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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 42
Gots: 70 | 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 jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a while ago.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- mostly sweet malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would probably drink it again. Most of the smell and taste was sweet malt. pretty good

jeffjeff1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Josephkeene
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought in a 6 pack from store.

Pours a beautiful red slightly hazy orange with mild head, and thin lacing throughout the whole beer.

Smell is amazing sweet , hoppy malt smell common of all red ales.

Taste is hoppy with a solid malt backbone and a clean hoppy after taste . Leaving the palate refreshed and excited for more.

This beer is great especially for a session ale, light and hoppy and makes for a good meal ale.

Josephkeene, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of BaxterStockman
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell- slightly sweet nose with floral hops and a hint of citrus. Delicious.

Taste- Citrusy hops up front, with a long bitter finish and subtle malt undertones throughout. On the bitter end of the style.

Mouthfeel- Fairly crisp with moderate carbonation. Narrow body that stays with you long after each sip.

Overall- Complex enough to stay interesting, too hoppy to be truly sessionable. I could see myself having a couple of these by the pool after working in the yard or with a spicy dinner.

BaxterStockman, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice copper color, slightly cloudy. One finger head with great retention, good lace.

S: Sweet malt, biscuit, fruity esters and floral hops. Overall impression is a little bit belgian.

T: More biscuit and sweet malt, a slightly creamy flavor is an interesting feature. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

M: Nice stuff here. On the light side of medium, smooth and creamy carbonated feel, like a root beer float.

O: A solid first impression, very drinkable, could easily spend the evening with this.

As the weather starts to warm, I can see this beer spending a lot of time with me on the front porch. Easy drinking, but with plenty of interest and a very refined profile. Good stuff.

AmericanGothic, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. An off white, fluffy head with very nice size and more than adequate retention. Left a good amount of lacing also.

Smell - A nice caramel malt with a well blended sweetness in the nose. A little bit of a grapefruit citrus tone also. It's subtle, but nice. Seems to be balanced very well.

Taste - A decent little hop bite in the taste. Some bitterness tickles the tongue. A small punch of grapefruit citrus gives way to a medium malty caramel as it warms. Again, balanced very nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, snappy and crisp. Dry. Leaves a nice flavor on the tongue and roof of the mouth that hangs around for quite sometime. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Another fine beer from Rogue. Solid, well balanced. Easily drinkable. Would go well during any season. Not overly complex or robust. One that I would have no problem drinking a few of.

Shrews629, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of dbaker61
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a solid inch of dense, pale tan foam. Coppery brown color. Left plenty of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Gentle pine and spices. I can't wait to get to the hops.

Taste: Rogue never disappoints. Flavor hops right up front, a bit of bitterness, but more than that. Good dose of malt, but not too sweet. The malt has just a little roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, with good carbonation. The hops linger in the aftertaste, inviting more sips.

Drinkability: Very good. I had been having too many weizenbiers lately, and the hops here were a very refreshing change. This is one I will be revisiting again soon.

dbaker61, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks good! dark amber that you can still see through. The head is big and creamy! as it recedes, it leaves a great coating on my pint glass.

S- Hoppy but not much there in the nose for me

T- I was honestly expecting this beer to be overpowering yet good, but it is surprisingly balanced! Everything hits you equally from the hops to the malt to the great booziness.

M- low but good carbonation, the flavors coat the tongue and make me want to take another sip.

D- Very good! Its not a major session beer but this is a great craft beer. Only good things from Rogue.

JesteR14, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice medium amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry while retaining nice touches of sweetness throughout the flavor.

overall really nicely done, not a knockout but very drinkable and very sessionable.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ElliotNess
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can tell the similarity of malt with the majority of Rogue now, and it is still strong.

A good malty base sets up this amber ale. Somewhat similar taste to the Dead Guy ale but a little crisper. A touch of booziness fits well with this. But overall not as good as some ambers I've had.

Still worth another try.

ElliotNess, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Watery milk chocolate amber. Head drops quickly but leaves a trail of moderate lacing.

S - Light breads, fairly mild. Touch of sweetness.

T - Balanced heavily towards malt. Light brown breads (rye). Coffee. Woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Light body, round semi-sweet finish.

D - Gentle, delicious flavor keeps you sipping.

vfgccp, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured vigorously from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass; nearly two fingers of pillowy pale tan foam topping a copper-red body with a slight orange tint

S - clean malty aroma; classic ale yeast; hops are gentle with pine and resinous earth

T - excellent balance of hops and malt; clean and focused start to finish; I get the sense that the yeast is playing a big role here; hops come back strong on the soft palate

M - light on its feet; just the right level of CO2

D - exceedingly drinkable; enough going on to keep one interested and coming back

rock solid beer - don't know why I don't have this more often

nezelrac, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Trevor7
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- golden to dark amber color with a decent head that reduced but never disappeared. Also cloudy.

S- Floral hops dominated but a slight smell of sweet malts was present.

T- Follows the nose, slight malt flavor followed by a bitter hoppy aftertone.

M- Somewhat medium mouthfeel, not too heavy nor too light. Just right IMO.

D- Very easy to drink, goes down smooth. Great beer!

Trevor7, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler with little to no head. What appeared with a light fizz. Its a nice almost tea color, with a lot of cloudyness to it.
Smell is a pleasant bitter but sweet caramel malts present. has a bit of liqour presence with it as well.
Taste is very sweet at first, kinda has a grainy taste in it as well. defiantly has a nice hop presence. almost perfect blend of malts and hops. Kinda has a spice to it as well. Very impressed with this.
has a nice warm feel when drinking this. very pleasant in all aspects.

IIKaRuII, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma definitely had the Cascade hops unit, along with a bit of toasty malt.

Pours a nice amber colorwith a pretty large, rocky head.

The taste is certainly hoppy for an amber. The dominant part of the body is full of cascade hops, with plenty of pine needles to go around. There is a small caramel malt undercurrent as well, but it is rather minor. I'd say this reminds me of a pretty hoppy APA, actually.

All in all, it is alright but I would appreciate more balance.

NODAK, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle to a imperial pint. Pours an opaque amber/brown color with a tall off-white head. The head is pretty impressive on this beer. The retention is great and it leaves lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes to a splotchy layer on top of my beer. This is a beautiful beer. The smell did not impress me as much. The nose is a warm malty smell that is sort of nutty. The taste starts malty and finishes with an odd bitterness, not odd in a bad way, just different. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Drinkability is good, pretty decent beer with an acceptable ABV.

gkunkle, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of DerekStek
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Amber (duh), A brownish, red, tea color.

Aroma: Nutty, Roasted, and some what hoppy.

A thinly layred white head.

The beer tastes malty with a fruity start and charcoal/bittersweet finish. It's a lighter beer and very drinkable. I could down a few of these in one sitting.

DerekStek, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a cloudy sweet-tea color. A weak thin head possessed very little retention. Aroma of tart cherries with semi-sweet cocoa. A very interesting flavor. Woody, peat, bitter dandelion mid-taste, nutty with a touch of charcoal. Mouthfeel revealed medium high carbonation. Light body. Somewhat astringent. Overall this was in interesting and unique brew.

chickenflea, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 17, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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