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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Earning 91 points in 1997, our Thunder Hole Ale won first place and its second Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. Locally brewed Thunder Hole Ale scored higher than Pete's Wicked, Newcastle Brown, Sam Adams, as well as many other Brown Ales from Maine and around the world. Thunder Hole Ale came in first again in 2000 with a score of 92 points! This delicious full-bodied brown ale is described by judges as malty, balanced, smooth and complex. Thunder Hole Ale goes with everything!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Hmm, brown ale. I kind of lump this style with amber ales. Both taste watery to me - like they should be nut browns or ESBs but somehow fell short. But I don’t want to totally hate on this beer. It does have a slight caramel malt backbone. But no discernable hop profile. This is a good session beer at best - if you want to slam a few back without alot of taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Picked up a bottle in downtown Bar Harbor. Body is a bit thin, but the sweet malty caramel flavors are balanced against a nice hop bite, even if it is subdued. Flavor could be more robust, but as is it makes for a nice, enjoyable beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Up to a strong light its browned ruby with a husky glow and dimmly clear in body. Solid dark leathery brown in the shadows. Perfect capping of light sandy brown, firmly set foam grows to just over an inch high and sinks slowly to keep an always plumply present amount. Adequate lacing in gooey-like patches and thick stringy globs stick across the glass. Eventually, a bunch of big spots remain. A very nice looking brown. Aroma is slight and fair with a clean present essense of cocoa dusted graham crackers and a sliding caramel noting. Taste is solid. Fluffy, mild, milk chocolate with a slight undertoned sweet malt of caramel and a snappy firm body at the healm. Tiny little ascents of cherry, apple, and powdered cocoa make for nice plays along the way. The cocoa becomes quite evident as it finishes well with a very nice fluffy-like dryness of powdered sugar mixed with creamed milk. A mild yet steady pace of flavors make this a very pleasing drinker. Feel is also solid. Firm, soft, creamy, subtle, with a slight snap of carbonation in the front half. Medium bodied overall, perhaps a nudge more when colder. As it warms it becomes even, calming, and super damn drinkable. A solid brown. A well done brew in a style that in most cases is a bit boring. This has lasting interest and flavor. Solid and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle from Porterhouse; Nose was grainy with some caramel and roastiness; Transparent brown with a medium tan head; flavor is malty with some small coffee notes and a little hop bitterness that lasts into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
It is sort of a terrible name but here is the break down: Appearance: Pours a garnet chestnut brown color that is hazy but does let some light show through. Smell: The aroma is a bit small but there is hints of grassy hops with along with the malts. Taste: Smooth and malty, brown sugar flavor. Typical brown ale taste. Easy and pleasant. I like the aftertaste. It has just the right amount of grassy hop flavor balancing nicely, with the beautiful sweetness. Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. Drinkability: As a fan of Brown Ales I find this to be a typical easy drinking, approachable (small) Brown Ale. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingofCastle (207) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2006
bottle: Maybe not the freshest bottle. Not bad for the brown ale style. Medium body with slightly bitter finish. As it warms the nutty & sweet flavour comes out more. Good stuff for brown ale. Actually been to Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park, brewery is really small. Great to see the accolades.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottled thanks to Ambergirl! Poured a clear medium caramel with an explosive cap of off-white head. Nose was soft, yet grainy... with coffee and caramel. Flavor was really about the same... coffee and caramel provide a nice sweet malty base... mild woodsy hops round out the edges. Smooth, creamy, and lighter-bodied on the palate... very little bitterness. This really was never exciting.. but it worked. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Draft @ 3 Dollar Dewey’s in Portland - Poured a medium brown in color with small tannish head. Aroma was malty with some yeastiness. Flavor was malty with a sightly unpleasent sour after taste. Enjoyable, but there are some many others...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Medium brown color - thin head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Flavor is fairly smooth with roasted malt flavors - finish is just a bit tart but otherwise clean. An easy to drink and uncomplicated brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Nutty, caramel malt aroma followed by a full nut flavor. It was smooth but a little watered down. This brown ale was of course brown with an off white head. It went very well with the lobster I had.

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