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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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very good

1,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 43
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Northwest Harrington and Klages, 95-115 and 135-165 Crystal.
Hops: Kent Golding and Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

53 IBU
73.1 AA
33º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-26-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,315 | Reviews: 708 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About a finger and a half of head with an aggressive pour. The head has an orangish cast and disappears relatively quickly.

The beer itself is a coppery red. A darker, redder amber for sure.

Smell is a biscuit and caramel aroma wrapped in citrus hops.

Taste is overly hoppy with some of the caramel malt coming through but not much. Leaves with a dry cracker and grapefruity hops flavor. Too hoppy for the style IMHO.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp and drying. This isn't overy pleasant to feel as it goes down.

Drinkability suffers due to its overly drying flavors and sharp feel.

silenius, Sep 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark red color,poured well with nice retaining head.Smelled very malty sweet hith floral hop in there as well.Nice spicey malt flvor with a hop punch in the end.Probably my favorite of all the Rogue ales I have tried along with the Shakespeare Stout.

oberon, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mojohawk21, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a monster head that started when I popped the top.

Smell – Beautiful Rogue hops with a balancing malt. The hops are complex, “kitchen sink,” with everything from light floral notes to sharp pine.

Taste – This one has a sense of their Brutal Bitter, but the hops are more complex and the ale more balanced. The firm malt balance stands strong, while the amazing hop flavor finishes with s slight orange sweetness. Excellent brew.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and almost full-bodied, this one is exceptionally refreshing.

Drinkability – A terrific All-American Amber/Red – very similar to the St Rogue Red.

RoyalT, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jono0101, May 14, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber poured into a Brooklyn pint
glass, offering a substantial and stamina
filled head. The carbonation was wildly

S: Sweet caramel malts and mild undertones of
hop and alcohol. The overall aromas of
malt blended with sugar was quite satisfying
in itself.

T: Wow! Never had such a comlex amber. The hop,
malt, alcohol, balance is fantastic. The
sweetness stays with the pallet throughout
while the hop bitterness is held exclusively
for the end. The malty flavors are caramel
sugary with a little roast/burnt flavor in

M/D: I drank a growler by myself. F'n great.
Smooth and interesting in all of its
characteritics. A best buy of this summer.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%

tbryan5, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour into a pint glass produced a good cream colored head with decent lacing after several minutes. The aroma was fantastic with floral hops. Mouthfeel was perfect with an immediate balance of hops and malt, but the hops quickly taking over as they linger after a clean dry finish.

A great hoppy brew, this one is really good. I like the full bodied nature of this ale and the abundant presence of hops. I especially like the hops. In reading the description from the website, I'm not sure where the "coffee" description came from as I really didn't get any sense of coffee in the brew. What I did get was a very satisfying, full bodied, clean tasting, hoppy brew that I could drink with regularity. Fantastic.

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber approaching brown. Nice and clear with moderate to low carbonation. Not a big head, fades to a covering that lasts throughout.

S - Mostly sweet caramel and toffee with a bit of roasted malt. A little PNW hop aroma to complement the malt.

T - Nice caramel and toffee from the crystal malt, not overdone so it isn't cloying. Definitely malt forward but the sweetness is countered by a nice hop bitterness without much flavor. Ends with the typical Pacman yeast signature flavor. I noted a little metallic twang at the end that was not entirely pleasing, but it was faint.

M - Very nice feel from a beer that is not very big. Has a creaminess to it even though it is not "thick". Enough residual sugars left over to give it a great mouthfeel without being too sweet.

D - Rogue is very good and making drinkable beers. Like Dead Guy this is just a superbly balanced beer that is not too heavy, malty, hoppy, or alcohol filled that it exercises your taste buds or liver too much. Great beer that lots of people enjoy.

steelerguy, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Dmann
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good beer. This one poured a very ruby red/brownish color with a nice bit of foam that stayed around for the whole glass full. The smell was light but plesant with a light hop aroma and a dryness to it that was very appealing. The flavor was session quality all the way with a near perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. The malt was not cloying at all but it was very toasty and the hops were not overy bitter but they made there presence known. The beer also has a bone-dry aftertaste that just makes you grab another sip. Excelent stuff!

Dmann, May 07, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish amber color. Some lacing, but it's pretty thin. Smells of caramel and freshly baked bread. Tastes of caramelly malt (it actually tastes a bit like Dead Guy), with a nice bitterness that separates it from Dead Guy.

Overall, this is quite a good brew. Definitely a keeper.

skybluewater, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery filled growler distributed all the way down to Georgia. Grabbed this for my 4th of July beer.

Clear dark amber body, one finger light khaki head. Reduced to a skim layer on the top. Nice spotty lace. Nice robust aroma. Thick biscuit malts with a slathering of floral and earthy hops. One of the most aromatic ambers I've had. Heavy malt flavor, some toasted notes. Earthy hops predominately. Nice simple flavor. Fiarly bitter finishe for the style. Flavor really lingers. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Very nice drinkability. Nice flavor and a reasonable abv. I finished the growler pretty easily myself (over two days though).

blitz134, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

markallmon, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of interistacanadese
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

interistacanadese, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*I purchased the "Rogue Sea Otter Amber Ale" in a 22oz bottle. Supposedly the Sea Otter Ale & the American Amber are the same thing, as when I went to review the S.O.A.A., I was directed to the American Amber page.*

Wow, this is a damn fine amber ale. The bottle text describes it as a "spicy, playful ale with a distinct character." I don't know about 'playful,' but I will agree with spicy & distinct.

Hops are very prevalent in this amber ale. That kind of took me off guard, since I have never really had an overly hoppy amber ale. I love all hops big & small, though, so extra points for that aspect. I would have to say the hops were more of the flavoring kind than the bittering kind. Very nice.

The Sea Otter Amber ale is very full and rich, much like all the other offerings I have had from Rogue. Lots of body & flavor. All 9 ingredients are actually listed on the side of the bottle, including cascade & kent golding hops, and top fermenting pacman yeast.

Possibly my favorite thing about Rogue Sea Otter Amber Ale is that proceeds from the sale of it "support the Oregon coast aquarium and its mission to expand our understanding of the oceans" (Quoted from the text on the bottle). Extra points for drinkability here, since doing so will benefit something besides your taste buds.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

danthehopslamman, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BeerDreadz, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Duster72
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red color with a small head. Aroma is hops with some malts and pine. Starts slightly sweet wth some roasty malts and finishes with floral bitters. Typical amber ale taste. Mouthfeel is good, very creamy. A good amber ale, but ultimately not very memorable.

Duster72, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.9%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JakerLou, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +4.2%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark and tawny amber in colour with a light tan lace that does not want to recede.

Smell: Rich caramel and toffee aromas mingle with a whiff of pungent hop.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel and medium bodied with a battle between malt and hops. On one side is the malt with its deep caramel and roasted malt flavour from the highly kilned crystal malt. Then there is the hops ... a nice blend of Cascade and Kent Goldings to give this brew the ying for the yang in bitterness and flavour. The after taste is of fading roasted malt and some residual sweetness.

Notes: This brew could also be considered as a brown ale due to its deep colour and roasted flavours. Great cold season session brew with a hot pot of beef stew.

Jason, Apr 02, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a hazy dirty auburn body with a small almond hued head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is pungent with citrusy and orchard fruits, a hint of pine, and toffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a tad more carbonation than I prefer for the style.

Tatse is well balanced. Citrusy, grassy, and pine hops work well with the sweetish toffee and caramel malt backbone. The trademark Pacman yeast adds a nice touch. Finishes clean and slightly bitter.

A solid American amber that I could enjoy anytime.

merlin48, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: small carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, mahogany

Smell: toasted malt and caramel--fairly weak for a smell

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, tea, and small hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, lightly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Rogue, but this is not as complex an amber as I am used to. It just did not leave that big an impression. In the future, I will pass on this for the price.

tigg924, Jun 10, 2009
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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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