War of 1812 AleSeptember 1, 2001 Sackets Harbor, NY
Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
Sackets Harbor, NY
The Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. is a brewpub situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. During the War of 1812, the area of Sackets Harbor acted as a base of operations against British forces and helped to defend Lake Ontario, hence the name of this amber ale. With a small distribution of their beers, Sackets Harbor works to develop beer styles that fit the palates of their local drinkers.
I like the name and the label but would have guessed an 1812 ale to be a little darker, fuller-bodied and more flavorful. With my samples, the pale golden-amber robe was slightly turbid. A very pale off-whitish head quickly disappeared. The nose is clean, with some good but slight malt and hop notes. On the palate, the beer is slightly acidic, lacking a good balance of malt and hops.
- Charles Finkel
Light amber ale with a slight chill haze and hearty yeast and vegetal aroma. Low hop rate makes for a sweet amber ale. Tin-metal like flavor and aftertaste with some acidity. We may have won the War of 1812, but this beer seems to have been through one recently. I hope this beer suffered the ravages of shipping. I doubt I’m tasting a beer as it was intended to be.
- Charlie Papazian
Hazy bronze color with a thin collar of foam, the beer has a rich, appealing aroma of vanilla and slightly toasted malt. Hops make an entrance on the tongue, the bitterness balanced by rich creamy malt. The full flavor lingers on the finish, with the malt giving way finally to bitter hops and tart fruit. Delicious. By the way, what was the War of 1812?
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.