War Of 1812 Ale | Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

War Of 1812 AleWar Of 1812 Ale
BA SCORE
22.3%
Liked This Beer
3.43 w/ 112 ratings
War Of 1812 AleWar Of 1812 Ale
BEER INFO

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,139
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
112
Liked:
25
Avg:
3.43/5
pDev:
15.74%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a not quite amber pale ale. pours as average as can be, clear golden with only a hint of red color to it, small head. smells malty and boring, and the taste is similar, but with some sort of sour finish, almost like a weaker version of a flemish sour at the end. not unpleasant at all, but it doesnt belong in this beer. its got decent drinkability but it isnt exciting enough for me to want to drink all night.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me as a birthday gift from my parents. They tried finding me something that I've never had before and they did with beer. Had my first one of the 6 pack last night. The beer poured out as a amberish orange color. The head was thin white and fizzy. The retention wasn't the greatest or anything and neither was the lacing. The smell of the beer has a grainy sweetness to it. The taste of the beer is also a little sweet up front and remains that way for more of the time I was drinking it. The bitterness isn't very strong on this one. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the light side, kind of watery, overall it's a drinkable brew but I don't see myself buying more of this once I'm out of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a huge slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet fruity malt with some discreet bitter hops. Taste is very light overall with some sweet malt and a light bitter finish. I’ve seen worse amber but still, this one won’t go down in history.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The War of 1812 Amber Ale pours a slightly hazy copper-amber body beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white that holds quite well and and leaves some nice rings of dense lace.

The aroma offers a lightly sweet blend of yeasty fruitiness and doughy caramel malt.

The body is medium, and it's lightly crisp on the tongue with a fine, median-level carbonation.

The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of fresh, bready/toasty and caramelish malt, yeasty fruitiness (strawberry, apple), and delicate floral and grassy hops backed by a firm, balancing bitterness. The hop flavor appears more distinct in the finish which lingers with some residual malt and dry bitterness.

An approachable, straightforward and drinkable beer that pairs well with a variety of foods (honey glazed chicken, grilled eggplant, or lasagna, for example), or can stand on it's own for a bottle or two.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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 billab914
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fro ma 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. pours amber in color with a small white covering that quickly disappeared. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and slightly sweet with some caramel malts. Taste is sweet with toasted and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK. it's fairly light and easy enough to drink. Overall it was OK, nothing special and pretty average.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts with a single finger head which settles to less than single bubble layer. Amber color and clear.

Fairly mild aroma of brown sugar-like malt.

Sweet molasses flavor that gives it a rich body with a below average level of carbonation. I can't detect any hop, which would surely improve the flavor here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, NYC. Hats off to Dinosaur for offering some of the best BBQ in the city as well as a more then respectable brew selection. This one arrived light clear amber with a fluffy, frothy, long lasting eggshell head, that left moderate amounts of thick lacing. Nose was mildly of bready, sweet maltyness. This is a crowd pleasing, easy drinking brew. Soft malts, notes of maple, vanilla, honey and caramel in the mid section, leading to a balancing hop dry out late. Nothing special, just a decent sesioner, smooth and went well with some of those extra tasty Dino wings...

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Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber with a thin crème head. Nose doesn’t have much to it really. Sweet and malty. Flavor is bodied, but not a whole lot of character. Well rounded enough, but just no real kicker. Smooth feel with a bit of an almost syrup like edge to it. Nice to drink. A bit too sticky on the feel and lacking in noticeable character, but nice enough to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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 WesWes
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a nice thin white lace head. The aroma is terrible. It reminds me of English ales. It is very dry and musty. The taste is good. It has the feel of a pale ale, but with the sweetness of crystal malts. It may be too sweet for some. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a light/medium bodied beer. It is a good sessions ale for people who enjoy hand-crafted beers. This is not for the domesticated drinkers.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, toffee, licorice

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with toffee. There is also a very distinctive flavour in this beer.. perhaps licorice. It finishes with a malty toffee aftertaste.

Overall - At first I wasn't crazy about the taste but it grew on me and I progressed through the glass. At least it's a little different than most of the amber beers out there. I'm not sure I could drink more than a 1 or 2 in a sitting though. Thanks for the bottle Swedes21

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good, enjoyable session brew (enjoyed it recently during an evening card game). Pours a clear amber color, and has a think coat of white foam. The aroma is a toasted caramel and slight hop mix. It’s moderately dry, with a very nice hop balance. At times though, the beer has a sulfur and metallic off-flavor. All in all, it’s a pretty good brew.

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

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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/21/08. On tap at the Colgate Inn. Pours a deep red/amber with a small white head. Aroma of a nice framboise lambic. Flavor of light fruits, rhubarb, and a nice malt base. A decent beer. After trying this, I was shocked to see the low rating it gets...I thought it was quite good. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

War of 1812 amber has a translucent, light brown body with basically no head.

The aroma has lightly toasted malt and a hint of hops to it.

1812 is a little bit off. The toasted malts come back with a bit of light sweetness, but a moderate amount of sourness accompanies it. Just a hint of hops in the back-end, but the flavor is rather muted.

Mouthfeel could use a little bit more carbonation, but the beer isn't flat or anything.

All things considered, I don't know if I will be trying 1812 again or not.

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Photo of mcallister
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale shade of amber with a genrous amount of carbonation and a small off white head that fades quickly leaving minimal thin clinging lace.

Interesting nose. Very rich clover honey with caramel and toffee. Milk chocolate as well as an expressive boquet on the finish.

One dimensional, thin and watery. Mainly toffee and clover honey in the mouth wit very slight floral hopping and even less in way of bitterness. Won't be trying this one again.

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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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War Of 1812 Ale from Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 22.3% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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