Lighthouse Ale | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the judges at the World Beer Championships, one of the world's best English Mild Ales comes from the opposite side of the pond. Once you savor this ale's rich, roasted malt flavors and subtle aromatic hops, you'll agree.

Added by UncleJimbo on 04-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by jwjon1:
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very I picked this beer up while in Portland last month not something I would normally seek out but have heard good things about this one.Poured into an imperial pint glass a full mahogany brown with a tight formed but short lived slight off white head,very light aromas a touch of caramel sweetness and a toastiness but thats really it here.This is a mild and the flavors are mild but man could this beer a sociable beer,mild sweetness and with faint "green" hop with an underlying firm toasty background maybe a hint of dark cola?It is what it is and its very good for what it is a very sociable pint but it wont overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle purchased at Tully's. Nice red/brown color with a good head and some nice lacing. It had a sweet malty, molasses aroma. The taste was underwhelming. Mostly sweet, with just some hints of malt and hops. Fairly thin. An OK beer, easy to drink, but not one I'd want a lot of.

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Photo of mbrandon2w
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice lighter brown.
Smell is decent, whiffs of chocolate and caramel, but very very faint. Some kind of background aroma is very off-putting though.
Taste is very nice, again light chocolate, slightly bready.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light, goes down smooth and quick.
Other than the slight ding on the aroma, I thought this was a very well-made beer that I would drink very frequently if I could get my hands on more.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: light orange/brown in color, high carbonation, clear, 1/4 inch head

Smell: malt and caramel

Taste: malt and caramel

Mouthfeel: I can feel the high carbonation here. It is sweet, medium bodied, and very smooth

Drinkability: Nice and malty. Very good according to style guidelines. Because of the low ABV, this makes for a perfect session beer...Another winner for Bar Harbor.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of testch09
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bar Harbor- Harbor Lighthouse Ale

Purchased at Downeast Bev. Portland, ME.

A- A nice copper brown with a thick soapy white head. Moderate lacing.
S- Not much here, a little coren syrup, caramel malt, and a touch of hay/ straw.
T- Caramel malt seems more like sorghum?! There's some hints of straw, hay, and grass with lots of grains like oat, sunflower seeds, and wheat. The lightest touch of floral hops in the end.
M- Very light, watery. Slight dry bitterness and heavy carbonation in the end.

Overall- At 3.2% alc. this is a tasty "light" beer! Could also be a decent all day drinker too. I'll probably avoid next time though.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic looking beer.A huge three finger head with a dark coppery color.This is a aromatic hop smell thats pretty good,but light.
For a light ale this has a strong full flavor.A mild nutty,cinnamon and creamy carmel flavor.A good light feel that's a perfect summer beer.Bar Harbor has made a great beer and I will try this again.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange brown with a minimal head that dissipates immediately. Tasty for the the style with some caramel and roasted grains balanced with a lemony hop bitterness. A nice session beer to drink in place of a wimpy low alcohol tasteless pretender. At 3.2 percent ABV this mild style delivers more malt and taste than most.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my idea of an active life style beer. Dark orange, with a low ABV, this beer is perfect after a long day of back packing, swimming, or lobstering. It had a full beer taste, good hops and malt, a mouthful. Hearty, yet light, this beer is a winner.

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Photo of Shumista
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with a fizzy off white head.
S- Chocolate malt, some caramel.
T & M- Very thin feeling and tasting beer, and yet very flavorful. This may be typical of the style but this is my first dark mild so I'm not sure. Tastes of toasted malts, chocolate, and caramel with dry bitterness at the finish. Very carbonated.
D- With the thin body and low alcohol content you could drink these all night.

This is the first time that I am trying this style, and I'm not sure exactly how I feel about. I don't know how much of a use I have for a thin and light, dark and malty beer. I will have to try more examples of the style to figure out what I actually think of it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a brownish/orange color with a half inch head that dissipates to a centimeter and lingers for a minute. A perfect foamy lacing surrounded the sides of the glass. Barely any carbonation was seen rising. The smell had some fruits, possibly plum. The hops are subdued but are slightly noticeably there. The taste had a light maltiness to it. Some of the fruits came back. There were some slight chocolatey tones to the taste. The hops are lightly balanced in. Closer to the end of the beer, some raisins came out. The palate was about a medium. The light ABV helped contribute to a mainly drinkable beer. Overall, this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got from my buddy who visited the brewery. Brew #0007. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a rich copper color with good carbonation. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. It did have a carb fountain in center throughout the session. No lacing.

Aroma was kinda weak. Roasted malts and no real hop presence. The taste was also very mild and seemed watered down a bit. This is the first one I've had of the style so can't say how it compares to others. It's very drinkable but doesn't have much flavor. Being a low ABV session beer that may be the point.

Overall, it's OK but I prefer more flavor in my beers. I think I'll stick to their Cadillac Mtn Stout which is chilling as I type.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber obtained at Florians Market in Auburn, ME. shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. pours a murky dark amber with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly dissipated. scents of citrus, spices, malty. tastes of pepper, citrus, doughy-ness quality, toffee, a tinge of smokiness, tabacco or a tea quality, with a woody character also. quite effervescent. alot going on for a beer with a low ABV, IMO. but very tasty none the less. Compliments to the Brewer!


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Photo of u2carew
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles quickly. Has thin flimsy lacing, but does it have active carbonation! Copper in color and transparent.
S) Sweet notes of toffee mixed with grainy dryness. A some hop tones flying under the radar.
T) Malty sweet. Some bready-ness. Very light hops in the finish.
M) Fizzy but not overwhelming and still nicely smooth. Light bodied. A bit of dryness.
D) A nice refreshing ale, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A fleeting off white soapy head is made but disappears shortly after being poured. Body style sits and gives off an orange cloudy dull amber, with some quick rising cola like carbonation bubbles. No lacing at all leaving a minimal collar.

Bouquet is quite nice. Clean and light toasted malts, getting into baked bread territory. Feels good this seems like it could be full of flavor.

Taste is kind of weak marmalade orange, but only slowly brings the toastyness on the swallow. Finish is brown bread crust, with a wet body feel. Extremely light, but also quite enjoyable, but I'll give expected wetness for such a low abv.

Overall this is packed with flavor for such a low abv. Kind of looks a little flat though, nonetheless I would have this again at a drop of a hat over many other beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown outr of the bottle hits the glass and pushes up a snooth head of off white foam.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain that really shows itself off

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Photo of hopbar
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tully's Beer and Wine, Wells, ME
1 Pint 6oz. Bottle

A: Dark copper brown color, yet still transparent, with a puffy off-white head. About a 3 finger head that sat nicely atop the beer and, although it lessened, it did not complete dissipate while drinking.

S: Not much of a smell. Somewhat faint sweet smelling with a slight whiff of hops to provide it with some character.

T: As expected, quite balanced. A little bitter on the aftertaste but no major flavor overpowered this beer.

M: Smooth and delicate.

D: It was relaxing to drink this one. I enjoyed sipping away.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber or 2 of this from Tully's in Wells, Maine. Poured this deal into a Fuller's imperial pint glass, 'cause it seemed like it was the right thing to do.

Pours a deep, dark, freshly-brewed sweet tea color...almost a heavy bourbon hue. Head is very thin...1/3 finger...and goes quickly. A little bit of carbonation in there.

Very mild (imagine that) aroma but there's a sweet sarsparilla feel to the prominent malt quotient. Noble hop presence is, for lack of a better word, quite British. A little grass but that's about it. Nothing wrong with this deal at all; it's just reallly mellow.

Hey, there's almost a bit of smokiness here. Malts are soft and mellow, and the smoke reminds me of smoked sausage and even bangers & mash...that steamed stewiness. It tastes like being in a big London pub. Mild hop grass again, the stewy malt also delivers a hint of caramel sweetness.

So friggin' clean to the palate...not heavy, either. Finish is smooth, silky and velvety. For the flavor profile, it's virtually weightless but by no means shallow.

Sooo...THIS is a true session ale? Before I know it my pint is empty. Wouldn't have trouble enjoying this all evening. Well-done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from purplehops so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, nuts, some chocolate, touches of fruit and hops with some metallicness to it.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate, nuts and some fruit up front. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, it's got substance and is a good choice if you're looking for a darker beer in color and lighter beer in strength.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from a Xmas gift sampler of Maine brews from my friend Joe. Brew #01599. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear brownish copper brew. Head lasts very well, and imparts heavy foam lacing on the glass sides. Very nice for the style. Aroma is lightly malty. Taste is pleasantly gritty malt, with a light sweetness midpalate, and closes with a grain husk aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb, exactly what I would want in a mild. I can't even imagine this one cask, it would be so good...

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace no lacing, mostly clear pale honey color.

Nose light malts, hints if toasty malts, some light earthy and touch herbal hops.

Taste starts with light herbal hops, a bit similar to uk style bitter, touch earthy hops and even hint of fruity hops, light malts, little toasty malt, mostly dry to start and finishes even drier, light lingering herbal hops and touch of bitterness. At least there's nothing off.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall kinda boring, not much going on and the hops are not the best character imo, and the bitterness is barely detectable.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that stays leaving some lace. Nice deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty/bready nose. Start with some sweetness, finishes clean and mellow. Even though the ABV is very low this ale has good flavor. A lot of chunky bits in the bottom of the glass. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this as the sun went down on Northeast Harbor at the Asticou inn,Maine. On the eve of my 40th birthday I might add. The beer poured a dark caramel color and proffered little head or lace, yet this is more true to the style of the English Mild as I remember. Nice malty aromatics started things off with a light hop fruitiness balancing. In the mouth, the beer was light, rather bubbly, refreshing and easy to put down. Mild roasted caramel malts came through on the palate. A simple and refreshing example of the style and a pleasure to sip on the deck at the Asticou.

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