War Of 1812 Ale | Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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War Of 1812 AleWar Of 1812 Ale

Brewed by:
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of mikeinportc
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear chestnut-brown,with moderate light tan head.

Aroma is light malt. Flavor is light bready malt, with a touch of nuttiness & this morning's (cold) coffee.(Taste is like the coffee's smell.) Just a touch of bitterness, & fine carbonation on the finish.

Feel is medium-thin, as would be expected, @ 5.2% abv.

Nothing special, but not bad.

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Photo of Shannon100
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TLWalsh
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a resident of northern New York I'm quite familiar with this brew, its everywhere, usually the only "craft" offering at chain restaurants. This tall glassful, delivered at a steakhouse was a nice tawny brown with a decent foamy head. Not a whole lot of aroma, a very slight malty presence. The taste is pretty neutral, not too much of any prominent flavor, perhaps a little nutty. Mouthfeel is a little thin and the finish is crisp and dry. At least it ain't fizzy yellow crap!

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Photo of PhillyB
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It isn't like most other ales I've had, and in the best sense possible.

Look: Looks more like a lager, maybe Yuengling. Dark oak possibly.

Smell: Quite malty. Not much else, maybe just a little cereal.

Taste: Similar to smell. Quite well-rounded, heavy on the malt.

Feel: Smooth. Very smooth, almost creamy for an ale. Sticks with you.

Overall: I really liked this ale. The flavors are simple but full, and the overall experience is better than the individual components.

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Photo of edmiglia
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of logicalparadox
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No idea why this beer isn't higher rated than it is.

Pours dark copper to mahogany, with a nice frothy head of at least two fingers. Head dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a thin layer of suds.

The nose is dominated by malts. A very subtle rosti almost smokey quality is hidden behind layers of caramel, coffee, molasses, and that carmelized goodness that you get from anything that's been fried to the point where it's golden brown delicious. Very slight hop aromas are present but difficult to pull out. They offer light Herbal and bitter aromas that accent the malts nicely.

The flavors in this one mostly follow the nose, but to put it into synesthesia terms, the palette is perhaps best described as fall leaves. The cell carries most of the best qualities of an amber and a brown ale, while evoking some traits of an English bitter, all without being overly complex. Easy drinking fun. Would say crowd pleaser, but ratings from community don't seem to agree.

The mouthfeel is medium light, almost ... Crunchy... if I can say that without having someone question my sobriety!

I really enjoyed this brew the first time I had it and its only grown on me since then. I could imagine this beer, perhaps served warm, being the all day everyday beverage of soldiers on the front lines at the Battle of New Orleans.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Whyt4243
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a tawny dark red-brown color, some light coming through for an overall effect of translucence. The tan head starts off big, a mix of foamy and spritzy, which condenses for a strong full finger and sticks down good lace.
The aroma is somewhat nutty and earthy with some fruity esters and a fairly strong tang.
That nutty tang carries through in the flavor. It's sharp to the point of almost being sour, and there's some bitterness from earthy and herbal hops.
The feel is crisp and biting, medium dry with a fair smoothness that could use just a bit of cleaning up.

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.6/5  rDev +5%

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2.6/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 112 ratings