Archer's Ale | Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.

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Archer's AleArcher's Ale

Brewed by:
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.31%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 12-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by Darkale:
Photo of Darkale
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 JMD71
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Archer Ale had a nice hazy copper, caramel coloring. I found the flavor to be overbearingly sweet, almost sickly sweet. Very malty flavor that could be better balanced with a stronger hop flavor. I didn't taste much hop in this beer at all. I found it fairly drinkable, but not refreshing. It was a bit cloying in the mouth. I found it an average ale.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3 first microbrew from a goes. Pours into my SN tulip a deep red with hints of orange, quite dark. There's a fast bubbling half inch head on top. Aromas of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruits and nuts along with a citrusy herbal hop. Slightly bready and nutty.

First sip brings a biscuity/caramelly maltiness that has lots of baked bread undertones. There's a big mix of dark fruity nutty flavors swirling around with a hint of butterscotch (maybe some diacetyl?) Goes down sweet with a touch of citrus hop...but it's quite mellow. Seems a bit muddled overall.

Mouthfeel has a good medium body and a nice smoothness. Goes down easy. This beer just doesn't do it for me...odd flavor profile overall for an APA...but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz can with no freshness date, $6.39 a six pack at Kappy’s in Saugus.

Appearance: Short head yields a sheet of lace that seems to hold together pretty well. Bright chestnut amber hue.

Smell: Big whiff of caramel malt, almost steely. Quick pass of hops and a soft touch of buttery diacetyl.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Real smooth with a semi-slick malty mouth feel. Vague resiny hop flavor within the balancing bitterness. Very light on the ale fruitiness and diacetyl. Toasted malt caresses the taste buds and leaves a lingering bread flavor in the some what sweet finish.

Notes: Craft beer in a can, who would have thought? A good session beer with having the advantages of being canned. Hell, the major airlines need to carry this beer!

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Photo of fdrich29
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cornwall's in Boston's Kenmore Square.

Pours a deep amber with a decent head. Sweet smell with very nice malty characteristics. Tastes of malt, caromel and a little bit of fruit. A taste is a bit light, but not bad and easily drinkable. Enjoyable, I see this as an anyday session beer. Would go nicely with a football game on a lazy Sunday.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read the label and saw Sherwood Forest Brewing Company. This led me to believe I was trying an English Ale. (You know, Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, King of England, all that.) Halfway through the beer, and upon further inspection, I was shocked to find out that it is brewed in my own state. I was both excited, and upset that I had no idea about this.

Back to the beer. Good looking pour, somewhere between amber and copper. Very light head, but strong enough to leave a lacing on the glass throughout the whole beer. This is one of the best ales I've had in a while. Not too overpowering or bitter, but enough taste to leave most other ales in the dust. I wish more bars carried this, because most of the ales I have had on tap lately, don't compare.

I am still embarassed to learn that it is brewed in Mass. and I had never heard of it, but I will be looking into any other styles they brew, and asking my trusted "Beer Man" what he knows about them.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -14%

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

Pours an active bubbly, deep brown amber color. Thick frothy head 2" thick.

smells Malty, nutty, slightly smokey with a slight hint of hops.

Taste malty, smokey-caramel, nuts and oats, very well balanced. Leaves a very nice honey-sweet aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth, although slightly flat after a very active start.

This was seriously more like a brown ale, the style is a bit off. I enjoyed this beer, but it's a strange pale ale.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on May 22, 2006. On tap at Julios Spring Beer Festival. No aroma. Pour of clear deep amber, with an off-white head. Light sweet phenolic flavor with a huske of bitter oaken fringe and tannin tartness. Drinkable, at least, but really not much character.

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Photo of edchicma
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting micro in a non-nitro can! Not a bad offering either. Appearance was coppery amber with a small head. Smell was very malty and rounded. Taste started out sweet, with a hint of carbonation and finished with a light hop finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a sligh slickness. Drinkability was very good and was smooth and rounded.

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Photo of Sailracer
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dannyvee
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Am I the first to be reviewing the can version?

Sampled @ cellar temp. A somewhat rigorous pour produced a formidable, pillowy white head. It didn't last long but left behaind some lacing. The color is a clear reddish-brown and sparse bubbles scurry up from the goblet's bottom. Aroma is more malty and sweet than I would have suspected. Mouthfeel is only slightly carbonated, syrupy and bordering on heavy. Taste is an upfont malty, caramel followed by the mild hoppiness afterward. Slight medicinal cherry in there as well.

Overall, this is an above average New England ale, but I think I would have preferred it chilled in a mountain stream while I was camping. And I don't like camping, but it just seems like the perfect traveling beer if I did-- much more than you expect out of a can.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 LPorter33
4.57/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of cans from Martignetti's. I was very eager to sample this as it was recommended by many on the forum.

Appearance = Pretty poor head and lacing but respectable color of deep golden brown. No light gets through.

Smell = Very sweet, carmel, honey flavor with floral and fruit scents. There's a lot of flavor here. It smells almost like a slightly fermented fruit juice, similar to an apple cidar. Pleasant although it tastes like it's gonna be extrmeely sweet.

Taste = Sweet and syrupy although not unbearably so. Great balance between flavor and lightness, giving it perfect drinkability. I could drink 6 of these without feeling full or overwhelmed. Taste grows on you and gets better with each sip. Carmel, malt, bready yeast without much a strong hop presence but I still enjoy this taste a lot.

Overall = The best beer I've ever had in a can. Nothing to knock your socks off but an extremely tasty and highly drinkable beer. Recommended to bring to a party as you might convert a few macro swill drinkers.

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Photo of matjack85
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one I received as an extra recently and decided to crack open last night and give it a try. I had another from them recently and it was ok, so I was hoping that they would step it up a little bit here to be honest, but we shall see. The 12oz bottle was poured into a pint glass straight out of the fridge. The crystal clear, orange tinted, amber color was evident from the first drops to hit the glass. Nice head of off white foam last a few seconds before trailing off into nothing, but it did leave some nice side glass in its wake, with a good carbonation profile, this one was looking fairly decent.

The aroma was heavy on the malts, which for a pale was al little shocking, but that's alright. Very earthy characteristic to it, with some caramel hints and a lot of grassy and grain like flavors in it as well. However, it was very light. The flavor came off to me a bit bland if I am being honest, there was just nothing to really push it through and make it come across as something I would want to get again. Decent malt profile, with a touch of bittering hops, but to be honest just nothing special here. The finish was a touch oily with a lingering taste of musty bread. Weird Mouthfeel, was a bit slick and at the same time decently carbonated, odd, but not bad. It was fairly session able, just do not know if I would want to based on the lack of depth in it.

Overall it was ok, but was just a little to bland for me. I think I will probably pass on having another one. This one was enough for me, maybe its better on tap.

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Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
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 metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly clear brown beer with a decent head - light lacing. There is a faint smell of malt, but it isn't strong. The taste is malty, but there is enough hops for a good balance. The flavors work well. The mouthfeel is medium and fall in line with the taste. I think this would be an excellent session brew.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ClarkVV for bringing me this can of beer from the East coast. This beer pours a dark coppery color with a slightly tan head. Nice malty aroma, very carmel going to toffee as it warms up, balanced with a slight floral hop, minerals, and oaky yeast ester. The flavor is clean caramel malt, and fruity yeast with a little bitterness at the end. This beer is a bit on the dry side which and leaves a refreshing aftertaste. This is a real nice drinkable English style pale ale, and I like the go anywhere packaging.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Amber brown color, weak head, and lace.

smell - Sweet fuity malty smell.

taste - Nice balance, has a sweetness of malt but you can taste the hops at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - light body.

drinkability - Have had this before, and decided to pick up again. Easy drinking beer. Cheap priced craft beer with a good taste.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Archer's Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 99 ratings