Holyoke Dam Ale | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Holyoke Dam AleHolyoke Dam Ale

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 76
Photo of Dogbrick
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Located at a liquor store in Brookline, MA. The beer is a clear reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that did not last long. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with touches of fruit. Medium body with a toasted malt flavor that has notes of caramel and fruit. There are a fair amount of hops present as well. Mildly bitter finish that tastes of hops and sweet spices, along with tart fruit. The finish that was reminiscent of a Barley Wine, just a lot less pronounced. Overall a good straightforward E(A)PA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber with a best purchased by May, 2007 on the label. A pretty nice beer. Amber color with red highlights, a small head. It had a nice fruity aroma, with some caramel in the background. Taste was similar, with a good fruit presence, some sweetness, and hops in the aftertaste. Fairly substantial, a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paper City Holyoke Dam Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a deep amber with a bronze tint. Nice head on top. Decent appearance.

Whiffs of mixed fruit and malts.

Juicy malt backbone with hints of brown sugar, cashews and chewy malts. Nutty and malty. Solid hop presence with a fruity twang on the finish.

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Photo of sstackho
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, with illegible freshness date. What's the point in having a date if no-one can read it? Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown with medium carbonation. Malty aroma with a bit of molasses. First taste has a nice maltiness, although the taste does fade a bit quicker than is preferred. A bit too much carbonation on the tongue.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
"Best if served before" date has faded away.

Pours a light chestnut in color; noticeable carbonation. Half-inch, foamy off-white head with decent retention. A bit of condensed lacing with good strength.

Moderately sweet toffee with hints of plum and fig. Rounded whaffs of floral hops that succumb to the malted sweetness and darker, ripened fruit.

Subdued, mild malt sweetness: caramel, vinous fruit: grape, plum, fig, red apple. As the sweetness recedes, a growing rustic, floral hop presence comes to the forefront. Nutty, earthe flavors are followed by a scant bitterness, finishing dry.

Medium in body; earthen and dry mouthfeel with the proper amount of slick, sweetness.

Not a great ale, but pretty characteristic of an English Pale: nutty, semi-sweet malt character with a moderate floral hop balance.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, Best Before dating on the rear label, but on this one the info is washed away, oh well they tried...pours medium almond amber, tan head, bubbles rising, spotty lacing, pretty typical, decent ale. Nothing special, but drinkable and fairly well balanced. Maple maltyness a bit prominent, hops present but not aggressive. Respectable every day quaffer and worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice biscuity grane with a mild peppery hop.

The taste was balanced toward the malty side with a featured a nice sweet grainy malt and a light citrus hop presence.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a good drinkable APA. Very sessionable.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ruby-brown, with minimal carbonation and head to speak of. Semi-watery appearance.
The aroma was very good, and got better as it warmed. Honey and brown sugar; sweet malts and mild sweet fruits. Very pleasant.
Dark fruits, sweet fruits, briwn sugar, caramel, malt and possible chocolate? Reminded me of an English Ale if that makes any sense.
Semi-sweet mouthfeel at first, turned dry and unfortunately left litle to no aftertaste.
It was a very good sipping beer, very casual having-a-few with friends kind of beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - wow this looks enticing, it pours a dark pumpkin orange-brown, with a tan/off-white head, very light carbonation

S - ooh, just as enticing, a nice hoppy typical quality ale aroma, with a molasses type hint in the background

T - wow, what a balance, a quick vanilla type sweetness up front, and a great hop bitter finish, very well crafted

M - smooth, with a palatable dry finish

D - great flavor + great balance = high drinkability

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a ruby color with a large foamy head. The smell has some "bisquity" aroma,but this is all about the sweet malt scent. The taste has a rich creamy texture with the dominating flavors sweet malt,carmel,and maybe some fruit. The m/f is light with the flavors well balanced. This is a pretty good beer,alittle above average,but it's really nothing special.

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle "Best if served by 5-27-06"

A - Deep copper, thick off-white head with good staying power and moderate lacing.

S - Mellow hop aroma allows a hint of the maltiness through to the senses.

T - Soft, oily hop bitterness gives way to a refreshing, slightly sweet light maltiness. Finishes with notes of sweet tea balanced by hop bitterness.

M - Medium to light bodied, slightly oily.

D - Light hop bitterness and malt balance make this a thirst quenching, satisfying "session" beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with ruby tints and a one finger white head that dissipates but leaves lace along the way.

S: Fruitness and malty goodness aroma. Nice on the nose.

T: Tastes of malt with a tad of sweetness and fruitiness. At first it had a cherry aftertaste, but I'm changing my tune on that now. No bitternes at all.

M & D: Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth finish. Drinkability is good--Defs would have another.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours out to a dark amber. the smell is cardboardy and rich with malt.

There is a decent medium to full mouthfeel with two distinct taste here. ONe is th ebig brown ale malts, which are not really too sweet, and the next is a hop flavour in the finish which is not enough to balance this out. With dsteak fries and a burger, this would be a nice choice.

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Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel-amber, topped with a one finger tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity, caramel aroma, smells like a British ale.
Caramel, fruit, tastes more like a mild than a pale to me, mainly malt notes toast and caramel, with some floral and tea hop.
It goes very well with cheddar cheese.
Medium bodied, with session beer drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copper variant, mostly orange with contributions from red and amber. The cap is orange-influenced ecru in color with a firm, tight-bubbled look. Thanks to a great deal of stick-to-it-iveness, an abundance of thick lace finds its way to the glass.

Holyoke Dam Ale smells good, but it doesn't smell much like an APA to me. Malt and hops are present in roughly equal proportions. The malt is toasted and sweet while the hops are herbal and apple fruity. The beer is also slightly funky. Not in the 'Belgian yeast funky' sense, more in the 'lambic funky' sense... if that makes any sense. In any case, that aspect of the nose is minor at best.

This is pretty good stuff, but again, I'm having a hard time thinking of it as an APA. Except for the fact that it's brewed in America, by Americans, it's pale and it's an ale. Other than that... It's much more malty than others of the style, even English pales. I think it tastes like a bolder, more malty, yet still somewhat hoppy, English pale or ESB. Firm and commanding on the palate, tea-like, toasted whole grain bready... there's a lot here to enjoy.

Each mouthful starts out with a nod toward sweetness, then becomes austerely bitter and ultimately dry on the back end. The medium body/mouthfeel manages to provide some degree of mouthcoating despite the all-encompassing aridity. The near perfect, under the radar amount of carbonation is just how I would have draw it up.

This is a good, toasty, malty pale ale, the likes of which I'm not sure that I've tasted before. I can easily put my hop love aside for the moment and enjoy this for what it is, a well-crafted ale with loads of flavor. I love beers that carve out their own little niches and just wait to be discovered. Holyoke Dam Ale is just such a beer and I'm grateful to far333 for making the introductions.

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Photo of Morris729
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with some orange highlights as well as a moderate light tan colored head. Biscuity and yeasty aromas upfront dominate the nose with some fainter notes of fruit in the background. Medium in body with a light yet adequate level of carbonation. Taste begins with sweet malts and fruits (mostly apple and citrus) followed by a bit of dry grains and a hint of sourness. A pretty interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown slightly cloudy; Not much of a head and no lace to speak of.

Strong homebrew smells (yeasty). Nice floral hop that is well balanced with the malt. Typical American Pale Ale aroma--true to style.

Tastes like a highly hopped brown ale. The bitterness is present from initial sip to long after the swallow. Malt is present but really only to provide a richer mouthfeel. If I were blindfolded, I think I'd envision a mild version of an IPA. This is a very drinkable brew, albeit not a tremendously fascinating one.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium Amber, slight sudsy head that held a thin collar all the way through
smell: toasted malts
taste:toasted malts, hints of raisin, bit of hop bitterness.
mouthfeel: light, medium carbonation,slightly dry
drinkability: all in all, a pretty damn good beer, kinda reminded me of an Arrogant Bastard, but much lighter, so I guess I would call this Arrogant Bastard Light!!! good stuff

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with a thick tan head with good lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell was malty-sweet with a flowery hop scent.

The taste was a nice balance of sweet malt and hops, mostly piney hops with a floral background.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a little hop kick. The brew is solid but not thick.

Highly drinkable APA, very tasty.

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Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather pleasant well rounded beer. It is a deep amber-copper color. A nice foamy head is created. The smell is nice, with hints of malt and hops to be found within; a nice mixture of malt and hops. The taste is enjoyable, a real treat. This is a nice and smooth pale ale. Enjoy!.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clearish mid amber appearance with a pale head of 1/8 of an inch and it sticks around awhile. Laces in small strings. Aroma is lighlty hoppy, some tart grape skin impression. Medium carbonation, light and somewhat gravelly mouthfeel. Malt is straightforward, lightly biscuity, some honey sweetness. Hops are apparent early but come on to dominate the crisp ending. In many ways, this has similarities to the IPA but the body is weaker and there's a slightly off sour sense. Nothing really wrong, a little unmemorable. Thanks to Alex P. for bringing this from Rhode Island on his way to interview for a Twin Cities TV internship.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear amber with a assertive off-white head. Nice amount of lacing sticks around as the beer goes down.

Smells a little nutty with a small amount of hoppy background. Nothing world moving here.

Tastes like a nice pale ale should. Not completely hop dominated. Nice pale and caramel malt representation up front with a bit of a semi-sweet middle. Finishes a little dry with a mild hop wave.

Mouthfeel is a little light but dealable. Pretty well suited to the style.

Very drinkable. Sholud appeal to a wide array of beer palates.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather tasty ale.
Nice foamy head, just right amber color. Typical ale character,
with enough robust flavor to mark this ale in my taster’s
memory. Pleasant mouthfeel, fine lingering finish. While this beer
was not as robust as some ales I’ve enjoyed, it’s lighter character
provides an enjoyable respite from heavier bodied “ales”.

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Photo of edchicma
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent amber colr, but very little head in my bottle. Smell was nice, fruity, floral, sweet. Taste was likewise fruity and malty, but left with a taste of hops for a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel was well-rounded and this brew was very easy to drink. Excellent offering from a local brewer.

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Photo of Stopper
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to light amber with a generous beige head that recedes very slowly (it's constantly replenished by copious bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass). The aroma is predominantly that of a chewy caramel maltiness, with very little hops. The initial sip is dominated by this caramel malt flavor as well along with a well-balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is initially pretty light and becomes lighter somehow evoking iced-tea (though I can't place exactly why, besides just the mouthfeel). The finish becomes quite dry with a slight flavor of roundish, mellow, slightly citrusy hops.

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Holyoke Dam Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
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