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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:
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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
Photo of LarryKemp
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +19.5%
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 -8.9%
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 +13.2%
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%
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%
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 -11.7%
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 +14.6%
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 +8.3%
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 kmo1030
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +1.1%
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 +16.9%
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Eyedrinkale
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a small sampling of this out of a can. That’s right, a can. I have no idea how old or new this was, but I really liked it. Found the taste to be extremely well balanced and very drinkable. As good as (if not better than) Dale’s for a nice USA canned micro. Well done.

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Photo of mschofield
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-gold with a two finger foamy light tan head, leaves temporary webs of lace.
Fruity-caramel apple aroma, not much hops evident in the aroma - a bit of a earthy note, but I had to search for it.
Caramel, fruity, citrus, herbal notes on a very sweet malt base. Struck me as some sort of apple pastry. A bit of toffee, and another fruit flavor I couldn't identify.
Medium feel, a bit too thin, fruit pit bitterness.
Not great but I'd get it again, because it's better than any macro in a can.

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Photo of konabrewer
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep Copper colored ale in a can. A great beer for a cool evening on the boat. No glass allowed!

I have always liked Archer's Ale from the bottle days from The Concorde Brewery.

Although the aroma lacks much depth, it offers a quite pleasant smell of toasted nuts and caramel.

The taste is slightly sweet with notes of brown sugar.
The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, without being cloying
The beer finishes a little sweet for my taste, but seems deliberate.

I am proud to have this as a local offering.

I enjoyed it straight from the can while doing yard work.
This is recommended

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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 development...beer 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 ybnorml
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clean dark amber body with a good sized head of light tan foam that leaves some lace. The malt aroma is overpowered by a strong grainy ( almost like dog biscuits ) smell. A little malt sweetness at the tip of the tongue followed by an easy bitterness at the back of the throat. Nothing special about the taste . But I feel it would be a good session beer during the summer because of being packaged in cans.

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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 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 ecoboy
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Head very light in color and recedes quickly. It does not however, go away completely, as the small bubbles pillowed on the larger bubbles stick around. Ale itself is lighter in color than I would expect for a pale.

Taste is subtle with neither malt nor hop dominating. Starts dry, but a lingering malt sweetness catches up with the drinker at mid-bottle. My guess for abv would be lower than my standard pales; there is no alcoholic "kick" to this ale. So I give it a great drinkability rating. Not stellar, but nothing off. Perfect for when you know you'll be having more than one. I also would have to admit that it's good for when there's no food around: I'd hate to think of its qualities being bowled over by barbecue sauce.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with little to no head, also no trace of lace either. The smeel of hops is there but to strong. Taste a sweeter malt in this with a hint of caramel, or something toasted. The bittering hops are not to bitter. This is an ok beer but I would not give it to high of a score.

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Photo of powoo19
1.28/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Again, I am not in the business of bashing any beer, but I cant help it here.
I bought the sixer at Macy's in West Roxbury because I collect bottles and I liked this one.
When I cracked it, the color was a lite reddish color.Very nice.
But the smell..It smelled like Chef Boy r Dee sauce..Nasty!
I took about 10 total sips, each more painful then the last.
The smell truely ruins the taste..
If you like bottles, go for one of these. If you like beer, get a Sam Adams Oktoberfest!
Happy Drinking!

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Photo of doerickson
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber coloring with a frothy off-white head. Bready, malty aromas. Carbonation is mild and doesn't get in the way. Not very complex, but nicely balanced, considering how malty the nose is. A better-than-average ale.

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Archer's Ale from Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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