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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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 dgherm


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -5.2%
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 +15.1%
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 +11.2%
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 -10.4%
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 -4.4%
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
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, and some hops. It tastes the same way, but it's sweet at first, and then the hops take over in the finish with a good piney hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, it's pretty well balanced. The drinkability is good too. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 01:02:16 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of russpowell


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours caramel with a 1 finger deep sand colored head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Slight sweet malt & a little bit of hops as it warms

T: Sweet malt & herbal/piney hops up front. Some caramel sweetness sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes with a big piney hop smack & some dryness & fruittyness. Very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, medium, slightlty prickly carbonation with good blalance. Skews hoppy but approriate for the style IMO

Easy drinking amber that is nothing mind blowing, but a solid amber no the less

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 05:17:47 | More by russpowell
Photo of RobertDwight


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously an amber hued beer. Decent white head with little laces. Smells and tastes of sweet maltiness, biscuits, caramel, just a wee hint of chocolate, hops that counteract the malt. Decent brew, pretty easy to put down. Wouldn't be opposed to buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 06:16:12 | More by RobertDwight
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep brown color with a thick head that lasts for a few minutes – no impressive lacing to speak of. The smell is sweet and quite inviting. The taste is malty and robust (like most Rogues). The aftertaste is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but balanced well with the beer. This is a highly delightful and drinkable beer….perhaps one of Rogue’s easiest to swallow.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 00:36:39 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Damian


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Plan B, West Hartford, CT

Poured a copper-mahogany with a one-finger, off white head that faded to a thick ring of lace.

Smell was faint and mild. Hoppy with a touch of ripe fruits.

Taste was quite flavorful. Malty and creamy for a split second, and then the hops took over. Fruity, citrusy, cascade hops dominated the palate. Tart grapefruit was apparent of the back of the palate before the piney, resiny and lasting finish kicked in. It was dry but not overly so. This beer at times reminded me more of an IPA than a typical amber ale.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy with a substantial body.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer pairs well with pizza and a variety of bar foods.

Overall, a very interesting and flavorful amber ale, yet I wish it did have a bit more malt balance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 04:18:41 | More by Damian
Photo of zjungleist


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with an off-white head. Smell is mainly hops with a touch of caramel. Taste is slightly piney, with a weak backbone of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a full medium. I had this back to back with thier Brutal Bitter, and I can't forsee a situation where I wouldn't prefer the bitter. I'd could say they were both similar, but where the bitter lacked in malt, the amber's caramel matched poorly with the piney hop. Still a decent brew, but go with the bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 03:13:32 | More by zjungleist
Photo of veech


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This and Sam Adams Boston Ale are both excellent amber ales that should be regular staples in one's fridge for a great example of the style. It is a smoothly balanced and flavorful brew that is just as malted as it is hoppy. The drinkability is very high due to this excellent flavor profile and a medium to light body. It would compliment a variety of foods and is quaffable enough to qualify as a session beer in any weather. Simply stated, just a damn good beer for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:20:36 | More by veech
Photo of cjgator3


4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amberish red color with a huge creamy off white head. The aroma is a really nice sweet and malty aroma with a bit of caramel and toffee and a good dose of hops. First thing that comes to mind after the initial taste is how incredibly balanced this brew is. The sweet toasty malt is nicely balanced by a perfect amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a wonderfully crafted brew that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will surely purchase this again in the future. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:27:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of xav33


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue American Amber
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, celebrated 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a clear amber orange with an average beige frothy somewhat diminishing head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong toffee, toasted malt, grassy hops.

Flavor was upfront strong bitter grassy/piney hops and toasted wheat bread malt followed by a complex blend of strong grassy bitter hops and moderate caramel sweetness and spicyness, with a hint of light doughy yeast, on a long, mostly toasted bread finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, watery, with moderate hops astringency.

Overall, a great hoppy amber ale with enough tasty malt background to back it up. Yet it sorta feels like a pale ale or IPA at times. In fact, the malt could and should be more pronounced for an amber, would add some great balance, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 07:46:26 | More by xav33
Photo of jockstrappy


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a blend of citrus hops, and slight fruitiness. Taste is a toasted malt sweetness up front, that gives way to a generous dose of citrus hop flavor. Finish is dry, leaving a bitter hop aftertaste. Medium body, and moderate carbonation provide a smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. Drinkability is high for this one...great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:11:18 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of afinepilsner


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Rogue American Amber Ale was a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was malty with some cirtus hops. The taste was fairly hoppy with plenty of malt to balance. The finish was dry and a little bitter. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it is a very good beer that would work great for a session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 00:06:07 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of SwillBilly


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber the color of strong iced tea with a small, white head the fades quickly to a sheer lacing laying on top of the beer.

Smell: A nice mix of sweet, fruity malt, apricots and plums come to mind. Brown sugar and caramel also are present with a hint of citrusy/piney hops just peeking through.

Taste: Starts nicely, with those sweet, fruity and caramel like malts domingating. The middle nicely transitions to finish that is still full of the fruity/caramel malts, but this is also where the hops come in to play. A nice, slightly hoppy bitterness shows balancing the malts with grapefruit rind. A lingering malty sweetness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow with a slight iced tea like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, somewhat slick and amply carbonated makes for a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes: American Amber is highly drinkable. A really good session beer, especially at 5.6 % abv, with plenty of flavors that do not overpower the palette if you drinking these in a session. Malty/fruity sweet with just the right amount of hops to balance it out. Definitely one I will buy again. Seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 23:36:33 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of MeLikeBeer


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer, indeed.
Pours smoothly...with a creamy, white head that tended to linger. Dark amber color, little bubbles floating in my glass.
Sugary scents...caramels and toffee. Malt aroma.
Tastes of roasted malts...hop flavor and bitterness are there, but not overpowering.
Goes down smooth. Not so much an "amber ale" but a "dark brown amber ale". Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 16:23:28 | More by MeLikeBeer
Photo of guinnessfan


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in Das Festhaus Oktoberfest pint.

A: Nice copper color with creamy tan head and large bubbles, with significant lacing throughout.

S: Malt and hops, that's all I can tell.

T: I can' t taste the malt as much as the hops. Much hoppier than I expected. Not an overpowering bitterness, but also not as balanced as some Reds.

M: Good, no malt aftertaste just the slight bitterness from the hops.

D: I thoroughly enjoy this brew and could easily drink 3-4. However, the hoppiness is what led me to give it less than perfect scores, just MHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 14:03:22 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of scottoale


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was one of a 10-pack of summer brews from Cost Plus. It pours from a 12 oz. longneck, a coppery-red with an inch of tan cream head that left some outstanding looking lace stuck to the glass.

A rich, earthy malt backbone with a slightly sweet smell, accompanied by a balanced hop and some hints of alcohol creeping through. It smells like another tasty Rogue ale, one of many that I truly enjoy (usually from the bomber).

Great malt flavor stands out front, earthy (not sweet) malt with some yeast that pleasantly fills the pallet, then gently tapers to a clean, hop bitter finish. Has a great malty aftertaste that I associate with several of Rogues really tasty ales.

A solid, full-bodied ale if there ever was one, this is what you think of when the word ale means something more than just beer (although it doesn't). Although not a strong ale, this does pack a little punch for the moderate 5.60% ABV.

Highly drinkable, sessionable and down-right tasty...this is one fine solid brew in this vast "title" of a style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 23:48:21 | More by scottoale
Photo of bonbright7


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer while tearing apart a large broiled chicken with my cats looking on in envy (for a short while) this evening. I poured the ale into my tall pint glass which finished off with a healthy head that crowned the ruby red ale. Thousands of little bubbles protruded from the bottom to the top like champagne does.

My first smell of the amber ale reminded me of good drought beer that I had tasted many times before, though I could only surmise that Sam Adams Lager was somewhat similar. The first taste came alive with a bitter cream that reminded me of Columbian coffee with a dash of half and half. The beer had a good body and the multi textured taste just kept me interested all the way to the bottom.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 01:42:52 | More by bonbright7
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich and appealing crimson with a slight bit of haze and a solid foamy head. It smells of sweet malts, caramel, a bit of toffee, and a hint of spices. The taste is smooth and tangy with a bit of cherry and citrusy flavoring that is then taken over by the perfect addition of bitterness to prevent it from being overly-sweet. Very well done. Very vibrant. The balane is very nice in the mouth mildly biting and enjoyable. Drinking one of these is nice, but drinking more would be great: a great selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:56:20 | More by Neehan
Photo of Osiris9588


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with bronze undertones out of a 12oz bottle. A creamy two-finger head with good retention and substantial lacing.

Smells of citrus, grain, and spiced hops. The flavor consists of grapfruit and citrus, spice, sweet malt, syrup, and semi-bitter hops. The mouth feel is light and creamy, and the finishes leaves some syrup on the lips.

Very drinkable. A solid, balanced ale overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 19:29:32 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of sacrelicio


4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice Amber ale from one of my favorite breweries. Richly colored, robust aroma, delcious flavor loaded with toasty malts and hoppy freshness, flowery perfume, fruit, some bitterness, complex, medium body for good quaffing. 3D = Delicious, drinkable, draft (I wish this bottle were).

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 02:50:02 | More by sacrelicio
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