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St. Michaels Ale | Eastern Shore Brewing

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St. Michaels AleSt. Michaels Ale

Brewed by:
Eastern Shore Brewing
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by theozag on 12-28-2008

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 10
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of terrysjag
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a sleeper!!! An excellent amber with a time of IPA. Kind of hippy but not overboard. Not overly bitter but just right. Great food beer!!!

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Photo of injipoint
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't see this as a Pale Ale? More an English Old Ale. Bought a six-pack in Talbot St at the Acme while in St Michaels this week. Looked at in on the pour and thought I was in for a lockjaw experience with sourness and bitterness but not at all - surprisingly mellow. Certainly caramel and some thickness but not chewy. Liked it a lot. Previous reviewers comments on sourness and possible quality issues noted but I didn't find them at all. Limited distribution apparently but get it for a taste if you can.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eastern Shore Brewing "St. Michael's Ale"
12 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating

I picked up a 6-pack of this on a weekend boating trip along the Chester River in Maryland. It was a hot day and I needed a cold beer. I popped the cap and as I raised it to my mouth I found notes of caramel and a bit of chocolate in the aroma. But being cold and tasted straight out of the bottle, it seemed out of balance. There wasn't enough malt to it, and it seemed overly bitter - I'm guessing that's where the previous negative reviews have come from, sampling it too cold.

Now I may be wrong about this, because I didn't see anything on the website when I went to look it up, but this seems to be an English style ale. It's certainly not an American pale ale, and even if it wasn't specifically intended as an English style ale, well, it is. It's what most Americans would judge as an "ESB", or "extra special bitter". Fuller's owns the "E.S.B." tag, but we're generally referring to a breweries very best, top of the line, bitter.

For my second bottle, I gave it a rough pour to release a little bit of the CO2 and give it a more 'cask-like' feel. Upon settling it displayed a hazy, reddish-copper body with golden and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of light tan. The head retention was good, and it left some very nice splashes and spots of lacing behind.

The aroma offered a sharp apple, pear and berry-like fruitiness over medium-dark caramel. Some yeasty mineral character was present as well, and the hops were leafy, grassy, and earthy (Fuggles perhaps?).

The body was medium with a light bit of a dextrinous edge; and it was quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor was everything the aroma suggested, along with the mild note of chocolate I'd originally found in the aroma of my first bottle... reminiscent of English brown malt. There was also plenty of caramel malt as well; and the English hops were smeared about. The solid bitterness (@40 IBU's) was still present, but with it warmed a little bit the malt was perfectly balanced. It finished dry with a swirl of leafy and spicy hops, a touch of mineralish yeastiness, and some residual fruitiness that faded, leaving behind some lingering malt.

Overall, it was quite nice... a pleasant dark amber ale with a good deal of hop character.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of theozag
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lasting creme head with a clear amber body. Smell is flavorful and pleasant, with sugary and wheat notes. Starts sharp, bitter, and slightly sweet. Settles with a full body and carmel, sheat, and nut flavors. Finishes smooth with zero aftertaste. Not filling. Exceptionally drinkable - keep 'em coming!

If you ever find yourself across the Bay from Baltimore, make the side trip into Saint Michael, MD, to visit this brewery - or any of the local restaurants for that matter. Most bars and eateries in town stock Eastern Shore products or can tell you where to get them.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of malprep
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with at thick, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into in a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Slightly sweet malt aroma. Hints of caramel and hops in the background.

T: Smooth malty flavor that is more bitter than sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was Eastern Shore’s best beer out of the 3 I tried. It was smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mthomp081
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DS31
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of akorsak
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle, another end-of-the-liner.

A: The APA is copper, a clear amber color. A thin white head, less than a quarter finger.

S: APA? Perhaps a savage version. I do detect just a bit of sourness running through it. An interesting aspect, to say the least. I can't say that there's any indication of a pale ale underneath.

T: The nose through me, as there's no indication of any off flavors in the taste. Run that one up your flagpole! What's here is malty, light and biscuity. Hops aren't much here, allowing the pale breads to drive the ale. A very mild bitterness is only evident late in each sip. No flash here (not many hops either).

M: The ale is nondescript; biscuity with only the faintest hop profile. The semi-wild nose may be the most interesting aspect.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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St. Michaels Ale from Eastern Shore Brewing
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