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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 50
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-26-2001

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
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Ratings: 1,359 | Reviews: 713
Photo of jdmorgan
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Amber Ale poured a rich and cloudy brown with a one-finger white head which settled after a bit.

The smell had aromas of caramel malt and enough hops to notice. The taste had an initial hop bite followed up with a full body of malt flavor. The aftertaste faded out with a medium hop bitterness and hop and malt flavor infused.

This is a good ale, but nothing out of the ordinary. It reminds me of an American ale I brewed once. If this is your style, I think that this is a respectable brew, and certainly worth your time even if it isn't your style.

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

<Reviewed a loooong time ago. needs a re-rate eventually.> Orange-ish, reddish amber color with off-white medium head. Mostly hoppy, floral, and some slight malt smells, with some rye like odor too that I’m not big on. Taste is hoppy, fruity, but dry and overly bitter, with a similar lasting aftertaste. Unbalanced to me. Was ok at first, but got harder and harder to drink. I can see hop lovers liking this still, but far from one of my favorites.

Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Great head and retention as well as lacing. Color is brownish or if you like tarnished or dirty copper. Not quite clear, more hazy.

Nose: Toasty and caramel come to mind to describe the malt character of this brew. Also a little bit of hop aroma here, hard for me to describe whether its citrus, floral, or spicy....its in such a small quantity that I can't put a finger on it. Overall very balanced aroma.

Tongue: Hop bitterness and malt sweetness hit the palate almost simultaneously creating a very balanced beer. Toasty malt flavors, caramel and nuttiness are pretty accurate descriptors of this beer. Hop flavor, like aroma, hard to describe. It is there in just the right amount to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is medium in body with slightly higher carbonation creating a crisp, rather than creamy, beer that finishes dry. This beer is easy to drink, and pairs excellent with poultry and beef. However, it isn't one that I'd buy again for the hell of it, just not one of my favorite styles. However, I'll definitely be pairing this with some steak or chicken next time I've that on the menu.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. The color was a rich amber with good carb and lacing. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly whittled down to a constant foam cap. The aroma was mostly floral hops with citrus in there as well. The taste was very good. Had a nice hop bite to go with the good base flavor. Good bitterness that fades perfectly before the next pull. Mouthfeel was solid and creamy. Overall, it's another solid effort from Rogue and highly recommend. I can see this one getting a call from the dugout every so often. (Occasional rotation)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ruby amber. Nose is slight pine scents with a caramel touch. Flavor is bitter at first . Like eating some wild tree or something, if that makes sense. I just imagine biting into something alive and growing in a forest and getting this not entirely pleasant flavor off it. As time goes on it smooth out a bit, but still retains that bitter edge. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble and a slightly thicker liquid feel. Overall pretty drinkable. The bitterness takes away from it a good bit, but still it is decent enough.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint.. listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Very nice dark polished copper... crystal clear ... good 3/4" long lasting head leaves descent lacing.

aroma leans toward the spicy/citrus hops.. good toasted malt presence with pronounced caramel.. yummy.

Flavor is not nearly as malty as the smell... lighter body than expected.. toasted/toffee malts and yeast fruitiness melts into cascade and spicy hop notes... interesting take on the style... not exactly all American.

I typically don't care for Rogue's 12oz offerings, but this is a definate exception.. a stellar brews and pretty sessionable if you're wanting a little more hops than a standard amber.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Amber Ale" usually communicates a beer that is pretty boring. In fact, to my mind, the style seems created for people who think they want a flavorful craft beer but really do not. This one did not fall into that category; it was flavorful and pretty interesting.

Appearance is a bit unattractive. There’s lots of very cumulus cloud head, but the body of the beer is a weird red-pop color which is strangely opaque. Aroma is hoppy and phenolic, with a good amount of heavy hop fruitiness. Flavor is some malted milk ball flavor balanced with a pretty generously bitter helping of hops. This beer has a firm bitter character that hits me in the back of the mouth. Pretty good.

I’d recommend this beer as a not-boring example of the style.

I picked up this bottle at 3 Cellars Liquor in Franklin, WI.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big two finger khaki head rises above an amber/purple hazy brew and refuses to disappear. Lots of really finely bubbled lace sticks to the glass, and swirling only increases the head to three fingers. When held to the light, it's almost blood crimson in color. This is a really pretty beer.

S - Tons of citrus hops on top of a nice caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, and mango too. In a blind sniff test, I would guess that this is a pale ale...almost an IPA based on the hop aroma.

T - Again, huge citrus hops and tons of fresh summery fruit. Mango, really bitter grapefruit, and some sour cherries. The caramely malt is somewhere in there buried under all of the hop insanity. I happen to be a bit of a hop head, so I like this. But what makes it an amber ale if it's so heavily hopped that it tastes like an IPA?

M - Medium bodied, fresh, moderately carbonated, with an intensely bitter finish that is slightly dry.

D - A damn fine brew from one of my favorite brewers, but really....this is over-hopped for an amber ale. I probably would have given this even higher marks if it was called a pale ale or something, but this ....although outstandingly delicious, lacks the easy drinking malty amber ale flavors.

Photo of DackAchan
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an opaque dark amber. Has a two finger head that quickly settles and laces nicely around the edges.

S- Smells of hops with a hint of barley.

T- Distinct lemon flavor to it, nice ruddy complextion.

M- Mouthfeel isn't where it should be. Bite is a little too harsh for an amber.

D- This is my third rogue brew and I've been disappointed at every one. There aren't a lot of different tastes mixed in, the drinkablitiy is okay.

I have trouble understanding what is good about rogue. I've had their dead guy ale, and it wasn't anything special. I've had their chocolate stout, again, nothing special, they burned their barley. An now the american amber. Again, nothing noteworthy. I have a shakespeare stout still, hopefully that is a little better than the rest of the rogue beer's I've had.

Photo of henrysunset
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gorgeous beer, dark red and clearly filtered. bug poufy tan head.

smell is a mix of sou and sweet, malty. I thought it had turned but the flavor was fine.

taste is smooth, malty, slightly bitter but not floral.

mouthfeel is smooth enough, but a little tart in the end.

drinkability is okay, not impressive but alright.

Photo of JBogan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber with a thick off white head which stayed for a while and left medium lacing. Very inviting appearance.

Smelled of bread and coffee.

A malty backbone capped with coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker so wasn't real thrilled with that aspect, yet everything still blended well enough to not make this a big deal.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Some average carbonation present. Smooth going down.

Good drinkabilty, as with just about everything Rogue offers. This is not the best they have, yet was it enjoyable and something I'd revisit once in a while.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on-tap at the Portland Rogue brewpub. Poured a reddish-brown color with a small, off-white head. Flavors and aromas are nicely balanced. Not an amazing beer, but a great example of a session. Good malty center, like you would expect from an Amber Ale, with a clean, hoppy finish. Good carbonation and head retention. Highly drinkable... again, a great session beer offereing from Rogue.

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

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a thick tannish head. Head retention is good and it leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

The smell is of sweet malt with just a hint of citrus hop.

I really enjoyed the taste. The sweet malt is well balanced with the bitter hops. It leaves with just a bit of fruityness. Finishes clean and crisp with a light body and good carbonation. This is much more than I expected in an American Amber and I really enjoyed the beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

managed to get this in china, of all places. see www.realbeer.com.cn

pours deep light-brown amber with some haziness. moderate head is faint tan which fades to a trace thin layer on the surface. some mini-speckled lacing.

spicy sweet hop aroma and caramel maltiness jump out at you, but in a pleasant manner. maybe hint of esters or even metallic note, but nothing that detracts in any way.

the taste follows in similar way, with sharp hop character and sweet toasted maltiness. yeasty and malty retro-olfaction. pleasant bitterness and hint of grain in the otherwise clean finish. mouthfeel has some character, where despite the ordinary level of carbonation, some of the bubbles really foam up on the palate.

EDIT: my final score seems higher than other beers i believe i've enjoyed more. so maybe i'm slightly biased and just happy to have an american micro/craft brew here in china where the beer landscape is still quite undeveloped. whatever the case, this is certainly still very decent stuff.

EDIT: after going through a couple more of these here in china, i guess i'm toning down my original review. also, several bottles ended up being gushers when opened.

Photo of splat215
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4 - Dark, cloudy, interesting change of shades of brown. Some head on pour. I think the bottle was overcarbonated to begin with as it blew up everywhere when I opened it. None of the other styles in the variety pack had this issue. Head dissipiated quickly. Looks appetizing
S 3.5 - Roasty, slightly nutty scent
T 3.5 - Can't really place this, but like the scent roasted nuts. Something seems slightly off in the aftertaste but I can't name it.
M 4 - Smooth, medium bodied
D 4 - Overall above average - still can't place what doesn't quite seem right about this, almost a slight metallic twinge to the aftertaste. One I would like to return to in the future. Shame about my bizarre overcarbonation problem though, only one in the batch.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from a bottle at the local Beerporium and decided to give it a spin.

Out of the bottle it poured a dark brown with about a half an inch head. There wasn't a strong smell that I could detect, which belied the full-bodied taste. It has a taste that hit my palate with malts and what seemed a little like corn and a small amount of hops bite with an aftertaste that seemed a little grainy and not altogether pleasant. There is light carbonation and overall I would say that I enjoyed the beer, but I can't see myself knocking back more than one at a time on a lazy afternoon.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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