Austin Amber Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 33 | 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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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 45
Photo of vdread
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of ebraun
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Photo of Xadoor
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.

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?

Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.