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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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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
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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2.76/5  rDev -18.6%

08-17-2014 18:05:52 | More by DannyBoyDD
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New York

4/5  rDev +18%

07-25-2014 00:11:15 | More by j0hnc2468
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-20-2014 22:49:47 | More by luvbier
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-03-2014 17:47:23 | More by CaptDavyJones
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

01-29-2014 11:30:43 | More by jkchristy
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2013 01:50:47 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-04-2013 22:47:00 | More by boszormeny
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-21-2013 19:18:32 | More by Cooker_stp
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-26-2013 01:07:30 | More by Lambocalrisien
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-05-2012 02:36:47 | More by thebuck
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New York

4/5  rDev +18%

11-25-2011 13:59:15 | More by nh2032
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-16-2011 17:42:03 | More by spinrsx
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

05-06-2011 14:29:34 | More by yesyouam
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3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-26-2010 00:32:35 | More by thekevlarkid
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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

06-21-2009 17:43:59 | More by brentk56
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3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

06-14-2009 22:45:10 | More by smcolw
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4.38/5  rDev +29.2%

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!!!

04-04-2009 18:12:03 | More by Durge
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2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

01-24-2009 21:13:49 | More by duffextracold
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

12-29-2008 01:51:19 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of rsawyer


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

07-23-2008 23:55:04 | More by rsawyer
Photo of Reagan1984


2.48/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

06-09-2008 00:57:27 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Franchise


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

06-03-2008 16:53:55 | More by Franchise
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

06-03-2008 16:40:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of sulldaddy


2/5  rDev -41%

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.

05-06-2008 02:00:17 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of jwc215


3.83/5  rDev +13%

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.

02-19-2008 14:48:00 | More by jwc215
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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.