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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 SteveO1231
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper with a thin bubbly off white head. Moderate carbonation.

A - Toasted malts, bready, hints of caramel and chocolate.

M - Full bodied kind of chewy.

T - A mild tea like sweetness. This brew is dominated by a toasted malt flavor, as if I was eating spent grains. This flavor even masks the grassy hop finish and comes back as an aftertaste.

O - Not bad, but not memorable either. This beer improved as it warmed. I don't believe that this beer should be categorized as a pale ale.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Rustic, deep copper in color. Creamy white head that settles to a sheet after a moment. A few patches of condensed lacing.

Semi-sweet toasted malt with a bit of caramel. A touch of biscuit with a burnt, floral hop aroma. Very evident butterscotch.

Toasted biscuit flavors with a light, buttery diacetyl. A mild toffee sweetness followed by gritty floral hop accents. The bitterness is a bit off as the diacetyl, sweetness, and floral hops are a bit unbalanced.

Light to medium in body; crisp and mellow on the palate. Noticeable carbonation creeps through.

A bland English-style Pale characterized mainly by how the diacetyl interacts with the other flavors.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. No freshness date.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized off-white head and some sticking and trailing lacing.
A sweet malty aroma is released at first pour, but fades rather quickly. A light smell of hay and metallic hops remains.
A doughy bread sweet malt taste is easy to notice. A metallic copper tang is slightly edgy in the back of the throat. A light taste of sweet limes lingers pleasantly in the background.
Nice beer for camping/boating/beach/disc golf or mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Freshie
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber red color with frothy thick head that laced nicely.

Smell of caramel malt with light hop character.

Tasted very malty and sweet, with the flavour of citrus rind. A very malty brew that is light on hops. Nicely sweet, but that sweetness stays with you and can have a general yuckiness in your mouth if drinking ceases. So bottoms up!


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Photo of JMD71
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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 mcowgill
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had no idea what to expect from this beer. It poured a nice clear reddish amber color. The appearance was the best quality of this beer. Although certainly not bad, it wasn't great. The smell is of caramel malts and a faint nutty aroma. The taste was a bit sweet with a hint of butter. I found the aftertaste not that diserable. It's a fairly drinkable beer though. I like it better than the macro beers but I won't be reaching for this one often.

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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 bjohnson
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very interested in this beer since seeing it on many shelves lately.

A: Pours a ruby red or very reddish amber color with a very tiny head that actually left lace on its way down.
S: You can definitely smell the malts, but there is also a spicy hop twang that comes to the nose as well.
T: Taste is abundant with malts and spicy hops--doesn't leave much bitterness in your mouth. The second taste wave is a bit metallic, almost like I had a quarter in my mouth.
M: Mouthfeel is good and goes down smooth--isn't too dry either.
D: This is a drinkable beer, but nothing that'll make you run for it again.

I hope every bottle doesn't taste as metallic as the one I had, because this is an intriguing beer, from the pour, the color, the smells, to the first taste.

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Photo of MattBrooks
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours almost red instead of amber. Intrigued, I put the glass to my nose and smelled a wonderful maltiness. With my first sip, I was very pleased that this beer had a smoothness I had not expected. It goes down very easy, but didn't have a lot of aftertaste. I would recommend this beer to all who are looking for an easy going local micro. I enjoy the over-the-top hopped up brews as well (from local guys and west-coast), but sometimes it's good to take it easy for a night. Also available in cans, I hear.

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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 LPorter33
4.57/5  rDev +31.7%
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 orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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 LarryKemp
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived a bright amber with a weak white head that died rather quickly.

The aroma was minimal. Absolutely no hops and very little malt.

The taste was primarily sweet malty caramel with no hops.

The mouthfeel was very light with high carbonation that left a tingle on the tongue.

This is a good beer but one that I will not sample again the next time I come to Boston.

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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 MuddyFeet
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the can much darker than expected with a centimeter deep foamy head The dark appearance was notable in the nise and flavor. Much roastier than I would expect too. Nose is malts and roast. Flavor is all malts with hops that do not provide quite enough for there to be true balance. Lots of roasted grains come through as well. Hazelnuts too. Mouthfeel is crisp, but with a very dry and sweet finish. I think this beer would be a great introduction to the world of craft beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass... initially well chilled, then allowed to warm a little and breathe. This was a nice red-amber, almost copper ale with a half finger head that slowly subsided to a thin film with a slight rim.

The aroma was full and malty, with loads of caramel, and a Cascade-like hop scent.

Taste was surprising. There was a slight roasted character to the full malt body. Hops were secondary, and gave a trace of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 FirstMan
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great session beer.

I was seriously skeptical due to it being in a can, but I think that this was one of the things that led me to it.

Poured smoothly from the can with a somewhat amber/caramel color. The top soon eased into the fairly firm, pock-marked head that is one of my first tests of a good beer.

Smell was stronger on the malt side, but with a significant hop presence. I didn't detect any of the tinny smell I was expecting to have formed in the can.

Mouthfeel was smooth - almost English bitter, but with enough carbination to keep it interesting. Again, I didn't detect any problems arising from it being in the can. Overall there was a stronger malt presence than the average beer, but this did not overwealm what I thought was a good level of hop bitterness.

This is a beer I'm bringing out at parties. Great drinkability and a talking point at that.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce can, no dates.

Light copper, efervescent. Capped by a dense off white head.

Light hints of orange aromas.

Pleasantly sweet. Some biscuit, hints of chocolate. Crisp finish, light hopping, and a slight mineral flavour. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Greybeerd recommended this one for me when I needed a canned beer option and I liked it enough to buy it again. It pours apricot/peach/amber and I have to say orange. This beer is orange like the can itself. Syracuse people must love it.

Very little head, no carbonation to speak of and not much lace either. This doesn't matter really cuz right away you know it is gonna taste like it smells; which is very malty with some fairly strong alcohol esters. It does smell nice and clean and fresh. Has that malt with an open-field alfalfa and clover- grassy type of taste. It sure doesn't taste like a typical canned beer. It has a dry bubbly finish. Mouthfeel is a tad too sticky but the drinkabilty is excellent. I had 6 of these one afternoon at horse heaven and could have easily had a couple more.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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 kmo1030
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

copper coler with a tan head that doesn't last long. toasted aromas with a little hops and a little buttery as well. toasted and nutty flavors dominate. a little hop bitterness and on occasion some alcohol apparent. some diacetyl flavors too. pretty strong prickly carbonation makes the body sems kinda thin, but i think it's actually medium bodied. overall great for a canned beer, but not very impressive otherwise.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

now i never had this one from the bottle, and have a few notes based on last night's session where i poured it from the can to a glass, but today i think i am just gonna sip from the can to see how it compares.dark ruby red with a thick tan head that sticks around for a bit, but no significant lacings. smell is uber-malty with some grass and if i am not mistaken grape notes in there. those grape notes also come through in the aftertaste a bit, something i didn't notice as strongly when it was in the glass. the taste is plain but in a good way, maltiness, crisp hop finish, that grape bit really does it for me. the taste is turned down a bit while in the can, the maltiness is much mroe pronounced in the glass. very drinkable either way, i am happy i could take this camping or golfing, infact i might this afternoon.

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Photo of scottum
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Boston Logan airport.
Served a deep amber with a nice white head. Big mouthfeel. A nice sweet maalt thing going on. Kinda chewy. Well balanced with a touch of butter. The best beer I've ever had on tap at an airport in the USA. I'm looking forward to tasting this beer in a can.

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Archer's Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
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