Somers Amber Ale | The Frog & Onion Pub

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Brewed by:
The Frog & Onion Pub

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The flagship ale of Dockyard Brewing. This copper coloured ale is a traditional English Bitter. Created using the finest Noble hops, this brew is an all-around crowd pleaser to be enjoyed with all foods!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by CorvetteMike:
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On a cruise from NJ to Bermuda the ship was docked at King's Wharf in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Stopped into the Frog and Onion Micro Brewery. Purchased a 5 glass sample.

A: Orange color wilt medium level of carbonation 1 finger head.

S: Fruity smell with slight hops presence.

T: Light caramel taste, some malt, and a slight citrus presence. Well balanced with some bitterness..

M: Medium body, slight carbonation, drinkable, and enjoyable.

O: Enjoyable, drinkable, my second favorite of the five samples. Would purchase a full glass on a later trip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, dark gold, next to no head

Smell: hops a tad bit of rye bread, and malt

Taste: The taste follows the smell to the T.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, light bodied, a bit watery, slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: This is advertised as an English bitter but does drink lighter than that. It is very smooth and there are traces of hops. It could be sessionable on a hot day. Above average as an overall beer, very average for the style.

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Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Dockyard Brewing in Bermuda.

Pours a copper color. Good foam. White atop. Light caramel smell. Malty taste, toffee. Very light carbonation - too light. Mild light hop at finish. Smooth, very light.

Ok beer, good flavor, but needs much more pop.

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Photo of jsausley
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Another good midrange beer from Bermuda's only brewery. The amber ale is marketed as a traditional English bitter but it's not as traditional as you might think - it is served at the standard British temperature but it tastes a lot like a traditional American amber without much British ale characteristic. I believe this was intentional to market it to the tourists that come to the island. Regardless, this does not weigh against the beer because it is a fairly tasty midrange offering and likely the only fresh brewed amber you can get in Bermuda.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint on tap at the Frog & Onion, Bermuda, April 13, 2009:

A: The beer appeared a clear golden amber color with about a one finger light, white head on it that was not particularly well retained. Minimal lacing, if any, but the beer did show a nice amount of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S: The aroma was light, mostly grains, similar to a lager, but also a little hops and a slight sweet smell.

T: As I recall from the menu, it stated that it was a traditional English Bitter, but the taste was clearly amber ale. The taste was light malt; I really did get any hops, with a very light hint of something sweet, really not discernible though.

M/D: The beer had a light body to it, average carbonation to it. The beer was crisp and had a nice finish to it. Overall, the beer was easy to drink and enjoyable but not something that I would drink regularly if given the chance. Average at best.

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Photo of Gmartin75
2.87/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to my parents for returning from a cruise with a mini swing-top growler (16oz, basically a Grolsch bottle) of this (and the porter)

Appearance: Crystal clear, amber/copper color - not much of a head, but I can't complain since this growler sat in some luggage for nearly half a week - possible to drum up some off-white carbonation, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Grainy, crackery, and bready - kind of smells like a multigrain bread mixed with some multigrain crackers - a slight vegetal, musty aroma, kind of smells like body odor - some lightly spicy hops, and some sweetness

Taste: Interesting, like a cross between an English bitter and an American amber - multigrain crackers and multigrain bread - some slight, vaguely English minerality - some slightly spicy hops - not really bitter at all, mostly sweet - some sweet toffee

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, smooth, very drinkable, but perhaps a little watery

Overall: Unique and tasty

Dockyard Brewing/Frog & Onion is the best brewery in Bermuda. Because it's the only brewery in Bermuda. Despite the lack of native competition, this is actually pretty good. There's something a bit off in the smell, but it's bready and refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of philmen
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Jersh67
1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taster at the source.
Mostly clear deep amber color bordering on copper with a good sized off white head that persists. Rich toasty bready caramel maltiness with just enough early hops to balance. Well made amber ale.

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Photo of MNBeerNE
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mdube0378
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of inspektor
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of PTEdelman
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Pando
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 oz. pour, sampled at The Frog & Onion (The Dockyards/Bermuda). I also had an imperial pint of this at The Swizzle South Shore on another occasion.

All North Rock beers are now being brewed by Dockyard Brewing Co., on premises of F&O. NRBC then sells them at their South Road pub under the same names.

Description (from menu): "The flagship ale of Dockyard Brewing this copper coloured ale is a traditional English Bitter. Created using the finest Noble hops this brew is all round crowd pleaser to be enjoyed with all foods!". ABV not listed.

A: Clear amber/copper orange. A dollop of creamy off-white head and a fair amount of rising carbonation.

S: Unassuming mild aroma of mildly toasted cereal grain, a hint of sweet fruit covered and light covering of spicy hopping.

T: A balanced and fairly rich union of caramel maltiness and lightly spicy/dry hops. Bittering grows to a point then fades to subtle fruit and soft toffee sweetness, then evolves again to a lengthy bitter conclusion.

M: Light body, modest carbonation. Crisp, clean finish and lingering bittering.

D: A favorite from the first sip. The 'Amber Ale' in name suggests something different than the English Bitter this is; overall I found it pleasing to drink and sessionable. I estimate the ABV at around 5%.

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Photo of Boto
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Frog & Onion. This one poured a clear amber color. There was about a finger of dense off-white head on it. It has a good nose. A good amount of malts with hints of biscuits and earthy hops. The taste is very good. Mildly bitter. Malts, biscuit, and faint toffee. A nice English Bitter.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cwbern
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Frog & Onion in Bermuda: Clear light amber color with a thin bone white head and spotty lacing. Malty nose that contains some earthy elements. Light-bodied and sweet and skews to the malty side, but does contain touches of hops and fruit. However it is pretty one-dimensional overall. Average at best.

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Photo of Kooz
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 6/8/11, but just found my notes now; didn't want to try to guess and enter without them.

Light copper colored--some slight pure white head. Looks okay.

It's lightly carbonated and smooth. Slightly sweet with traditional bitter aftertaste.

Smells sweet like it's mid-fermentation. It got better as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel was a bit watery, but this was a good beer.

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Photo of doerickson
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber/reddish color, with a clingy head. I found it to be relatively tasteless for an amber ale; I kept waiting for some (or any) flavors to become apparent, which didn't really happen. Not exactly sweet, not really bitter. I guess in that sense you could say it's well balanced. My review might be sort of biased in that I'm not a big fan of amber and red ales in general.

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Somers Amber Ale from The Frog & Onion Pub
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 24 ratings