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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

713 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 1,394
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 60
Gots: 129 | 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.

13º PLATO
53 IBU
73.1 AA
33º Lovibond
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Reviews: 713 | Hads: 1,394
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep and clear golden amber. Head is finger width, decent retention, and the resulting lace is thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Classic Rogue malt aroma, with notes of peppery spice, and a good amount of citrus hop to round it out.

Taste - Wonderful balance. Caramel and peppery spice, interwoven with a slightly bitter citrus hop. A slight metallic tinge completes the flavor. It all comes to a point in the aftertaste, then fades.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth down the throat, with a good amount of carbonation that tingles the lips and bites at the tongue.

Overall - Entirely drinkable amber with just enough punchy flavor to keep it lively and interesting. (701 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber color, produced a light tannish head, excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of caramel, toffee and piney hops. Medium in body, this American Amber Ale is smooth, has a foundation of malted grain, highlights caramel malt, roasted malt and bitter hops. Excellent example of an American Amber ale, one of the best that I have had of its kind. (459 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark copper color with a slight amount of white foamy head.

Beer smells very sweet and malty. Very faint hoppy smell, but not too much going on here.

Taste is very malty. Hints of grapefruit hops as well. Not as flavorful as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel was a tad thick and not enough carbonation for my liking. (333 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue American Amber is a decent amber ale. The beer poured a clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a decent lace. The smell is rather bland...some sweet malt scent, but overall not the best amber I have smelled. The taste is solid with hints of sweet malt, but there is a dry bitterness to the beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid amber, but not the best balanced amber i have had. (453 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber with a white head that quickly dropped. A floral resin with some sweet caramel malt hits your nose, though maybe I should have said that in reverse order. Flavor starts sweet from the caramel malt and closes out with the floral hops and a dry finish. Good balance to this one. Carbonated and and light. A nice take on an amber, easy to drink and sessionable. The dry finish to this thing rubs me the wrong way just a bit, not sure it suits the style for me. (463 characters)

Photo of GNWBC
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: pours a dark amber color with a off white head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet Malt floral hops and hit of citrus

T: follows the nose, lots of sweet malt almost carmel, plenty of pine/citrus hoppy notes. annddd thats about it

M: pretty light, good carbonation

O: good session beer. very drink able. (316 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, full two finger head of orange-tinted tan, almost all microfoam with an even surface and delicate to the touch, the lacing is not overpowering but where it sticks it sticks in thick streaks. The liquid is a cloudy, glowing, opaque amber red, every bit true to the category, equal parts brown and orange rust, hordes of loose bubbles scattered throughout. The nose seems to take pains to play down the malt side of the equation, all pine, peat, salt and pepper, unprocessed grains and dry earth before allowing room for any butterscotch, caramel hard candy or cocoa accents, does not display discernible fruit nor citrus notes, lasts well without being showy. Medium-bodied, outsized carbonation fluffs it up big time in the mouth, at times you feel like its gonna escape your pursed lips. While there is an underlying astringency, here you get a lot more caramel, toffee, creamed coffee as well as cocoa roast. The grains turn towards country style bread and biscuits, less herbal. Here you get a splash of grapefruit and sour orange alongside the more saline aspect. Stains the palate deeply, you can taste it fully long after you’ve swallowed. Well-crafted and unique in subtle ways. (1,193 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber, decent initial head, lacing doesn't really last

Smells malty, pine hop note vaguely there, not a ton of smell.

Sweet malt highlighted by major blast of grapefruit hops. Luscious. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel rich and bubbly carbonation.

Very flavorful, quite drinkable. Took me awhile to get to this one because I thought it wouldn't be very interesting. I was wrong. (390 characters)

Photo of Hawkeye1113
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on 1/3/12 out of a 12oz bottle. No production date was on bottle.

A- Pours a reddish-brown/copper color. About an inch of head that dissipates slowly. Clear.

S- Slightly hoppy, floral notes. Slightly malty notes with a hint of spice.

T- Quite malty/malt foward. Hint of butterscotch on back-end with a bit of spice. Bit of a hoppy/bitter finish.

M-Medium, bitter, low carbonation. Low carbonation may be from sitting on the shelf for awhile.

O- Overall I found this to be a decent Amber. Heavier/thicker than some that I've had, which is a plus, but less hoppiness than others is a let down. Other than that, I find this one mildly refreshing and easy to drink. (670 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-red with a short half-finger white head, generous amount of lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Roasted malts, mild hops, mild spices.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong taste of roasted malts followed by floral hops, with a hint of prunes or raisins. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation, but still what I'd consider crisp and refreshing. A definite non-sipper for me.

Overall: This is a really great amber ale, a beer that I could drink any time of year. I love Yuengling, which is probably the most widely distributed American Red Ale, but this American Amber/Red Ale blows it out of the water! (731 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange/tan body, 2 finger head,
fine lacing

S: big malt, pine, hint of nuts and coffee

T: sweet nuts/caramel malt, grain, english
biscuit bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles,
BUT Rogue pulls it off with class.
Any Fat Tire loving fan will love this
brew.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GRABBING! (341 characters)

Photo of billyzoom666
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 oz into a mug

This pours a very light brown, almost an amber, with very little head to it. This has a great initial smell. It's malt heavy, but not overly sweet. There's just a hint of something darker in the smell, maybe coffee? "Damn!" That's the first word out of my mouth when I took a sip. It tingles the taste buds in a good way. Just enough hop edge to remind you you're drinking a beer. Very tasty! Although a great one off, this doesn't go down hot and heavy. A good sipper to have on hand when needed. (519 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle poured a clear, dark, reddish brown with a slowly receding off-white head.
The aroma had a very nice, inviting biscuity malt presence that lingers a bit before some faint hop aroma surfaced - somewhat restrained.

The initial flavor profile would indicate a solidly malt forward amber as the sweet and slightly butterscotch like flavor dominates before a refreshing, sharp bitterness comes forth and lingers on the back of the tongue before the malty flavor returns. Overall, rather balanced though the hop profile can be deceiving.

The body is solidly medium with a nice, bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is perhaps a little too high but overall keeps this amber refreshing.

When at the liquor store, I often pass up Rogue because of the cost and refusal to use freshness dating. This ale tasted fresh; maybe those "oxygen-absorbing" caps advertised by Rogue are the difference. Rogue's American Amber is a good representative of the style (971 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one in a glass stein.

Appearance- The body is slightly cloudy, amber-red with maple highlights. The head is two-fingers of white foam that is very chunky. There are lots of bubbles in the cap. It leaves behind sporadic bits of equally chunky lace.

Smell- There is some crystal malt and grassy hops. Aaaand...that's about it.

Taste- The hop bitterness is really big in this amber, which I certainly can dig. The resin and grassy hops feel really good. There is also a sweeter malt character at the back end. Some earthiness is also coming through.

The malt is more biscuit like on the palate, thankfully. As the drink warms up, there is a little bit of wheaty taste too. This beer is very straight forward with the flavors used, but I would not want to drink it any less because of that.

Mouth feel- It is a little fizzy, but not overly so. The body is a dead ringer for medium. There is decent coating too, but again, it should be creamier.

Although honestly, I am nitpicking. The feel is great for this style. And especially so when you consider how hoppy this beer is.

Overall- This very hoppy red is worth a try. The biggest flaw it has is that it did not go big enough. If it was going for hoppy, they could have pushed the envelope so much further.

And if they wanted more balance, more sweeter malt should have been noticed. (1,351 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like this amber, although it is not at all an adventurous beer for these guys. pours a fluffy headed dusty brick color. aroma of toasted nuts and american barley. no sweetness at all in the taste, which i absolutely love. just good balanced and complex malts. nicely carbonated mouthfeel with an awesome bright finish. as ambers go, this is one of my favorites, although ive head its much better in the bottle than on tap. (431 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/23/11 Tasting Notes

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Slightly hazy amber. A finger of head quickly dissipates to a thin dusting. There was not much lacing.

S) Sweet roasted malt, hint of caramel. Nice hop presence too, light pine and citrus.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. Nice malt and hops balance. Hints of caramel, a little bready. A citrus peel finish.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth, and fairly creamy. Decent aftertaste.

O) This is one of the better ambers I've had recently. Good balance. I enjoyed the hop profile. I would gladly recommend. (613 characters)

Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the most dazzling appearance, but nothing wrong. Smells wonderful, like floral hops and buttery cookies. The taste is a feat of balance and moderation as the style calls for, yes, but it is not shorting us on moments of amazing: a brightness and zip on the tongue which tantalizes, but then a smooth finish that tastes like toffee hunks in a cookie.

Deliciously balanced beer, without a lack of excitement. (411 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance, nice. The smell is very nice with a good hoppy. Mouth feel is hoppy, with a good body and a nice bitterness. The taste is very close to a Pale Ale. Overall this is a fridge worthy beer. Will go with any food you like. We feel this is a great beer to have. (276 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head with excellent retention. amber and hazy.

S: caramelized malt mostly. Not too much of a hop presence.

T: Bitter and a little piney. Malt in the background. This is a very different american amber from what I am used too. Unfortunately it is a little watery in the finish.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly unique. I like the more IPA notes of this amber ale which maintains its amber roots. (441 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful red copper into a DFH signature with some pink and ruby tints and a finger of beige, thick, frothy head that mostly hangs around the whole time and leaves some really nice lacing.

S: oranges, sweet fruit, caramel, toffee, some light citrus.

T: tart, a lot of sweet grapefruit and caramel. Not as much as I had previously hoped for.

MF: rich, creamy, thick, chewy, great effervescence.

O: a great beer, beautiful in appearance and the nose is wonderful, but the taste disappointed a bit, a little tart for a red ale but still great. (560 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orange color with a tan cap which clung to the glass.

S: Aroma of malts some light hops of floral and citrus mix, some yeasty characters (fruity) are present as well.

T: Piney / citrus hoppiness, with a nice malty finish and some bitter leftover.Great balance of malts and hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation, the head on this one really last till the end of the glass.

O: Would never turn a Rogue beer away ever this one no exception all are quite welcome to the palate. (518 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with beautiful bubbles and a giant off-white head that was foamy and lasted a while. Very nice lacing.

S: Hop aroma. Sort of underwhelming malt.

T: Light malt sweetness and a well-rounded hop bitterness. Citrus. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth, crisp, and dry.

O: This beer looks really nice, but it was a bit of a letdown on all the other factors. Too bitter for an amber, and not enough malt flavor in there. (486 characters)

Photo of BeerHiker
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Nice looking pour. a nice glowing amber color, with a beautiful, 2 inch head, quickly dissapearing into a spotty white ring around the edge. Very minimal lacing left behind.

Smells slightly sweet, with a strong malt backbone; nicely complimented with delicate overtones of chocolate and even rasberry.

The taste is alot more bitter than the smell leads on to. Very pronounced hop character, with some roseyness. Nice and sweet for a second, then the hops jump out and take over. Nice and buttery mouthfeel.

This beer is a bit of a contradiction. Wonderful inviting smell, but a bit of a harsh flavor. It had some very good qualities though. Overall not too impressed by this one. (728 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given a 24 pack of these for my birthday from Costco. I appreciate that Costco is stocking quality beer from local breweries at nice prices.

American amber is pretty beer. Maybe the best looking amber I've seen. Very long-lasting offwhite head that leaves a good amount of lace on top of a pretty amber color with golden, orange and red hues.

Pretty hoppy smelling for an amber. Not the citric hops I'm more used to here in the northwest, but more earthy and grassy. As the beer warms, I'm getting more malts, a little bit of toffee sweetness sneaks by the hops.

Hoppier than many ambers, the malts don't shine until this beer warms up a bit. It still leans to the hops on the flavor balance, with earthy and grassy flavors alongside the sweet/roasty/bready malts. Definitely not a one-dimensional beer. More complex than most of the pack in this style. While I love complexity in my beer, I'm wavering whether I'm a big fan of it in this beer.

Pretty long finish the ends with solid bittering. Feel is slick and smooth. Maybe a bit thick for being an amber.

A good beer, I'm enjoying having a good supply in my fridge. Ambers often are my lighter dinner beer that I enjoy with food, where this beer doesn't fit that bill quite as well. The complexity and body make it stand on its own. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams tumbler. $5 a bomber.

Pours beautifully into a lucid copper with a brown-creme 1/2 finger head that dissolves relatively quickly. Pretty though.

Smell consists of nothing more than some light caramel or molasses, but the projection is good, and it's a smooth smell, for whatever that's worth.

The taste is good, and the flavor is absolutely there with some complexity too. I don't love amber ales, but I definitely enjoy this one.

The mouthfeel comes up a little short for me. The flavor is there, it's just a little thin. Too much effervescence too, IMO. On a really well done amber, I also would want more than a 5 second finish.

Overall a good value though, and one that I'll be picking up again despite my general distaste for ambers. On an additional note, I recently opened another bomber of the same that I had been aging for a year, and while I didn't formally take any notes, I remember it being a little bit more complex, with the effervescence being tamed slightly too. Food for thought.

87. (1,057 characters)

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
87 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.