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Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%


Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 01-12-2007)
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Premo88

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into mug
(11/19/2013 ... drank on 12/23/13)

L: red brown, dark brown; crystal clear ... it's amber with a heavy brown emphasis; weak head, 1/8-inch thick, dies quickly; leaves a nice skin of foam

S: caramel, corn, sour grain, creamed corn

T: nutty, like an English brown ale, loads of malt ... caramel; smoky hop hints like an American brown ale; grain; peach; toasted grain; has lots of taste, at times a weird mix but interesting

F: solid all around

O: not terrible, not fantastic ... the nutty malt taste is intriguing enough to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:47:21 | More by Premo88
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jonB

New York

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first local beer I tried on a trip to Austin. Poured from a bottle it had the perfect color amber with a think layer of white foam. The taste is a slightly nutty roasted malt. It is slightly sweet with very little hops. Good session beer that is true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:16:29 | More by jonB
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bundy462

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber red, tan head about a quarter inch, but lasting.

S: Grainy and non-pungeant hop. Fairly clean, nothing overpowering.

T: Clean and almost a juicy quality at first followed by a muted but lasting hop that goes into almost a dry finish. There is a grassy and grainy body.

M: Juicy and smooth, dry finish.

O: Glad I tried it, but would not get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:26:19 | More by bundy462
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imasloth

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, almost a brown, bright yellowish, creamy head. Head is persistent with steady carb. and thick persistent lacing.

S- Strong caramel malt scent, a bit sweet. A light molasses in background.

T- Sweet, then into a near-perfect blend of malt and bittering hops. fantastic aftertaste mix of all of these.

M- Light to medium,perhaps a bit thin.

O- Very nice. I've always appreciated this one a bunch.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:09:09 | More by imasloth
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint. It appears an amber brown with an orange hue of clarity around the edges. A finger of tan froth sits atop and as it fades, stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The smells fruity and floral with toasty caramel and toffee grain supporting as the base. All in all a nice aroma until a bit of sulfur comes out in the back that clashes a bit with herbal hops.

The tastes of herbal hops is forward with fruit and rind elements. A bit of bitterness couples with toasty grain and a yeasty quality somewhat musty and earthy towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and a fairly nice take on the style. I could have done without the earthy musty character but who knows how old this offering was.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:32:50 | More by stakem
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obrike

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in at the Rundberg HEB in Austin on Sunday for a pool party. Wanted something a bit light for a hot day.

Pours a reddish-brown in my pint glass...super clear, head does not last long at all..very spotty lacing.

Malty brown sugar, some spice as well, albeit buried a bit. Certainly not too bad...wish it were more pronounced.

Taste followed scent. Malt heavy, dry, sweet crackers, a bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink, but pretty one dimensional. Not a bad choice for a locally brewed beer to drink on a hot summer day. Much better than any bmc product, yet still lacking the flavor to be a regular staple.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:29:58 | More by obrike
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charlzm

California

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed May 13th, 2012 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas.

Beer is a clear, reddish caramel hue with no head.

No aroma from the pint glass.

Flavor can charitably be described as subtle. Caramel malts, somewhat sweet and with very low bitterness. Designed to be inoffensive, maybe a Fat Tire substitute?

Slightly watery mouthfeel and undercarbonated: very still in the mouth.

Unremarkable and not worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 18:39:53 | More by charlzm
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a standard pint.

A: Light brown. Medium effervescence which burns out pretty quickly, and a slight bubbly head, which also dissipates quickly and completely. No lacing.

S: Hints of milk chocolate, butterscotch, lightly roasted coffee, maple, and tea leaves accent a subdued malt tone.

T: Light malt with just a little cocoa and butterscotch. Woody with a little hop.

M: Light and refreshing, but enough robustness to give it full bodied character. Lightly bitter finish. Does feel a little washed-out though.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is okay. No real head or lacing to speak of. Nose has a a lot of subtle hints complimenting a light malty body. Flavor is pretty solid. Light malty body balanced with a lot of little notes, and a refreshing body and subdued bittersweet finish. Overall, this is pretty decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:16:08 | More by bmwats
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elNopalero

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours well, with a malty reddish hue to it. Light aroma. Tastes sweet but not syrupy, however the malt is evident along with a light roast. It’s not bad for an amber, however as it warms the malt profile becomes too much for me to want another to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 20:13:09 | More by elNopalero
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was a muted hops, with definate hints of grain and even a slight caramel. Taste was a bit thin, but had a definate sugary touch to it. Hoppy dry finish with a tiny pine bite. Very drinkable. Overall this was a decent beer, I could see this being served in large numbers as it is very smooth and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:51:42 | More by mikesgroove
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roblowther

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck. The color is reddish copper, extremely effervescent with a thick rocky head. Looks great, really. The smell is hard to come by. Very subtle. Malty? Leathery? The taste is malt dominant, with a slight hazlenut & a slight metallic aftertaste. Hmmm... Mouthfeel is soft and only mildly carbonated. Overall, it promises more than it delivers, really.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:11:22 | More by roblowther
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Austin Amber has a thin, beige head and a clear, brown or copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a little bit of thin lacing down the glass. The aroma is faint, but a tad bit of roasted barley is detected. Taste is of barley malt, mild coffee, and water. Almost no hop bitterness presents itself. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Austin Amber finishes dry and dull. To me, this is more characteristic of a lager than an ale. Overall, I found it to be borderline and bland.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:01:59 | More by RonaldTheriot
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JMad

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

It's a dark copper/ amber color with a thin white head. The smell consists of toasty caramel malt with some earthy undertones. It tastes pretty much the same as the smell it's kind of metallic and has a slightly bitter finish. The beer is light bodied with soft carbonation. This a sessionable/ average amber, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:35:22 | More by JMad
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an Oklahoma Suks bottle, but this is the same beer.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is bread and some other malt notes, with a little bit of grain and some grass. The flavor is grass and bread. Fairly straight forward, but not bad. A nice, refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not a huge fan of amber ales, but this one is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:34:08 | More by Mora2000
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during a visit to my friend Rich's house in Austin, Texas, this amber is a very dark, cloudy brown copper color with a fair off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma brings sweet caramel peach and brown sugar. I even pick up some mild citrus hop. The flavor brings more caramel and hops with a slightly grassy edge. Again, like the aroma, I get brown sugar or brown bread, maybe a hint of butterscotch. Pretty tasty as ambers go. It’s medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. The feel is smooth, slightly creamy even, with a slightly chalky surface. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 14:29:13 | More by Durge
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Fenris244

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my awesome Canada stein!

Pours a clear amber with, after an aggressive pour I ended up with a massive 2.5 finger off white head, good lacing and retention.

Bit of a grainy smell with some hops and hidden sweetness that other than it's sweet I can't put my finger on the smell. Not overly complex but hey it's an amber and it smells good!

Good burst of the hops at first and followed by a matly sweetness, bread and grains come to mind. The finish doesn't linger long and the flavors are very clean.

Light in body, a little light on the carbonation for the style, decently smooth.

Overall, I like it, good beer, I think it's an awesome counterpart to barbecuing. Solid amber definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:56:46 | More by Fenris244
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber color with four fingers of head. The beer is quite effervescent (as is evident from the head). Plenty of thick streaks of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malt comes through the most. Some hop notes shine through as well, attributing a little bit of spice and some floral notes to the beer.

Taste: The tasting starts out with more light caramel malt. The bitterness level is perfect in my opinion, and I'm really enjoying the slight spice that the hops are adding to this beer. It's a nice change from some of the over hopped ambers that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: This would be a fine session beer for a warm Summer in Texas. Alas, in Wisconsin, I'll settle for the one bottle I got in the trade.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:03:01 | More by Ek0nomik
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Whole Foods. Poured a clear amber brown with a tan head. The diacetyl is immediately evident in the aroma and flavor, really wrecking the beer. There's a pleasant nutty, bread crust undertone from the malts, but they have trouble standing out. There's a dry toffee finish, that if this were a cleaner beer, would be obvious and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:35:10 | More by tempest
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - Dark ruby body, translucent, small white head leaves a ring around the edges.

S - Caramel, chocolate, a roasted character.

T - Bland sweet malt. You can pick up a bit of hops in the middle. No strong or definitive flavors here.

M - Fairly robust and smooth.

D - It's easy to drink, but not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:30:23 | More by ColdPoncho
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LittleDon

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber (what did you expect), slight haze, filmy head with fair retention. Lots of caramel in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel and medium body. The taste is what drags this one down. A bit of earthiness up front and subtle but uninteresting sweetness in the middle. Everything dies on the back end, no hops, no malt, nothing. Bland sums it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:40:52 | More by LittleDon
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vdread

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from an Oklahoma Suks bottle.

it pours a reddish orange amber with an average off white head.

smells of caramel malts followed by some faint hops.

taste is bready, caramel malts followed by a slight floral, earthy hop note. more sweet than anything else. somewhat muted in flavor. it's a good example of the style, though not really bold.

carbonation low, medium-thick mouthfeel, lingering earthyhops

easy to drink and enjoy, but not the most flavorful amber

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 22:28:55 | More by vdread
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ebraun

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: good reddish color, maybe a tad light. Head dissipated quickly.
S: sweet caramel notes with pleasing malt.
T: flavor was a little thin. Not a ton of character, but a good solid amber. Would be great to have with dinner.
M: just a tad light with lots of carbonation tingle.
D: Very drinkable. Again, this would be great for sitting around eating chili and watching the Longhorns knock their latest opponent around.

Very sessionable, I doubt that the alcohol is that high and it goes down super easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:59:34 | More by ebraun
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jnezda

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good head and wonderful reddish color. For the style the body lacks character and would end up in my session category. Enjoyed this beer with some chicken wings and potato salad and the spicy wings over powered this beer. The yeasty bready flavor characters did compliment putting out some of the heat/spice of the meal. Good carbonation but the head left no lacing. Overall a good session but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 19:54:16 | More by jnezda
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Pegasus

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Moderate white head atop a clear medium amber body with little carbonation, and thick patchy lacing.

Aroma: Rather like freshly baked dark bread, pumpernickel, perhaps, lots of toasted malt and some light caramel.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted malts, followed by moderate earthy notes, finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, rather soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 05:09:21 | More by Pegasus
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one.

Pours light copper amber with a fizzy head that fizzles down to a thin bubbly head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy/bready with the slightest hint of caramel and a touch of lemon.

The taste is grainy (cereal-like) with a hint of bread/light toast. Some caramel as it progresses. A touch of lemon and slightly metallic herb balance out some of the light sweetness. On sweet side, but finishes semi-dry.
Alcohol shows slightly, as there's not much to "cover" it.

Crisp with carbonation that goes towards aggressive/prickly. Light bodied/thin, but not too watery.

I would say "more hops, sir", but that would require more malt, too. Effervescence is a bit much by the end. Still, it is pretty easy-drinking, but a mediocre, standard, light malt-forward (but with some balance) American amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 16:40:14 | More by jwc215
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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.