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Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerSox on 01-12-2007

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4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of imasloth
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.

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skeetermoses
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
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