Hatch Plug Ale | Cavalry Brewing

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Hatch Plug AleHatch Plug Ale

Brewed by:
Cavalry Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic English ale made with pale malt, crystal malt, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops providing fruity aromas to work with the subtle malt flavors.

28 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 35
Photo of KTCamm
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. From a mix a six.

Pours hazy dark copper with immense white foam. WAY overcarbonated, and the foam sits and stalls. The waiting game. Light faint sweet caramel nose. Orange there too. Taste is a thin malt. A touch funky, if not woody. Hop bitter tossed about in the midst.

A mess. All over the place.

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Photo of JGargano
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised with this selection. The taste of this beer was not too strong yet not too subtle. Right in the middle, right amount of hops and the mouthfeel was pleasant. Though the color and appearance were a little deceptive; thought the darkness of the beer have more of a dark beer taste. It was very good and pleasing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head fades away quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with some toasted notes and just a hint of floral hops.

T - Toasted bread and herbal hop flavors up front. Some toffee comes out in the middle with a bit of red apple and fades away, leaving toasted grain and light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Drinkable enough, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of taez555
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy orange tan body with a huge white head.

Nose was pretty simpe with some caramel malt and fruit smells.

Taste is medium to light bodied with a sour and dry carameand biscuit malt flavor. Very huge carbonation, however for cavalry this is pretty mild. Decent bitterness that balances well. Hops have a good earthy and mild citrus note.

Probably the best of the cavalry beers. Mild, yet its got some bite. A good session beer.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better of a time to get my first taste of Cavalry Brewing is there than Memorial Day Weekend? Into a pint glass on 5.28.11, this pours a clear and bright light amber under a foamy well-sustained head. Aroma is a mild one with light notes of sweet toasted pale malt and flowery hops. Upfront yields a stingy mouth drenching bitter feel in the "English Bitter" fashion that shortly heads toward a smooth and crisp but robust malt center. A solid earthy bitter hop resonance nicely shows in the finish. I also detect bready, light zesty lemon citrus, and mild dry cocoa powdery notes in the end as well. Looking forward to trying some more Cavalry brews soon...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a code 022211; sounds like the bottling date.

A very nice amber, slightly hazy, with a 2 finger head of foam.(served at cellar temp)

It smells of bready malt with a nice side order of lemon citrus.

The taste starts on the sweet side, follows through with a fairly big chunk of bread, then brings some nice notes of lemon citrus. Slightly bitter at the end but more on the bready side with what tastes like toffee? Blindfolded, I would have guessed this was a beer from the UK.

A nice slickish mouth feel comes from the medium body and carbonation. A very nice and solid brew that I find very easy to drink.

Thanks goes out to Chris at Grand Vin for his super good service and an excellent choice of beers to throw in the box pro gratis!

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, tan in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, and fresh meadow

Taste: caramel, dry citrus hops, toffee, and fresh meadow

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a less bitter finish, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: The smell is wonderful, but the taste does not appeal as much to my senses. This has a taste I associate with English beers. A decent beer that I could do a couple of in a sitting.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ 121 Restaurant, Oxford CT

Nice to see a beer brewed in my home town. Hatch plug pours a warm golden amber. The nose is all bread, quite mild. The taste follows suit with toasted bread with a mellow hop accent. The finish is thoroughly malty, think buttered roll.

Mouthfeel is a pretty slick, with a medium amount of carbonation. Excellent session able beer from Calvary, a refreshing change of pace.

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Photo of Thads324
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New CT brewery! Sweet!

A : pours a nice dark gold. Looks like there is a lot of carbonation from bubbles. Beautiful cream colored head, quite thick. Thick head stuck to the sides of the glass throughout.

S : smells of bread. a little yeasty with an almost nut undertone. No hops present.

T : it is sweet up front with a mild malt flavor. the sweetness lingers, and is followed by a subtle and long (but still subtle) hop flavor. There is a hearty bread flavor that is unique and as I continue through the pint I have found most enjoyable.

M : although the appearance seems like it is over carbonated, the mouthfeel is pleasant and non-intrusive. well done

D : quite drinkable. the style here says mild english pale ale, which seems right on. I can drink these all day.

This is a really nice, easy to drink beer. Nothing crazy and extreme, but a good solid beer. I'll be enjoying more of these come spring...

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 111510 on the side. Est 2010 on the front. Finally a new brewery in CT where we have so few to begin with. Pours a clear light orange color with a thin frothy head. Some lacing. Aromas of malts and grains. Taste is light and sweet. More flavors of the malts and grains. Not much in the way of hops. Overall its nothing special, but nicely drinkable and a decent amount of flavor. This would make for a good summer, outdoors beer.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some biscuit flavors, and then a slight earthy, citrus-y, and floral hop aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some more bitter roasted ones mixed with biscuity and bready flavors and it finishes up with a crisp, citrus-y hop taste.
M: Light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, nice finish, crisp, fresh, and refreshing.
D: Very drinkable, this is an ideal sessionable beer since the flavors are all there, but not overpowering each other, and the abv is nice and mild too.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nice 16oz english nonic pint glass. Aggressive pour rendered a very nice fluffy head that lingered and left a nice faint lacing down glass.

The nose was mild with just some pleasant maltyness coming through and not much on the hop side as expected for the style.

The taste was great. very nice bready biscuity flavors, with the faintest touch of diacytle buttery note. Has a nice lightly fruity and hop zestyness that really fit well into the english pale mild style. great balance

The mouthfeel was good for me with this beer and was right where it should be.

In a world of big and sometimes over the top hop bombs it is nice to see this style of beer brewed. I love a true session ale that I can enjoy a number of without getting palate fatigue and overly inebriated. This ale fit the bill and It will be a regular for me as a session go to.

Can't wait to get a growler at the brewery ASAP!

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

A: Pours a hazy auburn with hints of orange and amber. Small white head that fades fairly quick and leaves little lacing.

S: Bready and bisquity malt. A light fruitiness as well, but the malt dominates.

T: Malty upfront, a big blast of sourdough bread and bisquits. Some mild ripe fruit, and hints of apricot. Nice citrusy hops as the beer finishes. Nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

D: I've had a few offerings from Cavalry and this one is my favorite. Nice flavor, balanced and drinkable. Hatch Plug is a good interpretation of style and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy and coppery golden amber color with loads of carbonation which build into a one and a half finger head of creamy, beige foam. Retention is great and lacing is good, but washes away quickly.

S: Buttery apricots and a fruity malt aroma fill the nose. Nearly all-malt smell with only a hint of sulfur and warm, citrus hop resin.

T: Sort of typical, mild, English bitter flavor in terms of the fruitiness and reliance on malts. A lot of that buttery apricot flavor translates from the pale malts and diacetyl. A sort of woody, smoky, roasted malt flavor flashes before a very mild hop bitterness dries the finish to a malty, bready aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied, a bit creamy and pretty smooth all around. The diacetyl disturbs the palate a bit with its slickness, but its still relatively clean.

D: A light beer for the English bitter or American ESB fan. The brewer's intention to create a replica of a mild, English session brew works moderately well here. The 4.5% ABV, buttery diacetyl and fruity, pale malt flavors throughout balanced by mild, bittering hops creates a pretty authentic flavor.

I could see skipping the Boddingtons, Speckled Hens or Tetleys on tap to support a local brewery trying to carve a niche in a pretty narrow interest group. It's a worthwhile brew and I wish Mike all the best.

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Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color with a decent off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is yeasty malt bread, mild and not making much of a statement, but okay. The flavor is predominantly toasted malt with that cardboard swamp biscuit hint milling around. It is a bit crisp but not highly carbonated, sort of a light-medium bodied brew with some vague herbal hop but nothing to sink your teeth into. It's drinkable enough but not highly desirable to encourage any sessioning in my opinion. This has potential if the sweetness and carbonations could be developed further, and personally I believe any respectable ale should pack a little more hop bite than this (apparently 28 ibu's). If cardboard ideas are going to hang around, then it needs some bitterness to try and balance that out. I'm just saying that might help it. But for most folks this should be a passable brew that is refreshing and has a decent feel to it. It seems like it has good potential but just isn't quite there yet. Maybe it will come around once this start up brewery gets some more time under its belt. When I attended the recent Open House at the new brewery it seemed most folks thought pretty highly of this one but I preferred Cavalry's darker offerings (stout & porter). Have to keep in mind that this review was done straight from the brewery taps, fresh from the kettles, and they haven't even gotten the beer out on shelves yet (a couple more weeks I'm told), so reviewing it from the bottle will be a better test. Like I said, some potential here.

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Hatch Plug Ale from Cavalry Brewing
3.59 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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