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Austin Amber Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerSox on 01-12-2007

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 199
Photo of goochpunch
1.7/5  rDev -48.9%
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?

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Photo of puck1225
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft into a pint glass. Light brown with thin head and not much lacing. Taste is very weak, not much there, but not offensive. Got it on a whim at one of my favorite places. Doubt I will get again.

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Photo of jnezda
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE: Received a fresh can and the diacetyl is gone. Sometime's a touch cloying, but there is an interesting mix of toffee malt and fruit esters. However, now I'm getting a hit of other spoilage, like a little hit of Brett. I wouldn't drink another.

2011 Review:
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.

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Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3/5  rDev -9.9%

A great brewery off of Hwy 71, Independence pumps out some great beer. This amber is no exception. It pours a clear amber w/ a thin white head. It smells slightly of yeast & a little bit of malt. The amber has a medium body with a roasty caramel, malt flavor. I can pickup a bit of hops towards the end. Solid amber that is very true to the style. Comparable to Fat Tire & Levitation Ale. I also love the use of the "Greetings From Austin" mural as the backdrop on the label. A great session beer that I can find in most grocery stores & on tap at many Central Texas establishments.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours ac clear amber with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Good creamy retention that sticks around and leaves a decent smattering of lace behind. The aroma is actually fairly thick smelling with notes of buttery bread and caramel sweetness with a touch of floral hops in the back.

The taste is similar but waaaay more muted. Light bread and caramel form the front with some even lighter hop bitterness pulling up the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but definitely on the lighter side of that, with lower carbonation and a little too much of a watery feel.

This one started out promising enough but unfortunately was undone by both the taste and body lacking any kind of depth. This went down OK but it definitely wasn't the highlight of my night or anything.

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Photo of skdavidson70
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice warm brown color. Smells more like a bock than an Amber. Strong alcohol flavor from the first sip, strong bock taste, slow transition to a hint of amber, no presence of hops at all. Overall decent beer, but not my first choice.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of jwc215
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.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from 12oz bottle.

Initial taste was promising. Some nice roast malts on first sip. Became more bland as I worked through the rest of the bottle and had a hard time finishing it - some soapy off-flavors towards the end.

Overall: Meh. Not the worst beer I've had but not worth having again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Cloudy amber and slightly copper color. Thin white foamy head trickles away very quickly.

Aroma is very faint, hints of toffee, nuts, and grapefruit.

Flavors include bits of bread, fruits and nuts. Seems like a strange combination. Malt is balanced by some floral and earthy hops. Dry finish.

Light to medium body, a bit too much carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

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

Appearance: Amber as advertised. Clear, not cloudy at all. Head was a light beige, but did not linger.

Smell: Slightly sweet

Taste: Light caramel, not hoppy at all. Flavor was not robust in anyway. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with a slight tingly sensation on the tip of tongue.

Drinkability: A decent brew. Not the best amber. Could have more depth of flavor. Needs to draw on more of the toasty caramel flavor of the malt. I would get again, but not anytime soon. Nice packaging.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
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.

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Photo of jonB
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
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