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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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very good

717 Reviews

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Reviews: 717
Hads: 1,409
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 63
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Reviews: 717 | Hads: 1,409
Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a reddish brown color, with almost a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Big caramel and toffee malt smell with some lighter earthy hop tones.
T - Much more of the hops come out in the flavor, nice bitter bite that smooths out with the malt on the end.
M - A little thin but still a tad chewy.
O - A very good amber, mildly complex, and still refreshing with a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pored 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark oak amber with a nice 2 finger off white head. Fades into a thick collar around glass and splotchy lacing appears.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. A bit of citrus and cascade hops.

T - Sweet roasted malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Slowly builds into a hoppy bitter with a nice citrus from the Cascade hops.

M - Thin with a watery feel. Carbonation is decent. Leaves a nice citrus bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice quaffable Amber Ale with a decent hop profile. Reminds me of Ale Asylum Ambergeddon.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted this as a new deuce-deuce at local liquor store, and at a lower price than I last recall for Rogue this size, so why not?

Blurry brownish-red pour into mug, white creamy head peaks at a half inch then collapses to surface cling. Smell is primarily caramel & fresh bread, with a bit of citrus. Comes through even with the fan on behind me, so that's pretty prominent. Taste is as advertized by scent, though shades towards butterscotch, plus somewhat more bitterness than usually obtained through Cascade (for all I know). Calm with the carbonation, don't even acknowledge it except on swallow, yet there's enough to hold up texture.

A nice casual ale. Thought popped in my head that it'd pair well with fish, then I glance at the bottle & there's a little picture of a fish -- Rogue read my mind here.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance was, well, amber colored, with slight haziness. Decent head, creamy colored, which retained very well.

smell was sweet, with whiffs of caramel

Taste was....slightly disappointing. Pretty bland in fact. Some decent malt taste, but...not much to get excited about

Mouth was okay, not overly full.

Overall, a pretty average beer, I thought, not something I would reccomend or likely try again.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clean amber colour. Giant fluffy head. Awesome lacing.
S: Grapefruit with a little spicy/wood
T: Tons of grapefruit. Tiny bit of rich sweetened. Some biscuit/cookie. Firm clean bitterness.
M: Light bodies but it works in this beer. Good carbonation.
O: Very clean with great balance. Really good beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz pour on tap

look is a light amber straw color with minimal head and lacing. the smell is pale malts with some savory and roasted tones. taste is and extremely smooth medium feel with roasted and toasted grains and a very bitter piney hop aftertaste.

another surprisingly tasty amber

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real textbook looking amber. Perfect crystal copper amber body color with a nice red matching color. Head is large and nearly a fist full, with a giant light tan island of soapy and frothy consistency. Soapy lacing in rings all around the edges to match, with lively microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom. Great looking amber.

Bouquet is a lovely soft and sweet toasty aroma, it mixes with cream, cinnamon, slight caramel, and a light brown sugar. It's all there in a real nice package.

Mouthfeel is what I get on the first sip though, and it's quite watery a bit but not a complete loss. However, flavors still come out. An actually first flavor is the hop angle which has a mild pine like bitterness and is a surprise from the nose. Slight toasty and brown sugar flavors come on the aftertaste when swallowing. Some mild grapefruit like hop no the finish with interestingly enough the malts not really dominating which is sort of what I thought would happen after smelling this brew.

This is a much different amber than I expect and I put off reviewing this one for sometime, but I can't say I am disappointed by this at all.

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Photo of pkalix
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber, ambitious head . . . .
fruit smell (?) or am I buzzed? it's an amber. I smell malt, and . . . .
taste is . . . . malty and slightly sweet. nice ale flavor... a little light and thin but definitely drinkable. certainly sessionable and six-pack-able material...
overall, good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Banquet Night, AHA Philadelphia 6/29/2013 A touch of bready and caramel malt with hints of citrus and pine. Nice clean beer, but a bit dated.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a flat, semi-clear brownish red-orange with a lovely, slightly creamy beige head. Explodes when I open the bottle and stays just about where it should be size- and coverage-wise. Good retention; beautiful lacing.

The smell is the first thing that hit me as it overflowed all over my counter. Really great, complex smell overall. Tight, pungent hops balanced with really intense malt with notes of caramel and burnt sugar. Really fabulous aroma.

Thin and unoffensive on the whole. There is a really strong presence of both hops and malt here that is really showcased well in this beer. Flat, dry hop tastes hit you first but are closely accompanied by a slightly astringent malty finish. Neither flavor is too strong and, similarly, neither is really up front taste-wise.

Surprisingly light-bodied. Thin and dry with adequate carbonation. Good, I expected it to match its smell and appearance in being in-your-face, but it didn't. Either way, in some ways it is good to be so up front at first but really be a mellow, easy drinker.

Quite tasty. I know a lot of people that really like this beer but had never tried it. It is good. Smell-wise it is in a class of its own. It is beautiful to look at and enjoyable to drink. However, everything else kind of falls short. It IS a good beer and is well-balanced on the whole; but I had a nagging wish the whole time that it was all taken up a notch. I imagine on tap it would be delicious. Would have again. Would be a great session beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, dark red colored body.
The aroma is dry grain and little lemon.
The taste is complex with a nice malt side. Lemon bitter but the malt is the star; barnyardish taste but good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
It's certainly more flavorful and interesting than most amber ales.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber woody color with a nice thick off-white head with good retention.
Relatively light aroma (for a Rogue) but with a nice smell of citrus, pine and flowers and sweet bready malt.
Flavor is bolder, nice bitterness balanced by a semi-sweet citric taste. Spicy and strong orange notes.
Dry, bitter and citric aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
I could drink this all day. Very balanced and not extreme (which is good for a change) and still not dull.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that notes of orange citrus are more prominent and there are hints of grassy hops. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because it isn't as malty compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown silk screen bottle into a .5 l cylinder glass.

Appearance : Pours three finger thick, tight head of off white color that slowly settles into persisting quarter thick layer. Deep amber brown in color with hazy not transparent appearance. Decent lacing on the glass. Light carbonation, almost looks a brown ale, but tastes an american red / amber ale.

Aroma: Caramel, bready, malt forward with delayed tones of hops. Earthy sweet aroma. Good winter earthiness.

Taste: Taste is masculine bitter not sweet. Little sweetness felt from the malts, which dominate the hops. It's a nice battle between the two: Malt major, hops minor. Citrus, dry finish. Easy drinking, a good winter beer due to the masculine bitterness, good with stews, was great with fish, shrimp, mashed potatoes this evening.

Mouth feel : Slightly light to medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Dry bitter finish.

I'd definitely try another. i like the smokey nature of the malt say compared with an Ellies Brown Ale from Avery. I'd call this a winter beer, and a brown amber american ale.

I am a fan of American Pale Ale / American Amber so this is one I would continue to compare with others. Well crafted and original.

I've enjoyed this often, and now it comes in cans. Great Amber Ale.

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Photo of screamking
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours a little lighter than copper, small off-white head,small amount of lacing down glass. 3.75

Aroma-Carmel, light roasted malts, orange, hint of brown sugar,very very light vanilla bean. 3.75

Taste-Carmel, light citrus hops, orange peel, brown sugar, taste follows smell constitantly. 3.25

Feel-light & watery, bitter & grainy, coats palate well but doesn't stick. 3.25

Overall-Slightly better than average. Nothing really stands out with this one, the flavors ate almost there but never quite develop. I would only buy this on close-out. Rogue does it again with a par beer. 3.25

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Photo of Samp01
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby red hue with a medium lasting off white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, sweet fruity esters and a bit of toffee and earthy pine hops fill the senses. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity flavors with some good earthy pine hops bitterness. Palalte is a medium body, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes with a combination of caramel malt, yeast some toffee and fruity notes followed by some good earthy piney hops for balance. Overall a very good, enjoyable, and solid all around amber ale, very nice.

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Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Pours with about one finger thick head of off white color that slowly disappears in to a thin layer. Deep amber in color with clear but not transparent appearance. Decent lacing on the snifter. Few bubbles seen.

Aroma: Caramel, bread like and heavily malt forward with slight tones of hops coming afterwards. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is slightly more bitter than the nose suggests. No sweetness felt from the malts. After taste is filled with bitterness but not very strong.

Mouth feel : Slightly light to medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Dry bitter finish.

Style Rate : 4
Personal Rate : 3.75

I won't have it again. Good to try but nothing out of ordinary.

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Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up to the top. Thick frothy head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Caramel, bready, some fresh hops.

I get lots of caramel malts up front, toasted, bready. Hop is juicy, floral, a little citrusy. Dry-bitter finish. Body is medium, juicy mouthfeel, a little dry, carbonation is low.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass.

This beer is a hazy amber color with a lingering white head. The nose matches the taste perfectly. At first I was caught off guard by the bitterness and citrusy profile. TO be honest I wouldn't be surprised if they used orange while brewing because oranges are strong in the flavor profile. This is borderline IPA in my opinion. There is also a fair share of toffee notes, breaddy flavors and smooth light caramel flavors. This beer is rounded out by a nice presence from Rogues signature yeast. A solid, fruity red ale.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark amber to burnt orange in color. A little too aggressive of a pour led to three inches of beige head and growing.

S - I get caramel malt and some floral hops. I also smell some orange tea.

T - I taste some sweet caramel malt balanced by a moderate dose of hops. It is very well balanced.

M - Moderate

O - As far as amber ales go, it is a good example. It is well balanced with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep semi-hazed auburn color with about 2 fingers of faded caramel colored head. Smells of caramel, roasted malt, piney hops and undertones of fruit.

Alot going on for a simple amber.Big body is broken up just enough by the carbonation giving a full mouthfeel. Sweet toasted grainy bread up front, lightly buttered, with sugar free jam. Caramel with a touch of raisin. Some apple flavors and roasted malt on the finish. Piney hops come into balance and complicate flavors. Very very good and very complex with tons of layers. Even though it's released in the summer this is definitely a winter brew to me due to the flavor profile and heartiness of this beer. Good show from rogue.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a huge, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, bread, some faint citrusy aromas

T - baked apple, caramel, citrus

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent amber but simple. The apple and sweet caramel notes are overdone. The hop character is citrusy and blend with the sweetness rather than offer balance. Ultimately, there is nothing here to seperate this one from the pack. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber and into my pint glass:

A: amber colored body that leaves a half finger white head, lasts for about thirty seconds and then dies. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing was seen at all.

S: roasty hops combined very nicely with some caramels and coffee.

T: bitter hops coming out a bit stronger and giving a quick bite and allows a slow flavor of the coffee and caramel coming out.

M: medium with nothing obscure on the tongue, just an overall basic good feel.

O: I like this and would have it again.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber body, ever so slightly clouded. Jets of tiny bubbles. Nice light beige head.

S: Caramel and fruit. Quite sickly.

T: The nose doesn't deliver. Sweetness is overcompensated for by too much bitterness and while slightly fruity, it's not American grapefruit juice fruity. It's a bit like Smithwicks but, er, fruitier and more bitter. A pleasant spicy earthiness. Nice aftertaste.

O: Nice beer but nothing to write home about. I'd enjoy it more in a pub. Not quite special enough for home drinking.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt amber mahogany on draught with a quickly fading off white head.

Floral hop smell with malty undertone

Tastes of hop, burnt malt, and a bitter finish is present

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacking.

Overall, this is a fine draught beer. But, I will try it from the bottle when I get a chance. Great beer, from a great brewery!

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.