Turk's Head Island Draught Amber | Turks Head Brewery

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Turk's Head Island Draught AmberTurk's Head Island Draught Amber

Brewed by:
Turks Head Brewery
Turks & Caicos Islands

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2005

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 40
Photo of dbl_delta
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated "best by 6/29/16" into pilsner glass. In Turks and Caicos so presumably it's quite freah from the brewery a couple of miles away. Pours a deep, clear amber with a decent tan head. Initial impression is sweet biscuit malt, molasses, and tropical fruit. Medium mouthfeel; medium to low carbonation. Sweetness is off-putting: I can drink exactly one of these before I feel like brushing my teeth or something. Unfortunately, this is probably one of the better brews available here. Might have to start drinking rum.....

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.17/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours a clear reddish amber with a firm 2 fingers of head.

S - Sweet grainy malts, some metallic notes, gingerbread, burnt caramel.

T - Grainy husky caramel, steely malts, butterscotch, gingerbread, some fruit mixed, old grassy hops come in on the back end, there's a mineral note that runs through the entire drinks, finishes a little rugged with scorched caramel.

M - Medium body, smooth carbonation,

This isn't bad. Grainy caramel malts seem to dominate with some mineral notes mixed in. The best option if your wanting to drink local beer in Turks and Caicos.

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Photo of jpro
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz clear bottle into a goblet in the room...

A: cool information on the label about the "fez" cactus, etc; pours a chestnut brown with some amber highlights; off-white, 2-finger head; not much lace - maybe a few strands.

S: Sweet caramel malt; toast; hazelnut; not bad, but too sweet.

T: Bready sweetness - almost banana bread; light toasty / nuttiness; has a bit of a lasting sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; leaves a sweet coating on the palate.

O: Not a bad amber; fairly drinkable, although a bit too sweet; down here, I think I prefer the lager.

*from notes (7/1/12)

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: thin head on a light amber with slight straw hues and clear body.

S: musty malts with a subtle caramel note.

T: this one like the lager also has a strong bitter note from start to finish. The darker malts are just in the background instead of forming the backbone of a malt dependent genre.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not terrible I guess but when compared to the other choices in the Caribbean, fairly standard beer.

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Photo of RyanDe680
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours well. Head was creamy and foamy at first, but faded fast and diid not last long. Very clear and bubbly. I had one served with and without a lime. Stick to w/o the lime.

No noticeable aroma hop characteristic at all. Not overly bitter, but well balanced. Definite use of barley with a slight hint of carmel, very interesting. Very light and fits the environment well (given that the sun was out and temps always in the 80s). Finishes well and doesn't leave any aftertaste. After finishing one, I did desire another. Not watery, as I would expect, but if brewed with island water (which by Turks & Caicos nature is a bit off), I can see where this beer gets some of its uniqueness.

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Photo of drpimento
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a small, very thick and creamy, cream colored head that soon settled down to large islands and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear, copper amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is very sweet with malt and fruit standing out along with a little butterscotch. Body is full and round but carbonation very soft, bordering on flat. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Way to sweet for me. No more.

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Photo of wolandjr
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Danny Buoy in Providenciales (3.20.11). Appealing caramel color with a foamy white head that doesn't last long. No lacing. Watery mouth feel that I usually find unpleasant but given the climate it's not that bad. No noticeable hop presence as the malts dominate. It has a decent finish, and I can't detect the bitter aftertaste encountered by an earlier reviewer.

If you're on the island (lucky you!) it's a decent option if you want something other than a mass produced lager (though I'd recommend one of the tasty Guiness foreign extra stouts instead).

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Photo of HalfFull
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Grace Bay in Provo. The amber pours a light copper/caramel in color with decent clarity. A rich cap of off white foam lingers for some time.

Nose of thin caramel malts and grain, yet somewhat devoid of any hop notes. Flavor is a bit better than the nose with a continued caramel base. A lack of hop bitterness is evident but seems quite apropos for the tropical environment. Easy feel though a bit thin and simple given the light bready texture of the brew. An easy drink on the beach and preferred over the equally unhopped lager offering which was a bit coarse in texture.

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Photo of MEPBlue
4.33/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from the Pirate's Bar overlooking a great beach. I honestly was surprised this beer was so good. I have read some negative reviews of "Friends bringing the beer back" and other things. Maybe it was my cigar or my surroundings... but this was a great beer. Not a typical watery beer you find on a beach.

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Turk's Head Island Draught Amber from Turks Head Brewery
3.03 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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