Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale | Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company

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Bold Coast Pemaquid AleBold Coast Pemaquid Ale

Brewed by:
Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full-bodied Scottish Ale with a hoppy finish.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by mscottjohnston:
Photo of mscottjohnston
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap at Sarah's Cafe in Wiscasset.

A: Leather brown. Wispy thin head.
S: Overpowering malt. Very faint smoke smell
T: Heavy on malt, with some nutty flavor.
M: Light body with subtle carbonation.
O: Fine for a while, but the malty flavor starts to overpower. Not much else going on here.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty Red Oak pint glass a mixture of amber and brown good clarity and a tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Brown sugar and a touch roasty malt in the nose a lingering sharp herbal note as well,light to medium mouthfeel makes it glide down pretty easily the flavors dont hit hard more subtle malt notes light brown sugar and nut but not overly sweet a light but firm earthiness comes through late making it even more drinkable.Basic but very good its food friendly and has nice malt flavors,brewed with American and Belgian malts and hopped withKent Goldings.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a beautiful dark red color without much head. It had a pleasant fruity odor, and an indefinable fruity taste. It seemed very carbonated to me, and had only average mouthfeel. Not a beer that I'd want to sit down for a long night with, but we could date casually.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear.

The look is a red amber color transparent with a decent head formation.
The aroma is sweet and malty. It is full of crystal malts hints of roasted crystal malts round out this Scot ale.

The drink on this beer is very good considering the amount of flavor. it is smooth and easy to drink and doesn't fill you to quickly.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap near pemaquid point, poured into a plastic pint glass.

Pours a fairly dark brown with a very small light brown head. Nose is light and malty with a bit of sweetness.

Taste is really similar to the nose, quite malty an sweet - there's a bit of a spiciness like nightmeg or something. The finish is a bit yeasty but nice. Refreshing out at the ocean!

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the GLB. Pours a very dusky brown with a small light tan head. Quite a bit of toasted malt to the nose, perhaps a little estery too.

Lots of big brown malt here. Very flavorful and nutty with a hint of diacetyl and toffee. Medium body and lightly hopped. A good solid brown/scotch ale that could easily be drank over the course of an evening.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber I have been saving since the fall from one of my trips to Maine.

A-Very attractive deep dark red/brown with a puffy eggshell head that settles rapidly. The color on thes beer is very pretty...If it had more of a head it would be perfect.

S-Sweet caramel malts abound, with little hops detectable in the nose.

T-Smell carries over to the taste....roasted caramel malts predominate with mild hops on the backside to balance it all out in a very enjoyable way. This is a very tasty beer.

M-Well balanced overall with a medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

D-This is an extremely drinkable and balanced beer with a leaning towards the malts. I drink this one all the time on tap at Shaw's Wharf in New Harbor, ME, which should technically be ground zero for this brew as it is likely the closest bar to the famed lighthouse on the bottle. The tap handle at Shaws is a hand carved lobster buoy with Pemaquid Ale written in cool is that?....(And the bottle itself, was purchased from the venerable CE Reilly Store down the road).

I understand that Shepscot now contract brews out the bombers and kegs but still fills growlers from the barn. Awesome.

Scotch ale, well, I'm not sure about that, but all I know is that it is as enjoyable right now while snow is falling on NJ, as it is in September with a big lobster cooling in front of me in the dock bar at Shaws. The ABV is a bit of a mystery, but I'm pegging it at low to mid 5's.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Sourish spicy flaour. Cloudy red with a significant head. A tad of hop aroma. They said this is how it tastes,it came recommended by patrons, and that is only something I would if really pressed, and even then I cannot finish a glass.Mouthfeel is blah.

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Photo of TeddyStriker
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came along courtesy of Mr. Woods. I had never heard of it, and he knows the best way to make me happy beer wise is to send me something that I have never heard of! Twenty tow ounce bomber was served cold right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/01/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark copper colored amber with a good amount of cloudiness thrown into it. Rich looking color here with a creamy off white head that reached a height of very close to two inches before settling back down into a creamy filled side glass look.

The aroma was richly sweet, and it was obvious from the start that this was a malt filled monster for sure. Some light, earthy hops, but mostly a bready and earthy malt profile that was subtly sweet. The flavor carried this over very well, and was very one sided for a scotch ale. None of the big, rich notes that I am accustomed to, rather it was bready malts with hints of grains and light earth notes that stole the show here. Really decent profile as the medium body lacked a touch of carbonation but it was still not showing up really flat in anyway. An easy gulper I had no issue with throwing down this bottle with no time at all.

Overall it was not bad, rather ehh, but still better then a lot of the style. I would not really have a problem with trying this one again if it was sent to me. Definitely an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the Ugly Duckling BIF for the chance to try this local hidden gem.
Pours a hazy copper/amber in color with a massive fizzy 3 finger head with an agressive pour. Head slowly fades and holds and 1/4". Lace cascades down the sides of the glass with each sip.
Malty sweet aroma. Brown sugar and a bit Belgian smelling. I guess it's the Belgian malts.
Caramel and brown sugar flavored. A bit of spice and butter flavors in the finish. Also a short lived but pleasent sharp hop bite on the back-end.
Nice slick medium bodied mouthfeel which makes this a very quaffable beer.
I could drink another bomber and I'm one who hardly ever drinks more than a beer in a sitting. Yummy beer that I'm glad to have had the oppurtunity to sample.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Sebago's a couple days ago, decided to let the impression sink in.

Pours a slightly dark amber color, some of those big cask like bubbles on the top but not much in the way of actual head, no lacing, bit hazy in the glass.

Smell is mostly malty as I expect with a hint of hops, and something else that's lurking...

Taste is rather peculiar, I've had it in bottle form and on-tap at a few locations, but this is the first time that I'd say it's almost completely different. The cask version (which it's said was the only one made ever so far) is actually a bit sour, reminds me of a sour brown ale more than it's predecessors. It's not bad, in fact I actually enjoyed it but it's nothing like the usual Pemaquid. I can see others being turned off by it though as it does catch you a bit by surprise.

An interesting experiment from Sheepscot (they've done cask beer before, so it's not inexperience), but I'd be interested in trying Pemaquid on cask again to see how it turns out once more.

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Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville. Poured a beautiful brown color with off-white head. Clean aromas of crisp malt and bread on nose with a super creamy malted caramel flavor. Highly drinkable for a scotch ale, I wish I could get my hands on this at home. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of illpass78
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

17 oz. on draft in a stemmed oversized wine glass at Slates in Hallowell.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-brown with a short head that is gone quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Faint smoke, some bread, a tiny bit of dark fruit. Malt presence is there. Minimal hops.

Taste: Smokier on the palate than the nose. This beer has a nice smokey, malty flavor that appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at most.

Overall: Nice interpretation of the style. Would have more from this brewery.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At first glance this label appears to be a quiet Maine lighthouse seascape. But if you look closely they'res some one being smashed against the rocks by waves. That's creepy.

Dark, clear amber color with a large white head. Foamy collar leaves sparse lace.

Doesn't smell like much. Cola and woody hop?

Taste has nice elements of caramel toned bready malt with a buttery spice tinge in back. It's also fairly cola-esque and watery with a soapy finish.

Brewed by Sebago.

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Photo of AndrewDeci
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of terrymingle
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on tap in various restaurants throughout midcoast Maine, and have also purchased growlers of this ale. It is a darker ale, and bold, but has a sweet flavor. Almost a caramel taste. Malt-y, and very good, with no bad aftertaste. Not very widely distributed, unfortunately. Wishing it was available in Central NY and not just in Maine.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off-white, one-finger head that goes quickly and leaves hardly any lace. Clear copper/amber color. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts with a burnt caramel/smoked hickory flavor, hints of bitterness at finish. $9.24 for a 64oz growler from Treats Wiscasset, Me.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of tayner
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Poured a dark amber color with a small off-white head that didnt stay long.

Smell was malt, malt, and more malt. there was a slight earthy note in the background, way back.

Taste was malty sweet. There is no denying the brewer had a very large malt shovel he was using to make this beer. It was sweet all the way through with just a very slight earthy hop finish which helped dry it a little. Could have used a touch more.

This one was pretty thick and heavy, could have used a bit more carbonation.

This was sweet. I did drink the whole 22, but I certainly couldnt have drank any more right away. It was good, but slightly off balance, could have used one more shovel of hops to dry the finish a tad more. Overall a decent brew I wouldnt turn my nose up at if it was sent to me again.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Lost Bear:

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with a small white one finger head, some rings were left in its wake

S: toasted brown bread, but also kinda like sourdough, smokey, earthy hops

T: smokey sweetness, hops in the background

M: medium; fairly sessionable; clean, malt-driven finish, sweet watery aftertaste

O: this is good for the style and pretty good to me

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

On tap at the Damariscotta River Grille with Festero
Deep golden somewhat sweet with a little smoke. Decent brew, nothing earth shattering,but serviceable.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have to go over this beer again in the future. I've had this before and don't remember the beer to be how I'm tasting it now. Undated growler that I bought at the Puffin Stop in Damariscotta. Pours a dark brown, very cloudy and a nice head that stays for a couple of minutes. Tastes a somewhat malty/licorice flavor, not very strong, actually quite nice. For a scottish ale is actually a refreshing beer, which makes it a little weird for me. I might have gotten a old growler, I don't know because it doesn't taste old. It just not what I expected. I do recommend it though.

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Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 65 ratings