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RATINGS: 155   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of Harry.. Probably should have ended the night with the Avery. Oh well! Decent brown ale malt / nutty aroma. A little sour though. Dark brown, lots of red. Mild nutty brown taste, again, a little sour. Maybe fresher it would be better, but this is all I got out of this one. Serviceable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and brown sugar. Flavourís also sweet and of caramel malt and brown sugar along with some fruit and hints of chocolate and a light bitter finish. Bodyís a little thin but like HogTownHarry says, isnít that the case with all Brown Ales? This is pretty good, and considering how crappy most Brown Ales are thatís saying something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - my bottle via trade with Ruggedman. Poured hazy deep reddish-brown with an average off-white creamy/wispy head. Sweet aroma, light dry hops, slightly nutty, nothing special, but some decent roast character. Watery mild taste - a bit nutty, malt-sweet, a little dry in the quick finish, vaguely choco-toffee. Slightly watery body (arenít all brown ales watery?) - nothing special on the palate. Not bad, not memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Courtesy of Porterhouse <!-- P --> Aroma holds chocolate malt, mild roast, roasted nuts and freah baked dark bread. Body is a mostly opaque red-tinted brown and the head starts out thumb thick, fluffy and tan, but quickly recedes. Tongue tingling carbonation in the fore is followed by mild roasted malt and nut flavors. Carbonations tickles on the way down too. Flavor wise it is pretty damn narrow though it doesnít offend anywhere except for being a touch overcarbonated. Mouthfeel is nice just not gobs of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 06-Apr-06 in trade with 46er3498, thanks Tom!) This typically uneventful but quite pleasant brown ale features a fairly chocolaty malt front and center, and is moderately sweet, lightly hoppy and bitter (moreso than most brown ales), and somewhat roasty on the back end. The nose is pleasantly chocolaty and mildly sweet, but lacks sufficient aromatics to really drive the point home. Medium bodied from sip to finish with average carbonation and a lingering roastiness. Light-to-medium brown in color with a ruddy hue and a slight haziness. The light-tan head ranges from an inch tall on the pour to a wide ring toward the end of the session, and lacing is non-existent. But overall, with lots of chocolate and a bit of hops, this is a tasty and enjoyable brown ale, not very complex, but how many brown ales are? Easily above average for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2006
22oz bottle via trade with porterhouse - Thanks Kevin! - Pours brown with a good sized tan head that stayed pretty well and laced some on the sides of the glass. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and cola. Flavor of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and roasted malts. A surprising hop finish is there. Palate is medium bodied and somewhat dry. A pretty good brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A gangly head slowly collapses onto the maroon dress.
-A pleasantly roasty and nutty nose dims out, once settled into the glass, into a frail herbal cola.
-A filet of caramel sweetness surrounds the roasted maltiness.
-Itís pretty carbonated and lean-bodied, which makes it an easy-to-drink pint.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some mineral character undermines the aroma, but evaporates with time.
-Leafy hoppiness hangs on to the flaky roastiness.
-Finishes modestly, with light roasty dryness, and sweet hazelnut suggestions.
-A decent brown ale, flavorful yet somehow understated.
-By the way, this is a bolder version of their Lighthouse Ale; same recipe with a little more of everything.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbomb (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Brown ales are what got me interested in the world of beer. I had lost interest in them for a while, but upon going to the BHBC brewery tour I re-discovered my lost interest. This is a great, well rounded refreshing brown ale. Fresh and balanced hop and malt with a nicely lingering palate make this a top pick for me. Iíve had thicker brown ales but this one bridges the gap of refreshing and savory.

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