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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% 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 czechsaaz


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Nice spicy hop aroma. Some northwest citrus hpp aroma. Light fruit esters.

Really nice amber color and very clear. Thick tan head fades quickly in the glass leaving a small rim and an island in the middle. Light rising carbonation.

Starts off very hop bitter. But the initial hit gives way to really interesting malt character. There's quite a bit of base malt sweetness and some roast character. I get some honey flavors too. There's some citrus resiny hop flavor on the back end. Aftertaste is pretty bitter with hops in the back of the mouth but also some lingering malt sweetness on the toungue.

Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation bite.

Very easy drinking beer. Balanced enough to please the hopheads and the malt fans. Would pair well with tons of food. It isn't heavy enough to keep it from being a session beer but isn't a mild beer either. Good for all occasions.

08-23-2006 01:02:12 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of HoustonTX


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a large frothy white head. Good retention, and massive carbonation streams.

S - Picking up some fruity malt along with a hint of hops.

T - Taste is pretty average, but still maintains it's solidness. Upfront has an influx of caramel and roasted malts. Soon after some nice fresh American hops sweep in, and really dominate the overall flavor. A nice solid balanced bitter ale, nothing more, nothing less. Mouthfeel is coating and semi-dry. Drinkability is excellent.

A solid Ale, and definitely an easy drinker.

08-19-2006 23:02:36 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

American Amber Ale pours a medium brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smell is mild, hops are most noticeable, but malt is definitely present. Nice flavor, relatively subdued by Rogue standards. Nice quaffable beer, well balanced between citrusy hops and malt, highly sessionable. Recommended

08-16-2006 00:37:36 | More by Drew966
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

08-15-2006 19:44:37 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of hanco005


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—a hazy dark amber color with a cloud like tan ¾ inch head that slowly collapses down to a thin sheet, potty lacing is produced

S—citrus and pine dominate with a bit of sweet candy tones that fade in and out, very fragrant and smells a little like an IPA to me

T---the hops and malts are balanced really well for a bitter start, sweet middle and a bitter and dry finish, Mild citrus and sugary sweetness make this one very good

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. Very easy to drink and has a good balanced flavor.

08-07-2006 15:25:28 | More by hanco005
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A harsh pour delivers a hazy, deep amber beer topped with a spotty head composed of various sized bubbles that die quickly, leaving a tiny amount of lacing.

Smells like a barleywine lite, a nice mix of aroma hops and rich caramel malts. Some yeast is present in the smell.

Rogue American Amber is a solid, bitter, malty brew, this has a slightly salty tang that was at first surprising. Very little initial sweetness to this one, mostly bitter citrus hops and a smooth malt profile, with a bit of a tart sour cherry flavor. Finishes malty and mildly sweet, some vague fruit notes but nothing to write home to mom about. Quenching and crisp.

The mouthfeel is close to being creamy, lots of little bubbles help smooth this one out. Unusual contrast to the bitter characteristics of this beer, but not unwelcome.

Like many of Rogue's beers, this isn't blowing me away, but neither will I have any reservations about finishing the 22oz bomber. A sound beer, if it were a tad cheaper I could see myself buying it more often.

08-07-2006 02:44:23 | More by kkipple
Photo of hoffman


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Fours accross the board for this one... damn solid brew. Pours up with a smallish mocha head that never rises or impresses but does stick around with the beer and trails down the glass. Marroonish/Brown in color. The smell is toasty, grainy malts up front with some subdued figs or apricots and burnt carmel in the back. The taste is robust toasty malts again upfront with some of the sweet sugary notes supporting the dark fruity aroma in the middle, and a nice burnt malt/hop finish well balanced and good. The mouthfeel is creamy, and carbonated quite well...possibly a bit watery. Overall a very drinkable brew darn nice.

08-07-2006 00:32:15 | More by hoffman
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce pub pint glass.

A - Pours a deep reddish amber with a two finger off white head. The head is caky in places and seems to have some staying power. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Some dark roasty malts on the nose with a tiny hop undertone.

T - A hoppier flavor than I expected from the smell with a nice amount of balance from the malty flavors. A nice taste, nothing in your face or "big" but very pleasant.

M - Nice medium/light body that fits well with a session ale like this one.

D - This beer doesn;t have any out of this world off the wall flavors but when I want a session ale and I'm not in a hoppy enough mood for SNPA/Alpha King and don't feel like something as dark/roasty as a brown ale this will get revisited.

08-05-2006 23:27:44 | More by EStreet20
Photo of kimcgolf


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this 22 ounce bomber July 4th (of course) while watching fireworks. Pours the expected aamber color with an off-white head that lingered nicely and had okay lacing. Aroma was very strongly hops, with a a hint of citrus fruit and pine. Hops again came thru strong on the flavor, but were balanced nicely at mid-glass by malty sweetness, possbily caramel. Bitter finish at first becomes very well rounded, ong and smooth by the end. A great beer our nation’s 230th BD.

08-04-2006 00:39:17 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of ryantupy


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

This poured a nice frothy head that sticks to the glass the whole way down. Pours a copper sunset hue. It smelled of caramel, fruit, malt sweetness, roasted malts, and a light coffee scent. It tasted malty with a slightly bitter finish. Again caramel, fruit, and sweetness were present in tasting this beer. The finish was bitter but went down smooth and dry.

07-28-2006 20:26:35 | More by ryantupy
Photo of BradBLR


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

This beer poured a deep amber color with a slighty orangeish head. The head only lasted for about a quarter of the beer and the was very little lacing. The smell of this beer was a sweetish carmel smell with the slight hint of hops. A very refreshing aroma.

The taste was a carmel malt flavor with a nice balance of hops. This was a really good beer, nicely balanced with some nice bold flavors. The mouthfeel was good, with the CO2 being just about right.

This is a really good beer that I will definatly try again. If you have not tried a rogue ale, this would be a good one to start with.

07-27-2006 14:48:02 | More by BradBLR
Photo of pweis909


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

22oz bottle.

Appearance: Red-brown translucence with moderate head with a slightly tawny character. Head dissipated after 2-3 minutes, but the beer stayed well-carbonated throughout the experience.

Smell: Enticing malts, fuits, and nuts, and a hint of hops.

Taste: The sweetness of the malt is well balanced by the bittierness. There is a noticeable alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: elt slick up front, and finished dry and chalky. Interesting textures.

Drinkability: Hmm. Only 5.6% alcohol? I was guessing more. It seemed stronger than I wanted.

07-23-2006 11:53:54 | More by pweis909
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer poured a very dark cola with some cherry and orange highlights. The head was frothy and tan.

Smelled of honey, molasses and oats with a dry powdery cocoa.

Tasted surprisingly dry with a sweet malt that picked up a slight smokiness which then faded to a cocoa in the finish. Also, in the finish I’m getting a little bit of popcorn.

The mouth feel was light bodied but felt a little thin for the style.

This was a very enjoyable beer. I liked the cocoa. It caught me off guard a bit.

07-14-2006 18:43:05 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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!

07-09-2006 18:17:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of blitz134


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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).

07-08-2006 02:20:57 | More by blitz134
Photo of pjwilson


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

appearance: a hazy dark red, on orangish. yeast haze with a lite head that fades quick

smell: sweet sugary caramel. a faint dash of hops, but only a dash. smells sweet and nice like cookies, but...

taste: is bit on the sweet side for this drinker, however it doesn't cross the line of unpleasant. main taste is sweet caramal with a smattering of bitterness, again just within range.

mouthfeel and drinkability: just a bit thick, and the drinkabilty is slowed due to cloying sweetness. tasting enough, though i have many beers that a prefer.

07-01-2006 04:45:03 | More by pjwilson
Photo of acrawf6


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours out a good reddish amber with a tannish head. Carbonation seems to slowly reach the top of this creamy goodness.

Smell. The bottle say coffee, but i dont get that (unless i really imagine it). Good sharp and citrisy hops and a sweet and toasty malt presence. Very good.

Taste. Richer than many others in its style. Hops have a nice presence with the malts giving it a caramel taste. Good bitterness with the hops. Still has a roasted maltiness like the aroma. though i'd consider it bitter, there was a pleasant sweetness that comes through.

Mouthfeel. I'd say medium/full. Great balance here. right amount of carbonation. pretty darn good.

Overall i think this is the best i've had in the style. heavier than others as well. I should get this more often.

06-23-2006 20:41:42 | More by acrawf6
Photo of kgotcher


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours amber of course, very clear with a big foamy head. and lots of lacings. Good head retention.

Sweet malty aroma, caramel, with strong grassy and citrus hops. Medium body mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp bitter finish.

Taste is sweet maltyness, busicuty and roasted grain with a strong hoppy bitterness. Bold cascade hop flavor.

This is an entertaining Amber ale. While most ambers tend toward the malty and grainy side this one is IPA-ish in terms of bitterness and strong hop aroma and flavors, somewhat of a hybrid of an Amber Ale an ESB and and IPA. Whatever you call it, call it good.

06-23-2006 05:08:36 | More by kgotcher
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Nice reddish amber look with a solid creamy off-white head. Smells of somewhat toasty malt with a little bit of flowery hoppiness. Little bit of a sour fruity flavor, but generally just reminds me of a tasty English bitter. I'd say it's got about a medium mouthfeel. A pretty decent balance of ingredients and flavors makes this a very drinkable ale. Rogue seldom disappoints.

06-21-2006 03:28:01 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Another good beer from rogue. Darker amber in color with a nice fluffy redish, tan head which leaves decent lacing. Nice balanced hop and malt character. Smells crisp. It is light-medium bodied with some excellent malt sweetness and fruitiness, followed by a crisp hop finish. Very well balanced and easy too drink. Solid mouthfeel as well not astringent. Good session beer.

06-18-2006 07:44:03 | More by mattpetti
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear amber brown body with a creamy thick off-white head and a very slow carbonation.

S- This beer has a light toasted malt note with a faint green hop hint but for the most part it was pretty clean.

T- The taste of green hops dominated with notes of pineapple weed followed by a soft pale malt taste with a hint of Munich malt. The taste was a bit thin.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- The hops were big and green but not much depth and the malt was pretty buried in the background.

06-13-2006 22:56:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Phatz


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

I have had such a wide variety of experiences within the American Amber Red Al style that I did not have high expectation for this beer. I was working on other projects and I wanted something simple that wouldn’t distract me and would serve as a beer I wouldn't care much about. I was very pleasantly surprised this beer had more to offer than I expected.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber that only let a small amount of light through the body. The head was very thick and foamy. Moderately heavy lacing.

Smell: Toasty malts and caramel in the nose with very subtle small amounts of diacytel.

Taste: Nice and malty smooth, with toasted caramel malts and yet plenty of bitterness. The hop character in not boldly in your face smacking you around but is does get a firm grasp on your palate and simply cling there lingering hop bitterness in a marvelous manor. The flavor is mostly straightforward yet on close inspection (especially in the aftertaste) there are actually more hints of mixed fruits and citrus flavors than originally evident. Overall this beer is simply easy to accept with out thinking making it a very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body beer that is numbing to the lips and yet smooth easy in it’s aggressiveness.

Drinkability: This is a hell of a drinkable beer as long as you like the bold menthol hops that soak into your lips and linger. I loved it.

Hope this is helpful.

06-08-2006 08:14:07 | More by Phatz
Photo of RedChrome


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Very deep amber, that when held up to the light showed a very nice red color. Very nice, thick, long lasting, khaki colored head. Slight lacing. Almost no carbonation in the glass.

The first odor brought a scent of slightly burnt coffee. There were subtle notes of the malt. An overall impression of a fire roasted earthy scent lingured in my nose. Aroma was nice, but not strong enough.

Very malted flavor hit me on the first sip. Almost enough with subsequent taste to not notice the other flavors at work. I had to struggle to find a note of bittersweet chocolate. Also noted none of the coffee flavor I hinted at in the aroma.

Despite the lack of any flavor except malt, this beer had a nice feel. It was smooth and played on all areas of my mouth.

Overall, not my favorite beer, but in consideration to what styles I like the most, this is a decent effort. This is defintly a beer to try on a colder day. Sip one by a warm fire after a run on the ski/snowboard slope.

06-06-2006 01:36:46 | More by RedChrome
Photo of ellisdee97


4.72/5  rDev +22.9%

Serving: 22oz. painted label bomber poured into a pint glass

A:Pours a dark amber with a thick head which quickly dissipated to a wisp around the edge of the pint. Abeautiful looking beer.

S:Thick sweet malt with a nice citrusy hop balance. Caramel and coffee with a resinous hop aroma.

T:Almost syrupy with a refreshing hop bite and clean water. Deep roast coffee hits the back of the throat.

M:Being my favorite beer style this is bliss. A dry hop bite with a deep malt sweetness.

D:Good for one or two but not all night. Definetely a treat. Pick some up ASAP.

06-03-2006 23:13:42 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of tonistruth


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

A- reddish brown color wth a big tan head, produces some lace on the glass.

S- Toasted malts, grain, some sweetness hit the nose, toffee scents as well

T- a touch of sweetness, mostly grainy and toasted malt flavors though. rather nice balance

M- smooth, nice body, tends to get dry at the finish.

D- tasty, drinkable amber. Good brew. I'll be seeing this again.

05-23-2006 19:46:57 | More by tonistruth
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