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Thousand Islands Pale Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Thousand Islands Pale AleThousand Islands Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2005)
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3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.7%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.35/5  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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3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
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

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
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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2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.