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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 LumpyGuitar
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a barbecue. My choices were this or " Busch Light " so I chose this. Looks like the better choice.

Poured a clear oak brown with a finger of head, carbonation is visible but minor.

Smelled a bit like oak and spice, very hard to smell anything else.

Tasted a bit like hops, spice, and black coffee. Nothing fantastic here but it went well with the burgers and when I " needed a cold one ".

Mouthfeel was good. Clean, crisp, very refreshing, weight and carbonation perfectly balanced.

Drinkability for refreshment is high, anything else, I'm uncertain, as this beer is fairly average as far as other qualities go.

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Photo of Ig0r
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour gave a short, white head of small bubbles that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing in the glass. The color is a deep, clear amber.

The smell is pretty weak, a little spiciness and some hop aroma. The feel is smooth but not thin, with a good amount of carbonation present. Like the smell, there seems to be little remarkable about the flavor. There is some grapefruit sourness with a good hoppy finish. Not much remains for an aftertaste.

This seems to be something that doesn't have much character, but would be good refreshment.

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Photo of frazbri
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Amber Ale poured a clear copper-auburn color topped by a short cream head. Mild aroma of orchard fruit, almond and nutmeg. Flavor was sweet and nutty balanced by bitterness. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a well balanced amber ale. Nutty flavors make it interesting.

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Photo of drunkmonk
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired as a throw-in from Paulthebeerguru. Thanks.

A- Reddish copper, faint lacing

S- Not much going on, sweet malts with some faint fruity esters.

T- Sweet malts, some rasberry notes and faint toffee. No hop bitterness. Left with faint malt sweetness.

M- Thin with a bit too much carbonation. A bit fizzy.

D- Drinks fairly easy.

A beer to consider if you have a few BMC drinkers over to the house. Me thinks this might be a good cross-over vehicle to the craft side of things.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is like a new penny, shellacked, and clear with a high head of medium sized bubbles that fade quickly.

Very light sent of melons and malt in the nose, adds little to the experience, but is pleasant never the less.

Rather malty with white bread and a tease of hops, and finishes with elements of butter.

The War of 1812 may have cleansed the British pallet of any desire to re-acquire the American Colonies, and this beer is a clear and light pallet cleanser too.

One could easily spend an afternoon on the deck drinking this one with friends.

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

had this beer on tap in New York. it was a nice light amba color. nice carbonation. some lace but little head. i tasted of light malts. not as full as i would like on the body and the flava but still a good beer.

glad i tried it. would be relatively easy for me to drink.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of JDV
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of davehoward. Thanks!
Pours a very light amber. Transluscent with a small short lived head. Smell is light and just a faint maltiness. Taste is thin, lightly metallic and standard maltiness but very lightly so and with a light flavorless hop bitterness. Very thin and simple. Drinkable with no off flavors, but more of a gateway craft beer, I'd say.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is almost all sweet malts. The taste starts off with malts that aren't quite as sweet as the scent indicated followed by some hops that are not overly bitter and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky without too much carbonation. I consider this beer to very drinkable and could see grabbing a couple more if they were at hand.

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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 iceball585
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, thin head that lowered to a thin ring around the glass, good amount of carbonation bubbles rising

S- Amber malts, flowery, grains, slight metallic smell

T- Malts, flowery hops, sweet, toasted grains, bready, hint of caramel

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation, clean, slight dry oily finish

D- Worth trying

This is a decent amber/red ale. Not really my favorite but not bad either.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, even if it says amber ale on the bottle. Little head with some retention.

Smell is almost non-existent. Some hops.

Taste is a bit grainy. Some bready malt. Seems a tad muddled and not on par with the amber/red ale style.

Overall, a beer that seems more like an English Pale Ale than an American Amber. Not horrible or anything, but I would not buy it again.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, with a fairly nicely lingering lacing on it. Smells sweetly malty, almost too sugary sweet. Luckily the sweetness doesn't transfer over to the flavor, which for the most part is a nice balancing of light malt and a dash of bitterness.

Nothing wrong with this one. It's a good, honest, straightforward brew, not trying to wow you with anything.

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

Got the beer through a beer of the month club. Poured into a pint glass. Very light copper color. Fairly thick, french vanilla ice cream head. Head stays around with nice lacing.

Smells like a candy-like malt scent.

Okay malt flavor, much better hop bitterness as it goes down.

The beer is certainly drinkable. But I could get really bored with this drink. I don't know if I would choose it to drink for the night. It isn't a bad beer. Just not very exciting.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color with a thin white head which dissappears quickly. The smell is a faint grainy smell. The taste is a bit papery with a slight mineral finish, Mouthfeel is a medium body with medium-high carbonation. My overall perception is one of disappointment. I found this beer in Florida and it was one I've not heard of and one that I can't get in Louisiana. I unfortunately had to by the whole 6 pack since Publix didn't sell singles. I wouldn't recommend buying this beer. It really isn't all that good for the price which was around $8 a 6 pack.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Brianmerrilyn
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Italian American Club in Watertown, outside of Sackets. Smell-Malt at best for my hairy nose. Tasted like an amber to me and below average hoppiness. Delicate accents of caramel and overall sweetness. Taste was more dry than my taste would prefer. A good brew the first time going down but loses character after each one. The brewery has a Pale Rider which is the real deal.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a string copper color with little head and mild tracing. The smell is not overpowering, but gives off a sort of dry, bitter malt smell. Has a slightly hoppy bitter taste about it. There is very, very, very light fizz about it, as it goesdown fairly smoothly. The taste in the mouth is not great but solid, making it somewhat drinkable in my book.

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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 mentor
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Sacket's Harbor Brewing for the opportunity.

Pours almost no head. Nearly clear dead brown-amber. Smells dark caramel, a bit scortched. Woody dry with some sour and esters of non-descript muskmeon/honeydew character.

Tastes dry and quite toasty. Almonds caramel. A touch sour. Woody dry and a bit empty. Dry snappy finish. Some noble hop character that I find similar to Tettnanger.

Md body, but somes across with thin because of the dryness. Not very drinkable.

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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 Rudgers73
4.57/5  rDev +33.2%
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 MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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 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 charlesw
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little light on the amber, v. clear, smallish, off-white head that's good and dense - nice tight bubbles. Smell... Smell? What smell? Weird. Ok, I had some beer and ate dinner and all, but, wow, I just don't smell anything. Crazy. Tastes of malt with a kind of orange twist at the end. Well, you'd know if you tasted it, eh? Nice and even in the mouth. And, hey, I suppose I'd drink this stuff by the case if it were more accessible 'round here. Hmm. Why does it say APA up there? It says amber on the bottle. Hmm... Change request going out, I suppose...

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