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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   ABV: -
Holyoke Dam Ale is brewed in an English style, using open fermenters and a top fermenting American yeast. We use the finest Canadian English malts. Our Ale is mildly hopped and is intentionally brewed to leave some residual sugars. This combination gives it a refreshingly smooth and malty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5657) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
2/27/2009 4:55:09 PM Ryan/Casey. Medium brown body with healthy, rocky tan head. Malty and yeasty nose, with some caramel notes. Smooth texture. Caramel taste comes through strong. Some dark chocolate towards the finish. Warming. One of this brewer’s better ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours an orange color with a very thin head. Not much of an aroma. Taste is slightly sweet with a very slight bitterness. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 23, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed deep reddish amber that allows light to pass through with a thin-moderate off-white head that barely made it to the second sip and left very little lace. Weak aroma of dusty malt and caramel. The flavor is dominated completely by the malt, which has some brown sugar sweetness and at the same time noticeably stale oxidation. No hops presence to speak of and little if any bitterness at the finish. Although I enjoy malt driven beers, this is not something I would look to revisit.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
probstblueribbon (3719) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 02.30.11

App.: Clear copper with a nice reddish-tan head. Aroma: Awful! A strange blend of wet carpet, wet paper, sour barf, ash, vegetal notes, peppery awfulness, really bad. Palate: Medium body, restrained effervescence with some prickly bubbles, smooth overall. Flav.: There seems to be a little earthy caramel malt trying to claw its way out of a mess of bitter herbs, vegetal notes, wet ash, barfy blech, earthy terrible, overall a disaster; dry with good bitterness and a metallic, burnt yuck finish.

Holyoke! Dam! This is horrible. Drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle, stamped "best by 2.30.11." No, seriously, February now has 30 days. Pours bright red/orange, a little cloudy, with a foamy 2-finger yellowish head. Aromas of grassy and citrusy hops, lemon and orange zest, and slight berry. The flavor is tart cherry and lemon rind, raisin, and some bitter grass in the finish. Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. Meh. A bit strange. [617]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2935) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Very nice cloudy appearance with a neon glow to the amber. Some lacing, head does not stick. Very sweet nose, toffee, tea, again very sweet. Palate is more of the same initially but with a perfect amount of hops to avoid cloying taste leaving the taster with that sugar daddy feel. A bit gritty towards the end as well. Very well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bottle, pours an amber body with an off white head. Lightly sweet caramel a tough chewy with some toffee notes and a english hop tones. A hint of paper and some light residual sugar notes with a hint of paper like oxidation. Hops are hardly present with a mostly malt domineered bill. Sweet and simple.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2009
I like the malts but it was a little too sweet for my taste. It’s looks cloudt and amber - very enticing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Aug. 26, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (Kraig’s Kegs). Seems much more of an English Strong Ale (although the ABV isn’t indicated) in flavor & brown color. Sweet, syrupy malts dominate aroma & flavor, although there is some astringent bitterness to be found on the back end. As with almost any malty brew, it needs to warm up. I would enjoy this more in the Autumn or Winter, but probably wouldn’t seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
williamherbert (1501) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2009
A thick and murky dark cherry red. Bubbles can be seen in the thin spots. Puffy finger of white head. Rather sweet caramel aroma. Rich and slightly roasted. Slight brown sugar, oak. Some pungent raisin. Nice roasted English ale. The taste is a heavy initial brown sugar. Some roasted malt, but a very astringent alcoholic aftertaste. Aspires to a strong ale taste, but it comes off wrong. Had potential, but its nature comes off a tad musty. Ashy and gritty feel on the tongue, but that’s not a bad thing. Overall, the flavor improves as it warms, so let it warm up nice and good.

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