American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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)
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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The American Amber comes in a patriotic painted bottle with no freshness date. It pours a deep amber color with a strong head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. It smells of deep roasted malts. The flavor is toastiness of malts and a nice caramel finish. It has a slight hoppiness to it. Very nice rendition of the style.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy amber with paler/clearer hues along the bottom of the glass. Nice head, slightly tan and a little creamy on top. Excellent head retention with minimal lacing.

S: Great hoppy nose with apparent sweet maltiness. Very impressive nose. Piney and earthy hops. Some hints of grapefruit.

T: Good sweetness up front, balanced out by a nice hop bitter finish. Some roasted flavor, really a lot going on for an amber ale, but great balance.

M/D: Slightly high on carbonation but incredibly drinkable. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle bought from Deveneys, Dundrum...

Poured a dark amber orange colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded to thin covering with thickish edges... no carbonation whatsoever... light wispy lacing lines barely stick to the glass...

Aroma - Decent flowery and citrusy hop notes, strong caramel and biscuit malts, grassy, nice fruitiness (apples, grapefruits, mango, some pears), floral / perfumed, light toastiness, some honey and nut sweetness, light pepperiness, some faint coffee hints...

Taste – Nice mellow hop bitterness mixed with good fruitiness (apples, pears, some limes, light pineapples), lightly toasted caramel maltiness, some burnt / brown sugar notes, nutty sweetness, light medicinal notes, floral / grassy, some creamy hints, sea salt traces, some hazelnut bitterness...

Feel - Smooth and creamy... light / medium bodied... so refreshing and drinkable - i could easily drink this all night...

Overall - Another outstanding brew from Rogue... so well balanced and drinkable. I wish i had stocked up on a few more of these...

Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown production date

Murky, russett, little carbonation, and minimal head. Aromatic assertion of hop, flavorful taste of malt. Clean and well crafted.
Rogue does quality work and it shows with this fine offering. I know this one has a couple of years on it and it is stil drinking completely well.

Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice red coloring with an off-white head of about 1.5 fingers. Nice showing on the carbonation.

S: Smells sweet and malty, as a good amber ale should.

T: Ooh! The first thing I noticed was a nice sweet flavor, and then a carmel taste kicked in. This was followed by a bit of hop flavor, which was bitter, but very fitting along with the other flavors. I believe I detect citrus in this (lemon?). Has a nice lemony sour aftertaste.

M: Very nice! Goes astringent very soon after drinking, but sticks around long enough to give you a nice send-off. Bitter feel on the tongue dissipates quickly leaving just enough to make you want more.

D: Very drinkable. Would go well with a meal of red meat and potatoes, or by itself.

Photo of mshallah
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful hazy dark orange-amber brew with a healthy head of foam. Very subtle malt and hop aromas in the nose. Some sweetness in the taste but it's at the start and the hops kick in quick for a bittersweet middle and a dryish finish. Pumpkin fruitiness(or is that a vegetable?). Carbonation tingles the tongue with an ale smoothness. Another quality ale from Rogue. Will be great with BBQ or roasted meats. Seems more an alt beer than an american style amber because of the roasted and toasted qualities.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a bottle open to have with dinner, went great with a nice ribeye.

This is a gorgeous beer. I've got thick lacing and nice red body. The smell is nice, but forgetable. The taste, however, hasa smooth caramel malt body with good kick of American citrus hops and darker roasted notes at the end. Very drinkable and very tasty. Were this a brand new, I might think it unoriginal, but this is really a classic amber ale.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a pint glass.
A: Amber ale indeed. A deep red color that is almost glowing. It pours with one inch of foamy head that recedes quickly to leave a thin cluster of foam on the top of the beer. Little carbonation is visible, and there’s not much lacing left on the glass.
S: Round and sweet malts, with hints of caramel and chocolate. There’s also a pronounced fruity and slightly bitter scent that I can’t identify.
T: Sweetness throughout. Earthy flavors at first, kind of like a dry caramel. Slight hop taste in the middle, but it fades quickly. The finish is kinda toasty yet sweet. Overall, there’s a mild fruit flavor that lies underneath, something like a sweet berry or chocolatey-peachy taste.
M: Warming and fairly full. Pleasing finish that is dryish but satisfying. Leaves me wanting another sip.
D: Reasonable. Smooth aftertaste and nice, creamy lingering mouthfeel.
Overall, a great example of an amber ale. I wish I was able to describe the taste more precisely, since it is quite good but seems hard to place, to me. Nevertheless, one of the smoothest and best-tasting amber ales I’ve had.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong caramelized malts, some fruity sweetness and a good hops background.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, tea, a little citrus and a nice strong hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to pick if you’re looking for a milder version of an American IPA. Even though on most nights I’d choose the IPA first, I could certainly drink quite a bit of this beer in an evening, if I were to select it.

Photo of nosbocaj
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep amber color. Head is a thick, off-white in color, and retains well.
S: Smells like caramels and honey with a hint of grain.
T: Tastes just like it smells. Has a nice caramel/honey sweetness followed by faint hops at the end.
M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Great tasting and easy to drink. Another great beer from Rogue. One of my favorites.

Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very deep amber, bordering on a light brown. A thick finger of tan head on top, that bubbles down slowly to a ring. A touch of lacing.

Butterscotch and flowery hops hit the nose full on. Well balanced in the aroma, nothing extravagant.

A fairly strong caramel malt flavour followed by a well hopped finish. Flowery, with a hint of tea leaves. There almost seems to be a bit of cinammon to this beer too. Not bad.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Here's a beer that's better than average at everything but just doesn't stand out. Not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a sturdy beer.

Photo of jayfarley3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass poured a dark amber with a nice tan head that sticks around until your finished. smells of sweet caramel malts with a touch of hops. tastes pretty much like it smells. mouthfeel is very smooth and medium-bodied. this is a very tasty brew, i would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber on the verge of a nutty brown with moderate carbonation rising to the top, and a thick, beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is a well balanced malt and hops combo with lots of toasty, biscuity malts and a mix of earthy and citrus hops. Again, the flavor is extremely balanced. First is the malt with its breadiness, sweetness, and toastiness along with hints of the fruity esters that I typically get from the Pacman yeast. Followign that is a kiss of hops that echo from the aroma: earth and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is moderate with a tingly carbonation that is very smooth. Great drinkability and well-balanced overall.

Photo of biggmike
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer with definite emphasis on bitter hops. Tried this and Rogue Dead Guy Ale and preferred this. Red-brown in color with a foamy, long-lived head. Impressive effort from Rogue. Tastes better as it warms up a bit. Has good mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Try some.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich dark mahogany color, with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of bubbles on the edges at the glass. Rich malt--roasted coffee--in the nose and the same in the mouth. But not bitterly so. Actually a very enjoyable taste. Mostly rich malt with hops flavors of various types that, rather than meld into a single spice or fruity flavor, actually pop in and out, almost as if changing along the way down the glass. The complexity of flavors is most welcome and enjoyable. One obvious hop note adds a strange, "hot" spice that I can't quite place. It was present in some swallows and didn't seem to be evident in others. Regardless, extremely flavorful and something that would never be boring.

Photo of Tomas77
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one. Rogue did a good job with meshing the malts with the hops.

A deep dark amber color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. Brilliant clarity. Head of foam with tight dense bubbles that leave a smooth creamy looking light tan lace along the sides of the glass.

A pleasant aroma of earthy hops and sweet malts. Caramel and toast for sure.

Tastes the same with more of a malty,caramelly character. Brown ales come to mind. The hops come through in the end for sure with a dry bitterness that sits well after you swallow. Not a hoppy but bitter beer.

Very easy to drink.

Photo of Andbrew
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber no bottled date as usual rogue.

Rich deep brown pour with murky thickness....not as clear as some amber ales I have seen. Nice creamy white head that leaves a good lace on the way down.

Wonderfully rich hop aroma with a hint of alcohol and malt right on the top.

Rich sweet bitter - not too much - with strong mix of malt and hop throughout.

This is a great one that is easy to drink yet has enough character to be a good pairing beer.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this 650 ml bottle on13th July 2007 (best by 10/07).
This poured a hazy copper coloured brew with a lovely cream coloured fluffy head that lasted beautifully. The smell was a delightful floral hops smell.
Tasted refreshingly bitter with a slightly buttery mouthfeel.
Definitely a very nice brew, and very drinkable at 5.6% ABV.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahagony with a one-finger off-white head that thins and lasts. Some broken lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted bread and caramel. Earthy bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt, almost evenly. A toasted, dry, slightly nutty, balanced finish.

Fuller-side of medium bodied. Smooth.

A nicely balanced amber ale, almost like a hoppy brown ale in some ways. Another nice one from Rogue!

Photo of Night
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber / crimson. Large, bubbly, gold-white head dies down to a chunky layer. Very little lacing. Nose is elusive; some caramel and molasses malts surface here and there with hints of earthy hop spice. Mouthfeel is light to mid, standard carbonation with a bit of juiciness. Flavor is smooth and woody. Strong bread / sourdough malts commingle entirely with resiny pine hops. Earth and orange zest throughout; light grapefruit in the finish. Bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber, first Rogue beer! Great look to it, a deep amber color with an almost tan head to it. Good head retention with some lace left behind. Smell is strong of hops and slightly caramel like. Taste is good, medium carbonation and definite bitterness to it due to the hops. Some toffee/caramel present. Overall pretty good balance between the malt and the hops but definitely stronger on the hops side (53 IBU's claimed on the bottle). Medium mouthfeel, definitely a beer well suited for a cooler fall or winter day, not a good summer thirst quencer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A humble bow and many thanks to Mr. Lee of Oklahoma (named after THAT general, yes it's true), for sending a bottle of this to me via the Louisiana Spitfire.

Came in a 650 ml bottle, very patriotic colour scheme I would say.... Pours out a stunning rustic copper hue, more transluscent than transparent, with a massive cream coloured head of unwavering retention. Thick, chunky rings of lacing.

A big dollop of orange and citrus hops first on the nose, while underneath it lies some caramel malt and brown sugar notes.

Malt notes seriously come out to play on the flavour, with carmelized toffee malts, toasted malt, brown sugar. The hops are also present almost throughout, but of course really shine on the finish as they pass that part of the latter taste buds on the tongue. They shift from sweet citrus to a more sober herbally character towards the end. The aftertaste is something of a mild woody note, aligned with a dandelion-like astringency.

The mouthfeel is on the medium side, full enough but goes down easy. Adds to its standing as a session ale.

An all round decent amber ale, it holds its own but doesn't go over the top. Another tasty offering from Rogue.

Photo of tctruffin
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love the graphics screen-printed on the bottle: Communist propaganda poster style meets American Patriotism Uncle Sam. Made me want to buy it right there.

Unfortunately the ale, while top notch quality, is not as complex as the art. It pours a deep copper with a bunch of off-white foam. The aroma is subdued and sweet, more malt than hop. The taste begins very malty with a lingering pithy aftertaste. All in all, its a very straightforward, one-note ale.

On the other hand, it works fantastically with food and is very drinkable with the pub grub I was having. It set of the food without calling too much attention to itself.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice dark reddish amber with a huge beige creamy head. Lacing was moderate.

Aroma was loaded with a sweet caramel maltiness and a touch of hops.

The taste was like the smell with the caramel and malts but with the citrus from the hops really coming through.

Medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

This is a very good and very drinkable American Amber.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into tulip glass. A: Rich clear reddish-copper, moderate head that goes away quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. S: Wow, much different than what I was expecting. Lots of malt, brown sugar, caramel, barely any hops; like fresh wort on the stove. T: Much lighter than the nose would suggest, the roasted malt is definitely there but the hops are making more of an entrance. Slightly bitter finish. M: Moderate carbonation, very smooth. D: A pretty relaxed beer all around, a lot more malt characer than I was expecting but it's pretty well balanced as I get further into the bottle. A nice choice.

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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