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War Of 1812 Ale | Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,378
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
112
pDev:
15.74%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of DrewV
1.93/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

In order to not subject myself to another bottle of this stuff, I'm reviewing this from memory. Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Bought as a 2-for-1 6-pack deal for 9 bucks. Figured it was "cheap stock" for when friends come over.

A: Darkish amber, one-finger cream-colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet malts, not much hop aroma. Some diacetyl? Almost syrupy.

T: Pretty much like the smell -- syrupy, buttery malts. Some diacetyl. Can be cloying. Nothing good here, not even a nice hop bite to clear the palate at the finish.

M: Moderate-high carbonation. Doesn't help the taste at all. Aftertaste is present and simply builds into the next sip.

O: Not a good beer overall, nor is it a good representation of the style. The best that can be said is that it may possibly be a very small step up from the BMC mainstream beers. On the other hand, maybe just different, not necessarily better.

Every chance I get, I try to pawn this off on visitors. Most of them are BMC fans, so they're not overly offended by this stuff. But certainly nothing I'm looking to try again.

EDIT: After posting this review, I scanned through the other user reviews and it seems like my memory was pretty accurate. Nothing totally offensive with this beer, but it's just nothing I care to subject my taste buds to again.

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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 dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the fridge into a pint glass.

pours out a clear deep golden amber color with a small one finger of fizzy white head that faded almost instantly to nothing.

lack of aroma. some buttery diacytol, biscuity malt. very faint herbal, grassy hops.

in the taste, toasty biscuity malt, some buttery diacytol, some fruitiness. grassy, herbal hops balance things out a bit. some lingering bitterness.

light body, just a touch on the watery side. carbonation is a bit overdone as well.

a drinkable beer for sure. although its a pretty one dimensional brew, it doesnt taste nasty and its very cheap which makes it a nice session choice. these were buy one get one for 8$ for awhile at my local store.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.12/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

War of 1812 Ale...in a bottle.

Appearance-a light amber red, frothy head at first but it doesn't linger long and falls away.

Smell-not that aromatic, what I did get was a mix of light malt, spice, alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again very light. light body, light taste, muddled and syrupy and finishes very clean.

Drinkability-nothing memorable.

Overall-not very enjoyable, didn't hit any notes, seemed rushed, flavors didn't work and melded together. Not recommended.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear amber with a light head that barely survives the poor. Not for much lacing. Moderate carbonation

S- a moderate malty apple cider type smell. It's actually strong throughout the process

T- same theme with the cider concept. The malt decorates the substance of the brew. Meanwhile the sweets participates in a concoction of complimenting the brew. Truly a sweet amber

M- a little too syrupy for me... however the flavor does deliver substance

D- you can slam this no question. A good amber ale with local ties. I can drink a ton

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

Pours a think clear brownish with a decent head. The aroma is roasted malty, but a bit of solvent is in there. The flavor is very thin and light, mostly malt with just the faintest whiff of flowery hops. The finish is rather sour and the mouthfeel is flat and chalky.

It is good on tap in the brewery, but nothing to sing folksongs about in the bottle.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice amber color with a head that fades quickly to nominal lacing.

S: Malt and caramel sweetness aroma.

T: Taste of malt with a light sweetness and mild bitterness. Dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth, nice balance.

D: Nice beer, seem to compliment food. good for a couple.

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Photo of mash4077
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber, almost red. Almost no head.

S- Wow, intense caramel smell upfront. Sweet and dark, malts are almost overpowering. Very simple.

T- Brighter in the taste, the carmel flavor calms down a bit. Very light hoppiness, almost completely hidden. Simple like the smell. Caramel comes back again in the aftertaste.

M- A light creaminess, carbonation isn't great.

D- Very drinkable, probably the best aspect of it.

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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 LLENROC
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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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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 bilyboy65
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good amber. Good color to fit the style. Not a lot of head though. Nutty malts with some light hops in the background to round it out. A little sweet as well, but I think its from the malts. Light bodied ale makes this very drinkable. Nothing to shock the taste buds. Would consider this a very good session ale. Something that is easy to drink with enough flavor to keep you entertained for a few pours.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm always looking for a great amber. This one wasn't it.
Appearance is that of a Pale Ale; no darker. Medium head.
Aroma is very malty, flavor is much the same, toasted malts but with some powerful butterscotch and anise flavors that get in the way. I assume they're byproducts of whatever strain of yeast is used, but they're out of control. Hops are a non-factor.
Feel is average. Medium to light body.
It's not undrinkable, but it's too sweet and the off-flavors will not be denied your attention. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear amber red with a thin white head that dissipates.

Aroma is mild with hint of malt. Taste is mildly malty with a bit of hops, fairly well balanced. Nothing overly special, but easy drinking. A bit dry in the finnish.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a slight white head that sticks around for a bit.

S: Sweet malts with pine hints and a touch of fruit. Nice.

T: Slightly sweet and toasted malts make up the body. Finishes with a dry biscuit flavor.

D: Not a bad brew, just a tad on the boring side.

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Photo of caddybuyer
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando

A-Amber nut brown with a virtually non existant head.

S-slight caramel malts and little else.

T-Caramel malts continue but there is little else going on here. Quenches the thirst, and that is about it.

M-slightly over carbonated and thin. A good alternative to soda.

D-Thank you...I'll pass, and I ordered something different.

Summary.

If you call yourself the "War of 1812" live up to it. This was a wimpy brew unworthy of the name.

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Photo of nick76
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is papery and grainy with dust, grass, and brown sugar. The appearance is amber gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin and the finish bitter. This is not a good beer. There is a likable maltiness but there are a lot of off flavors in it as well.

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

[On tap at MacGregor's in Penfield, NY] Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Ale is an amber ale with a thin, dense, splotchy white head that soon fades. The aroma is faint, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. It has a medium light body and it's reasonably smooth. The flavor is faint and a little sour. It's not very bitter and a bit wooden tasting. Overall, it's a pretty unoffensive beer.
(rated Jun 23, 2008)

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a nice golden amber color with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. It forms a light creamy tan head that slowly fades to a very thin covering. Lacing is light and slick, sliding down just behind the body.

Smell: The aroma has a subtle malty tone with lots of sweetness.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is straight forward and simple. It has a big juicy malty body with mild hints of hops. The mouth feel has a thick solid texture that is just slightly slick with a medium body and soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a good solid average Amber that is easily sessionable.

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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 Proteus93
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Ithaca Ale House...

A: Golden blonde, leaning into an am,ber colour. Head is about half a finger... doesn't last long. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

S: Some subtle malts, and a little touch of an almost herbal hop. Fairly straight forward, but not too shabby.

T + M + D: Toasted malts, a bit of sweetness, and a little dash of hop balance. A decent balance, at the very least. Carbonation is crisp and body is a bit lighter and refreshing. An easy to drink beer, most certainly, and a good choice when one doesn't particularly want a flavour explosion, but it wouldn't hurt to have a bit more to it.

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Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

War of 1812 Ale pours a hazy copper color with a thin tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, caramel and bread like. The flavor is also on the malty side, caramel is most prominent. There is a touch of hops, but they are in the background. Decent, but I'd probably pick something else.

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

A: This beer poured a clear golden/amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty. There are some hops noticeable.

T: This beer is initially sweet and malty. There is some bitterness that can be perceived. It is a well-balanced and smooth brew, but nothing outstanding.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with noticeable carbonation.

D: Easy drinking amber brew - good for sessions.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Erie in Weedsport.

The beer poured a nice golden amber color, clear. no carbonation with a flat lacey haed with light retention.

The bouquet was was sweet. Lots of malt, yet I get candied sugars and a bit of honey. This sweet malt thing goes through to the taste, where the malt with some yeast leave a pleasant taste with a short, yet nice, aftertaste.

This is an easy drinking beer with a medium body and good mouthfeel. It does cloy, but to be fair it was late when I had this beer. Overall nice, kinda like a Yeungling and Becks love child!

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap here at Barnacle Bill's in Tallahassee and man did it hit the spot.

The head was foamy and frothy, just the right amount of bubbles blowing in the breeze. The color was a nice brown-red and ripe for the picking. Needless to say, it looked damn good.

Smell was very hoppy with a pleasant aroma to go with it.

Taste was very good, but my biggest gripe was the aftertaste. The aftertaste at first was very good, but quickly dissipated after just two or three seconds. While the aftertaste was nice, it didn't linger in my mouth long enough for me to fully enjoy it.

Mouthfeel as mentioned above was good, but the aftertaste wasn't as long as I wished it would be.

For any time in the afternoon, 1812 is a great beer to unwind with and share amongst friends. A nice, cold ale is always great after work or stressful classes and 1812 certainly is a good one to down the hatch with.

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