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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of ectomorph
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark/hazy amber color with a tan 1 finger persistent head.

S - Caramel malt tones with a hop finish. Nice balance.

T - Roasty caramel with balanced with a hop oil and spice ending. Exceptional amber ale.

M - Moderate body feel, and standard carbonation remaining.

D - @ 5.6 ABV, this one could be had again and again...

Photo of n00tz
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No idea as to the drink by date on this particular bottle, bought it as a single less than a week ago from Riverside Brewing Co.

Appearance - Cloudy, less than average amount of carbonation, lackluster bronzish head and short retention. Cloudy brew that looks like an amber lake water.

Smell - Smoky and resiny hops aromas, not much else can be detected from this bottle.

Taste - Thankfully the taste of this ale redeemed its presentation. It had an onset of a hops flavor with a sharp piney aftertaste. If this brew was intending to be an amber ale it seemed to lack the direction to get it to be as smooth as other ambers I've had. Overall good flavor otherwise.

Mouthfeel - It wasn't flat, but it wasn't adequately carbonated (it didn't dance in my mouth like I was expecting). I think I may have bought an old bottle.

Drinkability - This beer didn't give me the sense that I'd want to drink it again.

I'm ready to try more of Rogue's selection. I'd be willing to give this brew another go in a few months at which point I would review it again with a clear mind of what this one left me with.

Photo of changeup45
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good, very drinkable beer. Pours an amber color with a medium foamy off-white head. A little lacing. The aroma is subtle with traces of hops and some malt. Slight roasted malt flavor with caramel, some hops and a bitter finish. Nice all around beer.

Photo of mangledorf
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant first sip with a little kick, but not much. It'd be too harsh to say ``simple,'' but maybe in terms of Rogues other options this beer is less exciting.

I enjoyed this out of a typical 650 ml bottle, poured cold with a small head over a dark(er) amber mass. Extremely drinkable. Great beer to being to acquaintances.

Also, what a beautiful and patriotic label!

Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i will review this beer overall, it has a great head to it, very sticky and white on top of a dark brown color. the smell is not bad but is not amazing it is somewhat malty and roasty, but could do better. the taste follows suit and seems almost too watery but the taste is still decent and solid.

this is a solid beer, one to enjoy but not to shock you or surprise you

Photo of Lepley
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Deep amber. Lots and lots of brown foamy head the kind that puffs up and stays up and lots of lacing as well.
S: Fresh, hops, citrus, sweet.
T: Roastiness, citrus, peach, hops. Bitter aftertaste.
M: Smooth.
D: For me Rogue can be hit or miss, but wow did I enjoy this beer.

Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, somewhat clear, with a large inch and a half of off white head. Great retention and some fine lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice. Slightly hoppy, with a bit of citrus and a nice malty backbone. Loads of caramel.

Taste is quite nice. A good bit of caramel with a subtle hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavor and low alcohol make this beer easily consumed, easily sessionable, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of gfreed
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store was featuring this recently so I thought I'd give it a try; it seemed like a good bet based on other beers I've had from Rogue. Turns out the American Amber is... whelming. Nice color, similar to other amber or copper beer, such as Otter Creek's amber ale, with a decent, but not great head. A nice pile of up-front maltiness before the hops hit, and bitterness similar to an IPA but much creamier. More malt at the back end to balance the bitterness. Still, it had more fizz than flavor, which hit the spot with a pizza, but I was expecting something less pedestrian. An average offering from an above-average brewery.

Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a white head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some bitter undertones.

T: A sweet, toffee malt taste with a slight, earthy and malty aftertaste that was pretty complimentary of the toffee taste.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel. A little overcarbonated and watery, but pretty good overall..

D: A very drinkable beer with a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste. Seemed like a good amber ale.

This is my second offering from Rogue (my first one was a draft beer). The brewery's offerings seemed to be widely lauded, but I can't say I have been really wowed yet. Maybe my expectations are too high...

Photo of tronester
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber/brown with a big tan head. Smells of citrus hops and carmelized malt. Taste is malty, juicy pear flavors, with a hint of toasted malt. There is a very nice raw earthy hop flavor. Reminds me somewhat of a British Bitter. Bitterness levels match up perfectly with the malt balancing things out. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is slightly high and prickly. Very drinkable, this would make a good session ale if it had a little less alcohol.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sez "Jazz Guy Ale" on the label, but whatever. Appearance is copper with deep orange and red hues and significant haziness. A generous off-white head lingers for the duration. Aroma is interesting. Very faint flowery and piney hops plus sweet malt reminding me of ginger snaps. Taste has moderate hop bitterness right up front but decent malt backbone with a touch of sweetness to balance it out. A medium full mouthfeel makes this brew feel smooth on the tongue despite it's moderate bitterness. The more I drink the more flavors I discover and I find myself raising my score for this beer a bit more with each sip. Yum!

Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Edition Jazz Guy Ale (foiled again!), cold 22oz bottle poured into UK pint glass. Beer pours a dark coppery amber with a gigantic amber-white (and very hoppy) head.

Beer is sharp and bitter with a citrusy and very IPA-like profile. Label confirms presence of cascade hops. Body is pleasantly heavy, but the flavor isn't heavily sweet or malty (for the opposite end of the spectrum for this style, see Cambridge Brewing Company's, my regular's, Cambridge Amber).

The mouthfeel is a little creamy for an American IPA, and the color isn't right, but for better or worse, I'd say this has the same drinkability as an IPA.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear reddish-brown-amber body capped by a gargantuan crown of ecru foam that retains great and sticks foamy globs of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is light and fruity with a bit of caramel and a little spiciness.

Taste is toasty malt with a bit of semisweet caramel and husky barley introducing a fine fruity, floral hop character that brings a bit of bitterness to the drink.

Very smooth and good-looking with solid flavors and great drinkability, Rogue's amber is a fine one that I'd drink again anytime.

Photo of thisisshsas
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a deep red color that is a great change of pace after so many golden beers. No haze evident. Did not have an over powering aroma or taste. Tasted a little bit piny, and was relatively full bodied. After taste was much more bitter than anticipated. Not a session beer, but a great change of pace beer for a person trying to drink a different kind of ale.

Photo of tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

These growlers just showed up at my local grocery store, and I couldn't have been more excited!

Vigorous pour provides disappointingly thin off-white head. What is there is soft and creamy. Beer itself is a deep amber color with excellent clarity. Sheets of lacing are left behind with each sip.

Floral hoppy smell with cinnamon-toasty sweet malt background.

Hoppier flavor than expected, floral and citrusy, almost oily bitterness. Nice sweet malt, but not quite enough to stand up to the hops.

Medium body, smooth, but not a lot of carbonation.

A pretty good beer, but a bigger head would have helped. I'm still glad it's available in growlers here.

Tasted on 6/27/08.

Photo of elniko
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Deep amber , finger of head that dissipated. Lacing left in glass. Really nice looking brew.

S: Grassy, hoppy on nose. Very strong and whets the appetite.

T & M: Interesting taste, bitter aftertaste. Hops a little overwhelming. Mouthfeel is clean on finish. Nice bitterness.

D: Drinkable, I enjoyed the beer but not as much as I thought I would. I would definitely have again if offered.

Photo of Spidey13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Amber Ale pours a very nice, deep amber with an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit roasty and sweet, with hints of pine and tangerine.

After impressing me with the looks and smell, the taste was a bit disappointing. There is a bit off toffee, but also quite a bit of graininess. A bit of breadiness also shows up and some mild bitterness in the afterness. However, nothing that really tasted great. The mouthfeel was nice and full, though.

This is a good, drinkable ale, though nothing impressive.

Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really exceptional brew from Rogue. The beer poured with a somewhat murky amber color, creamier and creamier lacing as I sipped and a nice thinned, patchy head. Great roasted malt aromas and some citrus attributes. Medium on hops. The taste was great: slight bitter finish to a warmly sweet, but not too sweet, flavors. Very dry and crisp; good carbonation that leaves an awesome finish at the end. Overall, Rogue does it again.

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome Rogue labeling as usual. Here we have a working class fella tipping his cap to a job well done in front of a background of an American flag. A clean dark amber brew is topped off by a two-finger rolling fluffy tan head. Smells of toasted malts, hops and tea. The malt/hop taste is covered by a slight sweetness with some chalkiness at the end. This is a Light-to-medium bodied tasty sessioner that should appeal the patriotic and not so patriotic as well. I am stephens101, and I approve this message.

Photo of tiger88
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/golden with an average off-white head. Head does not hang around very long and dissolves into a think white ring around the top. Amells more malty than anything else. Nothing much more comes to the front. It tastes good but there's nothing too pronounced. This is a well-rounded balanced amber ale. A little bread, a little malt, a little hops. Mouthfeel is great. Doesn't stick to the sides of your mouth and virtually no aftertaste. It would be very easy to drink several of these.

Photo of Thiestru
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my usual pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a good almond-colored two-finger head.

Smell: Smells like hops! That's the first thing that jumps out at me, and remains the dominating scent throughout.

Taste: Very pleasant hoppy bitterness, mellowed by the sweeter malt flavor. This is very well balanced and would make a good session beer. Hops prevail in this beer, but not enough to make it jarring. The finish is pleasantly bitter; the sweetness dies pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not insubstantial; it's very refreshing.

Drinkability: As I said earlier, this would make a good session beer. There is enough nuance here that I wouldn't get bored drinking more than one, and it's subdued enough that I wouldn't feel overwhelmed.

Damned good!

Photo of theghost3
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy dark amber/copper. It smells like honey with citrus and hops. The taste is sweet at first, then bitter. There is presence of coffeesque toasted malts along with citrus. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp with little acidity. Overall, a very drinkable ale but is surprisingly bitter.

As a side note, these Rogue bombers are a little pricey. What is essentially two glasses of beer costs almost as much as a six-pack of some other decent micros.

Photo of chiapete
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a cloudy , hazy , orange , copper, light brown color.
When poured has a nice thick of white head that will last pretty long. Nice spotty lace down glass.

Aroma was hard to pick up. not a lot there to find. some sweetness from the malt , a little grassy or earthy , hops ?

taste was sweet , caramel . A little bitter on sides of tongue but not lasting , or over powering.

good finish , a little sweet , very drinkable .

Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American Amber pours an orangey-amber color with a slight fog to it, and a large,tight, delishiously fuzzy, light sandy-orange tinted lid.

Smells slide in slightly sweet of caramel and apricots. Toasted munichs and fresh oranges with bitter peels included join lightly spicy grassy hops.

Medium body with a lot of purring fuzz to it, feels real nice. Flavors come in just like they smell, with a solid bitterness from toasted munichs and citrus peel / grassy hops.

Very tasty, very drinkable.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep orangish-amber with a lightly tan, orange tinted head that retains decently and leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Light sweet malts (brown sugar, light molasses) combined with some citric hop aromas. Less hop fragrance than the St. Rogue Red, but increased balance between malt and hops is still in line with the style.

T&M: Light caramel malt at first that gives way to balance and bittering from citrus hops midway through. The finish is balanced nicely between the sweet malts and rich citrus hops, which is on-point for the style. This amber is medium bodied with a light amount of tingling carbonation that works well with the mild hop flavors that emerge late.

D: This one is a bit too sweet for my tastes--I'd much prefer to session with the dry-hopped St. Rogue Red for an example of the same style from the same brewery.

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.