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Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 01-12-2007)
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Photo of goochpunch
1.7/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A forced pour yeilded a thin head on this beer that soon fizzles out. Body is amber (of course) and very still looking. I get some toasted malts and what smells like Tropicana conentrated fruit punch. Odd, I got similar smells in their wheat beer. Toastedness comes out more in the flavor, but there is still that fruit punch flavor. Too much for me. Sickly sweet. Wow. Horrible mouthfeel. This is practically completely flat. Sticky from the sweetness as well. Yeah, I don't want to drink this. Why do I bother with this brewery?

goochpunch, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of dogfish7
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

dogfish7, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of StevenLaValley
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

StevenLaValley, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of subhumans15
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

subhumans15, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

ms11781, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of bundy462
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

bundy462, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of jnezda
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

jnezda, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/18/2007 (Tap @ Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, Houston, TX):

Body color of very light brown. White creamy head, small. Malty sweet aroma, some effervescence, but very weak. Malty sweet taste, fruit like berries. Efferescent. Refreshing. Eh, but I'm intrigued to try some others by this brewery.

jujubeast6000, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

JIMTRK16, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of charlzm
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

charlzm, May 19, 2012
Photo of Redrover
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Independence Amber was served in a 23oz pilsner hybrid (got to love big ass beer night at Little Woodrows!). The beer is amber with a chill haze. Smallish off-white head and almost zero lacing.

The aroma is of milled grains with some apple notes.

The taste is marred by some funky off-notes that remind me of the smell of wet paper. There are some slightly sweet malts and a bit of corn. Hops are pretty much mia.

The mouth is decent with a bit of heft.

Drinkabilty suffers from the beers shortcomings.

Redrover, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Joshgonzales79
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Joshgonzales79, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Fabiand
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Fabiand, Saturday at 12:43 AM
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Gatordaddy, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Carterwiese
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Carterwiese, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of matthewwarner
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

matthewwarner, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of KZE80
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

KZE80, Jul 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

jennATX, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of JDV
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre. Poured a clearish medium amber that simply looked thirst quenching. Smell was light, but sweet malty, and a hint of hops. Somewhat refreshing, yet it has a frosted flake like sweet cereal malty sweetness to it. Same flavor in lower dosage that I noticed in their Independence wheat. Not a particularly good example of the style and a bit overly cereal like sweetness.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of roblowther
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

roblowther, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

LittleDon, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

tempest, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of dbumgarner
3/5  rDev -9.6%

dbumgarner, Mar 14, 2014
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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.