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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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 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.

08-28-2010 18:33:13 | More by grannun
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

08-18-2010 23:59:57 | More by hangh
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.

08-11-2010 19:17:05 | More by Offa
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

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.

08-03-2010 14:11:00 | More by malloyca
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!

07-23-2010 02:25:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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.

07-15-2010 20:41:09 | More by dbennett04
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.

07-05-2010 20:41:08 | More by scottchesterhall
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.

07-05-2010 00:16:07 | More by midworken
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.

07-04-2010 08:28:56 | More by pants678
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.

06-30-2010 13:59:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

06-21-2010 23:00:31 | More by biboergosum
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.

06-17-2010 05:36:09 | More by appenzeller
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.

06-07-2010 19:23:16 | More by stcules
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.

06-05-2010 05:37:30 | More by SAtaMi
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

05-28-2010 07:53:47 | More by wordemupg
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Pours an amber/copper color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing is present.

S - Smells of sweet malts and faint hops.

T - Sweet malts up front followed by a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a dry finish. Somewhat creamy.

D - Very good beer that I could see myself picking up as a routine buy.

05-28-2010 05:23:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


3.8/5  rDev -1%

Pours into a pint glass a yellow-orange color with a translucent brownish copper core. Thick tan head develops above a slow and gentle carbonation display.

The smell of this beer is a nice combination of resinous citric American varieties of hops and a sweet malty backbone.

The taste first strikes me as a little watery. The hops are; thick and tangy, as well as a sweet and fruity quality. The malt has a slightly roasted taste, but with an overriding caramel-sweet flavor.

The body is thinner than I would like, and mouthfeel is a little watery. Drinkability, however is still good.

04-25-2010 05:51:43 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Bomber pours a hazy dirty auburn body with a small almond hued head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is pungent with citrusy and orchard fruits, a hint of pine, and toffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a tad more carbonation than I prefer for the style.

Tatse is well balanced. Citrusy, grassy, and pine hops work well with the sweetish toffee and caramel malt backbone. The trademark Pacman yeast adds a nice touch. Finishes clean and slightly bitter.

A solid American amber that I could enjoy anytime.

04-16-2010 17:16:07 | More by merlin48
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured a hearty auburn brown with a good dry malt smell that contained some sweetness like caramel in it. Not a typical red as the hop presence is really pronounced and gives off a dry, almost pale ale vibe with the crisp backbite, but really enjoyable and does contain a good amount of sweet malt as well - the caramel/sugariness is pronounced in the middle of this beer and there is a roasted presence in the finish. Maybe a bit harder for those who like traditional/mild amber ales, but this is a damn good beer that I enjoyed sipping on.

03-21-2010 13:58:39 | More by clayrock81
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Deep amber approaching brown. Nice and clear with moderate to low carbonation. Not a big head, fades to a covering that lasts throughout.

S - Mostly sweet caramel and toffee with a bit of roasted malt. A little PNW hop aroma to complement the malt.

T - Nice caramel and toffee from the crystal malt, not overdone so it isn't cloying. Definitely malt forward but the sweetness is countered by a nice hop bitterness without much flavor. Ends with the typical Pacman yeast signature flavor. I noted a little metallic twang at the end that was not entirely pleasing, but it was faint.

M - Very nice feel from a beer that is not very big. Has a creaminess to it even though it is not "thick". Enough residual sugars left over to give it a great mouthfeel without being too sweet.

D - Rogue is very good and making drinkable beers. Like Dead Guy this is just a superbly balanced beer that is not too heavy, malty, hoppy, or alcohol filled that it exercises your taste buds or liver too much. Great beer that lots of people enjoy.

02-17-2010 00:34:25 | More by steelerguy
Photo of klkatz


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

On a whim I stopped into a small boutique grocery store near Rittenhouse Square. (19th and Spruce, I think it's called Food and Friends) I was on a trek with my 6 month old son, in an effort to get out of the house after 2 feet of snow was dumped on the city. I was really looking for prune juice for my constipated son, but thought I'd check out the beer selection also. I got a 6 pack variety (3 for me... 3 wheat beers for the Mrs.) The American Amber Ale was one of my three.

I've had Rogue's before, namely the Dead Guy Ale (from Monks 16th and Pine?)

The color was good - a dark amber.
My first impression was a good bitter flavor with a decent mouth feel.
I liked the malty and slightly bitter taste. It's a good session beer. I'd recommend this to hop-heads and novices.

02-13-2010 04:57:17 | More by klkatz
Photo of Mora2000


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours amber with a small white head. The aroma is bready and caramel malt with some earthy hops. The flavor is the same with quite a bit of malty sweetness. The hops are strong at the end. You also get some toffee flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and the beer has medium carbonation. Pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

02-02-2010 17:16:46 | More by Mora2000
Photo of chaosmaster

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

dry hopping is the key to its success. Not only did I taste the dry hopping but also smelled it as soon as I pour it into a glass. The body is beautiful, love rubby red color when put it under the light. as I have said, the dry hopping gives this beer so many characters to review, but they are all beyond my words. Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

02-01-2010 16:33:59 | More by chaosmaster
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Serving: bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: B+ , Pours an opaque amber with a finger's width white head. Decent retention, that settles to a film that lasts throughout the drink, with lots of heavy lacing.

Smell: B , Pleasant, although very mild malty aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste: C , Generally a good taste, but like the aroma the taste was very mild. Initial slight hop character that develops a roasted malt character with a citrus accent as the beer warms. It was much lighter than I expected, and under hopped for my liking.

Mouthfeel: B , Slightly overcarbonated.

Drinkability: B , Extremely easy to drink, but part of that I attribute to the general lack of taste.

This wasn't awful but certainly not great. The best way I can describe it is unremarkable. I much prefer the other Rogue beers I have tried )Dead Guy Ale and Mocha Porter) and don't plan on buying this again.

01-29-2010 01:02:25 | More by zac16125
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown-red color with lots of carbonation running up from the center of the glass. The wheat-colored head is about a finger and a half high and hangs around quite a while. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the outside of the glass.

The smell isn't overly fragrant, but I can pick out some goodies in there. A sweet fruitiness accompanies some bready malts, and a little bit of a spicy sweet scent at the end.

American Amber really does the stars and stripes proud once you take a sip. A solid caramel malt backbone enhanced with a nice fruity sweetness, then smacked around a little bit by a nice hop flavor that brings citrus and spice together for a beautiful finish to each gulp.

Nice mouthfeel accompanies the flavor of this beer. It starts out with a medium body and a certain creaminess in your mouth, accompanied by a nice tickle from the carbonation. When finishing, the hoppiness flavor is brought to the forefront by a nice dry finish.

Overall, American Amber Ale is another well-done beer put forward from the ladies and gents at Rogue. Pretty damn drinkable no matter what the occasion, this is just a tasty ale.

01-15-2010 23:10:45 | More by feelmefoam
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