Copperhead Ale | Fordham Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
fordhambrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The name isn’t a coincidence. This Düsseldorf style Altbier blends caramelized malted barley with pronounced hop character to create a subtle copper hue. Copperhead Ale is famous for its signature balanced flavor & impeccable smoothness.

Added by stirgy on 07-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
268
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of joberlander
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Budlum
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, amber in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big caramel malt and dark bread. Sweet, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for a straightforward and tasty amber ale. Goes down way easy..Nothing mind blowing, but I could have several.

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Photo of mds1101
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Copper in color. Toasted barley, nondescript sweetness and simple grain. Caramel malt profile. Light bodied. Semi dry, light and crisp. Virtually no flavor on the finish. Easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of DJTOBY
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wattie83
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdub
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - nice glowing amber color. Clear as can be.

S - stale bready malts. Some acetone and caramel.

T - surprisingly drinkable caramel toffee sweetness.

F - low carbonation and kinda oily. Slick.

O - solid copper ale. Nothing more, nothing less. Easy drinking.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful and clear copper-amber color. Excellent starting head which lasts. Less lace than I was expecting, but there is an initial ring to start and a few spots thereafter.

Clean, semisweet deep caramel malt aroma. Almost buttery with some almond notes. Light alcohol to the nose.

Rich bodied with a strong leaning to the malt side. Low carbonation level. Normally, I'd like this combination, but the lack of bubbles makes this sweeter than it should be. I believe the low marks for this beer are from its inherent sweetness from strong malt sugars; the roasted flavors are simply not strong enough to right this ship. Very low hop presence--I only get a touch in the swallow. The aftertaste is, again, predominantly sweet malt. Overall, a bit of a one-trick pony.

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Photo of BJB13
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. Bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Amber in color and just a bit of cloudiness, it started with one finger of foamy, tan head that last a little sticky lacing. This quickly diminished to just a thin cap before vanishing all together. A little lacking in the nose, light aroma of bready malts and not much else. Light and refreshing to drink with only small flavor coming from grain and caramel malts. Slightly bitter and dry, it finishes clean with some small bite from the medium to high carbonation. I wouldn't call it watery but it is rather thin. To me this beer isn't bad but very plain.

I drank a lot of these fifteen or so years ago and really enjoyed them. I would guess that I have changed in that time as this feels like a light beer to me now. Most of my friend will love it though, these won't last in my fridge for long.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours deep red with a fluffy white head. Smells of caramel and roasted grain. Tastes of roasted grain and very slight caramel. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, very good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flek
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gajo74
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color, modest head and a ring like lacing that retains well.
Sweet aroma overall, caramel malt, and dark fruit. Occasionally sme floral tones can be detected.
The taste is malt forward. A sweetness coats the tongue. Bread like. However, some light spicy hops and sourdough bread like qualities balance out the sweetness.
The body is medium but on the higher side as I found it to be somewhat hearty.
I thought this was a decent ale, but not outstanding. I do not necessarily see myself going out of my way to seek this one out.

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Photo of deansellers
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justinprintz
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkuchera
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gautch726
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Whenever you want something to drink, it won't let you down. It's not a great beer, but a consistently good one. No real weaknesses outside of a smell that isn't great. An everyday beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold, light Amber in color (srm 10). Very clean light malt aroma, only the lightest hint of bready sweetness. Not too many esters here whatsoever, on point, crisp. A slight caramel malt flavor here but there is no way you would call this ale 'sweet either'. This is refreshing.

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Photo of Boccu
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice ale. Good flavor. OK overall

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Photo of Carolvs
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing remarkable, but not bad either. A bit of a mild metallic aftertaste as a few other reviewers noted.

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Copperhead Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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