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

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Holyoke Dam AleHolyoke Dam Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
18.68%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 76
Photo of jward
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Holyoke Dam Ale is orange to amber color with a small white head. The nose is initially floral, with additional aromas of caramel and toffee as the beer warms. The flavor is that of a classic pale ale -- solid and malty, but nothing especially surprising. A nice malt backbone is complimented by notes of caramel, and is quite buttery at times. The mouthfeel on this one is a bit thin.

The night before buying and drinking the bottle that I'm reviewing, I bought a growler of the same beer. The growler sample of Holyoke Dam seemed to present a slightly sturdier mouthfeel and some more well-rounded flavors.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head and a cloudy amber color with a little orange in it. Light lacing and a decent somewha malty nose that does not come through in the taste. Hop bitterness was the most prevalant in this ale and not much malt back up. Pretty average and not as good as other paper city brews tasted..

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Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sounds like everyone has a slightly different experience with this beer. Could it be the open fermentation process? Mine was a dark amber color with a very slight head that was gone almost immediately. Smell is sweet roast malt, with a little caramel and vanilla. The flavor matched the aroma almost exactly (reread previous sentence). Nice round flavor that feels good on the tongue. Not overly carbonated. Good session beer.

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Photo of doerickson
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light amber with an orangey hue; medium off-white clingy head. Bready and caramel malt and floral/citic hop aromas. Not too heavily carbonated. Very well balanced, with a biscuity malty flavor on the tongue at first and hop bitterness going into the finish. This beer has grown on me during the life of the six-pack. This isn't my favorite style necessarily, but I did enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Roasty amber hue, good head that dissipates but laces the side of the glass. Tasty with buttery malts, hints of caramel and bread crusts. Hops are subdued but the beer remains balanced. Hops come into their element in the long, terrific finish. Quite a British flavor despite the New England salts and a watery mouth. I'd call this a mild although it might be a little too raw. Splits the difference between a Bass-type pale ale and a mild. In a nutshell, this beer does taste very good, is refreshing and refurbishing, makes you want more with each sip.... BUT -- as I was reviewing it and trying to dissect the flavors, I didn't think it had much to offer. My recommendation: drink and enjoy. Don't think so much. Maybe accompany with white breads and salty cheeses.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a "best if served by date" on the back label with a blurb about the beer also.

Appearance: Bright amber with orange sunset hues, sticky off white lace dresses the top of the brew.

Smell: A mix of grain, malt sweetness, candy apple, caramel and citric hop.

Taste: Crisp and smooth with a medium body, quite malty with some grainy and toasted undertones. Moderate carbontaion on in the mouth. Hop bitterness is laid back though leaves a quick well placed sharpness to break up the malt substantially. Hints of fruitiness of citrus and apple meld with hints of caramel and toasted grain. The finish is quite clean with some residual grainy sweetness and leftover hop twang.

Notes: American Amber Ale is what they were going for and did a damn good job at brewing one ... no surprises, merely a more than decent beer to drink.

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

From reading Todd's reviews, and based on my sample, it seems this beer changes a lot. Mine was, if anything, unbalanced on the malty/sweet side but not to a fault. I found the grainy flavors very reminscent of a local favorite, Hammer & Nail Brown, but with more bittering hops. Overall a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Todd
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has changed a bit. It's a pretty bitter brew now, but without much balance. The hoppy citrus flavour dominate, and malt flavour is more or less nonexistent, except for some grain. Still worth a try, some may like it. I thought it was okay, overall.

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