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Concord North Woods Ale - Concord Brewery

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Concord North Woods AleConcord North Woods Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waughbrew on 02-09-2001)
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Reviews by jward:
Photo of jward
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three fallen leaves pictured on this beer's orange label suggest the colors of autumn, and seem appropriate for a New England brew. The label also announces that 5% of the proceeds are directed to conservation efforts -- this is a feel-good beer to be sure! With a dark amber color, medium body and somewhat unassuming, sweet nose, this beer's real strengths are in its well-balanced flavor. The flavor of the malt is most immediate, with hints of butter and fruit (perhaps even baked apples?). A subtle, dry bitterness to the finish yields a near perfect balance to this very tasty beer. It's a reassuring beer to have on hand for one of those cold New England winter nights.

jward, Dec 02, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of kaimcm
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: clear amber/brown body. eggshell bubbly head a light ring stick.

S: Malt, sugar, a little molasses. Gotta inhale pretty deep to get much.

T: medium malt body, nice balance of hop bitterness. a touch sweet, brown sugar, a little nutty.

M: Seems a bit light, creamy though and good carbonation level.

enjoying with lots of cheese. a nice highly quaffable brew. happy turkey day!

kaimcm, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. long neck with a "For best flavor drink before" date printed on the right side of the label.

Appearance: Reddish almost chestnut / tarnish copper colour with a brilliant clarity, a thick healthy off white head decorates the top of this brew after a semi aggressive pour.

Smell: Sweet and grainy with notes of toasted grain (bread crust) and caramel, very faint buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Well structured medium body with a moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel. A layered malt profile shows it is dominant though the hops do balance adequately. Levels of toasted, caramel and even a touch of roasted malt hit the palate one by one. Hints of chocolate and bitter coffee with a toffee back round are additions to the toasted complexities. Finish is long and hard with toasted grain and leaf hop flavours.

Notes: Drinkable enough to have year round but it makes for even a better cold weather brew to warm the spirits. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, a fantastic blend of malts to come up with those big malty flavours. One of the more notable strong “amber” ales I have had to date.

Jason, Feb 09, 2001
Photo of yankeeheel
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful clear dark brwon with a nice two finger off-white head. Plenty of retention and lacing.

Smells quite nutty and toffee like.

Tastes like a hopped up brown/bitter. Starts off with a very nice malty wave of caramel. Leads in to a slightly astringent/bitter middle, and departs with a slightly toasted malty/alcohol twang. Perhaps a little bit of cinnamon and spice in there too. A really great brew.

Mouthfeel is moderate and carbonation is held in check.

Drink, drink, drink!

yankeeheel, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went into this tasting without knowing anything about this beer. Made for an interesting experience.

Best before 4/06 on the bottle.

Amber-red body with small head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of rich, sweet malts and almost fruity sugar. Tastes slightly like tequila-beer (not tequiza tho), which in hindsight is probably the mixture of maple syrup and caramel malts. Good mouthfeel, but the flavor is just a little to strange to me to want another.

Now knowing its the maple syrup I was tasting I'd like to give this beer at least one more try. Definately haven't had anything like it before. At least it was a new experience.

tempest, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of edchicma
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beuatiful coppery amber color with a nice head that remains for some time. Smell is sweet, malty, spicy. Taste is very rounded and full-bodied. Some initial sweetness, that ends in a nice hoppy presence on the palate that invites you to take another sip. Full bodied mouthfeel that reminds you of the higher abv. Nice, drinkable brew with excellent taste and appearance.

edchicma, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Murph
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with a thinnish off white head that does not stick around. Smells of sweet caramel malt with some buttery notes. Sweet caramel malt dominate this brew with a nice full mouthfeel and some faint buttery flavors. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable for the style. This is one nice winter beer. It certainly has enough body to keep you warm in the winter but it is easy drinking enough to go well anytime of the year.
Thanks to JohnnyP for the sample.

Murph, May 24, 2002
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant deep red color with a small tight creamy head. Fresh dry toasted malty aroma of nuts with a solid fruitiness (raspberry?). Sturdy toasted malt wall of flavor melts into sweetness followed by just the right hoppiness. Excellent mouthfeel and really well balanced.

Great beer.

wedge, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

something about this brew just didn't do it for me. i think it was the abundance of sweetenss in the flavour that was the cause. it pours an unassuming amber colour, perhaps a tad lighter than your typical amber, with a tiny head that leaves minimal residue on the glass. the smell is very sweet and maple syrupy at times, with some butter and caramel present. hops and malt can be detected, but clearly behind the sweetness. the flavour isn't bad. it's different than most ambers, but again it's from the sweetness, which just didn't sit right with me. the flavour balance seemed off between all the characteristics mentioned above. if the basic amber flavours would have dominated here and the sweetness took a backseat, this might be a killer beer, but for now it still needs some tweaking. give it a whirl as there's nothing wrong with it per se, but it wasn't amongst my favourites.

SixpointJMH, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of goz
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark copper, with a large tan head, mostly lasting, with sheets of sticky lace on the way down. Aroma has a good deal of maltiness (caramel, toasted, lightly roasted), and also a nice hop presence. Flavor has all the aforementioned malts mixed very nicely, and finishes with a darn good hoppiness to balance everything out. The medium body is superbly drinkable.

goz, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of bignick
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice beer. Although it is a winter seasonal, it would be a very good beer no matter what the season. For its style, it has a very strong hop profile, particularly in the finish. It is very crisp, and reminds me a little bit of SNCA. There is an equally strong malt backbone, as it starts with a tasty but subtle carmel flavor. Overall, this is a very balanced and very drinkable beer.

bignick, Dec 20, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber beers are admittedly not my favorite style, but Concord has turned into a favorite local brewer. I think their beers are well above average in quality and creativity, and that showed in this beer. The color was deep amber to mahogany and very clear. It had a one inch tan head with a thick persistent lace. The nose was fruity malty with hints of toffee maybe figs. The taste that followed had the same malty fruity taste. It had a decent medium mouth feel decent drinkability. Concord continues to deliver with a better than expected interpretation of the style.

carln26, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, chocolate, some dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste has a bunch of different flavors up front all hitting you at once, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, floral hops bitterness. They all seem to compliment each other to the point that they fade out all together just as quickly as they come in. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are certainly other beers that I’d pick over this one, but it’s not bad

TheManiacalOne, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pack from Austin Liquors, Worcester, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" light tan head on top of a dark amber hued brew, which had some staying power. Good lacing. Nose is heavy on the malts, with a somewhat sweet and hoppy whiff in the background. Taste is caramel malts initally, but is quickly overpowered by a cirtusy hoppiness that closes out with a pleasant crispness. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is not a problem.

ppoitras, May 11, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew via ppoitras. Thanks for the hook up!
The beer is at room temp and I am using a snifter.

Pours a clear mahogany with garnet tints. Soft fluffy 1 inch beige head foams up easily.
Aroma is ripe fruit plums, berries and some caramel and chocolate as well.
Smooth silky body with light carbonation. Flavor is malty with caramel and toffee dominating up front and some rich raisin hits in the middle finishing with a drying earthy hop presence. Smooth and very easy to drink no hint of alcohol anywhere.

An added bonus: The label states that proceeds from the sale of every bottle go to forest conservation. YEA!

sulldaddy, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big whitish head that doesn't last too long, some carbonation. Slight sweetness, with the hops coming through at the finish. Alcohol is hidden but it is there, maybe 6%??. A seasonal that CB donates 5% of the proceeds to North Woods conservation.

jdhilt, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of dbalsock
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know the date at the bottem says reviewed in may... i actually had it in february i think and just found the notes from the review.

Appearance: Poured a dark ruby color and served to me with minimal head.

Smell: I pick up a nice combination of fruity hops and a slight hint of roasted malts.

Taste: The fruity hops from the smell show themselves to be apple, which kinda predominated the taste. The aftertaste has a floral essence that provides a nice change to the fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This feels quite smooth on the palate, but is well balanced with slight bitter quality that intesifies with the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is very easily quaffable, and despite having a decent ABV, I couldn't pick it up at all. Very impressive.

dbalsock, May 02, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty brown-gold with red highlights, topped with a two finger creamy tan head, leaves temporary bits of lacing.
Good nose, very malty, molasses, earthy hop, a herbal note, and what seems to be a bit of raspberry.
Fruity taste, lots of caramel, again very malty. Some citrus hop but it's hidden under the malt sweetness.
A spritzy well carbonated medium body, feels fuller once the carbonation dies down.

mschofield, May 18, 2004
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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber hue topped by a thin, quick head. The aroma is very thing with hints of floral hops and dark malts. The bitterness of teh brew is teh predominant first taste with a quick following mellow malt. The malts give impressions of a thin roast and a deep nutty character. The finish is warm and nutty. Overall quite a drinkalbe old ale.

beernut7, Nov 01, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This local brew pours brownish amber in color with a sturdy 1/4" tan head. The nose is pale but leans more towards a nutty beverage to come. At first taste, it comes across and dry and leafy, definitely an autumn beer. After that rigidness, it transforms more into a nutty offering. The finish remains very dry and leaves a gritty feeling in the mouth. This more reminds me of some kind of oktoberfest than anything else. Its a little harsh and mildly disappointing.

Hhawk06, Nov 14, 2004
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice example of the style. Poured an incredible burgundy reddish brown in color. Light came through the beer and hit the wall on the other side as if it was stained glass. No head, but I think that was more a result of the pour. Nose was very rich in malts, mostly toasted. Ever so slight hop aroma. Flavor was full of malty goodness. Rich and deep malts, some toast and biscuits as well. Made me think of the smell in the woods after the leaves fall and just begin to decay. Hop additions are very much in the background of this beer. Definitely not for hop heads. Mouthfeel was heavy and rich. Kind of like maple sugar candy in the mouth. Easy drinking and definitely will not destroy the palate for other beers or foods.

MuddyFeet, Sep 20, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a big fluffy off white head that dissapates down to about a quarter inch which leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass as you drink. The copper color reminds me of kicking piles leaves while trick or treating through the neighborhood. Earthy hop aromas mingle with very slight alcohol vapors and nutty maltiness. Taste is very well balanced with sweet caramel apple flavors up front and earthy hop flavors on the back end. The hops produce a drying effect that cleans the mouth of the malty sweetness. This coupled with a medium mouthfeel makes this a very quaffable beer. One of the best beers brewed in New England.

Longstaff, Oct 28, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, light mahogany, with a large tan head. Big bubble carbonation with many columns, very active. Head falls to a solid table. Nose is mild malts and really not all that interesting. Certainly not anything negative in the nose. Malted taste that continues through the middle and finishes with a blended hoppiness that dries everything out very neatly. Flavorful, if slightly wet, especially upfront; in the middle, the mouthfeel starts to pleasantly thicken. Very drinkable. A good session brew.

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one via trade.

pentathlete, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of jeffboo
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice amber color with thick, chewy looking tan head. Malty aromas, caramel and lightly grainy (very nice). Medium bodied, it's flavors are delicious toasted malt throughout and a light fruitiness in the finish that is lingering with sweet malt. Some hop bitterness shows in the finish otherwise it's a staight ahead malty beer in a O-fest ale like fashion (where ever that came from) Makes sense to the tastebuds. Very nice.

jeffboo, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color with a good size off white head that just won't go away. The appearance of this beer is one of my favorite things.
The smell is sweet with a hint of something spicy. The taste is just like fall. Caramel, apples, malt, cinnamon and verything nice. So very well balanced and complex.
I really think that I enjoy this beer much better from the bottle and fresh. I had this on draft last year and wasn't nearly impressed. Keep up the great work Concorde.

CharlesRiver, Oct 31, 2003
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Concord North Woods Ale from Concord Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.