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Amber Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 01-09-2013)
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condorsim

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-28-2014 18:18:57 | More by condorsim
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maxecho

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-25-2014 20:14:54 | More by maxecho
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-20-2014 03:44:58 | More by WDJersey
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capnamerica

Arkansas

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

06-12-2014 03:57:15 | More by capnamerica
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-07-2014 23:04:56 | More by JMBSH
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birchstick

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-18-2014 14:28:00 | More by birchstick
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours an appealing amber ale color and is clear. Very poor head retention though. Maybe since it was intended to be consumed out of a can I should let that one pass.

Aroma is fairly subdued. Caramel and some sweetness.

Beer is sweet to start and has a balanced finish. Notes of toast and caramel.

Body is ok.

Beer is ok. Balanced. But nothing spectacular. Easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:25:15 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-15-2014 18:49:43 | More by steamboatbrewer
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-10-2014 04:27:31 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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SkiBeerRepeat

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Lightly creamy amber color with a slight carmel color head, very little lacing.

S- crisp and light on the malt overall not many aromas that really stick out.

T- Like the smell it has a light malt flavor with a refreshing crispness with a slight earthy note on the finish

M- effervescent, crisp and clean.

O- This a very session-able amber with no over powering flavors and crisp refreshing bite that would be perfect for early spring or fall. It has just enough malt notes to make it an enjoyable craft beer but still be good for more than one at a cookout or camping. The ABv is 5.8%

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 23:25:17 | More by SkiBeerRepeat
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-27-2014 13:33:21 | More by appetiteforparis
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Redeezy83

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

02-08-2014 15:26:17 | More by Redeezy83
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Maddognav

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-26-2014 01:20:31 | More by Maddognav
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MisterNic

Wyoming

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep amber, 1 finger head that sticks around

Smell-Biscuity, toasted caramel, earthy, hint of chocolate and fruitiness

Taste-Up front biscuity, toasted caramel, middle earthy, hint of chocolate, earthy, sweet hoppy bitter finish

Mouthfeel-Very balanced, full-bodied, very balanced and smooth

Overall-Delicious beer, malt forward, but balanced. Would buy again


Serving type: can

01-21-2014 19:21:59 | More by MisterNic
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-20-2014 01:18:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

better than average amber, although weirdly named because this is after all an esb, very english in nature, with a lot of dry and semisweet caramel malt and even a hint of smoke character. looks the part, maybe a little less red than some, but heady for a minute and clean looking. grain driven for sure, summery though and fresher, but also retaining plenty of residual sugar. a little more than i care for personally, but not enough to detract from the overall drinkability of this beer. its also mouthwatering. you want another sip as soon as you take one, and it gets increasingly complex with temperature in a good way, new layers open up. i get some cedar closet must and some creme brulee sweetness, a very rich and decadent brew. enough carbonation, it could stand a little more of a bittering hop, but this beer is a success without question.

Serving type: can

01-11-2014 06:37:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A brief head in the tall glass on the handsome amber brew. Malty, with a nose of Mexican sugar cane candy. Less carbonated on the tongue than many brews.

Very tasty roasted malt flavor is quite distinctive, but it gets a little murky before long. Caramel stands out and lasts through to the aftertaste. Rather sweet but a scratch of hops adds some bitter balance. Quite drinkable, but after the initial nutty surprise it's just average.

This is not crisp, it's more mellow but with just a little leafy, stewed hop flavor. Grainy at the finish. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 03:12:26 | More by mactrail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

10-21-2013 06:21:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-13-2013 01:34:27 | More by nmann08
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famous_mortimur

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-27-2013 05:17:16 | More by famous_mortimur
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mrskunk

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-10-2013 21:47:51 | More by mrskunk
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A smallish light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

Roasted to burnt caramel malt aroma seems to bury anything else in the aroma of the amber.

Dark roasted leaning on a burnt caramel malts taste that's not as overbearing as it might sound, but it's pretty much all you taste drinking this Dry Dock offering.

A medium bodied beer with a light dryish aftertaste that brings with it a bit of the overly roasted malt tastes.

Seem to have a bit much of the overly roasted malts in the taste but strangely enough that seemed to hit the spot tonight.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 03:06:56 | More by LXIXME
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark thick amber color, cream colored head recedes to a light film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Totally amber with caramel sweetness and malts.

Taste: Malty but with a tootsie roll chocolate note instead of caramel. Faint hops somewhere in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I like it. The taste is different from the aroma but both are good.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 20:51:03 | More by JuicesFlowing
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "No captain [CAN] do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy. - Admiral Horatio Nelson, H.M.S. Victory"; "This deep copper ESB [!] is the definition of balance. With each sip, rich malt opens up, revealing an earthy hop flavor and just enough bitterness to round it all out."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival".

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

This beer is currently listed as an "Ameri[CAN] Amber/Red Ale", but given the CAN's verbiage, I am going to submit a change request and review it as though it were an ESB, since that is what the brewers intended it to be.

Following the Crack and inverted Glug, I had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was more copper than amber and I would put SRM at ~ 27. Nose had a malt presence, but more like a malting room than its finished product. It was not at all sweet, but more like the raw smell that one CAN sense in a brewery's mill room. Very grainy, but not sugary. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like eating Grape-Nuts. It was very much of the malted barley and almost in a raw state. Going back to being in a brewery, if you have ever been on a tour where the host will offer the guests some malted barley to chew on, then you will understand my analogy. Finish was semi-sweet, with the malt flavor lingering, but not in a cloying way. Even the site's style description mentions "toasty". Spot on, lads! I really liked this as an ESB and I am unsure how I would have felt about it simply as a Red/Amber Ale.

Serving type: can

08-18-2013 14:57:42 | More by woodychandler
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iSip

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dry Dock Amber Ale: For under $16 I picked up a 12 pack of mixed Dry Dock brews. I knew the Hefe and the IPA were good, so the risk lay in the Amber and the Apricot fruit beer. I am not a big amber ale or fruit beer fan, but every now and then you need to skirt away from the tried and true. Was my gamble worth it?

The Dry Dock Amber has a very dark burnt copper color, it is almost a dark beer by appearance. The off-white head fades, the aroma is faint and narry any carbonation present. Looks more like a home brew than a craft brew. So not ashamed of the looks on a table, the taste will win or spoil the day. The flavor is thick in the malt, but not sickly sweet, there is a smoky depth to it. Despite not being a favorite style of mine, the Dry Dock Amber Ale went down pretty quick and I look forward to another. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 19:02:49 | More by iSip
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Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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