Thousand Islands Pale Ale - Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Thousand Islands Pale AleThousand Islands Pale Ale

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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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2005)
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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.

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 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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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 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!!!

Photo of Brenden
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
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 CaptDavyJones
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Gww1864
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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.

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerTruth
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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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Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.