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Amber Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
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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2.03/5  rDev -43.3%

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.

02-22-2013 02:20:09 | More by Beaver13
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

06-12-2014 03:57:15 | More by capnamerica
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

04-01-2013 22:21:00 | More by Prospero
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-30-2013 18:59:19 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-02-2013 00:57:20 | More by greybeardloon
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3.04/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

03-21-2014 23:25:15 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-04-2013 08:56:09 | More by dachp
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-21-2013 06:21:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-07-2014 23:04:56 | More by JMBSH
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-10-2014 04:27:31 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-20-2014 03:44:58 | More by WDJersey
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-18-2014 14:33:17 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.26/5  rDev -8.9%

With the stalwart recipe at hand, Dry Dock Brewing Company holds true to form with a malt-centric but well-balanced ale that's easy on the sweet tooth and formulated not to overwhelm the palate of the most novice drinkers.

The beer decants with a hazy deep honey-amber hue. As it builds a frothy off-white head, the foam column soon reduces to an even sheet but intricately laces the glass with patterns of dotted specks

Sweetly scented, the ale leads with caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. A slight yougurt-like starchy twang lurks close behind, just before a muted citrus and grass note rises to balance the malts. Light marmalade scents add to the sweetness in a somewhat English-like character.

Starchy to taste, the beer's firm malty flavor rests on caramel and butterscotch but approaches toffee and cream in the middle. Lightly grassy at mid palate, the secondary tastes of citrus peels, pecans and sun-toasted barley offers a slight bitter offset to the sweetness.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's lingering sweetness is slow to fade. As the carbonation lessens, it leaves behind semi-dry malt pillars of toast, grain, and dextrine. Light warmth and grain sweetness defines the beer's lasting impressions with even-keel balance.

Dry Dock's ESB-type beer is a common rendition of American-made English-style ale. It's sweet, malty, and timidly balanced. It strives to appease those who have a taste for malt. But even with that, the depth of malt character and its dryness can be further explored without introducing any added hop influences. But it's just too simplified as it is.

04-11-2013 07:20:07 | More by BEERchitect
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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%

03-06-2014 23:25:17 | More by SkiBeerRepeat
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3.31/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

08-15-2013 19:02:49 | More by iSip
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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

12-14-2013 03:12:26 | More by mactrail
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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%

08-16-2014 16:51:05 | More by Summer92
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-09-2013 03:12:32 | More by stampfler07
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-28-2013 15:34:18 | More by JohnK17
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-22-2013 01:39:00 | More by siddhartha
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-13-2013 01:34:27 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-10-2013 21:47:51 | More by mrskunk
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-27-2014 13:33:21 | More by appetiteforparis
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-08-2013 03:06:56 | More by LXIXME
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Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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