321. Bar Harbor Brewing Thunder Hole Ale
I picked this bottle up over the Summer at Bar Harbor Brewing’s retail shop in Bar Harbor. At the time I did not realize Bar Harbor Brewing was owned by Atlantic Brewing Company but after my visit I did a little research and found this happened a few years ago. The labels and beer appears to have stayed the same throughout the transition and hopefully that will continue as I like the Bar Harbor Brewing marketing.
Overall the beer is better than your average brown ale. I like this style with meals and with a fairly low 4.8% ABV it goes down easy. Color is a deep brown with a single finger tan head, looks like a nice brown ale. Smells like a brown ale as well with plenty of caramel, roasted and nutty malts. Taste is fairly complex with some light hop flavor in the beginning followed by the characteristic malts of a brown ale. This beer went well with dinner and would go very well with a steak or burger after work.
Pros: Complex for a brown
Brewers Description: Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.
WBC tasting notes
“Deep amber hue. Rich roasted, toffee-like aromas follow through on medium-bodied palate with assertive spicy hops upfront and toasted caramel malt flavors that finish in a mildly fruity manner. An elegant and complex Brown Ale.”
“An American classic brewed perfectly.” – Charlie Papazian