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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 35
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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 BigJTrucker


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a billowy tan head. I almost thought it was overcarbonated, as foam stated to rise out of the bottle when cap was opened. May have been due to just layed on it's side. Either way, head settles quickly, leaving a foam on top. Color is a deep red/amber. Nice malty nose, tastes just a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy to me. Very drinkable. Another high quality offering from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 02:39:55 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a mug. Solid red color (amber for the expert), with two fingers of white head on top. Interestingly opaque-clear, depending on your perspective. Looks pretty good. Nose is mostly sweet malty, with light hop hints. Caramel comes through strong. Fairly mild, overall. Taste is, again, mostly malty. Caramel and toffee, with a good amount of molasses. Subtle hoppy hints show up later, but this is definitely a malt beer. Feel is a little to thin for me, with carbonation just a touch to high. Not bad, but nothing special. Not sure what to think of this one overall. It's definitely not bad, but I'm not sure if it lands up there with the Rogue's stouts I've had of late. This one's a very sweet beer, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's tasty, although not really complex or too interesting in terms of the hop character. Not bad, a solid and tasty (although definitely not mind-blowing) beer that'll have you coming back for another sweet beer or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 01:42:45 | More by soupyman10
Photo of MerkinMan


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a special on growlers of this for $6, so you know I bought about ten of them. I have not been impressed with some of Rogue's offerings (dead guy), but this one I like.

The color is a deep red amber and the sweetness of the malt certainly shines through. This is an authentic amber that does not get caught up in the northwestern u.s. extreme hop fad.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2007 20:55:00 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of younger35


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a nice big stein. Poured from a 22oz bomber with a cool looking trucker dude on the front.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark brownish amber. Allows very little light to escape. Forms a very nice big dirty white head that stays for a very long time.
Smell- A nice raw hoppy odor really stands out. Fragrant roasted toffee malts compliment the rather piney hops.
Taste- Nice sweet toasty malts are quickly balanced by a nice lemony like hop bitterness. Nice mellow toffee tones and a semi sweet finish. Very subtle crispness to this beer. Has a really calm nutty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- A nice carbonation level that matches the beer style perfectly. Has a very slick medium bodied feel to it. The alcohol is detectable.
Drinkability- I think like most other Rogue brews, this one is excellent. Very refreshing and tasty. Great choice!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 22:53:57 | More by younger35
Photo of Duster72


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red color with a small head. Aroma is hops with some malts and pine. Starts slightly sweet wth some roasty malts and finishes with floral bitters. Typical amber ale taste. Mouthfeel is good, very creamy. A good amber ale, but ultimately not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:26:46 | More by Duster72
Photo of scoobybrew


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a cloudy, light amber color with a great head and excellent retention. There's a definite hop aroma, but the malt will not be missed. It has a nice hoppy taste backed by the toasted malt. I think it's a great balance between the two, with a nice finish also. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

I think it's an excellent American amber example. Good beer

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 06:44:09 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clean and clear amber color, the red is deep and dark and beautiful. The head is an off-white one, not very big, made of very small bubbles.

Malt and hops are well-balanced in the aroma, though the hops edge out the malt slightly. Caramel and pine needles in a fight to the finish...or entwined in a loving embrace. In any case, it's a solid and straightforward aroma.

Flavor opens with a light touch of caramel then a slight fruitiness gives some depth. Strong malt sweetness and balancing hops are just right...somewhat astringent bitterness in the finish, indicating the hops are working overtime here but doing a great job.

Mouthfeel is light, carrying plenty of carbonation yet smooth overall.

Nothing fancy here, it's on the subtle and lowkey side, but there's no faulting its qualities. One of the best choices you could make for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 17:50:20 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of meadhead


4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sweet mild caramel - roasted malt -
dry Nut
bitter grass-vine hops:
Swirling undertones
complex rich and easy

Pours a
with a slight white foam

Smell of nuts and malt and hops
in a very pleasing tone

Taste is rich with malts and nuts
as well
as hops and bitter
yet nothing overpowering
all in all
a mild nice winner

Mouthfeel relaxed
mild carbonation-
heavy refreshing

drinkability good
taste is rich
not at all stunting
drinks like a champ
you could gulp
this while your hunting

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:24:08 | More by meadhead
Photo of Scoobydank


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S:Had a great sweet Malty smell
L:White frothy head. The color was a caramel amber
T:Very sweet roasted malt flavor. There was a small green tint. Very clean and crisp with a faint hop taste on the back.
M:Fairly fizzy with very small bubbles
D:I love this beer. I think it is very appraochable and very well balanced. Well a novice or pro, this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 05:42:53 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of malcontent


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy amber, almost like a strong hibiscus tea in appearance. Thick head settles into admirable lacing with great sticky residue down the side of the glass.

Surprisingly aromatic with sweet malts enhanced by plum, brown sugar and even a little booziness. Hops carry the finish with a sweet grapefruit scent.

Man! It’s been a while since I’ve had a Rogue beer and I’d forgotten how much I love their water. Yes, their water. When they get a beer right (like this one) their water’s crispness and purity really shine through. Sweet malt scent doesn’t translate into a beer driven by said ingredient, although hints of caramel certainly show they’re in there. Hops and rye are the driving forces with a healthy wallop of finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent with no apparent flaws save perhaps just a touch of astringency at the end. This screams session and stands proudly alongside Bell’s Amber and North Coasts’ Red Seal as one of the few truly exceptional examples of a style that is full of ho-hum selections.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:56:08 | More by malcontent
Photo of RJLarse


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of bottles of Rogue American Amber Ale, in a specialty shop, to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nut brown color with orange hues when held up to the light, and is slightly hazy. A foamy off-white head forms, and hangs around with some resiliency.

The smell is sweet and floral. There is also a bit of a sweet dairy aroma, like ice cream.

The taste is an equally balanced combination of sweet malts and mildly bitter hops. It tastes good, but it's not particularly complex of interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly full-bodied. It's not heavy, but the beer definitely has a presence.

This is a drinkable beer, and very sessionable. It's not my favorite style, but I would have Rogue American Amber again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:55:52 | More by RJLarse
Photo of jeffjfindley


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber, with a rich head. The smell and taste are both affected by a metallic bite, but are otherwise very pleasant and rich in caramel malt. The malt profile is nicely balanced by the hops. The mouth is rich, with a dry, but lingering finish. It actually tastes a bit burnt, in a good way. I like this a great deal, and am going to continue to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 07:16:02 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of Cadyfatcat

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish brown in color, slight lacey head quick to dissipate.
Smells of bark, root beer, mocha, lots of molasses, dates.
Sweet caramel molasses onset, dark fleshy fruit, heavy crystal malt. Great malt presence, malt sits on your tongue for much longer than most beers. Beautiful transitioning to bittering, a wave over the tongue gradually sifts the bittering into play. Small piney hop flavor and a great enveloping fresh brewed tea aftertaste with some white chocolate and raisins. Tastes in this beer are quite complex and drawn out. Flavors stay on your tongue long after the sip is done.
Extremely drinkable considering the depth and power of the flavors in this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 02:32:25 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of Bierguy5


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 53 IBU. Amber to copper in color, hazy. Nice creamy tan head hold together well. Roasty, sweet coffee, chocolate, floral and citrus in the nose. Interesting combination of hops, although it does start to creep towards perfumey. Smooth, roasty flavor, with a nice citrusy hop bite. Somewhat caramel like, but not overly sweet. Medium body, carbonation seems slightly lower and soft. Some nice patches of lace are left clinging to the sides of the glass at the end. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 18:25:39 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of oelergud


4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dim maple syrup body with lots of carbonation. Creamy light tan with pretty good retention and lace.
Spiced hop scent with a firm underlying malt base. Very inviting and fresh.
What a balance and still a distinct hop and malt profile. Grass, flower, sharp licorice root and herbs again rolling along on an ocean of malt. Smoky and pungent aftertaste, sweet and sharp. A Good simcoe like flavor comes through very clearly though none are in this brew.
Medium body and a crisp finish.
Highly drinkable and an excellent session beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:01:24 | More by oelergud
Photo of montageman


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a Sea Otter Ale bottle.

Bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass. Very nice dark brown color that is accented with a little bit of red accompanied by a nice pillowy tan head that slowly goes away leaving a nice layer of lace at the surface - lots sticking to side as well. Smell is very roasty and little floral as well - very inviting. Taste is roasted malt up front with a hoppy, dry finish. There's a little carbonation here as well as some creaminess - well balanced. This is quite drinkable - nothing objectionable at all. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 19:37:20 | More by montageman
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ho hum American amber...more copper in colour than expected and the head is way too vigorous. Fair malt smell with slightly sour hop notes. Caramel, sugar traces on the nose.

Bland malt taste with a slight hop bitterness. Nothing terribly exciting here as far as flavour goes. Malt profile with a hop backing, but no distinct or outstanding flavours.

Decent on the tongue, but a fairly average beer oveall. Nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 08:33:25 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Chaz


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured rusty amber, bright, but not brilliant - seemed to be a little cloudy/murky, and it's the first time I've had this in many years. Nose is a great struggle of malts: biscuity, plummy, pale, and roasted. A bit surprising that there isn't a more pronounced hop presence on the nose, but change is nice too. Yeasty . . . more than anything else as I drink this I'm getting to appreciate Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast strain, it's prominent here the way Ringwood is elsewhere, but to a generally more favorable result. The malt complexity from the nose is here and is made even more enjoyable by the quality of the yeast: notes of red grapes, strawberries, ripe golden plums, and more of that biscuity malt. Not altogether dry, but there's some dryness here to balance out the juicy malt - rather low bitterness, but nice mildy citric hop qualities in the aromatics. Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a rather full-bodied feeling yet not overly thick, quite a trick to pull off! Very good drinkability also. Next time I enjoy this it's going to be with something from the kitchen, as this struck me as a great beer to accompany food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2007 19:37:37 | More by Chaz
Photo of aleyeast

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will preface this with I am more of a hop fan and would tend to choose the St. Rogue Red ove this in this style. If you are a fan of the Amber beers tending towards the malt and utilizing hops as balance, this is well done.

dark amber in color with a light tan head

not much on the nose, malty

flavor is well balanced malt with slight hop finish.

This is good beer, but not really my style, although on tap it could be quite a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 18:37:55 | More by aleyeast
Photo of dgherm


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured my bottle into a piny glass. The color did not appear amber actually was a dark brown with slight red hue. Formed a nice dark tan head. Moderate lacing all the way down the glass. Strong odor of hops with floral accents. The taste was of hops and a touch of sweetness came through at end of each sip. The beer was nicely carbonated but seemed a little watery in the mouth. Overall a decent beer that I could drink several of in a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 12:03:17 | More by dgherm
Photo of Butch


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11 January 2007, purchased same day

They call it an ‘amber’, but it is dark, almost murky with a touch of orange. Like a very dark brewed sweet tea. Head is thick, brownish and dense. Nice lacing on the glass, but nothing extraordinary. Faded a bit at the end, but I did take my time drinking it.

The aroma is…hops. Lots and lots of hops. Sorry, but that is all I get. It is a Rogue after all.

Mouth feel is thicker than anticipated for the style.

Taste is still hoppy. Maybe a bit harsh. Bitter, kind of …sharp? Something is a bit different…

Love it. Like an amber ale with extra hops. My kind of amber ale.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 12:24:07 | More by Butch
Photo of beeragent


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the ultimate amber ale! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. the beer poured a deep amber, forming a fluffy 1 inch head, that left medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly of caramel and malts. The taste is great! Caramel and malts, and finishes with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. This is head and shoulders above other amber ales that I've tried. This would be a great session ale. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 10:22:48 | More by beeragent
Photo of AL3C


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Appears fairly hazy, even thick. Can’t see all the way through… Reds and browns maintain depth throughout. Bubbles are small, sparse and evenli distributed… At the top, a central white cap remains. Also, many large and medium size bubbles are randomly distributed and are staying for some time.

Like an amber a little harder to pick things out… Smells quite rich though. Somewhat sweet like a toffee or candied earthy fruits. Smells creamy or buttery to me.

This is my second taste of this beer and I seem to like it more.
This beer cascades. Different from start to finish and I like it… Characteristic of Rogue to have many flavors, and in this brew it works.
Very nice balance of hops and malts… Mildly toasty.
Bitterness throughout is perfect with a slightly more bitter finish.
Feels thicker, richer, and more complex than other ambers. Similar flavor overall, just more of them?
Perhaps a bit of spice as well, now that others have mentioned it.
I swear rogue has a bit of everything in their beers…

Thicker than most ambers, most feel notably thinner in the mouth. I quite enjoy.

Very drinkable… Once again, this is better than I remember it. I’d be interested to try it on tap…

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 11:55:20 | More by AL3C
Photo of umustdrink


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light, hazy orange color. Quarter inch head fades to an eighth inch. Good lace.

S - Rich piney hops.

T - Very nice bitter hop flavor. Would almost think it was an IPA except there's a rich malty aftertaste.

M - Biting crispness from the hops, medium carbonation.

D - It's an okay brew. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but it is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 05:46:12 | More by umustdrink
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a pint glass with an orangish brown color, almost like a pumpkin ale as far as looks but it has a big frothy white head. Smells nutty with some malt. Tastes piney and malted with some caramel tones. A little bitter but very good. Feels creamy almost and the aftertaste lingers. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 22:42:42 | More by beeroclock
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