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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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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Reviews by iSip:
Photo of iSip
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

iSip, Aug 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.03/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is toasty caramel malts and sweet toffee and nuts.

The flavor is sweet toasted biscuity caramel malts with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, lots of sweet biscuity caramel malts which I really don't like.

Beaver13, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Prospero
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Prospero, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this one from SteveO, it says it's an ESB on the can, lets see what it really is... ABV listed at 5.8%

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & toastyness

T: Toasty, dry, with a smattering of figs & caramel. More toastyness as this warms, caramel & woody hops as this warms plus pears & jammy notes. Finishes dry, toasty & fruity

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation with good balance

This seems more like an ESB, not bad,easy enough to drink

russpowell, May 21, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -16.2%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

stampfler07, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Redeezy83
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Redeezy83, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of dachp
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

dachp, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

DrinkSlurm, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

MinorThreat, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

LeeryLeprechaun, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JohnK17, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

CAcker, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Maddognav, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ygtbsm94, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

carteravebrew, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

siddhartha, May 22, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%

Summer92, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

maxecho, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

famous_mortimur, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

nmann08, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mrskunk, Sep 10, 2013
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Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.