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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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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Reagan1984, Jun 09, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice find on my last beer foray of my Buffalo area trip,poured a lighter amber shade with white sticky 1/2 fingered white head.Alot going on hop wise in the nose but it seems to go all over the place,piney and herbal with different citrusy notes with just a lighter touch of caramel underneath.Flavors come together much better a nice dose of hops Amarillo are in there no doubt with a mix of Cascades?Nice piney,herbal hop profile quite resiny with just a touch of light sweet caramel malt underneath to let you know its there.A strong pale ale according to the website,I guess but seems more like an IPA either way a nice beer from a lesser known here in NY.6.3% alc per web site.

oberon, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a boat on it - has to count for something. What comes out of it is medium dark gold with a pillowy white head that shows no signs of leaving any time soon. Toasty-caramel malt hides behind a sharp pine/citrus hop nose.

The sharp hoppiness continues in this one, with citrus (Amarillo?) and lesser earthy/pine hops in charge of the flavor, the toasted grain-caramel malt maltiness a secondary player that manages to balance the hops. The bitterness has a rind-like character that I like. Finishes clean with a lingering bite. Slightly tingly mouthfeel with a light-medium body. Seems to sit in the nether regions between an APA and an IPA - hops are big for an APA, not quite big enough for an IPA. Whateverthehellitis, I like it.

Gotta get north and try this on tap.

sponberg, May 20, 2006
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first of this newer brewery, on cask at Clark's Ale House real ale fest. There was noticeable carbonation in this one, which was unexpected from a fresh cask, bubbles on the top and throughout. C-hop aroma. A few sips, but not entirely finishable which is not my usual treatment of a cask ale.

Sammy, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Franchise, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Celt44
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a sixer of this in the 1000 Islands on vacation.
Appearance is a medium amber with an impressive head and lacing that lasts througout.
Aroma is good and definitely the best feature of this beer. Floral hops are strong - more like an IPA aroma. Grapefruit jumps forward.
Taste is not bad - Maltly up front and and finishes with a bitter bite.
Mouthfeel is smooth - carbonation not overbearing.
Definitely an average pale ale. After a bit of a let down from the great aroma this beer redeems itself.

Celt44, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger with foamy pillowy head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a well balanced flowery hop and doughy malt aroma. Mild resiny hop detected as well.

The taste was well balanced as well. However there was a bit of a cereal flavor present which affected the enjoyment. A good spicy citrusy hop presence dominated.

The mouthfeel was a bit slick, but otherwise good.

Overall a nice spicy and aromatic APA. Good ABV is disguised well.

plaid75, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of jkchristy
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

jkchristy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MTNboy
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

MTNboy, Jun 24, 2007
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.

spinrsx, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a small white head, good retention.

Smell: Decent aroma. Not comparable to the greats (Alpha King and New River) but a pleasant biscuit malt and pine hop citrus aroma.

Taste: Smooth dough malts with a bit of grain and a solid bitter grapefruit pine hops (which lean toward dominating) character make this a tasty straightforward American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body beer with decent carbonation and a bit of slick juiciness through the center.

Drinkability: It is a hoppy beer and a tasty one. Not big or cloying in anyway and yet not completely balanced, still I could drink a few of these.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of jneiswender
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

jneiswender, Oct 28, 2007
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.

donkeyrunner, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of duffextracold
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.

duffextracold, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

iceball585, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
2/5  rDev -41%
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.

sulldaddy, May 06, 2008
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +18%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

jdhilt, Dec 28, 2007
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.

smcolw, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

williamherbert, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wondeful balance of malts and hops. It boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a boat load of bitter hops. The taste is good. It has an intensely bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a moderate malt balance. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but could use a little more body. This was a nice surprise.

WesWes, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of thebuck
3/5  rDev -11.5%

thebuck, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Naes
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an amber colored ale with a tall white frothy head that provides excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is a nice blend of piney and citrus hops.
The flavor goes along with the aroma, as it is mostly of pine and citrus, but there is also a graininess and a bit of hidden malt.
The mouth feel is medium in body, a bit oily and generously carbonated.

Overall, this is a very good pale ale; definitely recommended.

Naes, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a creamy, rocky just-off-white head. Pleasant and somewhat subdued citrus aromas predominate: kumquat rind, grapefruit juice, etc. Grapefruits are much more pronounced in the taste, which begins with a sweetish biscuity malt flavor but then quickly yields to an avalanche of bitter citrusy hopping. Understated mineral finish. Pithy bitterness lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Sort of a one-trick pony as the malt is basically MIA. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but this really only lends to the drinkability. If you like hops and nothing but in your Pale Ales, then this one's for you.

orfeu, May 25, 2006
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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.