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Concord Grape Ale - Concord Brewery

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Concord Grape AleConcord Grape Ale

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001)
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Reviews by eclectic:
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle best before 9 05 (at least I think that’s what it says, its horribly smudged)

Pours a clear copper brown with a very fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells very inviting, a nice grape aroma (initially stronger and reminds me of welch's grape juice, but as it sits it becomes more mild.)

Tastes absolutely awful.. several different flavors roll across my tongue as I sip this and none go well together.. the initial taste is malty with some odd hop flavors in the background.. aftertaste is oddly bitter.. where is the grape that I was so fond of in the nose. Watery mouthfeel and not very drinkable, would not recommend this to anyone

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 23:04:45 | More by eclectic
More User Reviews:
Photo of eheff


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a coppery color with a 1-inch head that settles down to about half that size. It smells faintly grape-y, but not in an overpowering way. It tastes so good! The only downside is that when it first hits my mouth, it tastes slightly metallic with a big carbonation explosion that almost detracts from the flavor. After that, it has a delicious grape aftertaste without being too sweet. I would say that it's pretty drinkable--I could go for another one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:48:49 | More by eheff
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A unique fruit beer. Pours out to a deep reddish brown color, similar to Virginia soil. Medium low level of carbonation, and no lacing. Aromas of grape, light malt, fresh hops and juices. Not overly grape-like. Taste was a blend of traditional ale, and grape rind. Not so much sweet grape, but more grape skin with bitter hops, minor notes of malt. Not overly complex or exciting, but good. Mouthfeel was kind of flat, with some bubbles hitting the tastebuds and triggering the grape notes. Pretty good drinkability. This would be best for a summer dessert beer. Recommended for the style. Special thanks goes out to conneticutpoet for providing the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:32:22 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

simple bottle, beer pours a deep red with cascading pillows of soapy foam. clear and carbonated, some burnt sienna highlights running along the outer edges. nose is grapey.. not in a vinous way, more of a grape soda way. jovial in its utter unapologetic nature. that fruit juice mingles nicely with corn husks and fresh hop twist. mouthfeel is both creamy and bubbly, adding more refreshment to a fun break from everyday beer. tastes mellow and hoppy, with subtle purple grape flavor additions. combination of said ingredients with its lively bubbly nature creates a defining dryness that makes the experience of drinking a grape ale unique. pulpy aftertaste of malt and grape skins completes the experience and rounds out an interesting, simplistic, beer experiment. good session summer brew.. and while not the most impressive achievement a good drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 00:10:20 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of pentathlete


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer just makes me smile. From the label, a simple purple clump of grapes with the words "Concord Grape Ale" to the nostalgic aroma of grape candy/jelly, this beer just seems fun. Dark red (purple?) with a off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is dominated by those Concord grapes and their sugars. Ah, the taste...starts off with the grape taste, sweet and slick. Then the beer flavors kick in with some mild hops. The mouthfeel thins at this point and it is a big drop from the early fullness. It's drinkable but the wildly differing flavors in a single sip this could be tough for some.

Thanks to warriorsoul for tracking this down and including it in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 22:28:43 | More by pentathlete
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/17/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a very small spritzy head and very little lacing.

Smell- Huge sugary sweet grape soda or grape jolly rancher scent. IMO, this is a good thing. Brings back good memories.

Taste- Not as much grape as I was expecting after the scent, but still a decent amount. Hardcore deep roasted flavor backing the grape flavor. Tastes like grape jam on a burnt piece of toast. Mild hops in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, leaves nice grape aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hmmm, interesting and not bad. One of the better fruit beers I have encountered. Seems like a good fruit beer is few and far between. Good job here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 18:12:43 | More by GClarkage
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting thought. I like grape juice. It sure smells a lot like really good grape juice. But tastes like a beer way past its "Best Before" date. Pours an almost red--perhaps brick red. Essentially flat. No head. Nose is my favorite part--full of grape juice. Flavor is at first malts , but the grapes make me think the beer has gone bad. If this was a blind taste test that would be my thought. Fortunately, I be knowing what I drink so I can taste test appropriately. Mouthfeel is flat with medium body.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 00:46:34 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of bewley


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, dated on side 10/06

Nose was pleasant, not overwhelmingly "grapey" to me as others have noted below.

Pours a tannish white head that dissipates quickly. Amber in color.

Taste is maltly with a judicious use of grapes. Slight bitterness from hops. Aftertaste may be a bit off. Definitely dry--not sweet as others suggest--new batch??

My wife is upset that it is not "grapey" enough, and this is exactly why I like it more than her.

I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but I wouldn't refuse another one either.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 22:41:37 | More by bewley
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2.28/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear root beer like brown with tinges of red throughout. Minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Smell = Overpowering grape like smell. Seems sweet and yummy however I cannot help to think it's an artificial grape scent and not one of natural decent, like a fake grape "drink" or a grape Jolly Rancher. If I had to judge the beer's taste on the smell, I'd say it would be a sickly sweet "flavored beer."

Taste = Wow, what a contrast between the smell and taste. I like the initial flavor blast as I can discern a nice gentle grape like falavor. However this quickly fades and what hits next is a bitter, flavorless alcohol like flavor, almost like watered down whiskey. Good initial flavor. Terrible mid-after taste.

Overall = A unique fruit beer but not one I can recommend. It had a lot of promise but that taste that hits after the initial flavor does not agree with my senses.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 00:44:28 | More by LPorter33
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice amber ale I had on tap at the Connecticut River Brewfest. It had a good creamy head, and I was eager to try it. The only other beer I had had that used grapes was Midas Touch by Dogfish Head, and it had a definite white wine taste. This one sounded like it would be different.

The aroma was simple... sweet grapes. Not much malt or hops... primarily the grape was king.

The taste was very good... slightly bitter foretaste, with a long sweet grape finish. I loved it. I can understand why some would not, however.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2004 03:04:10 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, gave this brew a try the other night over at Mahars. Wow this is a different brew! It poured to a amber color with a think white head that stays around and leaves great lacing for the entire brew. The aroma is all about the grape; I cannot really pick up much else except a very strong sweet grape smell that reminds me of grape soda. The taste is nice and smooth with some heavier malt flavors of sweet caramel and a very dominant grape flavor that seemed perfect for the warmer days of summer. You will notice only a slight hop character to this brew. Over all I really liked this brew but can see why some people would not. This is a brew I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 16:47:58 | More by Stimack
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3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer served in a pint glass out of 12 oz bottle. There was a freshness date on the side of the bottle, but I was unable to read it. Very clean looking label that reads "ale brewed with natural flavors".

The appearance was amber with a better than expected head. Grape smells are very evident from the first whiff.

The flavors are a mix between grape juice and grape soda. Light malt undertones. Very drinkable and refreshing brew for those who like fruit flavored ales. Credit to Concord Brewery for an original beer concept.

I was glad I bought a single to try. I can't say that I was ready to open another.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 01:48:35 | More by Hibernator
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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a red-amber topped with a three finger off-white to light tan head well structured head, laces in wide rings.
The aroma is full of grape, touch of malt underneath
Sweet taste, grape, "juicy". Some tea-like hops.
Medium bodied, can get cloyingly sweet

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 21:51:58 | More by mschofield
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a small thin head. Very little retention or lacing. I was really hoping it would be purple.

Smells wonderfully of grapes. A lot like grape soda. Very appealing.

A bit of grape at the start but then it just kind of changes over and sits there. I get a little pale malt, a bunch of carbonation, and not much in the way of hop. Just turns to bubbles in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is thin at best. Lots of fizz. Not much in the way of texture that's enjoyable.

Lots of people love this stuff. It's just not my thing. However, everything else I've had by Concorde is top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:48:19 | More by yankeeheel
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4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Rsuty golden to copper. Darker color than expected. Rich creamy beige head. Visually impressive in the glass. Lots of concord grape smell right up front. Hints of toasted malt underneath. Think grape jelly on toasted biscuits. Taste is full of grape, but not overwhelming or too fuzzy. Grape flavors never waver. Very good balance. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink, tasty and refreshing. Grape flavors didn't bother me at all. Bought this at Harrington's during the Sept. '03 trip and just found it in the back of my fridge yesterday. Well past it's prime, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 12:08:42 | More by StevieW
Photo of UnionMade


2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale straw gold, topped with a big, frothy white head. The head diminishes, yet retains some misting throughout the entire glass.
The aroma is mainly a strong red grape smell. Some mild malt, very light, with nearly undetectable hops. It's mostly a grape fruitiness, while not unpleasant, reminds me of Welch's grape soda.
The flavor is eerily similar to grape soda. A very light maltiness, with perhaps a bit of wheat malt. The grape flavor comes through almost immediately, with an effervescent, sodalike carbonation. Light body, with no detectable hops in the finish. The finish is dry and some light malt comes through, but the grape dominates the beer.
Easily one of the most unusual fruit beers I've tried. I can understand why a lot of breweries don't make this, because it takes on a very distinct soda-like taste and aroma. It's like drinking Welch's Grape Beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 06:20:23 | More by UnionMade
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at..wonderful concord grape smell and amber color. Head stayed for awhile too. Grape flavor with a few leafy after effects. Taste was somewhat sweet with a maltiness and a touch of hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was of medium character and mostly balanced between malt and hops. An interesting brew that is worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 00:41:22 | More by edchicma
Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Every festival needs at least one "novelty" beer, usually a fruit beer. Concord Grape is just such a novelty fruit beer, pouring with a hazy amber body. The smell was pure concord grape, as if I was sniffing a jar of jelly, and actually rather appealing. The taste, however, was mostly malt, with a heavy tannic component due to the grapes, which lingered long after the beer was gone. Not much hops character, and the mouthfeel was a bit dry. Not bad for a novelty beer, but not really worth a second drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2003 16:03:16 | More by kaszeta
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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Concord Grape poured a clear deep copper red with an off-white head that left plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma was grape and not soft sweet seedless grape but big bold concord grape. Oh yea, there was a whiff of malt in there also. The taste starts with a good dose of caramel and crystal malt flavors. This is followed by the introduction of the grape to your palate. It is pleasant and grapey (is that a word?) yet it doesn't over power the malt. By the time you have adjusted your taste buds for the grape you start to notice earthy flavors of oak, herbal hops, and a hint of citrus flavors. The finish is dry with a nice crispness and a pleasant light bitterness. Aftertaste is a lingering malty grape sweetness that is light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is clean and lightly sweet with a medium body.
Overall a nice refreshing ale. It took a while for me to try this one for fear it would be Welch's with alcohol. It isn't! The Welch's flavor (concord grape) is there but not to the point that it takes over. This ale is balanced very nicely to the point where the grapes are a part of the complexity and make for a refreshing fruit ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 21:58:04 | More by purplehops
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid burgundy color, with full, fine off-white head. Aromatics are incredible and spill out of the bottle, but, though bursting, it's bursting with only one flavor: concord grapes, of course. Comes off like a grape pop, really, or like a thawed out grape slushee. Light/medium body, nice texture, fine hop attendance, and sturdy malt. A well-made ale, full of grapey flavor. I could only have one at a time, though, not for session drinking. A fine novelty beer, and one the fine folks of Massachusetts can be proud of. Some tartness at the end, but doesn't diminish the experience.
Thanks to UncleJimbo for sending it my way.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 19:55:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz amber bottle with a purple label.

This ale poured an orangish amber color, slightly hazy, with lively carbonation, and rich off-white foam (slight hint of orange in the foam). This foam last quite a while and left a good coat on the glass. The smell was initially strong concord grapes, but the aroma faded before the glass was empty. There was a hint of malt through the grapes in the smell. The taste was initially malt (some slight sweetness), giving way to hop bitterness, and finally to floral hops, with a concord grape flavor overlaid on all the others. This was like an IPA mixed with grape juice. The mouthfeel was medium body, crisp, hoppy, and not overly sweet, with a lingering hop and grape taste. The drinkability was OK, though I usually don't want to drink too many fruit beers in one session.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 22:08:12 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper color, the head is "Voluminous", the lace in thick sheets, had to let it rest a bit to get to the beer. Nose is as promised, "Grapes", fresh and sweet, hints of malt, quite pleasant. Cloyingly sweet at the start, top skinny in feel. The finish continues the taste of the grapes, nicely acidic, pleasantly hopped, dry and the sweet aftertaste lingers on. Not a bad "Fruit beer", better than most that I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 14:24:51 | More by Gusler
Photo of powoo19


2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on a whim and I will say, it smelled real good.
It even looked good, but when I drank it, the feel was sticky and not real drinkable.The sugar in it must be real high. The residue was real sticky like a soda, which was a big turnoff.
For a small brewery it isn't bad but I would not purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 06:28:46 | More by powoo19
Photo of Andy


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like Concord grapes, doesn't taste like them. That might be ok. There is a rather unpleasant yeast bite in the aftertaste on top of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 19:16:34 | More by Andy
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4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great dry refreshing flavor. The grape doesn't overscore the other flavors of the brew. Only thing is it is almost impossible to get ouside of the brewwery local area.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 15:34:35 | More by beernut7
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Concord Grape Ale from Concord Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.