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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by PorterBoy14:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of KTCamm
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
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 OatmattStout
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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 erosier
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 Thads324
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of taez555
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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 HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zoolzoo
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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Hatch Plug Ale from Cavalry Brewing
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