Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Nightwatch Dark Amber AleNightwatch Dark Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by zacharius:
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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber brown color with a thin off white head. Smell is of hops and esters. The predominant taste is of fruitty yeast esters with a hint of roast malt and caramal malt but just a hint. The aftertaste of hops and a mineral water taste. Thin bodied but refreshing beer. Kind of boring so I wouldn't want to drink too many.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of tomb_ride
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of evilkorova
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Nixon
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're in the mood for a Dunkles style beer then grab one of these and see what it's really supposed to taste like!

This is Maritime Pacific's version of a German dark beer. They've used ale rather than lager yeast but other than that it's pretty much right on for the style. And man is it good! Nightwatch is very dark red...about like a cola...and it produced a rocky, light tan head that stuck around. It has slightly sweet, delicious carmel malt flavors. The hops are present in perfect balance but malt is the main attraction in this very good beer.

If you like beers like Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Michelob Amber Bock or Henry Weinhard Dark Lager then seek out a Maritime Pacific Nightwatch. It'll be a real eye opener.

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Photo of offby1
4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thin tan head and light lacing. Brown ale aroma of toasted malt. Looks quite nice. Flavor is somewhat thin. Dark malt, hops, dark fruits, but all light flavors. Finishes dry and abruptly. Would be quite good with a bit more body and flavor.

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Photo of Eighty
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

The beer pours a deep garnet to almost brown color, the head light tan in color, pertinent in size with a frothy in its texture, which culminates in fine lace that clings to the glass sheets. Decent malt nose, slight hints of caramel, with a sweet start, skinny top. Finish is potently hopped, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste, and a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Wijibo
4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mok
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of marc77
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet hue, and close in color to a brown. Nice clarity. The head is quite thin but has ample retention. The aroma is quite enjoyable, being comprised of spicy and floral noble hop notes well balanced by toasted malt and a hint of diacetyl. Lots of toffeeish malt flavors hit first and are followed by crystal malt sweetness and slightly spicy noble hop flavors, ending with slightly sharper roasted grain and clean hop bitterness. The noble hop flavor is a welcome change to the typical American hops used in the style (e.g. Cascade, Willamette) The slight diacetyl adds to the complexity of this brew. Nightwatch reminds me of Full Sail's Amber, albeit with noble hopping, better body, and all around better balance. It's got more character than many Ambers out there.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Galway Arms on the ave in the U district. Appearance was pretty dark but not thick. Carbonation present, and a tiny head. I thought it was interesting that the head seemed to grow as time went on. There’s a nice lacing as well. Aroma was sweet and almost milky. Lot’s of fruit presence, both sweet and dark. Honey and caramel. Taste wasn’t at all what the aroma leads you to believe, it’s a bit bland and pretty heavy carbonation. It seemed a bit too bitter for my liking. Palate was decent. Pretty drinkable. Lots of carbonation, but there’s little lasting tastes. Overall its something I would have to be in the mood for. It’s not bad but it’s nothing great either. It’s like the girl you see, think she’s pretty and start to talk to her, and you realize there’s nothing about her that interests you besides her looks.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark red ale with low carbonation and head, some hoppiness, the brewer describes this with a "sweet candy-like aroma" but it has a malty smell to me. The ABV is 5.5%.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber, almost brown in color. A one finger head slowly fades. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: the aroma is soft, as only some nuts and chocolate are barely detectable.

Taste: nice malty backbone with a milder nut, chocolate, ripe fruit sweetness, and very mild dry bitterness. The malt levels and fruitiness were mellow enough to not be too sweet.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. The maltiness lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a simple session beer here that has a nice full flavor. This beer was very fresh on tap, making this a nice pint to have mid-afternoon.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Donkster46
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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