Stone Hammer Maple Red Ale | F&M Brewery

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Stone Hammer Maple Red AleStone Hammer Maple Red Ale
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Stone Hammer Maple Red AleStone Hammer Maple Red Ale

Brewed by:
F&M Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with local maple syrup you'd think this beer would be sweet, but think again! Maple flavours are balanced perfectly with a slightly bitter finish, cleansing the palette for more!

Added by bobsy on 06-11-2009

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle purchased from the brewery. No freshness date, but very cool label.

A: dark copper with deep orange hues, a ring of bone white head, and spots of lacing on the pint glass.
S & T: floral and herbaceous hops, toast, caramel, dark bread dough, maple, some malt astringency, bittersweet and metallic finish with a hint of cinnamon biscuit. British, earthy hop flavour closely resembles MacLean's Pale Ale.
M: creamy, medium, great spiciness in the middle, dry and balanced aftertaste.
D: a quintessentially Canadian beer, with more hop bite than your average English ale, and a subtle maple sweetness not often found in American ambers. Well-rounded, session ready, not crazy in any respect, yet I find myself reaching for another bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample, curtesy of the F&M Delivery guy - kudos, Matt!

Pours a robust orange-red, with about a half inch of head. Decent retention for a bottle.

The nose is quite malty, with biscuits, hops and just a touch of caramel-maple flavour that becomes more pronounced as the brew reaches room temperature.

Tastes more like a classic red ale than a "maple" red ale, which is a good thing. Firm hop presence, a good spiciness to the brew. The maple flavour arrives unassumedly towards the finish, providing a light sweetness that neither defines the brew nor dominates it. If the bottle hadn't said maple on it, I wouldn't have picked up on it right away.

Medium body, carbonation is about right.

Another fine seasonal from F&M; looking forward to trying this on tap in the near future.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a dark clear reddish amber hue, with two fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace behind. It smells of white cereal malt, and a fairly thin sugary caramel essence. The taste is caramel malt, a nice light maple sweetness, and earthy hops. The carbonation is mild, the body moderately weighty, but also a wee bit cloying, and it finishes off-dry, with a light leafy maple edge.

A good addition to the maple ale proto-category breaking out across this land of ours.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SyntheticAxiom
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One of my favourite amber ales, this beer has just the right amount of bitter before being too hoppy. The initial sips are the highlights, but still continues to be pleasing even after warming up. The ale goes down easy, and is not hard on the stomach. As for appearance and smell, my pint exceeded expectations and made me order another.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the King Edward in Ilderton, Ontario- A deep mahogany that lets in some light, with a thin beige cap. Nose of fresh hops and caramel malts, nutty, bready, and hints at brown sugar and maple. Tastes of fresh green hops, sweet malts, some rye, sweet caramel and butterscotch. No real maple except for some sweetness which could be malts. Creamy and delicate, quite dry and puckering on the finish. Thanks for getting this on RIch! Look forward to your next adventure!

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most maple beers I've tried, not very maple-y. There are a few wonderful exceptions but this isn't one of them. Not a bad beer otherwise. Nice colour nice mouthfeel. Not a bad taste.

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Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:

Taps a clear rusty- amber color with a modest rocky cap. Large carbonation bubbles, modest lacing.

Aroma is malty-sweet with hints of maple and grass.

Thin mouth feel, malt forward profile, styrian-like spicy hop bite is light but descernable, maple flavor is detectable in the finish.

Overall a tad sweet but malty so that's ok with me. I put this on par with the defunct Brickman founder's series red in flavor profile. I'd buy more.

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Photo of ZachT
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cyrenaica
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer in tap on May 4, 2012 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent cherry red colour with a thin creamy white cap that laced well. The aroma was grainy malt, floral hops, some caramel and a hint of maple. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt, some weak sweetness, and bitter/sour aftertaste. The maple is weak, but still makes an appearance.

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Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spot on with the 'red descriptor, as this beer sports a spiffy red body with a small off-white head. Touches of lace. Sweet malty aroma with hints of bread and maple. An interesting and amiable mix of flavours, if a little on the plain side. Slight nutty and sweet, with some herbal hopping, though primarily a malt-dominated beer. There's also some very light roast in the mix, which adds a little depth. What I'm not finding is maple, and like a lot of beers that use this honourable ingredient, the maple taste has morphed into something else. In some cases this lends a pleasant spiciness, but in this instance it provides a sweet smokiness, which compliments the nuttiness and light roast well. The bidy is medium-light with restrained carbonation.

While this is hardly a beer that will knock your socks off, it is a pleasant way to spend an evening, and I could happily session it.

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Photo of TerryW
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Victory.

Amber brown colour, one finger white head, no lace, no retention. Smell is of maple, caramel, toffee, light alcohol notes and farily malty. Taste is maple up front, fairly boozy tasting for the ABV, some dark fruit charachters are there, slight bitter finish with notes of brown sugar. Medium body, lightly carbonated, decent weeight overall. Just OK, more of a scotch ale, not overly impressive, wouldn't revisit this.

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Photo of mark_mla
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weak on the maple syrup flavour. A much better original is to pour one tablespoon of syrup into Stonehammer Dark. Just watch out for the foaming.

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Stone Hammer Maple Red Ale from F&M Brewery
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 16 ratings