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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 84 | 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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 53 IBU. Amber to copper in color, hazy. Nice creamy tan head hold together well. Roasty, sweet coffee, chocolate, floral and citrus in the nose. Interesting combination of hops, although it does start to creep towards perfumey. Smooth, roasty flavor, with a nice citrusy hop bite. Somewhat caramel like, but not overly sweet. Medium body, carbonation seems slightly lower and soft. Some nice patches of lace are left clinging to the sides of the glass at the end. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms. Very enjoyable.

Photo of oelergud
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dim maple syrup body with lots of carbonation. Creamy light tan with pretty good retention and lace.
Spiced hop scent with a firm underlying malt base. Very inviting and fresh.
What a balance and still a distinct hop and malt profile. Grass, flower, sharp licorice root and herbs again rolling along on an ocean of malt. Smoky and pungent aftertaste, sweet and sharp. A Good simcoe like flavor comes through very clearly though none are in this brew.
Medium body and a crisp finish.
Highly drinkable and an excellent session beer.


Photo of montageman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a Sea Otter Ale bottle.

Bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass. Very nice dark brown color that is accented with a little bit of red accompanied by a nice pillowy tan head that slowly goes away leaving a nice layer of lace at the surface - lots sticking to side as well. Smell is very roasty and little floral as well - very inviting. Taste is roasted malt up front with a hoppy, dry finish. There's a little carbonation here as well as some creaminess - well balanced. This is quite drinkable - nothing objectionable at all. Recommended.

Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ho hum American amber...more copper in colour than expected and the head is way too vigorous. Fair malt smell with slightly sour hop notes. Caramel, sugar traces on the nose.

Bland malt taste with a slight hop bitterness. Nothing terribly exciting here as far as flavour goes. Malt profile with a hop backing, but no distinct or outstanding flavours.

Decent on the tongue, but a fairly average beer oveall. Nothing to get excited about.

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

Poured rusty amber, bright, but not brilliant - seemed to be a little cloudy/murky, and it's the first time I've had this in many years. Nose is a great struggle of malts: biscuity, plummy, pale, and roasted. A bit surprising that there isn't a more pronounced hop presence on the nose, but change is nice too. Yeasty . . . more than anything else as I drink this I'm getting to appreciate Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast strain, it's prominent here the way Ringwood is elsewhere, but to a generally more favorable result. The malt complexity from the nose is here and is made even more enjoyable by the quality of the yeast: notes of red grapes, strawberries, ripe golden plums, and more of that biscuity malt. Not altogether dry, but there's some dryness here to balance out the juicy malt - rather low bitterness, but nice mildy citric hop qualities in the aromatics. Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a rather full-bodied feeling yet not overly thick, quite a trick to pull off! Very good drinkability also. Next time I enjoy this it's going to be with something from the kitchen, as this struck me as a great beer to accompany food.

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

I will preface this with I am more of a hop fan and would tend to choose the St. Rogue Red ove this in this style. If you are a fan of the Amber beers tending towards the malt and utilizing hops as balance, this is well done.

dark amber in color with a light tan head

not much on the nose, malty

flavor is well balanced malt with slight hop finish.

This is good beer, but not really my style, although on tap it could be quite a session beer.

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

Poured my bottle into a piny glass. The color did not appear amber actually was a dark brown with slight red hue. Formed a nice dark tan head. Moderate lacing all the way down the glass. Strong odor of hops with floral accents. The taste was of hops and a touch of sweetness came through at end of each sip. The beer was nicely carbonated but seemed a little watery in the mouth. Overall a decent beer that I could drink several of in a session.

Photo of Butch
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11 January 2007, purchased same day

They call it an ‘amber’, but it is dark, almost murky with a touch of orange. Like a very dark brewed sweet tea. Head is thick, brownish and dense. Nice lacing on the glass, but nothing extraordinary. Faded a bit at the end, but I did take my time drinking it.

The aroma is…hops. Lots and lots of hops. Sorry, but that is all I get. It is a Rogue after all.

Mouth feel is thicker than anticipated for the style.

Taste is still hoppy. Maybe a bit harsh. Bitter, kind of …sharp? Something is a bit different…

Love it. Like an amber ale with extra hops. My kind of amber ale.


Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the ultimate amber ale! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. the beer poured a deep amber, forming a fluffy 1 inch head, that left medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly of caramel and malts. The taste is great! Caramel and malts, and finishes with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. This is head and shoulders above other amber ales that I've tried. This would be a great session ale. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of AL3C
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Appears fairly hazy, even thick. Can’t see all the way through… Reds and browns maintain depth throughout. Bubbles are small, sparse and evenli distributed… At the top, a central white cap remains. Also, many large and medium size bubbles are randomly distributed and are staying for some time.

Like an amber a little harder to pick things out… Smells quite rich though. Somewhat sweet like a toffee or candied earthy fruits. Smells creamy or buttery to me.

This is my second taste of this beer and I seem to like it more.
This beer cascades. Different from start to finish and I like it… Characteristic of Rogue to have many flavors, and in this brew it works.
Very nice balance of hops and malts… Mildly toasty.
Bitterness throughout is perfect with a slightly more bitter finish.
Feels thicker, richer, and more complex than other ambers. Similar flavor overall, just more of them?
Perhaps a bit of spice as well, now that others have mentioned it.
I swear rogue has a bit of everything in their beers…

Thicker than most ambers, most feel notably thinner in the mouth. I quite enjoy.

Very drinkable… Once again, this is better than I remember it. I’d be interested to try it on tap…

Photo of umustdrink
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light, hazy orange color. Quarter inch head fades to an eighth inch. Good lace.

S - Rich piney hops.

T - Very nice bitter hop flavor. Would almost think it was an IPA except there's a rich malty aftertaste.

M - Biting crispness from the hops, medium carbonation.

D - It's an okay brew. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but it is very interesting.

Photo of beeroclock
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a pint glass with an orangish brown color, almost like a pumpkin ale as far as looks but it has a big frothy white head. Smells nutty with some malt. Tastes piney and malted with some caramel tones. A little bitter but very good. Feels creamy almost and the aftertaste lingers. Enjoyable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, and some hops. It tastes the same way, but it's sweet at first, and then the hops take over in the finish with a good piney hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, it's pretty well balanced. The drinkability is good too. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely buy it again.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours caramel with a 1 finger deep sand colored head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Slight sweet malt & a little bit of hops as it warms

T: Sweet malt & herbal/piney hops up front. Some caramel sweetness sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes with a big piney hop smack & some dryness & fruittyness. Very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, medium, slightlty prickly carbonation with good blalance. Skews hoppy but approriate for the style IMO

Easy drinking amber that is nothing mind blowing, but a solid amber no the less

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

Obviously an amber hued beer. Decent white head with little laces. Smells and tastes of sweet maltiness, biscuits, caramel, just a wee hint of chocolate, hops that counteract the malt. Decent brew, pretty easy to put down. Wouldn't be opposed to buying it again.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep brown color with a thick head that lasts for a few minutes – no impressive lacing to speak of. The smell is sweet and quite inviting. The taste is malty and robust (like most Rogues). The aftertaste is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but balanced well with the beer. This is a highly delightful and drinkable beer….perhaps one of Rogue’s easiest to swallow.

Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Plan B, West Hartford, CT

Poured a copper-mahogany with a one-finger, off white head that faded to a thick ring of lace.

Smell was faint and mild. Hoppy with a touch of ripe fruits.

Taste was quite flavorful. Malty and creamy for a split second, and then the hops took over. Fruity, citrusy, cascade hops dominated the palate. Tart grapefruit was apparent of the back of the palate before the piney, resiny and lasting finish kicked in. It was dry but not overly so. This beer at times reminded me more of an IPA than a typical amber ale.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a substantial body.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer pairs well with pizza and a variety of bar foods.

Overall, a very interesting and flavorful amber ale, yet I wish it did have a bit more malt balance.

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

Dark amber color with an off-white head. Smell is mainly hops with a touch of caramel. Taste is slightly piney, with a weak backbone of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a full medium. I had this back to back with thier Brutal Bitter, and I can't forsee a situation where I wouldn't prefer the bitter. I'd could say they were both similar, but where the bitter lacked in malt, the amber's caramel matched poorly with the piney hop. Still a decent brew, but go with the bitter.

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

This and Sam Adams Boston Ale are both excellent amber ales that should be regular staples in one's fridge for a great example of the style. It is a smoothly balanced and flavorful brew that is just as malted as it is hoppy. The drinkability is very high due to this excellent flavor profile and a medium to light body. It would compliment a variety of foods and is quaffable enough to qualify as a session beer in any weather. Simply stated, just a damn good beer for all occasions.

Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amberish red color with a huge creamy off white head. The aroma is a really nice sweet and malty aroma with a bit of caramel and toffee and a good dose of hops. First thing that comes to mind after the initial taste is how incredibly balanced this brew is. The sweet toasty malt is nicely balanced by a perfect amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a wonderfully crafted brew that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will surely purchase this again in the future. Recommended!

Photo of xav33
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue American Amber
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, celebrated 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a clear amber orange with an average beige frothy somewhat diminishing head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong toffee, toasted malt, grassy hops.

Flavor was upfront strong bitter grassy/piney hops and toasted wheat bread malt followed by a complex blend of strong grassy bitter hops and moderate caramel sweetness and spicyness, with a hint of light doughy yeast, on a long, mostly toasted bread finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, watery, with moderate hops astringency.

Overall, a great hoppy amber ale with enough tasty malt background to back it up. Yet it sorta feels like a pale ale or IPA at times. In fact, the malt could and should be more pronounced for an amber, would add some great balance, but a good beer nonetheless.

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

Pours a deep mahogany color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a blend of citrus hops, and slight fruitiness. Taste is a toasted malt sweetness up front, that gives way to a generous dose of citrus hop flavor. Finish is dry, leaving a bitter hop aftertaste. Medium body, and moderate carbonation provide a smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. Drinkability is high for this one...great session beer!

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

12oz brown bottle

Rogue American Amber Ale was a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was malty with some cirtus hops. The taste was fairly hoppy with plenty of malt to balance. The finish was dry and a little bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it is a very good beer that would work great for a session beer. Recommended.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber the color of strong iced tea with a small, white head the fades quickly to a sheer lacing laying on top of the beer.

Smell: A nice mix of sweet, fruity malt, apricots and plums come to mind. Brown sugar and caramel also are present with a hint of citrusy/piney hops just peeking through.

Taste: Starts nicely, with those sweet, fruity and caramel like malts domingating. The middle nicely transitions to finish that is still full of the fruity/caramel malts, but this is also where the hops come in to play. A nice, slightly hoppy bitterness shows balancing the malts with grapefruit rind. A lingering malty sweetness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow with a slight iced tea like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, somewhat slick and amply carbonated makes for a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes: American Amber is highly drinkable. A really good session beer, especially at 5.6 % abv, with plenty of flavors that do not overpower the palette if you drinking these in a session. Malty/fruity sweet with just the right amount of hops to balance it out. Definitely one I will buy again. Seek and enjoy.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer, indeed.
Pours smoothly...with a creamy, white head that tended to linger. Dark amber color, little bubbles floating in my glass.
Sugary scents...caramels and toffee. Malt aroma.
Tastes of roasted malts...hop flavor and bitterness are there, but not overpowering.
Goes down smooth. Not so much an "amber ale" but a "dark brown amber ale". Very nice.

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.