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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Rogue Ales visit their website
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 winomark
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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

body is just a hair too red and light to resemble a brown ale. Pocked, uneven, cratered head with decent lacing -- a very appealing appearance.

Malty aroma, hints of coffee and hops.

Sharp taste, like smoldering coffee. None of the sweetness that one might have expected from the aroma, except for a faint pale ale fruitiness in the end, in the aftertaste. Thin in the mouth, but warm and toasty.

This is a well-crafted ale. Like all Rogue ales, it has a thick head with excellent lacing, and a deep and full taste and aroma. I am not a strong fan of amber ales, but this is a nice one. As it warms, I find myself warming to it as well.

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

This is a solid amber ale from the fine folks at Rogue. This stuff pours a nice DARK amber/brown colour with a small white head of foam. The aromas are heavy hops and malts in perfect unison. The taste reflects the aromas perfectly and this beer is balanced to perfection, yet still quite "big". The mouthfeel is thick and filling and yet the drinkability is still very good. An excellent amber of the best!


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

Pours a nice hazy dark copper brown. The head of frothy bubbles is quite small, but has good retention and forms a decent lace that covers the surface. Lots of malt and hops in the aroma which is absolutely great. Even after it was gone, I had to hold the bottle up to my nose a couple times to get a couple additional wiffs. Upon a smooth start, malts are immediately noticeable on the pallet. Some caramels and maybe just a touch of fruitiness is present, yet the malt sweetness is not overbearing. Some roasted notes make their way into the mix around mid swallow and hops round out a smooth finish quite nicely along with a bit of additional roasted bitterness. This brew seems to lean more towards the malts. Although hops are somewhat restrained, they still meld wonderfully with the malts making for one great, well balanced beer that is extremely drinkable.

Photo of hyuga
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 9/23/2002, updated 09/26/2003 based on American Amber Ale.

This is just a different bottling of their American Amber Ale, so I'm only going to review it here. Also note that this Sea Otter bottling is from 2001 only, so any samples you find now may be a little outdated. Burnt amber color, which at first was hard to see without some light. Light tan head, retains impressively well and leaves a good bit of lace. Fresh aroma of spicy, earthy, and slightly estery hops with some grainy malt. An excellent aroma in my opinion. Very spicy hops with a rind-like bitterness in the taste. Balanced to perfection with grain-like malt. A bit of a fruity undertone and a bready finish. A little nutty flavor in there as well, perhaps almond. Medium bodied, and could be more flavorful, but it's still a great amber ale. Rogue has done it again! Another top-notch ale.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To a large degree, this doesn't quite seem to pack the same punch that many of Rogue's brews seem to have. This isn't really a bad thing, however. An odd cloudy brown color puts this back a tad on the visuals, but the scent is heavenly. Light coffee scent, with a very sweet malt backing. The taste of the beer is smooth and sweet, yet still with a pleasent hoppy finish. Oddly enough, the tastes are seperate. The sweetness fades at just the right moment before the hop finish comes in.

An impressive ale, really. For some reason, there's a lot of lousy ambers out there, and it's good to see one that's this tasty. And the profits go to charity. Rouge as the Ben & Jerry's of beer? Why not?!

Photo of clvand0
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick off white head and leaves respectable lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and hops, and has hints of citrus as well. The flavor was fairly smooth and the sweet malts stuck out most in the flavor. Mouthfeel is right on. Drinkability is good too. Great amber ale.

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

cool bottle like always. pours a nice brown/amber and smells of carmel, hops and maybe a hint of coffee? i dont know but it smells good. the taste is where this thing comes into its own. malty and tasty with hints of caramel and a touch of coffee and a nice overall roasted flavor matched against just the right amount of hops for a slight bitterness. i was avoiding this brew for awhile, damnit i dont know why.

Photo of beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, medium head. A medium bodied amber. Mild yet very flavorful malts. Spicy and mild hops. Good balance. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter. Etched/painted bottle

Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't bad, a lot better than a few of there other beers (like that Hazelnut Brown Nectar rubbish). Has some nice floral hops in the aroma, aswell as some lovely nuttyness, chocolate and caramel. Palate is relatively dry. Lots of flavour-nuts, choc, caramel, citrusy hops, pretty well balannced, but lacks guts. also noticed some slight roastyness right at the end.

Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 bottle, cloudy bright amber color, roasty and malty aroma, huge creamy off white head that clings to my glass. Starts sweet and malty burnt caramel flavor, then finishes with a spicy dryness, Medium body, full, soft and creamy mouthfeel, very tasty and very drinkable, another good one from Rogue.

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

Pours to a beautiful ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is malty, roasty, spicy, and bready with a sweet caramel malt aroma as well. The flavor is of sweet caramel malts, with a roasty-breadiness as well as a hoppy-fruitiness in the drying finish. A easy drinking, smooth, medium bodied brew.

Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy beige head on top of a reddish amber body. Creamy in the mouth from good carbonation. Slight toasted malt and peppery hops providing a good, firm bitterness are in good harmony. The hops contribute a strange fruitiness that I can only liken to a good honeydew.

I got a case of these for the store for Independence Day weekend. I was the only person to buy some them. It’s a shame other missed out on this treat.

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.