Sackets Harbor Brewing, sitting on the eastern end of Lake Ontario just about 25 miles south of me, added Thousand Island Pale Ale to its line up in January 2006 and are having it contract brewed at the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, the fine folk who make the eastern crop of Mendocino Brewing's ale and lagers. The brewery says of this one on its website:
Our newest beer is a hop-infused American strong pale ale and uses English malts and assorted hops from the American northwest to give it a citrusy aroma and bitter finish. It's 6.3 percent alcohol, more than a point higher than most American premium beers.I quite like this beer, green hoppy hot with a rich fruity pale maltiness. It pours sort of a light caramelized straw with a tan foam and rim up top giving off a snootful of marigold weedy hop. More hop than a pale ale but more gentle than the IPA of the 21st century. Only a few BAers have found it but they were well rewarded.