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American Amber Ale - Rogue Ales

American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,150 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1150
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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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mjurney

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up to the top. Thick frothy head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Caramel, bready, some fresh hops.

Taste:
I get lots of caramel malts up front, toasted, bready. Hop is juicy, floral, a little citrusy. Dry-bitter finish. Body is medium, juicy mouthfeel, a little dry, carbonation is low.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:38:48 | More by mjurney
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

Served on tap into a pint glass.

This beer is a hazy amber color with a lingering white head. The nose matches the taste perfectly. At first I was caught off guard by the bitterness and citrusy profile. TO be honest I wouldn't be surprised if they used orange while brewing because oranges are strong in the flavor profile. This is borderline IPA in my opinion. There is also a fair share of toffee notes, breaddy flavors and smooth light caramel flavors. This beer is rounded out by a nice presence from Rogues signature yeast. A solid, fruity red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 15:19:12 | More by TwelveOunces
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buschbeer

Ohio

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

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark amber to burnt orange in color. A little too aggressive of a pour led to three inches of beige head and growing.

S - I get caramel malt and some floral hops. I also smell some orange tea.

T - I taste some sweet caramel malt balanced by a moderate dose of hops. It is very well balanced.

M - Moderate

O - As far as amber ales go, it is a good example. It is well balanced with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:30:56 | More by buschbeer
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep semi-hazed auburn color with about 2 fingers of faded caramel colored head. Smells of caramel, roasted malt, piney hops and undertones of fruit.

Alot going on for a simple amber.Big body is broken up just enough by the carbonation giving a full mouthfeel. Sweet toasted grainy bread up front, lightly buttered, with sugar free jam. Caramel with a touch of raisin. Some apple flavors and roasted malt on the finish. Piney hops come into balance and complicate flavors. Very very good and very complex with tons of layers. Even though it's released in the summer this is definitely a winter brew to me due to the flavor profile and heartiness of this beer. Good show from rogue.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:44:43 | More by jtierney89
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a huge, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, bread, some faint citrusy aromas

T - baked apple, caramel, citrus

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent amber but simple. The apple and sweet caramel notes are overdone. The hop character is citrusy and blend with the sweetness rather than offer balance. Ultimately, there is nothing here to seperate this one from the pack. I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 08:39:01 | More by tdm168
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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

Out of the bomber and into my pint glass:

A: amber colored body that leaves a half finger white head, lasts for about thirty seconds and then dies. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing was seen at all.

S: roasty hops combined very nicely with some caramels and coffee.

T: bitter hops coming out a bit stronger and giving a quick bite and allows a slow flavor of the coffee and caramel coming out.

M: medium with nothing obscure on the tongue, just an overall basic good feel.

O: I like this and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:49:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber body, ever so slightly clouded. Jets of tiny bubbles. Nice light beige head.

S: Caramel and fruit. Quite sickly.

T: The nose doesn't deliver. Sweetness is overcompensated for by too much bitterness and while slightly fruity, it's not American grapefruit juice fruity. It's a bit like Smithwicks but, er, fruitier and more bitter. A pleasant spicy earthiness. Nice aftertaste.

O: Nice beer but nothing to write home about. I'd enjoy it more in a pub. Not quite special enough for home drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:43:45 | More by Hoppsbabo
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt amber mahogany on draught with a quickly fading off white head.

Floral hop smell with malty undertone

Tastes of hop, burnt malt, and a bitter finish is present

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacking.

Overall, this is a fine draught beer. But, I will try it from the bottle when I get a chance. Great beer, from a great brewery!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 04:51:49 | More by BierStein711
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CHickman

New York

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

Pours amber orange color with a 1 finger beige creamy head that faded quickly and left great spotty lacing along the glass, and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, floral hops and light wheat or yeast; nose was sweet and malty with caramel and toffee notes peeking through.

Tastes of sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, floral hops, light wheat or yeast, toffee, brown sugar, syrup and wheat bread; toasted malt lingers in the semi-dry finish that is creamy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very little to no carbonation, a medium body and a very smooth overall feel. Really easy to drink and quite tasty, this is a very good amber ale that I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:48:55 | More by CHickman
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Tap House in SF

A - Dark copper to brown, tan orange and leathery almost no head or activity or lacing

S - Fruity sweet malts

T - Sweet fruit cut wonderfully with spicy North West hops, balance balance balance

M - Did I mention balance? Super clean on the tongue makes it very easy to take a few of these down

O - Really good. Very complex without being overpowering

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 00:12:09 | More by DrewSnyc667
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a light tan head. The color reminds me slightly of syrup. There is also a light nice carbonation

Smell: Smells heavy with carmely malts and bready wafting.

Taste: Tastes very bready like the smell with some nice malty bits, and a bitter tongue tingling on the aftertaste. The sweat caramel maltiness is also there in the front taste and in some of the initial aftertaste. The hops are only really present in after taste, but they run a strong back bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thickly watery with a good back bite from the bitters. The tingle is harsh on the tongue when it is left to sit.

Overall: This is a nice bready ale with some cool malts and an interesting back bite. It includes all of the essentials of a beer; yeast, hops, malts. Yet it still only seems like only a mildly good beer in the end. Not amazing, but a good drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:14:20 | More by Maxwell
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy opaque amber, with a huge head of rich and sudsy, tan bubbles. Lace is thick and loopy, but erratic.

Nose is biscuity and toasty, with a hint of caramel.

Taste is similarly toasty and bready, and pretty well typical of an American amber ale. Overall, a solid, if unremarkable amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 15:16:47 | More by secondtooth
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep and clear golden amber. Head is finger width, decent retention, and the resulting lace is thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Classic Rogue malt aroma, with notes of peppery spice, and a good amount of citrus hop to round it out.

Taste - Wonderful balance. Caramel and peppery spice, interwoven with a slightly bitter citrus hop. A slight metallic tinge completes the flavor. It all comes to a point in the aftertaste, then fades.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth down the throat, with a good amount of carbonation that tingles the lips and bites at the tongue.

Overall - Entirely drinkable amber with just enough punchy flavor to keep it lively and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:37:13 | More by TheSixthRing
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber color, produced a light tannish head, excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of caramel, toffee and piney hops. Medium in body, this American Amber Ale is smooth, has a foundation of malted grain, highlights caramel malt, roasted malt and bitter hops. Excellent example of an American Amber ale, one of the best that I have had of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 16:41:06 | More by GossageBrewery
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark copper color with a slight amount of white foamy head.

Beer smells very sweet and malty. Very faint hoppy smell, but not too much going on here.

Taste is very malty. Hints of grapefruit hops as well. Not as flavorful as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel was a tad thick and not enough carbonation for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 13:04:05 | More by Merkur
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue American Amber is a decent amber ale. The beer poured a clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a decent lace. The smell is rather bland...some sweet malt scent, but overall not the best amber I have smelled. The taste is solid with hints of sweet malt, but there is a dry bitterness to the beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid amber, but not the best balanced amber i have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:37:06 | More by WoodBrew
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denver10

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber with a white head that quickly dropped. A floral resin with some sweet caramel malt hits your nose, though maybe I should have said that in reverse order. Flavor starts sweet from the caramel malt and closes out with the floral hops and a dry finish. Good balance to this one. Carbonated and and light. A nice take on an amber, easy to drink and sessionable. The dry finish to this thing rubs me the wrong way just a bit, not sure it suits the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 05:57:55 | More by denver10
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GNWBC

Washington

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

P: pours a dark amber color with a off white head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet Malt floral hops and hit of citrus

T: follows the nose, lots of sweet malt almost carmel, plenty of pine/citrus hoppy notes. annddd thats about it

M: pretty light, good carbonation

O: good session beer. very drink able.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 20:21:01 | More by GNWBC
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farrago

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, full two finger head of orange-tinted tan, almost all microfoam with an even surface and delicate to the touch, the lacing is not overpowering but where it sticks it sticks in thick streaks. The liquid is a cloudy, glowing, opaque amber red, every bit true to the category, equal parts brown and orange rust, hordes of loose bubbles scattered throughout. The nose seems to take pains to play down the malt side of the equation, all pine, peat, salt and pepper, unprocessed grains and dry earth before allowing room for any butterscotch, caramel hard candy or cocoa accents, does not display discernible fruit nor citrus notes, lasts well without being showy. Medium-bodied, outsized carbonation fluffs it up big time in the mouth, at times you feel like its gonna escape your pursed lips. While there is an underlying astringency, here you get a lot more caramel, toffee, creamed coffee as well as cocoa roast. The grains turn towards country style bread and biscuits, less herbal. Here you get a splash of grapefruit and sour orange alongside the more saline aspect. Stains the palate deeply, you can taste it fully long after you’ve swallowed. Well-crafted and unique in subtle ways.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:00:57 | More by farrago
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber, decent initial head, lacing doesn't really last

Smells malty, pine hop note vaguely there, not a ton of smell.

Sweet malt highlighted by major blast of grapefruit hops. Luscious. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel rich and bubbly carbonation.

Very flavorful, quite drinkable. Took me awhile to get to this one because I thought it wouldn't be very interesting. I was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:26:05 | More by Strix
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Hawkeye1113

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on 1/3/12 out of a 12oz bottle. No production date was on bottle.

A- Pours a reddish-brown/copper color. About an inch of head that dissipates slowly. Clear.

S- Slightly hoppy, floral notes. Slightly malty notes with a hint of spice.

T- Quite malty/malt foward. Hint of butterscotch on back-end with a bit of spice. Bit of a hoppy/bitter finish.

M-Medium, bitter, low carbonation. Low carbonation may be from sitting on the shelf for awhile.

O- Overall I found this to be a decent Amber. Heavier/thicker than some that I've had, which is a plus, but less hoppiness than others is a let down. Other than that, I find this one mildly refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:01:40 | More by Hawkeye1113
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-red with a short half-finger white head, generous amount of lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Roasted malts, mild hops, mild spices.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong taste of roasted malts followed by floral hops, with a hint of prunes or raisins. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation, but still what I'd consider crisp and refreshing. A definite non-sipper for me.

Overall: This is a really great amber ale, a beer that I could drink any time of year. I love Yuengling, which is probably the most widely distributed American Red Ale, but this American Amber/Red Ale blows it out of the water!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 21:14:17 | More by CowsCanBark
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange/tan body, 2 finger head,
fine lacing

S: big malt, pine, hint of nuts and coffee

T: sweet nuts/caramel malt, grain, english
biscuit bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles,
BUT Rogue pulls it off with class.
Any Fat Tire loving fan will love this
brew.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GRABBING!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:42:49 | More by BeerLover99
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billyzoom666

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 oz into a mug

This pours a very light brown, almost an amber, with very little head to it. This has a great initial smell. It's malt heavy, but not overly sweet. There's just a hint of something darker in the smell, maybe coffee? "Damn!" That's the first word out of my mouth when I took a sip. It tingles the taste buds in a good way. Just enough hop edge to remind you you're drinking a beer. Very tasty! Although a great one off, this doesn't go down hot and heavy. A good sipper to have on hand when needed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:45:26 | More by billyzoom666
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jkrich

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle poured a clear, dark, reddish brown with a slowly receding off-white head.
The aroma had a very nice, inviting biscuity malt presence that lingers a bit before some faint hop aroma surfaced - somewhat restrained.

The initial flavor profile would indicate a solidly malt forward amber as the sweet and slightly butterscotch like flavor dominates before a refreshing, sharp bitterness comes forth and lingers on the back of the tongue before the malty flavor returns. Overall, rather balanced though the hop profile can be deceiving.

The body is solidly medium with a nice, bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is perhaps a little too high but overall keeps this amber refreshing.

When at the liquor store, I often pass up Rogue because of the cost and refusal to use freshness dating. This ale tasted fresh; maybe those "oxygen-absorbing" caps advertised by Rogue are the difference. Rogue's American Amber is a good representative of the style

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:48:46 | More by jkrich
American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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