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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,314
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.

13º PLATO
53 IBU
73.1 AA
33º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-26-2001)
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Ratings: 1,314 | Reviews: 708 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This style is all over the place and this is a good beer in this open house category. I expected something on the hoppy side and was surprised by the toasted malt and barley, smooth creamy flavour. Had to drink it all. Lovin' the only 5.6% sessioness. Amber colour, a bit cloudy.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

t0rin0, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber/copper color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing is present.

S - Smells of sweet malts and faint hops.

T - Sweet malts up front followed by a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a dry finish. Somewhat creamy.

D - Very good beer that I could see myself picking up as a routine buy.

UCLABrewN84, May 28, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

zestar, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling eagle insignia.

A: Pours a thin, half-finger head that quickly recedes. Head is a medium cream color, while the body is a darkened amber that is quite opaque.

S: Strong amber scent. Darker and less creamy than many ambers, with faint hints of wood. A bit of bread and malt in the background as well.

T: Strong malt with some hop presence. Mildly sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A much stronger taste than the typical amber.

M: Moderate carbonation that sits well on the tongue.

D: A good beer overall, and I could probably have two or three in a sitting, but probably not a session beer.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that notes of orange citrus are more prominent and there are hints of grassy hops. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because it isn't as malty compared to some of the other beers in the style.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.9%

GRG1313, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, cloudy body with a small head that dissipates to a ringlet; hardly any lacing

Smell: Nice caramel malt nose with a touch of aromatic hops

Taste: After a quick flash of the malt, the bitter, grassy hops make a statement; slowly, the caramel flavors re-assert themselves to a nice, well-balanced finish with a bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant drinking amber although I was hoping for a bit more in the malk department

brentk56, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I appreciate about this beer is that it has a lot of depth with the malts. They are not overly sweet, but contain a lot of boldness and character: nutty, fruity, molassas. This is balanced with big American hop additions. What I don't much care for is the schitzophrenic nature that the hops play against the malts. There are basically two beers in one--an IPA and an Amber. Though neat, it's a little muddy to me. The tap version seems to let the carbonation and keg-sized volume to polish off of the harsh hop edges, add creaminess, and blend the beer better. This takes away some of the competition between the hops and malts. Better beer on tap!

BEERchitect, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a murky brown color ale with a dirty white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with some noticeable hops. Taste is also noticeable by the large presence of caramel malt as well as some bitter hops. I also appreciated the low level of filtration as well as the full creamy body it offered. By no mean is this a great beer but it is surly one of the best amber ale I have had the chance to drink.

Phyl21ca, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous burnished copper that explodes with a red-orange radiance when held to my sunlit front window. The orangish beige head makes whipped cream feel inferior; chunky bits and broken sheets of lace stick like mad to the glass. This one is a looker, no two ways about it.

American Amber possesses an Anglo-American hop nose of sweet fruit (apricots, oranges) with light brown sugar accents that heighten the anticipation of the actual tasting. The nose could be a bit stronger, but it's wonderful without a doubt. The bottle says that the beer smells like coffee. What?

Damn, these guys can brew! Classic Rogue: flavor to burn, heavy on the hops. It isn't as hoppy as some of their line, but it's hoppy enough. The sturdy malt backbone contributes a mite too much caramel for my tastes, but that's nitpicking to some extent because this stuff tastes so damn good.

The hops are an equal mix of sweet citrus and orchard fruit with a tea leaf-like flavor and a snappy bitterness that dominates the long finish. Medium-full, infinitely smooth and slightly slick, the mouthfeel allows the beer to be consumed with ridiculous ease. As always, the wonderful flavor has a lot to do with the high degree of drinkability as well.

I'd have to say that I prefer St. Rogue Red (Chinook, Centennial) over American Amber (East Kent Goldings, Cascade) because of the hop varieties used. They're both excellent versions though and are further evidence--as if any more was needed--that Rogue is a world-class brewery. Thanks to WVbeergeek for this kicker to a great trade.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice medium amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry while retaining nice touches of sweetness throughout the flavor.

overall really nicely done, not a knockout but very drinkable and very sessionable.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head with excellent retention. amber and hazy.

S: caramelized malt mostly. Not too much of a hop presence.

T: Bitter and a little piney. Malt in the background. This is a very different american amber from what I am used too. Unfortunately it is a little watery in the finish.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly unique. I like the more IPA notes of this amber ale which maintains its amber roots.

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.79 12oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours an opaque, deep amber body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted bread crusts with a sprinkling of coffee grounds. Hops impart a scent of spruce with a hint of fresh mint in there as well.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a good measure of roast and breadiness. Mild spruce character and only a reasonable, medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp. Faint mintiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent amber ale.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 18, 2007
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SocalKicks, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, at the Pourhouse on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, soapy and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves an array of sudsy arched lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, an edgy orange and grapefruit citrus fruitiness, over-steeped black tea, a mild oily nuttiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more heady caramel malt, hints of a heavier molasses sweetness, muddled citrus rind, sharp tea tannins, and herbal, ethereally piney, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is kind of on the high and frothy side, the body a decent enough medium weight, and plainly smooth, with a touch of banal creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the punchy malt and a lesser bit of the musty citrus hops hanging around, waiting for a place to happen.

A pleasantly drinkable rendition of an American amber ale, nothing really standing out to make it particularly memorable, but that's a style limitation, for the most part. This is the sixer that you lug to a summer BBQ, hoping that someone else brings something equal or better for tradesies, yet you remain smugly satisfied if they don't.

biboergosum, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a bubbly, fizzy, off-white, small head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee, citrus and hints of floral notes.

T - It tasted of rich malty flavors, caramel and toffee. It had a mild citrus hoppy quality.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a good bite. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. Very easy to grab one, then another, then another...

zeff80, Nov 06, 2008
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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.