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Amber Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Amber AleAmber Ale

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BA SCORE
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%


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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Beaver13

Colorado

2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 02:20:09 | More by Beaver13
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 07:20:07 | More by BEERchitect
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SkiBeerRepeat

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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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iSip

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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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mactrail

California

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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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denver10

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is thick and doughy, caramel, a touch nutty, and toffee. Flavor is thick and malty; doughy toast, toffee, caramel, and a slight hint of some hops in the finish, no bitterness from them just a little crispness. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel, not much activity. Overall, a solid amber.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 22:03:00 | More by denver10
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spoony

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

A-The can opens without much fanfare. A normal pour produces virtually no head; just a thin ring of foam. The brew is murky and apricot colored with very little visible carbonation.

S-The beer smells sweet with caramel and toffee scents dominating. I also get a little whiff of light, sweet fruit like apple or pear. Definitely malt dominant here.

T-Taste tracks the smell closely with sweet caramel, honey, and toffee malts being most prevalent. There is a little bit of earthiness in there, but no real hop bite or citrus twang to balance the sweetness from the malts.

M-This brew is on the heavy side for the style with very (very) little carbonation.

O-This is my first canned offering from Dry Dock and I am pretty non-plussed about it. The flavors here are a touch on the sweet and heavy side and the flat mouthfeel only compounds the sweetness. A little bit of hop sharpness would go a long way to balance things out. On the other hand, if you're into toffee flavors but want something a little lighter in ABV than a barleywine, this would be a good choice.

Serving type: can

02-27-2013 04:12:17 | More by spoony
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 02:15:43 | More by russpowell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +3%
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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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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MisterNic

Wyoming

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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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beergoot

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent copper-colored body with a thick, sticky head. Deep roasted grain aroma, slightly sweetened whole grain cereal. Taste follows the aroma and adds a subtle hop bitterness to balance out the grain sweetness. Medium-bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.

Most definitely a malt-forward beer, emphasizing a rich, toasted grain character with a hint of sugary sweetness. Although a strong hop aroma isn't there, the hops do a good job of taking the sweet edge off the beer's main feature. Good balance with an excellent malt complexity. Very tasty...

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 23:14:58 | More by beergoot
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alexipa

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark hazy red with a thick bright white head that sticks heavily. It's really a great looking beer, even my wife (who doesn't like beer as much) mentioned how pretty it is.

S: Bready malts with slight piney hops. Really subtle.

T: Thick bready malts with a caramel taste up front. Slight pine hops come through late to round it off.

M: Very thick and creamy smooth, full bodied for sure. Really nice carbonation and the alcohol is very subdued.

O: An excellent everyday beer. This will likely be my new go-to and I plan to always have a 6er in my fridge. Great price for an excellent brew.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 04:05:47 | More by alexipa
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
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
Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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