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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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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 rsawyer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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 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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of drseamus
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of DaggerEyes
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a bottle before dinner at Craft in NYC.
Poured a Golden Amber with no head, just some small suds laying on the surface.

buscuity malts with a touch of floral hops, some honey and a bit of caramel

Very malty beer with a bitter bitter finish. The hops are super powerful but are very blunt, and monochromatic there is not much depth to the hop flavor. A little bit of pine.

Medium body, adequate carbonation.

A pretty average beer, not awful at all, but there are many many other pale ales I'd reach for first before going for a Thousand Islands again

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.

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.

Photo of sleazo
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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 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.

Photo of shirfan
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Thousand Islands Pale Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.