Archer's Ale
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.

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English Pale Ale
3.52 | pDev: 15.06%
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 99
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally done with the random mixed sixer I made over a week ago. Damn, I gotta stop gettin' sidetracked. This stuff pours a clear dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, light cocoa, mild grapefruit zest, light orange zest, and a few blades of grass. The taste amps up the fruits a little bit, ditches most of the cocoa in favor of biscuits, and adds a bit more grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, an okay beer, one that I could see drinking again, but not really something that could ever really wow anybody.

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Photo of matjack85
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. All of this company's labels have a Robin Hood theme to them.

The beer pours a clear amber color - eventually! You have to wait about 3 minutes for the outrageously huge head to settle down first before you can see the beer's color. I'm not kidding - 90% of the glass will be filled with off-white head, even with an easy tilted pour, so pour this one slowly. A good amount of lacing remains when everything settles down.

The beer has a nice bready, yeasty smell to it.

The beer also has a big, bready, yeasty flavor to it along with a lot of other stuff. I also pick up some brown sugar and caramel sweetness along with some fruit and bitter hops in the background. Overall I did not really care for this mix of flavors. It's a case where more is not always better. It's too all over the place.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Glad I found this in a single bottle rather than a 6 pack. It's not awful - it's just not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of madjr80
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color with plenty of head retention. Medium in body and goes down nice and smooth. Not very hoppy, but enough hop character for its style. An easy beer to make an afternoon of drinking. Bread-like after taste and a bit nutty. A reasonably priced beer at 8.99 a six-pack.

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Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange-red with a small off-white head with low retention. A small cloud, nice ring and pretty much no lace.

S- Nutty slightly roast malt up front. Some dark fruit notes linger behind it. Caramel malt notes are big as well.

T- Starts with big malt that is nutty, caramel and roast. Also some nice dark fruit notes. The malt is in the finish as well with some grassy hop notes and buttery hints. Definitely some oxidation here.

MF- Light creamy body with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter. Feels pretty smooth.

DB- A fairly flavorful, balanced beer with nice malt and hops. Nothing jumps out to impress me but it is definitely a solid ale.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Darker amber color with a decent sized, foamy, creamy head with a slightly off-white head. Slightly below average retention leaving a thin bubbly layer of lace.

S - Not very strong or prominent with caramel and some pale malt type of aroma. A touch of English hops with a bit of herbal and grassy aroma. Pretty faint.

T - Some caramel and pale malt along with some apple taste. Pretty good amount of bitterness with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. Grassy bitter flavors linger toward the finish. Not overly exciting.

M - Lighter side of medium body with adequate carbonation. A bit of a slick/smooth feel. Slight drying finish.

D - Flavors are a bit bland with a lingering bitter grassy flavor. Not overly drinkable and the flavors just don't meld all that great.

Notes: Average beer that is vaguely English like but not very inspiring or much like other good English beers. Pretty bland aroma and taste. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy, reddish-brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Broken sheets of lacing.

S: Roasted malts; caramel and sweet bread. Spicey hops more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Very consistent with smell; caramel and bread. Somewhat biscuity. Light, but complex hop finich; floral, pepper and grass.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp in the finish.

D: A little small and expected a sharper bitter. That said, easily drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and pale hop. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hops, citrus, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a rather average EPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark amber almost brown hazy color with a beige ring..the smell is toffee caramel and a roasted malt smell i also smell toasted bread ...taste is more of the same its toffee and spices some hops in a bitter metallic way i pick up some citrus rind and burnt toffee or toast..the mouth fell is medium..any way i found this english pale to not be flavorful or drinkable it was way to metallic and burnt tasting..again glad i only bought 1 to try..not recommended

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy amber color pour with a two finger foany offwhite head , lasting a bit , leaving some streek lacing behind . Aroma is quite mild , spicy hops , sweet malt , earthy . Flavor is of herbal and piny hops , caramel , nuts, bread crust ,and a hint of butterpretty strait forward , light bitterness , full body , creamy/sticky mouthfeel , short spicy hop finish , I would call it sessionable , but nothing too exciting .

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Photo of jwc215
1.74/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one was a semi-gusher - I opened the bottle and it began foaming over. After waiting for things to settle down, I poured very carefully, but resulting in nearly all foam. A nice chestnut body appeared after some time. Nice color - shame that a too-fizzy ridiculously large head interfered.

I had to wait a bit for the head to (noisily) settle to a reasonable point - Caramel struggled to show under heavy green apple and butterscotch.
Smells infected.

The taste was worse. Green apple sourness and a lemony tang. Caramel hardly noticeable. Soapdish, green apple and butterscotch.

Overly fizzy, even with the head settled down.

I assume this is a bottling issue or some infection took place. I hope... I couldn't finish it... Hopefully, I'll have a chance to revisit this one to see if it was an "off" bottle.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear, deep amber

Smell: moderate maltiness with notes of toast, chocolate and caramel. hop aroma is low and reflects European varieties

Taste: good balance of malt, hop flavor and bitterness. scale is definitely tipped slightly to the malt which is toasty, slightly chocolatey and caramely. secondary nutty malt flavor may be percieved. has a very faint fruitiness. hop flavor is moderate but mellow with a bitterness that lends good balance to the malt. finish is somewhat dry with toasty malt flavor and a bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: this is an ESB people! and not a bad one at that. mimics more of a Fullers ESB style with a slightly more complex malt profile than most but still not as delicious as Fullers. nice attempt at the style though.

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Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking bottle aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this ale. It's brownish/red, opaque, with a nice foamy head and lacing and some malt and barley scent.

It's nicely carbonated and has a very nutty, malt taste. It has a kind of peach aftertaste to it with a slight bitterness. Good flavoring. Excellent, refreshing brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, redish-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, brown sugar, hops

Taste: toasted malt, cocoa, small hops, and nut--maybe peanut

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, semi-sweet with slightly bitter parts, robust, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: What a pleasant surprise. This is an APA with more of a brown ale/porter feel. It is very complex for the style. Very enjoyable and sippable, I could session this.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the optimal Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the month of September is notched on the label. Now available in the NYC area.

Appearance- Rich and deep amber, this ale supports a thick, rugged light beige head that has impressive resilience. After a few minutes, it's still complete but thin; lacing is moderate and clings in long, broken islands.

Smell- Bready, malty sweet aromas of caramel and brisk hops infiltrate the nose in abundance. There's plenty to take in, and I love the clean, balanced execution.

Taste- This is a terrific example of a domestic English style session beer that's full of character, taste, and smoothness. The bold, yet balanced ingredients come together and harmoniously dance in the mouth and continue through the swallow. Bready, malty, and sweet with a mellow hop finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Subtle and gently carbonated, this is definitely one of the easiest drinking beers I've had recently. It's a solid choice for a session beer that really delivers in the flavor department and overall balance. I would love to pair this with fish & chips with some malt vinegar for dipping.

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Photo of msolar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It was ok - nice balance but a bit watery although I'm not an expert on English Ales. It had a good aftertaste but you didn't get much flavor when the beer was actually in your mouth.

I'd like to try some of their other beers but I wouldn't put "Archer's Ale" on tap at home.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid brown color. Looks much closer to a brown ale than a pale ale. Off-white (tan) head thin ring lace on the glass.

Classic English brown ale aroma--some powdered cocoa, a little chalkiness, light hop.

What's the phrase? If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...I'm declaring this to be a decent offering in the English Brown Ale category, regardless of the label ("English Style Pale Ale"). The taste mimics the smell with a thinner body than expected. Add to this a slightly sour swallow, almost too mild to note. Easy to consume.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Archer's Ale pours a dark, opaque, copper color with a one finger light tan, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface of the beer. It leaves behind a line of lace around the glass.

The aroma is faint, but has sweet notes of malt, bread and a hint of ripe fruit. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft fizz that covers the palate. The beer is malty, with a subtle smokyness and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate. A touch of fruit (apples) is also present. It finishes slightly sour with a metallic flavor at the very end. Once gone a mild tart, fruity flavor lingers on the palate.

The bottle says this is an English style pale ale. I guess I was expecting a light colored beer that has some fruity notes and a bit more hop presence. Still, This beer is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a single-finger tan head. The smell is bready malt with some candied apple fruitiness. The taste starts off with a bit of malt that gives way to a sort of cider-like tartness in the finish. Not much in the way of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, not at all unpleasant just not really what I expected from an APA.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-beige head, thins quickly,slightly cloudy, mahogany body

S-citrus, grapefruit front, grassy

T-juicy citrus front, nice smack of malt in the middle, very nut-like. significant bitter finish


D-I've been waiting to try this beer for awhile. I wish the distribution of this beer was greater. I would certainly have this in the fridge on a regular basis. Tasty brew. This was great with Mexican food but it could certainly pull double duty as a session beer as well.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with cool if kitschy label

Appearance: Dark copper brew with a soapy ivory cap with decent retention

Smell: Too light for me...there is a very simple pleasant bready sweetness here, but this is about it

Taste: Very mildly fruity English Ale flavors, with a bit of diactyl...there's really not much in the way of hops here at all

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Not bad

Conclusion: Cool label and concept; other than that, this is completely average.

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Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale, crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with some noble hops and a fruity English yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a complex malt bill that goes down easy, although it's a bit thin in the finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but not a good English pale. It tries to be a number of different things. It just doesn't work.

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Photo of Durge
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Corner Cafe in Naugatuck, dubbed the Old Corner Irish Ale, I'm fairly certain this was the Archer's Ale as the tap noted. Poured cold into a pint glass this "contract brew" version shows a deep mahogany color, fairly clear. There's little sign of head here, just a hint of off-white fizzle. Similar results in terms of lacing as well. The aroma is not bad, caramel and burnt brown sugar, not real strong but pleasant. The flavor is a little different, a peppery effervescence with a grassy malt hilight. Sort of a tart brown ale. I like it, easy drinking, not much body but a bit refreshing. A touch of citrus hops but the malt dominates. Not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of Darkale
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems to be on the dark side for a pale ale (and no allusions to Star Wars intended; it's just a bit darker than expected). Not much of a head, but as with the other Sherwood Forest beer I've tried, it's a resilient little bugger; it stops at about a quarter-inch and stays there.

Aroma is faintly sweet, like molasses from a long ways off. The beer is a bit too cold when first poured, so I shall see if warmth brings out more aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel are both thin and watery. Some malt around the edges, a faint, faint bite of hops, and a hint of the biscuit that one would expect from an English style pale ale. Aftertaste is sour, perhaps metallic.

An average beer. I'd be happy to have one at any time, but not if any of my usual beers were available. It would be a good beer to have with a hamburger or a hearty sandwich, or on the porch with friends; the ABV is not noted, but I don't think it's much above 5%.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed tangerine peel with bright Sunkist borders. The pour generated a good-sized crown of putty colored foam that started out stiff and is ending up creamy. Tattered rings of lace have begun to form and I haven't even tipped the glass up yet.

Here's hoping the aroma opens up with warming. The only scents noted at the moment are a whiff of caramel and an indeterminate fruitiness that could be coming from hops or ale yeast. East Kent Goldings and Fuggles should have resulted in something much better than this.

Keeping the style in mind, Archer's Ale hits one of the outer rings of the target, but not the bull's eye. The malt-hop balance is slanted slightly in favor of the former, and the flavor isn't as clean as it could be. Otherwise, not a bad effort.

Flavors include toffee, overripe apples, tart Granny Smith apples and an odd woodiness that is most likely due to yeast esters run amok. More hops would have hid some of the flaws, but then the brewers might be satisfied with things as they are.

The mouthfeel, although no great shakes, does just enough to sneak up to an above average score. It's medium (possibly light-medium) for the style and the carbonation is within the broad range of acceptable.

Archer's Ale is of roughly the same quality as the only other Sherwood Forest Brewing beer to have entered my glass, Sheriff's IPA. Even though this is a decent English pale ale, it's one that I have no desire to drink again. Thanks TheManiacalOne.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this local craft brew on tap at a local chain restaurant. Received a decent amber pint with a 2 finger offwhite foamy head. Some lacing later, but not much. Head nearly gone after 1/2 pint drained.

I dunno. Maybe it was that I was eating at the bar, so combined food smells, etc., but I really didn't get much scent out of this one. Some malti-beeriness, but really stuck my nose in and got nothing.

A decent surprise here. Sweet maltiness, caramel notes, definitely some buttery elements, and hop bitterness trying to fight its way through. Not bad -- meaning decent. No complaints but not gushing

Mouthfeel is mouthcoating, almost oily. Beer has firm carbonation, so it gives you a bit of a stomach feeling element with a slick mouth.

Overall, I could have more than one of these. Was good with pub grub, and was definitely drinkable on its own (as I got the pint just before the plate of wings). This was on tap, so I wonder what the bottle or can is like in comparison?

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Archer's Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 99 ratings