Thunder Hole Ale
Atlantic Brewing Company - Midtown

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From:
Atlantic Brewing Company - Midtown
 
Maine, United States
Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #65
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,968
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
125
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 15, 2022
Added:
Apr 10, 2002
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  21
SCORE
84
Good
Thunder Hole AleThunder Hole Ale
Notes: Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.
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Rated: 3.94 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A good brown ale!!! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer is a slightly translucent light brown color with lots of golden highlights coming through. The antique white/cream colored head starts out medium size but then fades to small with good retention at that size. There is a lot of filmy lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, a little nutty and malty. The taste is more robust: toasted malt and a little sweet caramel malt, a distinct nutty flavor and some mild bitterness in the finish. A tasty brew worthy of being called a good session beer. Mouthfeel is rich and malty with a touch of bitterness very welcome at the end. This is a well crafted beer!!!
Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased at Lunt’s Gateway Lobster Pound in Trenton, ME.

This one pours a golden amber brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet nuttiness, some caramel malt, and a touch of hop bitterness.

This is honestly a really good representation of a classic English nut brown. It’s not quite as intense or thunderous as the eponymous ocean-side rock formation, but it’s still a nice drinkable and sessionable beer. There’s a little bit of hop bitterness, and a nice toasty and pleasantly sweet bready and nutty malt backbone.

This is creamy, and very drinkable, with a nice smooth finish.

This went well with a lobster roll, but this place makes a killer roll that would probably go well with any beer really.
Jun 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I tried this both at the lobster place just outside Bar Harbor and also brought a bottle home from the pub. It poured a clear dark mahogany with very thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent and taste had roast, dark fruit and dark chocolate. The beer was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.
Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a 12-oz. bottle pours a clear deep dark brown with dark amber highlights.
A strong pour yields a thin short lived dark beige head with almost no lacing.
Roasted malt smell with some coffee and piney hops in the background.
Taste begins bitter and semi-dry, roasted malt leads with caramel malt and dried figs.
The middle is not as bitter with an apple cider twinge. The finish has coffee ahead of the malts as it drys and bitters. A spicy, bitter and astringent aftertaste lingers a while.
Medium-light body with below average carbonation, smooth in spite of the bitterness.
On the dry/bitter side of the style yet still enjoyable.
Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Aug 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by twosheds from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Brown with tan head

Smells sweet and nutty.

Starts off similar to smell wity nuts and brown sugar. Then has a slight bitterness to balance it.

A pretty straightforward, but delicious nut brown. I would definitely get again.
Jul 15, 2018
 
Rated: 2.04 by John_Squires from New York

Sep 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a can shaped glass.

Look is a dark cola color with an off white head.

Aroma is of astrigent roasted malt.

Nice light roastiness to the beer, pretty excellent.
Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
It pours a thick dark brown, and gives a nice foamy creamy head that leaves a decent lacing in rings. The head is small and dissipates within several seconds. The smell is the malts with just a tad of coffee backed up nicely by some toffee. The taste is the malts again with just a bit of the coffee and the toffee. The palate is about a light to medium on the watery side. Overall, pretty nice English brown ale for the most part.
Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by dsm45 from Massachusetts

Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
No date on bottle. Poured into pint glass. It pours a color between orange and cola, with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, cherry, caramel, and faint chocolate. The taste features nutty malt, subdued caramel, and hints of chocolate and cherry. It finishes somewhat sour and with a slight hoppy bitterness. I disagree with the description of "full-bodied." I found it to be rather thin, but easily drinkable at 4.8% ABV. Overall, nothing really stands out to me. I cannot discern the age of the bottle and it may have fallen off it bit.
Jan 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 28, 2016
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 01/21/17 smudged on the bottle neck.

A: Burnished chestnut with 2-finger light beige frothy head with good retention and respectable lace.

S: Medium caramel notes, light coffee and chocolate notes with a soft herbal hops note in the finish. Yeast esters are lightly fruity.

T: Very similar to the aroma profile with soft light and medium caramel notes blended with espresso and milk chocolate flavors finished with lightly bitter herbal hop note. Yeast esters are light adding a little fruity complexity. No alcohol detectable.

M: Smooth and light bodied with relatively low carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but not overly challenging brown ale -- nice sessionable offering nonetheless.
Aug 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by williahd from Maine

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by kgammell1 from Maryland

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.72 by Budlum from Maryland

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by travelguy from Ohio

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by yodeltoe from New Hampshire

Mar 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by dbals from Illinois

Feb 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by mmmbeerNY from New York

Oct 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.31 by Buttermilk from Illinois

Sep 30, 2015
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Reviewed by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A- Pours nice clear nut brown, topped with thin head and no lace.

S- Light sweet. Mild.

T- Similar to nose. Starts with a slightly sweet malt taste.

M- A bit thin and watery. Decent mild carbonation.

O-. Pretty nice offering . Easy to drink. Smooth
Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by TheNakedStiletto from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Chris77McGrath from Ohio

Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by lzepplin01 from Arizona

Aug 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.32 by TimBeaulieu from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by aknalley from Texas

Jul 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by jbfarris from Georgia

Jul 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.38 by ContentmentDIPA from Vermont

Jul 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.66 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Jul 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.36 by Cris4545 from Indiana

Jul 08, 2015
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Rated by browpow from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Seem to have a hint of blueberry for a brown ale. Good though.
Jul 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.96 by JOSHRINARD from Massachusetts

Jun 27, 2015
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