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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 42
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% 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 huxcrunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

a-beautiful dark amber color two fingers of tan head whit great retention in the glass good foam lacing to mark every sip

s-malty smells has a little bit of a sweet undertone to it

t-good combination to this beer malty up front bit of slight bite and bitterness to the aftertaste

m-good body to this beer

d-overall i would recommend this beer, it looks great one of the best in a while. Good maltyness to this great example of the american ale

huxcrunner, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer pours a hazy amber orangish hue, with a frothy white head. The smell is of malt and citrus hops. The taste starts out with a citrus, grapefruity, earthy hop bitterness. And then ends with a caramel sweetness. The beer is a medium light mouthfeel. I would say this is a drinkable beer.

arboristfish, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of demuzik
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Very solid, classic style brew - almost unexpected - from Rogue which specializes in the unique and unusual.

Hits the Amber style on the head: great caramel sweetness balanced well with American hops. Aroma is average, but the wonderful blend of malts and hops make this the most drinkable/session worthy Rogue I've come across.

demuzik, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +1%

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Go figure! This pours an amber color! Head is about two fingers worth which doesn't stick around long. It does leave some awesome lacing though.

Smell: Sweet malts rule about 2/3rds of this, but there are surely some hops to compose the other 1/3rd.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops and malts here. It's a lighter tasting brew for sure, but that's not a bad thing. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste that hurts it a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, dare I say, chuggable.

This is an excellent beer. I can't say how old my bottle is, but I'm going to err on the side of "older" because only a handful of people are noting the metallic taste. If only Rogue would date their bottles. This could be a great beer and I'm very much willing to try it again to see if I had an older bottle.

shand, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of mikeborglum
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured 12oz bottle in pint glass:

Nice look with clear amber color with and foamy tan head that soon faded and mild lacing. A light coffee aroma and not much carbonation. A light sour accent, mild hops and a smooth dry finish. Very drinkable and one of my favorites.

mikeborglum, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours a nice medium amber with a one finger thick offwhite head. Lacing is really great. Good job as usual from Rogue

S- hoppy goodness. Some piney, resiny aromas, along with a little sweetness from citrus. Very nice

T- actually, pretty malty...some of that pine is coming through. Relatively bitter, though not hugely. I'd like a little more flavor

M- the texture reminds me a lot of freshly brewed coffee. Is that weird? Its really malty, as I mentioned...a little weird.

D- I'd like more hops to it. Pretty bland overall flavor...not one of the better ambers I've had, but I've also had worse

bigfnjoe, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +1%

A - Dark copper, fairly murky, not much head, reduces to ring fast. Medium lace.

S - two thirds of the way to saying sweet malt...little shy, but almost there.

T - Bingo. Sweet malt core, caramel and delicious shines through, bittered adequately by hops.

M - Good carb, like the balance. Medium body.

D - Pretty tasty. Friend had a cooler of these for the afternoon, I wouldn't say no...

srandycarter, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear dark copper color with a frothy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and some toasted malts.

Tastes of the hops up front followed by malt. Hops are grassy with some citrus. Malts have toffee characteristics with some caramel. Hops give a god amount of bitter and edges out the sweetness. Fruitiness comes through and brightens everything.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

This beer has a slightly cloudy amber colour with a head that doesn't last that long. I smell some is very weak, I got almost nothing from it (served too cold?). The flavour of this beer starts out malty then becomes hoppy with some really nice fruitiness. The finish is really smooth, no bitterness.

vandemonian, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Lockbreeze925
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Serving type : 22oz brown bomber.

The beers in this review would have to be in the category of "vintage" Rogue ales. For reasons too dull to go into, I have had the pleasure of savoring around 30 cases of extremely out-of-date Rogue beers here in the UK. How extreme? Well, seven years past their best-by date. Yes, seven years. Hence, their vintage status.

And the news is all good. I had six different brews altogether, but the bulk of them were the American Amber, and it also proved to be my favorite in any case.

Appearance : a rich red-brown brew with a thick beige head that is retained well throughout.

Aroma : powerfully toffee/caramel with a dominant sweetish malt presence; little or no hop scent.

Taste : largely follows the aroma, with an instant malty, toffee hit accompanied by subtle nutty undertones. Full-bodied and richly flavored, a very satisfying beer. Very mature, rounded, flavors with a powerful mouthfeel and a long finish. Hops not heavily featured with only the slightest dry earthiness in the finish that suggests Goldings (which the bottle label confirms).

Condition : since the beer was brewed in 2002, this is probably more of an issue than it normally would be, but I can report that all of the several hundred bottles were in perfect, highly-drinkable condition. And that's not just my opinion, it's echoed by friends and family who have shared in the Oregon bounty. I don't know enough about the beer to suggest that it's taken on an extra level of complexity and maturity in its vintage state, but it's either that or this is an exceptional brew right out of the gate.

Lockbreeze925, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of grannun
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a nice dark amber color with moderate head. Aroma is of caramel, earthy malts, nice, but nothing special. Taste is average, nice, earthy malts and maybe a slight citrus. Slightly watery though in my mind though. Easily drinkable, a nice, light amber, but nothing special.

grannun, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of hangh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A - deep red beer with a little brown. Tan head with fine bubbles but often clumpy. Sticks nicely to glass. Little carbonation observed hopefully it wasn't a bad bottle.

S - Malty and earthy. Hard to pick out individual smells, but a strong good smell. Little coffee overtone

T - Malty crisp beginning of coffee and caramel that ends sweetly. A little tart in the middle. Overall a good taste. Little sweeter than many amber ales. Not much hops

MF - smooth and crisp. lightly carbonated

D - Good beer, not the best, but certainly not the worst amber ale

hangh, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

On tap at Rogue in Portland, this was red amber with a thin off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving no real lace.

Aroma was malty and toasty with hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and earth.

Taste was malty-toasty with hints of chocolate, some bitter grapefruit rind and bitter orange, some earthy-leafy and herbal hints. Overall, it was dryish with light lingering bitterness of citrus as above with some toasted grain and crackers in aftertaste.

Fell was pretty good, not oily but not watery.

Overall, this was pretty drinkable and a prety good, solid beer but not great, a bit boring with too much bitter grapefruit lingering in the finish, along with crackers.

Offa, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of malloyca
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Amber-brown in color with a dense, foamy head that persisted for the life of the 22 oz bottle. Coffee and malt aromas that carry through to the flavors, which are initially bitter coffee and smoky malt. This was followed by a rather unpleasant metallic aftertaste (that could be quickly washed away with another sip, but nevertheless was unpleasant and distracting). Medium to light in body with good drinkability. It was a good companion to some corned beef, cabbage and soda bread.

malloyca, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Aroma is strong, fruity, malty and a bit yeasty, rather inviting. It pours a surprisingly dark coppery-amber with a thick, fluffy, cream-white head. Flavor is malty with a slightly bitter hoppy undertone and hints of fruit, mainly apple. Texture is very smooth, yet it leaves behind a pleasant tingle and a bit of hoppy bitterness as well as a little fruity sweetness. Another winner from Rogue!

Cyberkedi, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of dbennett04
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Picked up a six-pack from Pinch Penny Liquors for 20% off (great deal). Bottles were dusty from sitting on a shelf; no date on bottles.

Appearance - Nice copper color, perhaps somewhat darker than your average amber. About a finger's worth of head.

Smell - Definitely toasted malts, and balanced out by the hops. Maybe even a little bit of citrus, too.

Taste - Initial sweetness countered nicely by the hops toward the finish. Pretty solid balance, much like the smell. The citrus came out in the taste for a nice compliment to the balance of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - For an amber ale it struck me as creamier than most, but not too heavy. Excellent feel. Definitely worth savoring slowly.

Drinkability - Don't know if I'd call this one sessionable, but that might just be me. I imagine it can be a good session beer, but I enjoyed taking my time with it.

dbennett04, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of scottchesterhall
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Ambers and malty beers aren't my number one choice, but when I go to them, this is my first choice.

Off the pour the color is beautiful--rosy copper--with a head that looks like a quality homebrew: thick, and sticking around for the whole pint.

Smell carries nice strong, sweet malt, and the taste is a really nice warm, rich, nutty malt, but with the perfect hop dosing to bring a strong end point to crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is nicely effervescent, which off-sets any overly sweet malt tones, though could be a notch more viscous to really savor.

Rarely do I consider brown or amber ales very drinkable, but this one is.

scottchesterhall, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of midworken
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance - poured a robust head that had that looked like the consistency of whipped egg whites (with a tan-ish color). Cloudy body with a nice red-brown hue.
Smell - Caramel with some bitter coffee smell to it. Bottle says it smells of coffee, it didn't seem so to me but I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was. It was a very pleasing aroma, however.
Taste - Caramel and sweetness upfront with notes of vanilla leaving you with a woody aftertaste. After half an hour I still have the aftertaste and leaving me wanting more.
Mouthfeel - Great thickness, great carbonation.
Drinkability - Could drink a 6 pack no problem. Not too high ABV but a great aroma and taste will make me look for this again in the future.

midworken, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of pants678
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

This pint is all kinds of cloudy with a strong, frothy beige head foam. It runs from orange at the bottom on up to a deep brown just below the head.

Smell is all malt with a touch of cinnamon or brown sugar, some fruit in there, remnants of cider. There's not enough here to push it over the top.

For an amber/red, this is a potent brew. A strong coriander and apple compliment the malt backbone. There are hints of ginger and caramel, but it's a straight forward brew that's put all it's focus into the front in to great effect. The slight citric characteristics offset a staining and bitter hop finish.

Not empty, not watery, not light. None of those are bad. I wouldn't mind a little more sting to the carbonation, though.

pants678, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Ontap into a pint glass. A dark copper in color with a small head that recedes to a fine film. Some webbed lacing occurs early on in the session.

Smell: Lightly malty, with some citrus hops underneath.

Taste: A hop forward ale, with pine, resin, touch of grapefruit and mild spice. Malt body is comprised of pale malt and possibly roasted caramel malts too. As the beer warms, some semblence of balance is achieved. Overall, quite bitter but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, quite carbonated.

Drinkability: Not so sure about the style of this beer. I would classify this as an ESB or American Bitter. Either way, its a decent effort from ROgue.

Stinkypuss, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle, at the Pourhouse on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, soapy and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves an array of sudsy arched lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, an edgy orange and grapefruit citrus fruitiness, over-steeped black tea, a mild oily nuttiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more heady caramel malt, hints of a heavier molasses sweetness, muddled citrus rind, sharp tea tannins, and herbal, ethereally piney, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is kind of on the high and frothy side, the body a decent enough medium weight, and plainly smooth, with a touch of banal creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the punchy malt and a lesser bit of the musty citrus hops hanging around, waiting for a place to happen.

A pleasantly drinkable rendition of an American amber ale, nothing really standing out to make it particularly memorable, but that's a style limitation, for the most part. This is the sixer that you lug to a summer BBQ, hoping that someone else brings something equal or better for tradesies, yet you remain smugly satisfied if they don't.

biboergosum, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a dark amber, little apparent carbonation, thin head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is caramel, coffee, and hops.

Tastes caramel and coffee-like up front, moderately sweet roasted malts but not overbearing, crisp underlying taste of hops that linger.

Nice mouthfeel, initially this beer tastes very substantial but goes down dry, smooth, and lighter than expected. A bit sweet for me but acceptable for the style.

Fairly drinkable although this is no session beer. A well-done beer, I'd have this again when I'm in the mood for a nice American amber.

appenzeller, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Amber color, quite bright. Two fingers of a cream colored foam, quite beautiful.
Hop in the smell, but well balanced. Some caramel.
Malty taste, too, caramel, mou, with good hoppy notes. Biscuit notes, Balanced and pleasant.
Average to light body.
Starting maltiness in the aftertaste, then a good grassy and resinous hop.
Well done beer, to drink with pleasure.

stcules, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance - 3" nice thick cream colored head. A nice deep amber color which is slightly cloudy.

Smell - Toasted malts with caramel a nice hop and a bit of citrus.

Taste - Nice roasted malts with a dry back that balances nicely. The caramel and fruity flavor which rounds it out.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation with a creaminess that i enjoy.

Drinkability - I will buy this again for sure.

SAtaMi, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A a glowing peachy amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a big ass off white head that had excellent retention slowly falling to an island holding its own to the bitter end(pun intended) leaving multiple rings of lace well down the glass, not much I would change in this department

S some citrus with mild pine balanced out with a healthy amount of sweet malts

T even more malt while tasting but nothing overwhelming, some caramel and orange rind go with the flow

M no reasons to complain here not too thin well carbonated and a lingering aftertaste

D I'm feeling this beer for sure, a 4.25 option may have come in handy for this brew, well rounded and strong in all areas

all that being said this beer is way to expensive here in Alberta at 22$ for 6 I can't see myself drinking this too often. If I had lots of money this would be in my regular rotation but I don't have much moola so this is a treat for now

wordemupg, May 28, 2010
American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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