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Hockley Amber - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Hockley AmberHockley Amber

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BA SCORE
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spinrsx on 06-29-2012)
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Reviews by bryehn:
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour with a foamy white head. Leaves very little lacing and settles as a healthy collar.

Smells of mineral water, caramel and toasted grains. Earthy backing with smooth plum or raisin note.

Heavy, slightly sweet and bread-like toasted malt flavour with a certain grassiness. Hints of chocolate and plum. Well-balanced bitterness.

Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Subtle, yeast-like tingle and pop on the tongue. Dry finish, with caramel, earth and toasted grain notes in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-flavored amber, especially given ABV. Great with lunch meats, raw veggies and crackers.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 17:36:39 | More by bryehn
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

06-16-2014 00:38:27 | More by DarrenBrule
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EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, with a finger of very short-lived, ivory-colored head. Crystal clear and not a lot of bubbles.

S: Malty, hints of citrus and earthiness, toasted grain. Sticking my nose in the can I could get some earthy/grassy hop notes.

T: Smooth. Lightly toasted bread, subtle citrus, a hint of burnt sugar. Definitely on the sweet side, but with just enough hopping to prevent it being cloying.

M: Medium-bodied, lowish carbonation.

O: Outstanding. Goes against the current trend towards hop-bombs, with more of a "blonde ale" balance despite its darker color. This is a craft beer that can satisfy enthusiasts while remaining quite accessible to neophytes. Subtle, balanced, and very satisfying.

(Note: Re-reviewed 2014-05 because they've apparently reformulated this, now has 5.2 instead of 4.2 percent alcohol by volume. I didn't notice a huge change, but my general opinion of this beer has only grown over time.)

Serving type: can

05-21-2014 01:09:12 | More by EvanHarper
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-28-2014 18:52:01 | More by joefinnigan15
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.65 CDN (if I recall correctly). Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark coppery, orange color with some brown and amber hues. Lots of visible carbonation and a nice two finger off-white head. The head slowly dissolved leaving a thin white foamy cloud on top of the beer. Enticing.

Smell - Strong grain aroma and floral characteristics that are distinctly spring like. Molasses backbone makes this definitely a more malt based aromatic beer.

Taste - Malt forward, especially molasses and some toasted grains. Flavor doesn't linger on the palate for terribly long on the tongue but then reappears in the aftertaste. Wish the taste was of a similar strength throughout as it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, medium-light feel but full flavor. Refreshing.

Overall - While not a world beater, this is a great example of Ontario's craft brewers perfecting their craft. A really solid amber with great malt flavor and and extremely refreshing. This may become a regular visitor to my fridge.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 22:13:38 | More by DenisKolkin
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

01-21-2014 19:37:14 | More by RevCraig
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-16-2014 09:25:07 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-11-2014 05:07:22 | More by DamageCase76
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, bright copper with a pale beige cap. Malty aroma, caramel and a bit nutty, plus earthiness and fruitiness from the hops -- very English in character. Perhaps a hint of citrus and grassy notes as well. Nicely balanced flavour -- bitterness, hops, and sweetness really work well together -- same character as the aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation, off-dry making you want to take another sip. Pretty solid. I could see this being a good go-to beer when looking for something with some character, but still nicely balanced and pleasant.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 00:23:41 | More by DrJay
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-05-2013 20:45:47 | More by ZachT
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-28-2013 03:50:10 | More by Exeter
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-07-2013 14:31:29 | More by GoHabsGo
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into a pint glass, ABV 4.2%.

A - Poured a clear rusty orange with a thin white head, head reduced to a lasting ring and surface bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Some caramel, grains, hint of spice.

T - Light caramel, some graininess, slight nuttiness, hint of spice, low bitterness in the finish. Overall it's on the lighter side.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-low body, somewhat dry finish.

O - Above average. Better than their blonde '100'. Not something I'd seek out but I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 19:24:42 | More by decimator
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-03-2013 20:15:42 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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bgibbard

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-31-2013 18:29:27 | More by bgibbard
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, part of a Hockley Taste Pack, apparently only available in Alberta at Co-op stores around Calgary.

This beer pours a clear, dark, glistening copper amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy pale tan head, which leaves a few lingering islet strings of lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, some mildly bitter cocoa nibs, a slight oily nuttiness, and rather prominent (relatively) leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more nutty caramel malt, reminiscent of many a recent awkward Christmas cookie moment, a mild eggnog creaminess (there I go again!), but without the attendant spice, and softly musty, leafy hops.

The bubbles are average, and dutifully supportive in that very manner, the body a decent medium weight, but not without a doddering clamminess. It finishes a tad off-dry, the caramel malt kind of giving off a last rites vibe, the nutty contending with the musty, and some leafy, weedy hops playing us out.

Not a bad amber ale, or as they are apparently now called, Canadian Amber Ale, which I wholeheartedly support for inclusion in the new style wars, um, I mean discussions, on this site. There is just something indeterminately unique about the Canadian take on this style - maybe that's just it - not a British Ruby Ale, not a hopped-up Yankee Amber, but something muddled and Canadian. Sounds about right, and so does this offering, for unconcerned Canuck imbibers everywhere. Oh, and go Team Canada Juniors!

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 18:34:12 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into pint glass 12/12/12

A clear light copper with lots of big bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of cream colored foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S caramel and butterscotch with a little leafy hops and some nutty coco powder

T not far from the smell but has a slight metallic flavor, tastes pretty faint with not a whole lot going on, pretty basic

M a little thin and almost airy from the bubbles, faint aftertaste of nutty caramel

O OK beer but nothing special, drinkable for sure but I wouldn't go looking for it

just another brew, nothing memorable, nothing offensive, nothing to be ashamed of, and nothing to go looking for

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 06:21:44 | More by wordemupg
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-24-2012 19:24:00 | More by sbarre
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-09-2012 03:32:41 | More by djcreepshow
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-06-2012 18:46:41 | More by cfalovo97
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I think this is a well brewed amber ale, I would certainly not classify it as "American", as it's lacking the entire hop portfolio such a name typically entails... Reviewing it as such on principle, but would have rated it far higher in a British or other malt-forward "red" style.

Can pours a glowing amber with a quarter inch of off-white head that has good retention before leaving impressive lacing. A nice beer to look at! Unfortunately the aroma is pretty sparse, with some earthy tones underneath simple malted barley. Less caramelized or roasted notes than I expected. The flavour is better balanced and more impressive. Although malt-forward and less complicated than I'd choose, it leaves a delightfully dry finish from the bittering hops.

Lacking any citrus, pine, tropical fruit or other typical "American" hop elements, but would classify this as a decent British pint and an excellent transition beer for a wide audience. It is literally miles ahead of any macro "red"!

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 01:47:16 | More by hopsolutely
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed dark copper pour. Half finger, off white head. Lacing is decent.

Toffee, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar and some slight earthy grains.

Lightly toasted malts, caramel, slight brown sugar. It has a digestive cookie taste. Sort of bland.

Light body, good carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 19:37:35 | More by korguy123
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-21-2012 22:39:15 | More by Molson2000
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet roasted malts, caramel, earthy /grassy notes and slight chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet roasted malt character, some breadiness and graininess, caramel, earthy notes and slight chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a slightly thin but nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-13-2012 20:55:11 | More by SebD
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midlifecrisis

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm confused by the reviews below referring to this as a lager when the picture of the can says "Amber Ale". Though I agree that the beer is very lager-like. So why does Hockley call it an ale I wonder? Otherwise agree this is an earthy-woody amber.

Serving type: can

08-25-2012 23:06:31 | More by midlifecrisis
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Hockley Amber from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.