Engine No. 5 | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Engine No. 5Engine No. 5
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Engine No. 5Engine No. 5

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewandbbq on 06-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by AlexCuse:
Photo of AlexCuse
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an average beer, not really anything special. Darker than most reds, and you can taste the malt that gave it the color. The extra malt seemed to throw off the balance a bit, a tiny bit more flavoring hops could help. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy for a red ale too.

I would drink this again, but I won't seek it out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a pretty beer: red/brown color, a thick head with good retention, decent lacing. A sweet, grainy aroma. Taste is malty up front, followed by some tartness, then some late hops. Very pleasant. I think this beer is well-balanced and enjoyable. Will buy it again.

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Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts and lightly toasted malts and a hint of earthiness from the hops.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. The toasted malt flavors are a bit larger than the smell would indicate however the caramel malt flavors and the earthiness are almost exactly as advertised. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall both the flavors and aroma seemed a bit watered down. I think this falls somewhere between an amber and a brown but does neither better than average. Don't avoid but don't seek this one out - Pennichuck's bombers are much more worth your money.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is Brewed in Milford New Hampshire which is just about twenty minutes from me.

AP: A rootbeer brown color with crimson tinted hues peaking through. A slightly brownish 1/4" bubbly head which dissipated rather slowly.

Nose: English yeast> Herbal hop> mildly sweet malt

Taste: First hit is yeastie with an herbal hop flavor and a caramalized-like malt sweetness underneath, then finishing with an earthy and leafy hop flavor.

MF: Starts off lively and active feeling which makes this medium bodied brew have a nice crisp clean feel, then as time goes by and the volume level in the glass resides the crisp and clean feeling turns into flat and dull. Not sure of why this happens but it's a common trait amoung lower quality beers I find.

DA: This style does very little for me, but beyond that, This beer starts off rather good and then seems to get boring quickly. I'm glad I tried it though.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's. Pours a dark red-amber in my Sam Adams glass. This is a fine Irish red, but not a great one. My only complaint are that it's a touch too thick and the flavor a touch too bland. It lacks a good aftertaste. The upfront flavor of creamy, butterscotch and caramel with a hint of smoke and roasted meat is impressively complex, but the beer leaves with only a subtle pepper hop note. The medium thickness also cuts into the drinkability for what should be a very sessionable style. This beer is close, but not quite a great drink.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I also got this from the Green's on Buford Highway.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head. Lots of lacing and decent head retention. The smell is interesting - kind of a roasted, chocolate, toffee thing going on. Taste is similar. My first thought, oddly enough, was of a Barleywine I had the other day. There's something going on here that I can't quite put my finger on - kind of a dark chocolate sort of bitterness. This has a pretty bold flavor, and I give them credit for that. The flavor isn't necessarily my cup of tea, but I appreciate a brewery that actually gives their beer some character.

Mouthfeel is decent. A bit creamy, unobtrusive amounts of carbonation. It's reasonably drinkable, but I don't imagine that I'd have more than one. All in all, I'm pleased that this beer seems to stand out a bit, and I was very pleasantly surprised, but it's not quite my thing.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured to a bronze clear color. Very little head and minimal lacing.

nose of sweet caramel and fruit.

Taste really kinda monotone malt with out much complexity. Looking for more here but not bad in any specific way.

Mouth feel OK

overall not very impressed. wonder if old bottle as seemed a bit flat on carbonation and flat on taste.

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Photo of Franchise
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler a very dark brown with a small hint of red throughout. It left a thick tan that leaves this brew quickly. The aroma is nice caramel, nuts, very sweet in the nose. The taste mirrors the aroma, starting sweet, brown sugar, roasted nuts, a slight bread quality, that is rounded out by just a bit of hops for balance. The finish is smooth and refreshing, a great red ale that is made for session drinking.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle obtained from Hannaford's Supermarket Derry,NH. dark copper with some reddish highlights with a half inch of off white head that sadly dissipated too quickly. scent of chocolates at first sniff, smells of caramel and toffee after the aroma of chocolate settles in. taste of caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate. moderate mouthfeel, not too heavy. the drink ability of this beer is really good. it truly is a good beer.

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Photo of BuckSpin
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11oz "snub nose" bottle in a classic conical pint

NOTE: A portion of all Engine No. 5 sales benefit local Police, Fire & EMS, which is cool.

Poured brown, not red. Nose is initially sweet with light brown sugar, subtle yet overly ripe fruits (apricot?), very soft malts. As it warms the fruit sweetness gives way to a duller malted sweetness. Head was a pinky of blanched almond hued loose foam that faded to a thin, filming cover in no time that does lace in splotches.

Color is best described as tea like, warm, barely ruddy...odd for a "red". A little hazed, a bubble or two rise quickly through it.

Pretty bland on the tongue, no real noticable qualities leap out. A tea like bitterness is there (maybe orange pekoe?), some dull malts, maybe a little bittersweet. The bitter half of the bittersweet tea quality takes the point on the palate, but again its very even, balanced...too balanced. The finish is a bit sweeter, slightly creamy, definitely on the bitter side and leaves an unpleasant bitter, almost slightly sour quality behind as a filmy aftertaste.

Well, I did my part for the local police, firemen & EMS, but unless my other options are very limited I won't be making any more non-voluntary donations to their behalf via this beer. It goes from dull & boring to bitter, IMHO, and I'm just not enjoying this. Give it a try if for no other reason than to help out the locals and you have no other options, otherwise drop some $$$ in a boot at the station and drink something else.

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Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber-red-brown color with a medium sized and light bodied off-white colored head that laces some down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts and a bit of hops at the end.
T: Tastes like the arome - nice sweet caramelized malts then a nice earthy/piney hop bitter at the end. Nice flavor to it.
M: Very smooth, sweet, refreshing, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable and enjoyable as I was expecting more hops from this one, but i enjoyed it anyways for it's malt characteristics.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in concord. I was happy to see the growlers starting to show up in area stores. Lots of local press on this breweries opening.

A - Ruby red. No question it lives up to the name. Tan head, good retention.
S - A touch of caramel, mild malts.
T - A touch of caramel, toasted bread and a very light hop profile. Very crisp and clean.
M - very crisp drinking brew. No lingering aftertaste.
D - Session defined.

This is a brew to hang out at the pub and drink for the evening. Looks great, won't be confused for any other brew around and the ABV is mild enough to enjoy a few pints with friends and not worry about falling over.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramelized malts, some hops and a little bit of smokiness.

T: The taste is malty and smoky with flavors of caramel, tea and a touch of fruit. There’s a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but there’s just enough of it to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not that filling, decent kick, very good representation of style. This is a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening, unless you’re looking for something a little bit stronger. However, if you’re looking for a good Irish Red, I think this would be a very good choice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a thin head that becomes a sustained patch until it disappears towards the end.

The smell is of mildly roasted grains and malty sweetness.

The taste is of carmelized malt, sweet roasted grains and dough. Mild flavors are a bit restrained but enough hang on into aftertaste to make it nice.

The feel is light-to-medium bodied. Clean with a touch of watery thinness.

A basic, decent red ale. It's clean and inoffensive while having enough taste to make it worthwhile, though just a bit too sweet. Above-average, but not much more than that, IMO.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head fades gradually, but settles with a solid but uneven layer of bubbles, with plenty of slow-falling lacing. Aroma is ample grains and light hoppiness. Taste also finds the hearty malt bill upfront, gets a tad fruity in the middle, and then turns it over to the moderate hoppiness. Kind of worty overall, which I don't mind. Mouthfeel is alright, a bit grainy perhaps, and drinkability is about the same. Not bad, a notch away from even better. Will have to try this one again and see if what happens.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-red body. I was drinking tall 22 oz glasses at Elisha's in Milford. Each came with ~1 finger of thin, white head that quickly disappeared, (most likely due to the bartenders pour, of course).

Sweet, malty nose, no noticeable hop presence.

Flavor is caramel malt, very smooth, slightly smoky and well-balanced. Actually, it reminds me more of Newcastle Brown than an Irish Red. It has no hop contribution that I can detect, well, maybe a little in the slightly bitter finish. This is a smooth and easy drinking brew that is low on assertiveness, but well worth a try.

Mouthfeel is medium, but with a slightly creamy finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. I enjoyed several of these and will try it again.

Look for Pennichuck's next brew to be a Vienna Lager. The bartender at Elisha's told us that they had a sample of that on hand for he and the owner to evaluate.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz screwcap bottle into pint glass at cellar temp.

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a creamy 2 finger off white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Scent is a very slight bread and caramel. I had to focus to catch it.

Caramel and toffee. A buttery taste. A tea-like flavor. Very slight hop bitterness sneaks in at the end. Roasted grains with a dry finish. The bitterness and the roasted quality combine to balance the initial malt sweetness nicely.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability is very good.

Another very fresh and tasty beer from Pennichuck.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with some sweetness becomes more hoppy at the finish. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a reddish hue, cloudy. Small head that has staying power. Some spotty lace on the glass edge.

Dark malt aromas, not much hop. I notice a little "refrigerator" smell.

This is a very dry beer with a bitterness coming from both the dark malts and the hops. Think dry Brown Ale or a Rye. The body is like skim milk with a high level of carbonation. While there isn't a lot of complexity, it is still an interesting brew.

This is a very pleasant and easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bon for this one. Despite springing a leak during shipment, I was able to salvage about 2/3 of the bottle. It pours a deep dark red bordering on brown, huge 1-inch tan head, lots of lacing. Smells of malt and caramel. Tastes of malt and caramel with a toffee-like finish. Not a lot of hops, but plenty of sweet red characteristics. Carbonation was just fine despite the leak, and I feel fortunate that I was able to enjoy some of this.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a one finger head. Some nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of caramel sweetness comes through, but little else.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, ripe black plums, red grapes, and a surprising hint of chocolate late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less so at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the malt flavors.

Drinkability:if you are in the mood for a malt focused beer this one is for you. Easy to drink too.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH. Poured a dark amber, red color a small light yellow head. The aroma is roasted malt and biscuity. The flavor is roasted malt, from chocolate notes and some bready, biscuity notes. Not much hop character at all. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a strong bite from carbonation. Drinkability is average as the flavor can be a bit overpowering and the finish is not very clean.

Overall, a good, not great, ale with some good roasted flavor and balance. Not overly complex though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice roasted malt scent along with some sweet burnt toffee notes. The taste is decent as well. It has a creamy caramel/roasted flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some mild hop flavor. This seems a little too dark and malty for an Irish red ale. It's more of an American brown. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but it's not true to style. All in all, not a bad drinker.

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Engine No. 5 from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 54 ratings