a mild amount of carbonation. I won't have this beer again, I coulda swore this beer would have been better than this. Not one to look for.

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Photo of sleazo
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light copper with a pillowy white head. An inviting stream of bubbles keeps it at a nice level and the lacing is good.

S-yeasty biscuits followed by a mellow floral hop bitterness.

T-Biscuits, biscuits and some more biscuits. The biscuit dominates this beer and the hop is relegated to the back. Slight floral hoppiness comes through in the finish but not enough to compete with the dominance of the malt. The malt part is tasty enough to not make this a bad beer but it needs more hops.

M-Appropriate for the style, slightly above medium body with an above avergae carbonation.

D-This is a dcecent beer, not one I would go out of my way for again. Run of the mill APA, though i have to say it is a good looking beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.22/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sackets makes some wonderful beers but this is not one of them. Of all great beers they make and sell in their brewery why they bottled this one is beyond me. The taste is horrible along with the aftertaste. The only thing saving this beer is it actually has a descent smell and a cool retro label.

Appearance- A bronze too dark for a Pale Ale. Virtually no head.

Smell- Hops a little bit of caramel to the malt odor.

Taste- Too bitter for even an IPA. It almost tasted as if it had gone skunk. There is a horrible aftertaste that just lingers.

Mouthfeel. It was not very carbonated and a little chewy.

Drinkability- One of the worst beers I have ever tried. My sink got more of it then I did. I love Sackets and I am hoping maybe I got a bad batch.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange/bronze color. Has an interesting, though small dishsoap head. The head does not stick around on the sides, but does sit upon the top throughout.

The smell is a serious hop aroma. Much stronger hop small than most regular Pale Ales. The hops are sweet and floral. There is a hint of pine too, but definite flora.

The taste is a sweet and woodsy hops flavor with hit of end-bitterness. Slight malt, but hops rull the brew.

There is a thick and creamy feel. Gets a bit milky as it warms up. The carbonation dances on the tongue, sits there after the swallow. The hops are absolutely delicious, but not so bitter that I can't drink several of them.

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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
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