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Thousand Islands Pale Ale | Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Thousand Islands Pale AleThousand Islands Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2005

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 52
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 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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Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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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 plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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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 orfeu
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Celt44
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 shirfan
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale orange with a thin but sticky eggshell-colored head.

Tea-like aroma, slightly peppery.

Taste is a bit unrefined. There's a big upfront swat of leafy, astringent, slightly bitter hops with no sweetness to temper it. Stays dry and finishes with another hint of pepper; malt fails to uphold its end of the bargain.

I didn't really enjoy this beer much, it seemed to push all the wrong buttons.

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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.