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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A good, clean nutbrown ale with a malty body. This is our most popular ale due to its smooth and malty flavor. We use a mixture of pale, crystal and black malts in this one, and our primary hop is Target, though we also add some Whitbread Goldings Variation as well. The Real Ale is best fresh, so fresh in fact, that it's great right out of the bright tank.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2004
Nice brown full color with good lasting head. Aroma is almost that of an ESB and very familiar. The taste is average, but nice. A bit overbearing -- this is definitely a brown ale, but not as malty as most. An easy drinking brown, but just a bit bland. Decent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Nice rich carmel taste, nice amber color. I chose this as my beer for the night last time I was in Bar Harbor and it treated me very well. Great flavor, and not very filling, a good all around beer and a perfect flagship ale for a local brewing company because it has a good classic flavor, but doesn’t try to be too different. Very smooth and easy drinking. Everytime i see this on tap from now on I’ll be sure to have at least one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours an off-white two-finger head that fades quickly to a ring and leaves some lace. Clear deep amber color, medium bodied and low carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes on the dry side. $1.80 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Liquors, Acton, MA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured a copper color with a small off white head, no real lacing. Sweet caramel malt, and molassas aroma. Taste of dark fruits, some caramel malt, and a tinge of alcohol. Just OK, now that I see this is only 5.2% the alcohol was not hidden at all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CTBeer (4) - Manchester, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2004 does not count
Started with a small diminishing light brown head with good lacing. The beer had a nice dark brown color. The aromas consisted of of a toasted nuttiness with a light resin hoppiness to balance the beer. Light-to-Medium bodied with some nuttiness but finished somewhat bland and watery. A pretty good beer but lighter than a true brown ale.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Tan color with a medium sized, short lasting head. Taste had a mild smokiness to it, other than that nothing too special that stands out. More of a malty Pale than a Brown.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
ppearance: clear, brown color, witha short, quickly dead head. Aroma: sweet and caramelly at first, notes of maple, brown sugar, cola, molasses. Taste: rich and tasty, with a fully-charged entrance on the palate, but mellow thereafter. Smoothly textured, light to medium-bodied. A tasty, and overall adequate session ale. Doesn’t rock any boats, doesn’t need to, it’s all smooth sailing.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Real ale? Pfffthh! So I’m looking at the label and I see this tiny airplane pulling a banner along behind it that says "Brewed & Bottled In Maine". the really weird thing was that the banner is wrapped around the mast of a boat. Did this tiny airplane zoom around dangerously close to the boat? Were the boat people terrified by this? I bet the people in the boat know better than to have this. Actually it’s not _bad_, but it doesn’t go beyond Average at all. It has a beautiful dark dark ruby color and an aroma that seemed to contain hints of fruit. Excited, by what I’d seen up to this point, I happily quaffed it and was astoundedly let down. Very fizzy mouth feel with almost no perceptable taste, save for a light hint of the malty. Very light. It also seemed to be more than a little watery. If this is their flagship ale, I think it needs to sink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
dark brown/red color, no head, sweet malt aroma, lightly hopped, clean refreshing and light roasted malt aroma; flavor has a nice blend of malt and hops, malt flavor dominates, hints of roasted malt, light hop bitterness, very smooth, a well-made beer

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Brown in color with a medium white head.Aroma of fruit,malt and light hops.Malty,sweet and fruity flavor.


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