Tall Ship Amber Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada
garrisonbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This refreshing premium ale is golden-amber with light maltiness, crisp hop aroma, and smooth, clean finish. Launch into Halifax’s own Tall Ship Amber Ale, and celebrate our rich nautical history.

14 IBU

Added by CAMRAhardliner on 09-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
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0
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Photo of papposilenus
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ewpass
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold with moderate head. Light grain nose. Medium bodied with basic malt taste. An average drinkable beer.

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Photo of JoshuaCCampbell
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuhndog
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Lunenburg.

Appearance: amber body and white head. Some lacing.
Enticing sweet and bready aroma. The flavor partially follows but is mildly bitter and of lower quality.

Mouthfeel: smooth; well carbonated; medium body.

Overall: Solid, clean, well-crafted but rather unexceptional.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light cuprous body with a frothy white head about half a finger high. The scent is fairly fruity, though in all quite weak. The taste is fairly odd, and quite floral, though altogether okay. It has a decent mouthfeel as well, though carbonation could be better. Altogether an alright ale.

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Photo of btg95
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tall Ship is far too golden to be sold as an amber ale. I realize that many pale ales aren't actually all that pale but this clear, beaming, daisy yellow beer has hardly a drop of orange, nevermind red colour. Its loose-fitted head and dainty bubbles give it the air of a pilsner.

The raw graininess in the aroma is also reminiscent of a European lager (and, it must be said, not one of outstanding quality). While there's certainly no adjuncts or off-notes there's also not a trace of toasty, nutty, or caramelly maltiness either. And hops? Ha, forget about it!

While light, familiar and agreeable, one has to ignore what's written on the label in order to truly enjoy Tall Ship. Once we get past the fact that it isn't actually an amber ale, then there's fairly little to quibble about (at least from a low-standard, mainstream beer drinker's point of view).

What distinguishes the good from the bad in this category isn't depth - pale, light-bodied thirst-quenchers like this are plain by design - but rather the quality of ingredients. When a recipe leans so heavily on a no-frills, thin-as-rail grain bill the caliber of the raw material is extremely important.

As is process. An unadorned flavour profile allows zero room for error. Barleywines and Imperial Stouts have layers of alcohol and complexity to hide behind; pale ales do not (especially those trying to be like popular commercial brands which are made with industry-best equipment and quality control).

There are good and bad examples of ordinary, unexciting beers. And while simple golden lagers and ales have fallen out of favour with craft drinkers, they undoubtedly still have a time and place. There's a market for Tall Ship, and there always will be. What's more enjoyable than a simple beer well chilled?

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwoolley1
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jpower
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrempel
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RastaRhino420
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice refreshing beer with a citrus taste too it.

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3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Tall Ship Amber Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
3.19 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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