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Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerSox on 01-12-2007

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Photo of Xadoor
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cool label and sixpack carrier, the logo was apparently inspired by the popular Greetings From Austin mural. Poured a clear burnt amber in the glass. A small head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Moderate carbonation with limited lacing in the glass. A sweet caramel and toasty malt aroma with a bit of a citrus and flowery hop character. Flavour is a good balance of sweet caramel malt, a lovely fruitiness and a very slight bitterness. It has a light sweetness to start which gives way to a slightly dry finish with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Obviously, this beer (and most ambers) are not going to satisfy the hop-heads out there, but with only 4.9% abv, this is very delicious and drinkable. A good session beer when relaxing outdoors. (768 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/30...on tap at Salt Lick...Pours dark brown with copper tints. Layer of foam. Bready caramel nose. Amber ale taste - toffee breads malts. Toasty. Good bite. Very nice. 4 4 425 4 4 (181 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear and dark honey amber hue. A thin off-white head quickly becomes almost non-existent. Spotty lacing here and there.

Grainy malts with a little bit of dark sugary candy and caramel. Very clean.

Toasty grains giving a cracker like flavor. Hops are on the low end, but give just enough to offset the sweetness from the malts. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is quick with some smooth grain lingering.

I found this ale rather enjoyable and refreshing, with the toastiness of the malts not being too overwhelming. Recommended. (595 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Austin Amber pours a clear amber body beneath a short head of off-white that holds fairly well and leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The nose is malty with a touch of dark caramel, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and some non-descript hops in the background.

The flavor is as might be expected, with a basic maltiness that's perked up a bit by some toasty and caramelish notes, and a thread of fruitiness. It's not big on hops, but it's not supposed to be; and it's appropriately balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes quick and clean with just a touch of lingering maltiness.

It's a basic, refreshing and satisfying 'Austin-brau' that fits right in with a party at the neighbor's house, a pool party or BBQ, or night on the town. Worth trying. (759 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of skeetermoses
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprise surprise surprise. I had given up on Independence Brewing co. when I tried the Independence ale, I thought that was one of the worst beers I had ever tried. But after taking my 4 times a year trips to A town, someone recomended Austin Amber, I got the beer while watching a blues band, noticed the Independence brewing co label, and thought, "this is goin to be horrible" wow was I wrong. I really liked this one. So the next day I was at Specs and talking to the beer guy who happened to say that IBC was going through quality control problems (as in sending out batches of bad beer or infected beer) and just had gotten that under control. My advice is to retry the beers they offer, I just hope they have a sampler pack. Austin amber really changed my mind about them. (780 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge foamy head on top of a thick golden-brown body

Aroma: Citrusy and malty with hints of light hops

Taste: Very much an amber ale with a malty taste with subtle hop undertone

Mouthfeel: Moderately fizzy and sharp with a clean finish

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, I can see drinking this beer outside throughout a long Summer's day

Verdict: Not a bad attempt. It's surely no Fat Tire, but a very tasty and drinkable amber ale none-the-less. (462 characters)

Photo of ebraun
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of vdread
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (473 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber (surprise!) with a very modest head that leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Cereal grains, nuts and butterscotch

Taste: Cereal grains, up front, with the nuts and butterscotch; very malty in the finish, much like the Munich malt flavors found in an Oktoberfest

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This reminds me of a first generation micro brew; nothing wrong with it but very sweet and malty

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity (495 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer, creamyish head amber in color. Really sweet deep scents with hints of brown sugar and raisins. Nutty and biscuity flavors come through strong. Simple but pleasant (178 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide glass. Pours out a dark mahogany with little head atop it. Aroma is sweet caramel-tinted malt. Solid malt flavor, a little toffeeish, with moderately low bitterness and no particular hop flavor. Sweet finish. Body is a tad thin and watery.

Pretty much a "generic American amber". Nothing stands out, though it's not unpleasant. (364 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy orange/amber with a fluffy off white head. The head erupts from a very carbonated beer and holds well, leaving a bit of lace.

S - toasted barley & caramel. A bit of fruitiness as well

T - same as the smell. This is not very aggressive in flavor. Not all that exciting, but certainly not offensive. A bit of bitterness lingers throughout as well.

M - very effervescent, but a pretty light body

D - an ok beer. Certainly a quaffable amber, but not enough flavor to get you all that excited. (501 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown amber color with a short foamy head that soon settles into a thin lace. Nose is sweet caramel malt along with some drier notes of grain husk. Taste begins with a toasted malt sweetness followed by a light biscuity note. Mildly bittering hops finish up the taste. A fairly easy-drinking, if somewhat unremarkable, brew. Thanks to beerdiablo for the sample! (369 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of jonB
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.26/5  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. (775 characters)

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.