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:
273
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by searsclone:
Photo of searsclone
2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle into a pint glass

off white head over a golden amber copper color. nice lace

I get almost zero smell from this. maybe a little honey?

taste is mostly bitter hops. a little caramel after it warms up. not bad, but not much going on.

mouthfeel is good. nice carbonation and creamy. Drinks easy, but the taste and smell are mostly nonexistent.

Overall, I think there must be more to this than what I'm getting from this bottle, but this one fell flat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a pint on tap at the Brazen Head in Bklyn, NY. The info board tells me this was tapped a week ago, nice, fresh beer. Arrives a shimmering shade of light golden. Sugar white head, some retention and expansive and impressive lacing, especially late. Nose is sweet malt and a tad flowery. This is a nice, smooth malty brew. Creamy mouthfeel, notes of rye, with some drying hops late. Nicely crafted and easy drinking alt. Suprised by the low ratings here, as I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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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 Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you ask me, this is a Dusseldorf Altbier, not an Irish red. A pretty damn authentic one, too, with Caramunich malt and some wheat for balance. Gives that trademark sweet biscuity Altbier flavor, hints of brown sugar and caramel. Lots of floral hops to create bitterness and kill the sweetness upon the finish. Copper ale with medium-to-small head that vanished, good German musty nose. Tangy on the tongue and soft, excellent mouthfeel. This is a very good, well-balanced beer, with a lot going on in the flavor but also straightforward enough for easy drinkability. Definitely NOT an Irish red.

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Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Hescrafty405
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of cdm1313
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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 ThatguyJoefromBoston
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Photo of Skabiski
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, deep amber body reveals hundreds of tiny, steadily rising bubbles beneath a thick blanket of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves some nice rings of lace. The nose delivers a bready and lightly caramelish malt with just a subtle note of fruitiness and background hops. Its firm and gently crisp in the mouth before warming to become a bit creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers a lightly toasted malt that's well-balanced by a firm bitterness and accented by subtle floral hop flavors. It finishes dry with a lingering note of caramelish biscuit and bitterness. Very well done!

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Buddy's in Annapolis. Not a bad beer at all, it had a small head that dissipated very quickly. Poured a strong copper color hence the name. Definitely smelled of malt, and had a very malt aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, looking forward to more from the Fordham Brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bconsidine
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chim52chim
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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Copperhead Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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