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Anacortes Amber | Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2003

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 16
Photo of Moose90
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap

A — Pours a syrupy brownish amber hue into the glass, minimal sticky lacing left behind.

S — Smells of sweet sugary malts, with little to nothing else, just a lot of sweet heavy malts.

T — Incredibly sweet and one dimensional, seems rushed and poorly executed.

M — Medium bodied, long sticky cloying finish.

O — It's like they didn't even try. This is a malty, nasty mess.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anacortes's Amber ale isn't necessarily darker than most ambers, but its translucence is denser, affecting a darker hue. Clarity is not emphasized. It is a fruity beer that tips to the sweet with near absent suds and no particular smell. This was my fourth Anacortes beer and with the exception of the IPA, the trend - as expressed here - is middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, reddish amber color with just over 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very good retention and minimal-moderate lacing.

The aroma was typically malty sweet, with just enough hops in the aroma to provide some contrast. The flavor profile starts out the same, but in the middle of the tongue, the hops take control. Not in an overpowering way , just taking the lead. There's a nice crisp hop tingle on the back of the tongue.

The body was crisper and lighter than typical for the style, and had a finish that was sweeter than dry, yet drier than sweet. That'd be medium I guess. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily, and there's probably another in my future. Overall, a nice,and slightly atypical take on the style. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one od the maltiest ambers in the area which is nice since a lot of the style tastes too much like a pale ale. The malt notes really came off on the nose and the finish. Well brewed and a good take on the style. One of their best regular beers.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a rule, I find that amber ales are a catch-all for every neutral American ale. That said, this beer I found to be special.

This pours clear with a solid amber color. It offers a moderate head (bar tap pour) but with a lace that lasts.

This is a balanced beer in the aroma department. There's enough hop, as well as malt, to keep it interesting.

The balance of this brew is present in the taste as well. The malt is the first taste but it slowly transforms to a strong hop buzz. In this sample, the beer was served warm (say 45 to 50 degrees); I would say that this was perfect for the flavors to come through. The aftertaste is all hop. The body is decent and predictable.

I would place this close to a perfect Bitter from England.

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Anacortes Amber from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
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