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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 12-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Simple aroma of pale and caramel malts with some notes of herbs and spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight caramel hint. Herb, spicy hop flavors with a mild cleansing bitterness. A grassy herbaceousness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, easy-drinking English-esque Pale Ale in a can.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Texas Longhorn Steakhouse in North Attleboro, MA, served in a 25oz. mug glass.

A: The beer is light brown, with a thick foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is quite malty with notes of nuts, honey, caramel and a little hops.

T: The flavor is a bit sweet and is dominated by caramelized malt, nuts, tea and a touch of hops (which comes out slightly more as the beer warms).

M: Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It’s tasty, but lacks a decent kick and could fill you up a bit. This wouldn’t be my first choice, unless there were no other micros available and the only other choices were from BMC.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Jason
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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 smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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 woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by a micro that came in a can and I cannot say that I was disappointed, either. It poured with evidence of great carbonation, resulting in a thick head and lots of effervescence. The color was dark amber with a reddish hue and a small amount of brown. It was a beer that was heavy on the malt, as evidenced by a hazlenut/chestnut nuttiness on the nose. It had a light mouthfeel, but a strong, sweet finish. This is one that I would reach for again, especially if I were going camping, where glass is a no-no.

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Photo of jwc215
1.74/5  rDev -49.9%
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 Tone
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jdhilt
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered cream head that goes quickly but leaves a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is light spicy malts. Starts with the hops and malts balanced, finish is watery. Here's a pale that is not loaded with hops. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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 ppoitras
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head on top of a dark amber brew. Pleasant, yeasty aroma, not usually an attribute found in can beer. Lacing is almost non-existent, and the head was quickly reduced to noithing but a string of bubbles around the rim of the surface of the brew. Taste is quite malty, with enough hops bitterness to round out the flavor rather well. Mouthfeel is good, even with a bit of a bitter aftertaste that seems like it doesn't belong. Drinkability is excellent, as this last can (of the 12 I bought, which were mostly consumed over the weekend at a glass-unfriendly fairgrounds) can attest. Best canned beer I have had.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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 cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Durge
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Boto
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Ct River Brew Fest: This one poured a dark amber color. There was a fairly decent off-white head with some lacing. There was some maltiness to the aroma, which was good but a bit thin. The taste was along similar lines. Some maltiness with a touch of bitterness. Certainly not a great beer, but still a decent session beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from cask at the Horseshoe Pub.

This ale poured a cloudy, iced-tea brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass in clumps. The smell was hoppy (spicy hops) with some maltiness. The aroma faded fairly quickly. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with good hoppiness and a very light fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was lightly hoppy. This was a nice, easy-drinking pint.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a reddish orange iced tea color. A solid finger of flat white foam, on the creamy side, with good lacing.

Aroma - English malts, light toasty and sweet nuances.

Taste - some moderate grain up front, lightly toasted and a touch of diacetyl. A hint of metallic in the background mostly, not too distracting thanks to some good balancing hops. The swallow brings out the hopped side of the beer, mild though it may be, leaving some roasted malt out there as well. Finishess slightly bitter and roasty, nice.

Mouthfeel - rather highly carbonated, almost gives it a salty kind of flavor at times. On the lighter side of average, overall not the best area of the beer.

Drinkability - plenty of malt and hop flavor for a worthy session pick. Sampled courtesy of a beer trade with beachbum.

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Photo of matjack85
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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 gatornation
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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 OtherShoe2
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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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