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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with minor off-white head and some unevn lace.
Aroma of deep caramel malt with a hint of bitter coffee and a heavy resiny, earthy hop aroma.
Flavors of caramel then a hard mineral water taste and an over abundance of hops. We got floral, herbal, resin, earthy. . . every kind of hop taste I could imagine.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start then an overload of bitterness. Also as that distinct hardwater feel of many of Rogue's offerings. Very pleasant ride on the bitter train.
Drinkability is fairly high, bomber went down smoothly and quickly

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

Dark reddish-brown color with a creamy light beige head. The lacing is sticky and has the consistency of soap suds. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit and hops. Medium-bodied with an odd fruity/metallic flavoring that takes away from the malt and hops that would otherwise make this one of the better Ambers available. The finish contains malt, hops and a touch of coffee. Overall this beer is not as bold as many of the other beers in their line, but it is still worthwhile to try.

Photo of Pegasus
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with a small but persistent off-white head, mild carbonation, and thick, glass coating lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt and caramel notes vie with tangy grapefruit hops, providing a rich and full aroma.

Taste: Begins with a sweet caramel note, followed by toasted malt flavors. Bitter grapefruit flavor from the hops soon dominate the taste and carry through to the finish, which is dry with a lingering medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: The carbonation is champagne-like with a smooth mouth feel, quite pleasant

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing beer, although to me it seems a bit over hopped for an amber ale. Still, it is not likely to disappoint.

Photo of travolta
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Apperance: Golden apricot, nice head, ok lace. Not much head retention. Not too rocky.

Nose: Fruit, grapes, strawberrys, wheat.

Taste: Molasses, unsweetened iced tea, bitter, herbs.

Notes: I love how Rogue puts the ingredients on their labels. I wish other breweries did the same. I like to know exactly what I am drinking.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was deep copper with a quarter inch head that quickly disappeared and didn't stick to the glass. The smell was heavy in hops to me with little or no malt. The drink started with a strong hop kick but it wasn't too overpowering. The finish was clean and crisp with just a slight taste of hops left in your mouth. Not a bad beer at all, probably be even better in dead of summer. It's very refreshing.

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

Pours amber out of the bottle with the patriotic rogue on it. Tan head and ragged lace.

Slight hops aroma, not too overpowering or strong.

Starts hoppy, ends with a slight alchohol tang at the end.

Slightly oily and tart in the mouth.

Smooth and easy to drink, the tang at the end just provides a kicker for the next mouthfull. A good sit in front of the tv and watch a game beer, nothing too complex or even very noticeable. A good lawnmower beer with soul and flavor.

Photo of MobBarley
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, an amber ale that is precisely amber in color. Add a Rogue-esque, creamy, off-white head with legs and you have a very pretty beer. Aroma is very Rogue as well. Hoppy up front with a solid bready backbone, but certainly imbalanced toward the Humulus camp. The taste is big for an amber, with prodigious, citric bitterness dominating before a smooth, biscuity finish that carries heavily minerally notes. Mouthfeel is nice for the style, just a little bit chewy but altogether refreshing. Drinkability is awesome, esp. with a spicy meal. Another winner from Rogue.

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

Beautiful garnet / amber color , gooey tan head leaves its trails all around. Head sustains itself to the last sip. Slow, sparse carbonation seen through the sparkling red/gold beer. A thing of beauty.
Aroma is sweet bready malt and floral hop with notes of burning spruce and vanilla. Heady aroma alot like boiling wort. Yum!
Fruity and sweet up front which sadly gives way quickly to hot bittering and piney resinous hop flavor. Hops are a bit assertive in this barely medium bodied ale. A nice grainy fullness sneaks back in at the finish along with alot of tasty hop bittering.
A bit more malt body and balance would make this a near perfect beer. Still mighty fine, and mellower ( hop wise) on tap.

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

My first Rogue beer- so I'll start with an easy one.

American Amber Ale

Appearance- poured a nice amber/red with a thick creamy head. the head lasted for half the beer.

Smell- nice light hops aroma. A little fruity like iced tea.

Taste- very good! Medium flavor on the hops (the way I like it) a snap of bitterness but very faint.

Mouthfeel- a little dry with a slight aftertaste.

Overall- A very good Amber Ale that I would purchase again.

I paid $4.00 for a 650 ml bottle so I'll look for it on tap first.

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

The beer pours a darkish red-orange, topped with a thin, striated mist. The head holds a thick collar all the way through, leaving loads of belgian lace rings down the glass. Good clarity, with perhaps a little bit of a chill haze.
The aroma is a moderate vienna or munich maltiness, with that bready caramel scent. Pleasant, balanced with an assertive herbal/citric hoppiness. Fairly clean, with only a bit of plum fruitiness.
The flavor starts with a grainy caramel malt, fairly light bodied, atop a clean, sparkly carbonation. The graininess adds a rough edged quality that isn't at all unpleasant. A bit of a watery middle, with a bit of a minerally flavor and a touch of plum and floral esters, moving quickly into a long, hoppy finish. Fairly assertive floral and citric hop flavor, contributing a decent amount of bitterness. A bit of grain and minerally flavors in the end, leaving a slight citric hoppiness in the aftertaste. Kind of plain, but decent enough. I guess i was expecting a little more from some harder to find Rogue beers.
The distinct suggestion I got from this beer is that it could be a small beer second running of an old crustacean mash. More or less the same flavor profile, only lighter...much lighter. Not bad, but nothing I'd seek out again. Thank to oldcrustacean (BA member) for the bottle.

Photo of Zorro
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown beer.

Smells hoppy and malty, has a sweet and tea like aroma.

Tastes like hops and chocolate, and brown sugar. There is a strong tea quality to this too. There is some molasses and a subtle bitter bite.

Good Mouthfeel.

Very tasty and mild brew.

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

Had a pint of this at my local pub, the Cock & Bull.

It's one of Rogue's original brews, though its name has changed.

It's a nice dark brown, but still allows plenty of light through. As with all of Rogue's other brews, this one has a nice hop aroma, but nothing as strong as some of their other beers.

The taste is good: nice malt flavor balanced by hopy bitterness and nice hop aroma.

You can think of this as Rogue's baseline beer. While many other of their brews are better, American Amber Ale is still better than most other beers out there.

Photo of winomark
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opening the bottle resulted in an 6 inch geyser of foam that gobbled up about 1/3 of the bomber and ruined my Sunday newspaper! Has a nice amber hue with a substantial head.

Good malty tones. Some smoke and coffee present. Mild hops noticable. Nice.

Lots of malty richness. Hops definately control the finish, which is slightly tannic. Sweetness shows up in the front.

Quite light throughout. Dry and tannic throughout. Mild finish. Needs more body, IMO.

A good quaffable brew. Nothign special, yet a good session beer to keep on hand. No need to seek this one out, but try it if you come across it.

Photo of Gavage
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep auburn in color with a thick head that produced nice lacing through the drink. The aroma is mellow, as some caramel is detectable along with some slight hoppiness. The flavor is nice, as malt, caramel flavors and slight bitterness produce an even well balanced product. The hops take the perfect edge off the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Very little aftertaste as with other ambers, just some mellow caramel tones. This is a beer you can drink all day, a definite session beer.

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

Poures a thick khaki head that is looks like ocean surf. A decent amount of lacing sits above the amber brown colored beer. Mildly sweet malt aroma underlayn by piney hops. The body is really light, bordering on watery. The flavor is comprised of a mild mix of coffee and fresh hops that finishes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue.

Photo of jtfest
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a beautiful looking brew -- a nice dark color with red highlights and a frothy brown head. The first thing to hit my nose was the hops, followed almost immediately by malt and a coffee aroma. Full, smooth mouthfeel with a bitterness pacified by the malts that felt good, but was just a bit 'off', in my opinion -- I would have preferred a smoother finish. Still, all in all a very nice amber ale -- I would definitely have it again.

Photo of budsboy
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's easily identifiable (although this bottle is off register by too much) silk-screened bottle features a robust looking fellow with fist upraised and Old Glory flying in the background. Oh, say can you see ... The print promises some of the profits will benefit charity. Good 'nuf.

Poured a murky reddish brown with a medium, frothy, nearly white head.

Smell is clean and crisp, very pleasing. Fig and apple then roasty malt. Inviting.

Apple hits the nose as the nectar hits the tongue and results in a very pleasant carmel taste with a dry finish. This one is holds its own until the bitter hoppy end.

Smooth and creamy almost, very nice to hold and enjoy before sending it down the hatch. I think I'll have another.

Rogue has done it yet again. Good show.

Photo of genaro
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had one of these at the Rogue in South Beach, Newport. Nice dark amber color with a lingering head and pretty good lace. The aroma was mild with just a touch of caramel. Tastewise there was a good hop bite and a nice blend of hop flavor with a bit of coffee. The taste was smooth and I was expecting a mellow finish so I was a little surprised by the astringent to slightly sour finish. It did go well with the recommended ribs though.

Photo of Nytemare
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a little off white head. Lots of carbonation, and some lacing. Smelled hoppy. Was looking forward to the bitter bite. Bitter hops hit right away, but quickly leave in favor of a bready light malt flavor. Very nice flavor, crisp mouthfeel, kinda dry finish. Great session brew. Could drink these all night.

Photo of dpend
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 20oz Imperial Pint

Had this on tap at the Cock n' Bull Pub as well.I drink it from the bottle an awful lot and got all giddy when I heard it was on tap.I tend to like pale ales more but I could survive on a deserted island with this stuff.No food needed.Rogue does it well.

Photo of budgood1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy, deep and dark amber colour...bordering on mahogany. a nice light tan head appears and stays leaving thick rings of lace. big aroma you can smell from some distance...caramel and hops...and some other aroma i can't quite nail down. it says on the bottle it has a coffee aroma, but i'm not sure that is totally accurate. it smells delicious nonetheless! rich malt taste, with the combo northwest and english hops providing a tasty snappiness and sharp bitterness on the tongue. the medium mouthfeel is creamy and the finish sharp and somewhat dry. the aftertaste is all rogue...hops linger on...and on. the yeasty additions at the end provide some slight fruitiness to the profile, making for a overall pleasurable amber ale experience. in fact i consider this a pretty heavy duty amber....riding the fence into brown ale territory. a solid brew from rogue.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones. Amber color (!) when poured, followed by a slightly fruity aroma. Taste was malt based followed by a flowery hop finish. This was a very pleasant and enjoyable beer to drink, my notes say: easy to drink. Glad I tried this one, had never seen it on tap before. pat

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

22 oz beautiful Rogue bottle.

Appearance/Head: Light brown color. Quite opaque. Nice head, bubbles seem large, and last a while.

Aroma: Caramel and hops.

Taste: Starts with a nice roasted malt character, ends with a long, rich hop finish. Superb balance. It is slightly sweet, yet highly drinkable.

Bottom line: Rogue has another excellent beer. One of the best Amber Ale's.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with a monster head that started when I popped the top.

Smell – Beautiful Rogue hops with a balancing malt. The hops are complex, “kitchen sink,” with everything from light floral notes to sharp pine.

Taste – This one has a sense of their Brutal Bitter, but the hops are more complex and the ale more balanced. The firm malt balance stands strong, while the amazing hop flavor finishes with s slight orange sweetness. Excellent brew.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and almost full-bodied, this one is exceptionally refreshing.

Drinkability – A terrific All-American Amber/Red – very similar to the St Rogue Red.

Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Aroma: I smelled it from a good foot away after my pour. A blend of the classic Rogue ‘pacman’ yeast, rich caramel malt, floral hop and a whiff of alcohol gives the nose potency.
Appearance: A creamy looking brown/amber (you were expecting purple?) A coffee froth crowns the glass and spray paints a lace before my first sip. Half way through, my glass is opaque from the heavy lace.
Flavor: An aggressive hop (this is Rogue) takes hold and rides the swallow all the way down. While I can feel the bitter in my very core, the harsh astringent bite I expect is barely kept at bay. I can almost, but not quite taste it. It started to become more apparent as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel: Full, lingering, haunting.
Overall Impression: A classic example of an American beauty. The makes me want to stand up and sing ‘God Bless America’. It is a nice touch that some proceeds go to the 9-11 fund. This is a hophead beer with a velvet touch. The slightest astringency just before the aftertaste kept this from being all I could want in a beer, and IMHO, hurt drinkability. I did get just the slightest hint of coffee, before hops beat it over the head.

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.