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Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale

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145 Ratings
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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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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

brentk56, May 23, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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

mikesgroove, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Kegatron, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

jwc215, Mar 08, 2009
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 stakem
3.25/5  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.

stakem, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

harpus, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

drummermattie02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Durge, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Gmann, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +13%

gtermi, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Gatordaddy, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

allengarvin, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

IrishColonial, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

2dogbrew, Nov 06, 2013
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 duff247
4/5  rDev +20.5%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.