War Of 1812 Ale | Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
New York, United States
1812ale.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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Photo of Shannon100
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rudgers73
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Monty's Korner in Rochester, NY. It pours a deep golden-tan color. The head is really thick and creamy leaving some lacing behind each sip. The smell is quite interesting as it has a really strong malty bread aroma along with some orange peel or some other citrus. The flavor is full bodied, rich, and it has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. I really liked this beer because it was so off-beat.

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Photo of ehnesandrew
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of logicalparadox
4.31/5  rDev +26.8%
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 PhillyB
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who said this was a pale ale? Bottle says amber and thats what I taste. A great amber in fact. Looks the part with a slightly red, amber body and white head. Smells of rich caramel. Tastes of caramel but with a touch of fruit, a nice complexity of candy and fruit thats hard to find in ambers. Had this back-to-back with an Anchor Steam and I'd give this one the edge. Fie on the APA label and give this a try

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Photo of Shiloh
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice brew. The colour is a deep rich amber, orange really, with a frothy head when first poured that quickly disapates to a thin island lace and medium heavy glass ring.
The body is medium and the aroma is a little grassy.
The taste is very well balanced starting with a malty sweetness which quickly finishes to the hops but not excessively.
Definetly a session beer for me, I will be crossing the border for more of this fine ale.
Recomended!!

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Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is good beer but in my opinion not their best beer they brew.
They also have a real good Pumpkin Spice during the fall.

Appearance- Kind of Reddish-brown with a good head.

Smell- Good but a little strong but not much.

Mouthfeel- It has a good volume.

Drinkability- Goes down great and great with a meal too.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mayorwalda
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the good ol' War of 1812... in the form of an amber ale? Sounds like a good time.

From the pour of theis amber ale you actually get an off-amber color, it's a little more yellow or gold than your typical amber or red ale; but all's well in the aroma department as this beer gives off the fragrant maltiness you expect from any malt-centric style.

The head's about a finger or so with a vigorous pour and , leaves just about nothing for lacing. The carbonation of this beer, too, is a bit dull, but I find in a malt focused beer, carbonation can keep you from experiencing the true smoothness of the malt selection, so perhaps this is intentional--if not just beneficial.

Upon the first sip, you can taste, of course, a lot of sweeter, caramel malts with too, a bit of some darker roasted malts and an array of fruitiness I can't quite put my finger on (I want to say mango, but that can't be right...) as well as some vanilla and a general nuttiness. There is also a little bit of an alcohol taste which balances out some of the between-sip sweetness.

I am not usually too big a fan of amber ale's but this one drinks pretty well and has a nice balance of sweetness and heartiness, which makes it stand out from some of the other red ales that have become more mainstream (Killians for a good example).

A: This amber ale is actually not quite amber, but I don't hold it against it!
S: You got some real red/amber ale aromas here! Malty, fruit, nut, more malt--great amber ale stuff here.
T: I find this to be a well balanced amber ale, where I find others to be either too sweet or centered on just one facet of it's flavor this seems to embrace all of its different flavors.
M: This brew has a medium body and mouthfeel with a surprising creaminess which helps you taste some of the more subtle fruit flavors hidden away in this beer's complexity.
O: I would recommend this as a good session amber ale that is well balanced and equally complex. Sacket's Harbor's brewers have done the War of 1812 justice (in an odd way, no doubt) I'd say!

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this an amber it even says so on the label,poured a clear rich copper with a well defined tight 1/2 finger white that leaves a few traces of lace behind as it settled.Quite fruity in the nose a slight roastiness a real noticable grassy element so there is some hops in there,well rounded flavors a little toasty and buttery but not overly sweet just a little caramel finishing somewhat dry and herbal.For what it is its top notch its an American amber it has a hop profile and it goes down very easily.Recommended with Buffalo cuisine.

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Photo of LLENROC
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer on tap at Kilpatrick's Publick House in Ithaca, NY. Since then I have been buying it by the case. A great beer for sheer drinking pleasure and boy can you drink plenty of these in one sitting. It's has good flavor and goes down smooth. Unfortunately for me they are not available in my region. One weakness to this beer is the lack of mouth feel.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of stevecee2003
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight forward Amber, with a few surprises. Poured with a rich frothy head that died soon after. But while it was there it clung nicely to the glass.

For me the smell was faint, buit there was the slight tint of caramel and a little malt.

The taste was surprisingly good. Perhaps a good session beer for some. There are hints of candy and caramel. A very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of RancidAggro
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of aaronh
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber bear that pours with a white head that recedes quickly. String fruity aromas indicate the fruitiness in the flavor as well. There is also a nice malt backgroung for both the aroma and the taste. A fairly well balanced beer that delivers a smooth mouthfeel. The finish is not very clean, and this hurts the drinkability for me. Not nearly as hoppy as many APA's, but a decent beer none the less.

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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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