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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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very good

714 Reviews

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 1,401
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 62
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 714 | Hads: 1,401
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark red color,poured well with nice retaining head.Smelled very malty sweet hith floral hop in there as well.Nice spicey malt flvor with a hop punch in the end.Probably my favorite of all the Rogue ales I have tried along with the Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours A deep cherry red with a monstrous head, that is frothy in texture, the color a light tan after the decay process has ended, it leaves a thick and clinging sheet of lace to cover the glass. Big malt nose hints of caramel, very slight floral tones also noticed, crisp and fresh and a pleasure to sniff. Malt front, the top is middling in feel, with a biting acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, aftertaste dry and slightly bitter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a little suspicious that this beer has been around for so long, but I've only seen it on our Minnesota shelves lately, post Sept. 11, 2001, bedecked with Uncle Sam and American flag and all. I don't doubt the integrity of their feelings, or pride, or sympathy, it's just..you know? A little too well-timed?
Nice, creamy, well-maintained head, above a fully coppery/near violet color. Aroma is delicious, full of spices, cinnamon?, cloves?, dry fruit, sweet, flowery, ..a little coppery. Dazzling hop profile, but it mellows out a bit. Great, smooth finish. Much hoppier, darker, and tastier than so many other "amber ales" I've tasted

"A portion of the proceeds go to charity..", says the label. Which charity, and why?

Who cares, for the beer is good. But am I supposed to drink to support widows, or fight terrorism, or what? I'm confused....

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber/light brown with a short lived light tan head. The smell was slightly malty and fruity. The taste was malty, with a very quick hop bite and a brief fruity hint. The aftertaste revealed nothing different from the smell and taste, it was a fine balance between the malts and hops. It’s a different tasting beer that a will more than likely be buying again

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky ruby in color, with a half-finger, very persistent creamy head. Aroma is dominated by caramel and toffee malt -- much sweeter than I expected, but with a aggressive and fairly unusual hop aroma -- rindy citrus and earthy. In the mouth, the beer is quite smooth and fairly creamy, on the full side of medium-bodied. Flavor starts off sweet, with crystal malt again dominating with toffee and caramel notes. Mid-way through the malt flavor becomes just a *bit* roasty, and then the Kent Goldings and Cascades kick in for a very bitter finish. This beer is balanced, I suppose, but in a very unusual way -- the malt completely dominates during the actual sip, but the aftertaste is so bitter that you almost have a hard time believing you ever tasted anything sweet in the beer. Anyway, whatever the balance, it's quite drinkable. A very nice beer and very easy to see why it's their flagship!

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

Dark red-oak in color with a tan , creamy, dense head. Fades to almost nothing leaving a fine lace. Hop bitterness on the nose with coffee scents. Roasted malts too. I taste hops first off, then a hint of tannins give it a iced tea character. Malts give it a pretty good balance. A taste of currants is also present. This sample got more complex towards the finish. Overall quite good.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly far from special....brimstone in color with a rocky tan head..good strong cascade hop aroma...taste is heavy on the hops end(which is expected with this style)...good hop flavor dominates, but it is relatively balanced...not a load of malt flavor...worth trying and some may love this, but being picky I'd like to see an even bigger malt profile...very good, just not special in my eyes...make that mouth...


Exact same recipe (IBU/Plato) asthe Sea Otter Ale...probably same recipe just different batches...good malt nose (caramel)..brownish amber color...this one doesn't have the dry hop bite Sea Otter had...more of a mellow maltiness wth some fresh hop accents..I like this beer (batch) a little better...might be aged a little more...a little more malt emerges in this one but the hops are great too...It's fun to look back at older reviews and see how your "buds" have matured....(or maybe the batches have varied)

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

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a bit of chill haze. A light tan head starts medium-sized, but shrinks to a small cap. This is easily the darkest amber I've ever laid eyes on...

Smell: Pronounced grain aroma with a touch of hops. There's a bit of a fruity smell, as well as a slight roasted one.

Taste: Starts out with an assertive hop flavor and moves to a semi-sweet malt flavor, which finishes with a bit of fruit and caramel. There's a roasted flavor in there from start to finish. Interesting to taste this in an amber ale... The hops in this brew come across as flavor instead of bitterness...I like that.

Mouthfeel: Fairly strong carbonation leaves a dry, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Medium thickness.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Goes down smooth, and I could drink a few of these in a night. Not the ideal session beer, but still good.

Overall, a good beer. Not one of the best in the Rogue line-up, but a sturdy and respectable amber ale.

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

This beer poured into the glass a reddish brown color. The head was semi thick and a pale white color. The aroma was of roasted malt and hops, with slight hints of fruit. The taste was hoppy. It also had signs of light malt and a slight fruit taste.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy medium brown with very little foam. The smell was of malts, mixed with citrus and fruits. The taste was what you smelled, but with the hop's mixed in with this complex of flavors. It also has the right amount of bitterness to balance out this beer. I like it very much and will purchase it again!

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that I really love the red, white, and blue design on the bottle of this one. The beer inside was pretty nice as well. It pours a dark amber color with a very thin cream colored head. Nose is of roasted malts, fruit, and hops. The roasted malts really come through in the taste with notes of coffee and caramel along with a nice hop bitterness. At $3.49 for a 22oz bottle, I’ll definitely being buying more of this fine brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great looking 1 Pt. 6 fl.oz screen printed brown glass bottle “Bomber”, this time resplendent with a Red, White and Blue flagged frontage with what looks like a picture of the guy that played Jaws from the James Bond film Moonraker on the label doffing his Cap.
Amber Ale???!! Are you kidding? This beer is definitely NOT amber colored; it has a deep red copper color with an almost claret hue. A huge creamy head, that settles quickly to a tight ¼” collar. Aromas – WOW, fruity. Peach Melba, where do I get this? – Subliminal perhaps, but it’s definitely there. Nose initially reminded me of a mixed fruit salad; grapefruit, peaches, oranges…. Very fruity! Malt and Hops are also there lingering in the background. The taste starts with an initial sweetness that leads to a biscuity maltness. Hops then come shining through like the charge of the light brigade which whisk away the glory and lead to a bitter finish that is really nice. I love this beer.
Yet again another Rogue Beer that I would not even think twice about slipping into my Shopping Basket. A damn fine beer and a damn fine Brewery. They do no wrong for me.
Maybe not a Classic Amber Ale, but a great Amber Ale nonetheless.

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Photo of Mark
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, one of the darkest ambers I've had. Head was thick and left rings of lace.Nice earthy aromas wafted up from the glass. A nutritious quality was what came to mind as I was enjoying this with dinner. I'm getting in to Rogue ales and this was a nice offering from them. Darn good amber I say.

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Photo of putnam
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer would be candy-apple red if there weren't also a rich brown stain to it. Luxurious pale head. On the nose: pure hedonism. Peaches, cream and Madagascar vanilla. I detect no hops on the nose, but here is a little iron. Taking a drink feels like biting into a caramel muffin with baking soda leavening. It is a cake, not a beer. Beer cake! Fluffy, brown cake flavors, fried pastry and a breath of bitterness melt in your mouth. What could be better with pot roast or New England Boiled Dinner?

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

Deep, dark, amber brew with a thick, bubbly, tan head. Plenty of CO2 trails in the brew, but certainly not a 'fizzy' brew. Good head retention, but not as thick is I'd like. Still, keeps a continual lace on the top. Nice balanced aroma - roasted malt with plenty of hops. A bit of citrus and other fruit aromas present. Good, mellow flavor of lightly roasted caramel malt with plenty of hoppiness to balance it out. Finishes with a slightly oily, hoppy bitterness. Smooth, easy drinking brew. If I had more, this would be my choice for tonight's MNF.

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Photo of tang214
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent amber ale. This brew pours deep brown amber color with a thick head that sticks around for a while. The smell is refreshingly hoppy with a light fruit flavor. The taste is initially hoppy with a nice malty taste that kicks in shortly after. Decent mouthfeel and it goes down smooth leaving a hoppy/fruity aftertaste. I will defeniently get this one again.

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown amber, yellowish 1/4 inch head. Sense of hoppy grapefruit in the smell, along with an overall vanilla sense. Smooth and mysterious malt first impression attenuated by hop that starts big and end more floral. Sense of some nutmeg as well. The beer has a very good balance but is pretty reserved for a North American Ale, not a lot of distinction. As with many beers, nothing wrong here but I wonder if this beer will appeal to many, given that Rogue has such a stable of finer and more flavorful brews.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was actually one of those impulse purchases. Much like the tabloids or candy bars you see at the grocery checkout stand, this beer was sitting there, yelling at me, stating such words as "suck me until I'm dry". So, who am I to deny such words from a Rogue beer. In fact, I'm glad it did spoke to me. Had I not seen it trying to look innocent and heard it speak such perverse vocabulary at me, I never would have given it a second look. Now, that I got it home and popped its top, I'm about to enter ale greatness. The deep, dark 'tawny' amber color with it's beautiful head was more than inviting for my mouth to dive in and taste the delicious contents beneath it. As my lips joined the tasty liquid, a coffee aroma enlivened the nose. The full flavor was outstanding. Good overall ale in my opinion. So, if you to hear a perverted beer shout out at you, it's probably Rogue's American Amber Ale. So do the patriotic thing and obey it's commands and drink it dry.

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Photo of Jon
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This amber ale poured a very deep amber, almost brown color from the 22 oz. bomber. Judging by appearance only, this could easily be classified as a brown ale. I was delighted to smell Cascade hops in the nose. The taste is of the Cascades with a big roasted malt profile backing them up. It's very smooth going down with a little of that hop bite lingering at the back of the throat. This is one hopped-up amber which is easy to drink. It would be nice to have this in six packs.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty Rogue product. Nice hop nose with malt shining through. Flavor is hoppy with caramel and chocolate malt sweetness and balancing bitterness. Nice foamy head. A very well-made beer.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pacman yeast is starting to become a familiar refain, and I, consequently, am becoming a believer.

Just a shade below my immortal-beloved Hazelnut Brown Nectar, there's a lot to like about Rogue's AAA. A lot clearer than other Rogues I've eaten [need to investigate filtration on Rogues]. After a strong, sudsy bite, sweet, roasted malts flirt on the tip of the tongue. Tangy/meaty malts pan sideways while the hops drive one right down center field.

Mostly a clean finish, with a little rogueish residue in the wake.


NOTE: While I liked this beer, I am also aware that I've been hoodwinked by Rogue bombers before. For example, my first experience with Dead Guy Ale, vs. the what I subsequently had at a recent beer festival and in the six-pack, were basically two different styles of beer. The bomber I chose today was decidedly a lifelong shelfer (dust and all), so there is a good chance that what I am reviewing is some sort of vertical AAA tasting.

Take it for what you will, but after a few Rogue vagaries, I thought I needed to share this.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More dull brown than amber in color. Tight tan head, that shrunk but some of it stayed until the end. Nice cascade hop hit in the nose. Sweet toffee like malt flavors, with a nice crisp hop bite toward the finish. The top of the bottle was richer in taste, fuller flavors, and moderately carbonated. Flavors and feel got a bit thin toward the bottom of the bottle. Nicely balanced sweet malty brew with just the right amount of hop kick to it. Another winning beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's a murky looking scarlet red in color. A slight sticky beige head tops the liquid. A nice blend of malt and hops on the nose. Specifically I pick up some caramel maltiness and slight citrus-rind like hop aroma. This medium bodied brew also exhibits a nice blend of malt and hops. The scale may be tipped slightly in favor of the hops. (Hell, this brew's got an IBU over 50. Not bad for an amber.) It's really a nice tasting amber because even though it is highly hopped, you can find the malt profile easily and it is firm. Good caramel malt backbone provides a great backdrop for the hops to do their stuff. That would be providing a nice bitterness and slight citrus-like accents. Very easy drinking. Another winner from Rogue.

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

Rich looking amber color, rocky tan head. Good looking lace. Medium roasted malt, oily hop, and earthy aromas. A gentle swirl regenerates a creamy layer of foam. Medium-full body. Well balanced...it would be easy to quaff many. A solid amber ale.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The rocky, light tan head tops a dark copper hued slightly hazy brew. Sparse lace is left down the glass. Dark caramel & toasty malt aroma coupled w/ combination of a citrusy & floral hop nose. Signature copious use of crystal malt in the grist lends significant sweetness, but since the hop bitterness is high, sufficient malt / hop balance is acheived. Finishes w/ deep caramel flavors lingering... Rogue Amber is certainly a very robust Amber, with heavy use of speciality malts and assertive hopping to balance. A tasty brew!

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