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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,297 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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.

13º PLATO
53 IBU
73.1 AA
33º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of charlzm
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed on 12/06/07.

Cloudy copper pour with significant, sudsy, lingering head.

Aroma is strong of apples (uh oh) and light on hops. After warming up to almost room temp, the apples disappeared and were replaced by mellow oranges.

Smooth mouthfeel and complex flavor: starts with biting hop bitterness, moves into a grainy, malty midbody with a touch of yeast character (think Belgian abbey ales) and pine before finishing with a thin but seriously bitter and persistent hop flavor. Pretty impressive, but sadly, not really super tasty.

Would have liked more malt character and maybe a little sweetness and less lingering hoppiness.

charlzm, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly dark maple syrup red-brown, really pushing it into brown ale territory. Clear with lots of fine bubbles and a disappointingly unstable beige-white head.

Smell: A lot like Brutal Bitter but a bit less bold, and with a more caramelly malt character. Citric hops, probably Cascades, round out a nice, buscuity, lightly spicy and fruity-sweet aroma reminiscent of apple pie.

Taste: Good, but not great. Quite mild, really, even timid. Hops are tightly grapefruit-citric and somewhat quiet, yet the malts aren't terribly robust either, though they are nicely toasty and nutty. I feel like both the hops and malts are in the background; nothing really comes to the fore, except maybe the big grapefruit smack of the hops. Unusual, for a Rogue brew.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light with perfect carbonation. Clean yet substantial.

Drinkability: It's no St. Rogue, that's for sure, but it's not bad. A pleasant sipper, but not the most interesting one. Yummy with Parmesan, year-old Cheddar, wasabi Gouda, but surprisingly bad with aged Gouda.

soulgrowl, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, my first Rogue ever. A very dark amber that looks slightly clouded. Poured a decent light-tan head that stuck around for a little bit, but quickly dissapated leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Very sweet and caramel like in the nose with a tiny bit of floral essence.
First you taste a sharp, but pleasant, citrusy bitterness that was not detected in the scent of the brew. It then levels out with a warm malty foundation which was masked by the hoppiness in the beginning of the tasting.

As stated before, the initial mouthfeel was quite sharp, but it then ended with an almost smoothing texture. The carbonation is a little too much for me, but otherwise it is a very solid brew. I would not be able to session this beer at this point, but I could see it growing on me in time.

jeremy13586, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, consumed on President's Day '08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - clouded, orange/amber color with a fluffy head of tan foam that left plenty of lacing.

S - heavy malty smell with a touch of hop bitterness to it.

T - sweet and bitter, good sweet malty flavor gets a kick in the ass with a bitter hop finish.

M - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - an easy drinking, enjoyable brew.

Final Note: God Bless Our Troops

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ML patriotic red, white, and blue Rogue bottle copped for about $5.00 from Total Wine and More in Union... Pours a dark-brown, mahogany and copper appearance with a foamy and frothy head that soon receded... smell was laden with hops, caramel, and vanilla... taste strongly complemented the aroma... flavor was very good for an American Amber, albeit a little less intense than some stronger ABV samples... For example, compared to Southern Tier's Big Red, this sample paled in comparison with regards to flavor and character... don't get me wrong - this is still an excellent depiction of the style, with the typical Rogue quality very apparent and a strong, crisp, clean, and clear mouthfeel with excellent drinkability due to the relatively modest 5.6% ABV... A good sample... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Globetrotter
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this in Seattle back in August 2007. This review is from the penultimate bottle, opened six months later in mid-February 2008. Brown 12 oz bottle features a worker holding a mug with a US flag waving behind him. No ingredient or freshness info.

Pours a cloudy pinkish copper under a thick 1.5 finger off-white head with lots of bubble-holes but great contour and very nice lacing. Moderately strong nose of malt and a touch of caramel and perhaps a hint of nuts. The mouth is rather heavy and moderately carbonated. Nicely balanced taste, with lots of malt standing off against an undertone of dry spicey hops. The aftertaste brings on a special dry bitter kick, but the sweet grain never fully succombs. Very quaffable.

Globetrotter, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A non-surprising amber color with lots of bubbles floating to the top, a head that stays nicely above the body of the brew, and nice rings left down the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, with a slight nutty and malty backbone. A nice balance, but not a lot of differentiation.

Taste: A nice balance between the malty backbone with a nice fruit profile against citrus hops, leaving the finish surprisingly long.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery, seemingly, at first before the carbonation kicks in, leaving it surprisingly fuller in the body that I had expected.

Drinkability: One of the classics, and a highly drinkable brew. It's not going to blow you away with its originality, but it's solid all around.

asabreed, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of guitarninja
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a (what do ya know?) amber brown with a small head that dissipated quickly. A few bubbles here and there.

Smell: Hops come on strong, with nut and citrus tones.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nothing out of the ordinary or that complex, but overall a tasty offering. The hops start things out with a tingling sensation on the tongue, somewhat masking the citrus flavors. But then, the maltiness creeps in with nutty, roasted smoothness that balances things out nicely and makes the beer quite drinkable. With that said . . .

Drinkability: It's hard to swallow in big gulps; but who'd want to anyway. I found myself at the bottom of this quite enjoyable, quintessential "American" brew in about 3 minutes. I'll take another and would love to enjoy this on a hot summer day while grilling some burgers and brats!

guitarninja, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty with bread and a little bit of coffee, also some light flowery and citrus hops and some licorice. Off-white head is average sized and disappears. Lacing is good. The color is a dark amber to medium red. Taste is not as good as the aroma. Sort of an IPA flavor profile with a bitter finish. Something in the aftertaste is a bit off. Pretty good all the same.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, the American Amber is clear bronze with a large, fluffy off-white head that leaves heavy lace. Even as it recedes, it stays really thick and creamy, a quick swirl rouses it easily.

Smell is soft, semi-sweet crystal malt, slight gingerbread spice and grassy hops.

Taste is bittersweet toasted malt with a firm bitter backbone. Plenty of hops but not a ton of flavor from them, somewhat floral.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and slick, medium light body.

Drinkability is not to bad. A pretty good PNW amber with no flaws and pretty light for a decent ABV. Not my personal favorite but a good tranisiton to the hops out here for the uninitiated.

ccrida, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red, with a small off-white head, fair retention, and some lacing.

S: Bready malt, hops.

T: Starts off with a treacle feel, transitions to a dry bread maltiness, very toasty, ending on earthy, grassy hops.

M: Crisp, full carbonation, though at times it seemed that it muted the flavour somewhat, light medium-bodied overall.

D: An OK amber ale, it started off good for me, but by the end of the bomber, there really wasn't anything to make me come back to.

Halcyondays, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour into a pint glass produced a good cream colored head with decent lacing after several minutes. The aroma was fantastic with floral hops. Mouthfeel was perfect with an immediate balance of hops and malt, but the hops quickly taking over as they linger after a clean dry finish.

A great hoppy brew, this one is really good. I like the full bodied nature of this ale and the abundant presence of hops. I especially like the hops. In reading the description from the website, I'm not sure where the "coffee" description came from as I really didn't get any sense of coffee in the brew. What I did get was a very satisfying, full bodied, clean tasting, hoppy brew that I could drink with regularity. Fantastic.

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copper-amber with a moderate off white head.

S: On the nose was a slight hoppiness of fresh pine needles, malty sweetness an citrus.

F: there was a light flowery hoppiness along with malty sweetness that has backed by a fruitiness of pears and apples. There was also slight hints of grassiness as well.

M: The mouthful provided a sweet sticky maliting with some floral hop tones.

D: Overall a decently good hopped amber with good drinkability.

beerthulhu, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Amber Ale poured a rich and cloudy brown with a one-finger white head which settled after a bit.

The smell had aromas of caramel malt and enough hops to notice. The taste had an initial hop bite followed up with a full body of malt flavor. The aftertaste faded out with a medium hop bitterness and hop and malt flavor infused.

This is a good ale, but nothing out of the ordinary. It reminds me of an American ale I brewed once. If this is your style, I think that this is a respectable brew, and certainly worth your time even if it isn't your style.

jdmorgan, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

<Reviewed a loooong time ago. needs a re-rate eventually.> Orange-ish, reddish amber color with off-white medium head. Mostly hoppy, floral, and some slight malt smells, with some rye like odor too that I’m not big on. Taste is hoppy, fruity, but dry and overly bitter, with a similar lasting aftertaste. Unbalanced to me. Was ok at first, but got harder and harder to drink. I can see hop lovers liking this still, but far from one of my favorites.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Great head and retention as well as lacing. Color is brownish or if you like tarnished or dirty copper. Not quite clear, more hazy.

Nose: Toasty and caramel come to mind to describe the malt character of this brew. Also a little bit of hop aroma here, hard for me to describe whether its citrus, floral, or spicy....its in such a small quantity that I can't put a finger on it. Overall very balanced aroma.

Tongue: Hop bitterness and malt sweetness hit the palate almost simultaneously creating a very balanced beer. Toasty malt flavors, caramel and nuttiness are pretty accurate descriptors of this beer. Hop flavor, like aroma, hard to describe. It is there in just the right amount to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is medium in body with slightly higher carbonation creating a crisp, rather than creamy, beer that finishes dry. This beer is easy to drink, and pairs excellent with poultry and beef. However, it isn't one that I'd buy again for the hell of it, just not one of my favorite styles. However, I'll definitely be pairing this with some steak or chicken next time I've that on the menu.

becktone, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. The color was a rich amber with good carb and lacing. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly whittled down to a constant foam cap. The aroma was mostly floral hops with citrus in there as well. The taste was very good. Had a nice hop bite to go with the good base flavor. Good bitterness that fades perfectly before the next pull. Mouthfeel was solid and creamy. Overall, it's another solid effort from Rogue and highly recommend. I can see this one getting a call from the dugout every so often. (Occasional rotation)

TexIndy, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ruby amber. Nose is slight pine scents with a caramel touch. Flavor is bitter at first . Like eating some wild tree or something, if that makes sense. I just imagine biting into something alive and growing in a forest and getting this not entirely pleasant flavor off it. As time goes on it smooth out a bit, but still retains that bitter edge. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble and a slightly thicker liquid feel. Overall pretty drinkable. The bitterness takes away from it a good bit, but still it is decent enough.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint.. listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Very nice dark polished copper... crystal clear ... good 3/4" long lasting head leaves descent lacing.

aroma leans toward the spicy/citrus hops.. good toasted malt presence with pronounced caramel.. yummy.

Flavor is not nearly as malty as the smell... lighter body than expected.. toasted/toffee malts and yeast fruitiness melts into cascade and spicy hop notes... interesting take on the style... not exactly all American.

I typically don't care for Rogue's 12oz offerings, but this is a definate exception.. a stellar brews and pretty sessionable if you're wanting a little more hops than a standard amber.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Amber Ale" usually communicates a beer that is pretty boring. In fact, to my mind, the style seems created for people who think they want a flavorful craft beer but really do not. This one did not fall into that category; it was flavorful and pretty interesting.

Appearance is a bit unattractive. There’s lots of very cumulus cloud head, but the body of the beer is a weird red-pop color which is strangely opaque. Aroma is hoppy and phenolic, with a good amount of heavy hop fruitiness. Flavor is some malted milk ball flavor balanced with a pretty generously bitter helping of hops. This beer has a firm bitter character that hits me in the back of the mouth. Pretty good.

I’d recommend this beer as a not-boring example of the style.

I picked up this bottle at 3 Cellars Liquor in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big two finger khaki head rises above an amber/purple hazy brew and refuses to disappear. Lots of really finely bubbled lace sticks to the glass, and swirling only increases the head to three fingers. When held to the light, it's almost blood crimson in color. This is a really pretty beer.

S - Tons of citrus hops on top of a nice caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, and mango too. In a blind sniff test, I would guess that this is a pale ale...almost an IPA based on the hop aroma.

T - Again, huge citrus hops and tons of fresh summery fruit. Mango, really bitter grapefruit, and some sour cherries. The caramely malt is somewhere in there buried under all of the hop insanity. I happen to be a bit of a hop head, so I like this. But what makes it an amber ale if it's so heavily hopped that it tastes like an IPA?

M - Medium bodied, fresh, moderately carbonated, with an intensely bitter finish that is slightly dry.

D - A damn fine brew from one of my favorite brewers, but really....this is over-hopped for an amber ale. I probably would have given this even higher marks if it was called a pale ale or something, but this ....although outstandingly delicious, lacks the easy drinking malty amber ale flavors.

pmcadamis, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of DackAchan
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an opaque dark amber. Has a two finger head that quickly settles and laces nicely around the edges.

S- Smells of hops with a hint of barley.

T- Distinct lemon flavor to it, nice ruddy complextion.

M- Mouthfeel isn't where it should be. Bite is a little too harsh for an amber.

D- This is my third rogue brew and I've been disappointed at every one. There aren't a lot of different tastes mixed in, the drinkablitiy is okay.

I have trouble understanding what is good about rogue. I've had their dead guy ale, and it wasn't anything special. I've had their chocolate stout, again, nothing special, they burned their barley. An now the american amber. Again, nothing noteworthy. I have a shakespeare stout still, hopefully that is a little better than the rest of the rogue beer's I've had.

DackAchan, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

gorgeous beer, dark red and clearly filtered. bug poufy tan head.

smell is a mix of sou and sweet, malty. I thought it had turned but the flavor was fine.

taste is smooth, malty, slightly bitter but not floral.

mouthfeel is smooth enough, but a little tart in the end.

drinkability is okay, not impressive but alright.

henrysunset, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber with a thick off white head which stayed for a while and left medium lacing. Very inviting appearance.

Smelled of bread and coffee.

A malty backbone capped with coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker so wasn't real thrilled with that aspect, yet everything still blended well enough to not make this a big deal.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Some average carbonation present. Smooth going down.

Good drinkabilty, as with just about everything Rogue offers. This is not the best they have, yet was it enjoyable and something I'd revisit once in a while.

JBogan, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.79 12oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours an opaque, deep amber body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted bread crusts with a sprinkling of coffee grounds. Hops impart a scent of spruce with a hint of fresh mint in there as well.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a good measure of roast and breadiness. Mild spruce character and only a reasonable, medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp. Faint mintiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent amber ale.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 18, 2007
American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.