In honor of those victories by the U.S. Military, Sacketts Harbor Brewing has named their amber ale War of 1812.
War of 1812 poured a clear, dark amber color with a finger width of off-white head. The aroma is mostly malts with a bit of nuttiness.
The body is malty up front and the hops show through in the middle as the malts die out. There is a light sweetness there and the beer is decently balanced despite having a thinner mouthfeel. The nuttiness dies out on the finish as the light hop taste continues, leading to a light dryness.
Overall, 1812 has a great name and is a decent beer. The aroma and first impression are both really nice but the beer is a little thin for me.
War of 1812 would pair well with a lighter meat, and the depth of the body would be a little more apparent when throwing in a little spice.
With the warmer weather approaching, I decided to break out the grill and grill up some chicken sausage with some beer marinated peppers. Combing the two on a pita lead to a fantastic pairing and a very enjoyable dinner.
Producer: Sacketts Harbor Brewing Company
Price: $2.15 (12 oz. Bottle)
Rating: (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)