American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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1,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% 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 rtratzlaff
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange hued amber with a slight off white head that sticks around. Clear body. Some lacing looks pretty good.

Smells of caramel and northwest citrusy hops.

Tastes matches what I smell with less sweetnesss. The malt flavor gets matched and slightly overtaken by the hops.

Overall a great beer that could go well with just about anything.

Photo of baos
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Whole hand of light tan head atop a reddish brown body with good clarity. Very nice lacing and head retention.

S: Toasty malts, a bit of a maple syrup oatmeal aroma, and that orange-zest-beeswax zing I get from all the rouges. I believe that to be the Cascade hops, please correct me if I'm wrong.

T: Bit of caramel but not sweet at all. Burnt caramel maybe. That orange-zest-beeswax zing I get from all the rouges. Very refreshing and nicely bitter. Ends very dry and crisp.

M: Light to medium goes well with the refreshing aspect of the beer this would be a good summer beer I think.

D: The tang and metal sour hop taste kept it from a four but this is a good fucking beer. Try one on for size. Fits like a peanut-butter sandwich.

Photo of praufs01
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy ice tea looking brew with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Straw and hay.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Clean and refreshing with a good balance of malt and hop.

Final thoughts - Has an earthy tea like quality. Very nice brew.

Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue American Amber Ale pours a finger of
tan foam over a cloudy amber brew- there are
many suspended particles in evidence. The
nose is molasses and sharp herbal hop. Up
front is sweetish malt, with notes of molasses
and fruit, and a sharp firm herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is round with a good deal of
crispness due to all those hops. If you are
accustomed to ambers with a more subtle
hoppiness, as in Fat Tire (or Fat Squirrel),
you're in for a surprise, but not an unpleasant
one. Definately a west coast brew.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into an English pint glass and it has a nice big head, and it has a dark amber colour. The head goes away because of the carbonation. The beer smells of hops, and it's hints of malts that come thought behind the hops. It's quite pleasing to the nose.

The beer is very hoppy, which can be different than some amber ales. I was a bit worried that the beer would be overly malty which can turn out iffy. This beer is very balanced, but is mostly hopped. The beer really reminds of an American Pale Ale. The taste in the back ground is slightly watery but has a sweetness that is almost tart, and I taste some dark fruits like plums. This beer is quite good, and very enjoyable. Their is a complexity to the beer that is subtle, which makes me keep drinking. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with a nice bite from the carbonation.

I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You really never know which direction a brewer is going to take an amber ale. Will it be hoppy or malty. This is a very hoppy take on the style to where it tastes like an APA. This is not a bad thing as this beer is big and full flavoured( which is what Rogue do best). The hops are anchored by a nice malt backbone. This is a great Rogue brew.

Photo of kensuthe
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown 22oz bottle with a man in a hat giving the Rogue fist pump superimposed in front of an American flag stylization, image silkscreened onto the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. A rich, full amber color with a decent amount of carbonation in the glass, capped by a two to three inch white-ish head with some staying power.

Smell: A sweet, hoppy aroma with lingering notes of caramel malt and some kind of nut.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A slightly bitter but also citrusy flavor of hops leads to a strong, smooth and sweet malt middle, and then finishes off with a strong and, again, slightly bitter hop tone. The mouthfeel is smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation to let you feel it in your mouth without being too much to swallow easily.

Drinkability: This beer is good for sipping over time or for swallowing in bigger mouthfuls. It is a little strong for an amber, but it is extremely enjoyable in its own rights.

Photo of KeefD
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Huge rocky head that nearly spills over the top. Large peaks form in the head as the beer settles in the glass and the carbonation rises to the top. Lacing is incredible - huge chunks clinging to the glass as it goes down..

Dark amber in color, slightly hazy. Bitter hops smell with slight malt and dark fruit scent in the background.

Amazing flavor. This is how an amber ale should taste. Strong hop character with a good dose of caramel malts.

Perfect amount of carbonation - not too light and not too heavy, giving this amber a remarkable body.


Photo of davidchollar
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark cinnamon color with a thick, light beige head. Decent retention. The last amber ale I had was Santa's Private Reserve, around Christmas time, so it's been a while. But after taking one whiff, I recognize and remember the style well. Such an amazing balance! It's hard to say what exactly I smell first. The crisp citrus hoppiness and the smooth caramel maltiness blend beautifully.

The taste is a little more bitter than I expected, but overall it matches the smell in its great balance. I would describe this beer as having a unique but totally accessible flavor that even the uninitiated should appreciate. Nice, medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable. I haven't had a bad Rogue beer! I'll definitely be getting this again.

Photo of burtonbe
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in appearance, with a very nice tan head that just won't leave.

Chocolaty, malty profile in the aroma. This smells like it has loads of malt in it.

Taste is full-flavored, malty, complex, somewhat chocolate. Did I mention full-flavored? Honestly the only thing holding me back from giving this one a 5 on the taste is that it falls a bit outside of the style guidelines. It's too over-the-top IMO for an amber ale.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Chewy and smooth. Silky. Carbonation is right on the money.

Not very drinkable for an amber. Again, a bit too much for the style.

Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark opaque copper, with great head and nice lacing. Very sweet scent, a little tart/sour, like an Irish red. Nice balanced taste, begins with a nice malt and ends with a great hop finish. Goes down extremely smooth! Very good beer.

Photo of csmiley
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a 12 oz. bottle in to my trusty nonic. Color was mostly brown with some red hidden in there. Head was good at an inch. Retention was good while lacing was excellent.

S - Aroma is primarily caramel. That quickly gives way to a citrus hop aroma. The (very distant) background is made up of bread and nuts.

T - Once again caramel comes through as a primary player in the taste. That starts to meld with a citrus hop flavor pretty quick. Once those fade, there is a bread flavor to finish it up. Can't help but notice a slight metallic taste that comes through on occasion.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly dry.

D - Drinkability is good given the low abv. I could easily have several of these in one sitting. Worth a try.

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

American Amber Ale pitches a rich, cloudy amber with three fingers of light tan froth resting atop. Ample lacing adorns the trusty ol' DAB mug; excellent. The nose exudes more hops than I expected for an amber, quite nice. Some fruit and certainly brown sugar follow in tow. Hops are also more preeminent in the taste than I expected, though I shouldn't have since Rogue usually hop things up. Orange peel and tangerine are present, and the sugary sweetness nicely offsets the hops. I wouldn't mind a little more body, but that's little surprise for this style, and Rogue's version is no slouch. The late stages of this have an iced-tea taste that's an interesting, unexpected twist.

Good carbonation and a hopped-up finish help make this a really good pick. Really good stuff, another fine offering from Rogue.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one ontap at The Summit in Bend. They also had Dead Guy, not a bad pair of Rogues to have in my opinion.

Was a clear amber brown.
Caramel malt and a nice floral pacnw hop aroma.

Grassy hops come in right after the sweet malt opening. Finish is abrupt and crisp. The aftertaste has you wanting another sip right away.

One of, if not the most drinkable Rogues out there. Super smooth and really good medium body.

I have gotten cases of this (from Costco), during the summer, it's really great on a camping trip or as a session sipper.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brownish orange wood-like color.

The smell was sweet and citrusy, with little bitterness.

The taste, however, was much more bitter. Not too bitter, just more than I expected. There's a strong spicy hop flavor in there which usually bothers me, but it worked pretty well here. I also got some roasted and caramel flavors, giving the taste a fuller feel. Finished a little bitter with some citrus and apple flavors.

Rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This may be my least favorite of their beers, and yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Rogue pint glass. Perfect amber color and a nice one-finger head. Toasty malt aromas with a sizable hop presence. Flavor includes a bready malt character with a chocolate tinge. Hops are citrusy with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is very good but drinkability is hindered by a metallic note that becomes increasingly prominent with warmth.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a very good sized head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell has a crisp malt backbone, but it's the citrus hop aroma that takes hold.

Taste is immediately hoppy, not overwhelming in the hop bitterness but quite a surprise as the aroma didn't reveal how strong the hop presence would be, long lingering bitterness.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown amber with good lacing and a nice clean clear body.
Not much in the nose, but a nice slightly-roased malt and very mild hop presence.
The taste was slight hop bitterness complimented by a well-balanced malt character. Alcohol in the finish, which wasn't to my liking. Nothing too complex, but pretty tasty nonetheless.
Starts dry and semi-bitter in the feel, but moves to a litle sweeter and ends smooth.
If I ddin't know better, I'd almost think this was a lager. Pretty tasty but nothing outstanding.

Photo of shabbtastic
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Oliver's Beverage I think it was $2.20.

A - Poured a reddish brown which was a bit hazy. Nice two finger white head witch faded to a small cap. Lacing started strong but didn't last the whole way. A great looking beer.

S - Sweet malt was prominent with distinct hop character in the back of the nose.

T - Initially pretty sweet, then it leaves semi roasted malt back, I really can't place it.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, this would be an ideal session brew IMO. Recommended

Photo of getch
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-nice hue amber color, little to no head, i like that it has a cloudy look to it

s-nothing stands out, it might be alittle to cold, and i am a little sick

t-you get a quick bit of the bitterness, i doubt its the alcohol, so most likely the hops

m-very smooth, except for the initial shock

d- umm, not a fan of amber ales never really liked them, but being rogue i wanted to give theirs a try, its descent but its not something i will purchase again

Photo of charlzm
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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...

American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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