Scuttlebutt Amber - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 103
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +26%

Thanks to Donkster46 for the trade!

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass for appearance etc

Appearance (4.75) : All I gotta say is this wins an award for the messiest beer I've ever had. The head is so freaking enormous that it flowed over the top of my glass. I'm measuring about five inches. That's insane. FIVE.

Oh yeah, the body is a perfect amber color, it looks great.

Smell (5) : Sweet honey notes with cheerios (honey nut cheerios?) and some good spice. Green and black grape. Some fresh watermelon or cantelope. The smell is fantastic on this beer. I can't help it, it's a five.

Taste (4.75) : Good gravy, this is like the best amber I've ever had. It's so smooth, so succulent, so...right on the money. No off notes, perfect finish. It's got that beautiful mildly sweet wheat taste and all the spice comes together just like it should. It's just stupid good.

Mouthfeel (4) : Carbonated, watery, and dry. Ends bitterly dry in a GOOD way. Nice.

Overall (4.21) : My heart is aching that I only have ONE of these and I can't get them anywhere. I'll have to message my friend Donkster and ask him to send me more of this beer. It's quite simply fantastic. Am I drunk? I don't think I could type if I was. This beer is really, really good. No lie. Near perfect amber ale. (1,297 characters)

Photo of Nicole_deB
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It was…bland? Boring? It’s not BAD. You can drink it. Light malt, bittersweet finish. But I get the feeling if it wasn’t for the overabundance of carbonation, this would have been really bad. It wasn’t just light carbonation—it was exploding out of the bottle, making you feel like you were going to explode, too, carbonation. I wouldn’t seek it out again. (368 characters)

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into tulip. Attractive dark amber with some opacity. Thick off white head with modest retention but minimal lacing. The aroma of jolly rancher green apple candy is appealing with some funk. Taste falls a little short of the promising aroma, it's ok, well better than ok but Something's missing...mouthfeel is fine, not overly carbonated. Overall enjoyable and good representative of the style. Buy it. (422 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a darth Vader pint glass.

Pours cloudy amber with a copious head of foam. Aroma is malty with a sour fruitiness. This is a bit thin bodied with a mild malt bite and bitter finish. Not terribly exciting and has a bit of a fruity off flavor. Not recommended. (283 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

A- Kind of cloudy dark burnt orange. White-ish small head.

S- Smells of brown sugar and red fruits. A little bit of caramel and brandy round out the nose.

T- Tastes great. Some spices and sweet malts back up this beer's big sour orange juice flavor.

M- Typical for an amber. Nothing special but just right - not too thick and not too thin with non-obtrusive carbonation.

O- I am decidedly picky about ambers. Some, like fat tire, are grossly overrated by the casual beer drinker. This passes the taste test. Distinct from Irish reds, Scuttlebutt's amber ale nails the American amber. (617 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange color with a massive three finger off white super dense head. Decent lacing on my New Belgium glass. Appearance is slightly cloudy, w/ lots of bubbles from the bottom. In the nose, I get apple, bread, caramel, fruity esters. Not bad at all. The taste is very sweet, with the same profile as the nose. Esters are a little too present for my taste. Feel is medium, with a ester bite on the back end. Mellow edge on it as well. Overall, a decent, but not spectacular brew. Cheers. (493 characters)

Photo of Kiwano
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - orange - yellow - tan - starts with a frothy head but then thins out

S - somewhat sour apple

T - Strong sour up front with some apple in the back bitterness on the sides

M - fizzy with tight bubbles

O - a little too sour and funky without other complexity to balance the sourness - Maybe needs some strong cheese to go along with it? not sure if this is what it should taste like - maybe it was an off bottle? Don't think I would have this again. (457 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-amber color with a light tan head which dissipates quickly

S-slight citrus and some yeast/bread notes

T-citrus and malt but some sour overtones

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-average amber ale, nothing special, but drinkable (250 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled purchased from Total Wine per recommendation of the manager. I think ut was $4 for the 22 oz. Was a little hesitant to purchase this.

Let me start by saying that I bought this several days ago and it has been refrigerated since so I was surprised that when I opened it the beer gushed forth and spilled everywhere.

It looks pretty cloudy and orange like a pumpkin beer. Smells boozy and sweet with a distinctive scent of clove. The taste is pretty malty and sweet witha definite clove taste. Well carbonated and very easy drinking. A nicely rounded easy drinking beer. If BMC distributed and sold this it would be a big hit. (634 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber with lots of bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted about a minute. No lacing really.

S: Floral hops and caramel malt. I get peaches and other fruits. Very nice.

T: Slightly sweet and not much bitterness. Tastes kind of watery. Not much flavor there.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery though.

O: I might have gotten a bad bottle. The flavor was kind of off. Other than that, not too bad, though it wasn't much to look at. (525 characters)

Photo of rel
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light cream, bubbly head.

Nice copper color.

Smell is weak. Some caramel malt and faint floral hops.

Taste is what I like in an amber. Those roasted malts really come through, with just enough hops to balance them out and stay true to the nature of its color. (270 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One more brewery from Washington to make its way to SoCal. 22 ounce bottle, and on to the beer:

It's a show of tiny bubbles inside this orange amber colored beer. Thick lacing of froth stays around on top, soapy lacing around the glass....she's looking pretty. But looks can be deceiving, she smells a little odd. Steely, odd esters, bread crust, oktoberfest-style maltiness all in the nose.

Based on the nose, I thought that there would be a chance that I grimace, but that fate has been avioded. Leaning towards the malt, cookie dough, caramel, esters, and minerals take the show. The mineral aspect is far dominant, which is a visual buzzkill for those who are reading along with this review and were taken on a sweet ride from the first three flavors. The touch of sulfur is also present. Light in the body and nearly watery at times.

Decent overall and somewhat refreshing. I wouldn't go crazy nor be fearful if I were to meet with Scuttlebutt Amber a second time. Still, the chances of a second meeting in my life are slim. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a clear amber with a modest white head that receded to a thin ring. Basic toasted malts in the aroma, nutty, and slightly earthy. More basic-ness in the taste: toasted malts, honey-roasted peanuts, with some earthy hops for balance. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty easy to drink, though nothing unique. (342 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the reddish apprearnce with
a little amber glow, not much.

smell: light hop aroma, caramel

taste: mostly carmamel malt flavor, decently balanced aiwht ow hop presence.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: an avg amber ale could have used more hops. (282 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head with good lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, a lot of caramel and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a good dose of sweet toasted malt with a mild bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I would have like some more hops to balance out the nice malty sweetness in the aroma and taste but this is a pretty decent amber overall that is worth a try. (515 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Discretely described by their website as being "Most popular." Let's give their greatest hit a try!

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-tan body with a modest-sized, near white head that soon settles into an inner-glass encircling ring.

Smell: Aroma of toasted, bready malts, nuts, and overcooked, bitterish caramel permitting notes of tart-scented fruit and dried, earthy herbs to join in.

Taste: Maltiness of toasty bread crumbs tossed up with lightly charred caramelized sugars and unsalted peanuts. Moderately sweet. Herbal, leafy, earthy hops with hints of dried citrus and sufficient, balancing bitterness. Very light tart fruitiness buried in the taste. A jerk of soap lather late in the taste, kind of spoiling the whole proceedings for me. Nutty, soapy, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm drinking it, and, yes, I'll finish, but I'm just not really loving it. A so-so amber, at best. Maybe their less popular beers will resound with me. (1,069 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the brewery in a six-ounce sample glass.

Appearance: rich golden amber hue with a crystal clear body and one finger of rich ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: light, sweet malt with attractive floral hops; good, but low intensity for my taste.

Taste: similar to the aroma, but stronger and more well rounded. The sweet malt and complementary floral hops may not be for everyone, but I quite enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low-to-OK carbonation. Passable.

Drinkability: tasty and refreshing -- I'd definitely order this again. (560 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, nice coppery-red, very little head despite a fairly aggressive pour. No lacing to speak of.

Smell was fairly typical of the style, mostly malt, with a hint of sweetness, maybe a little nut and slightly metallic.

Taste was better than the smell. Again the malt is prevalent, as expected. Got a little more hops on the flavor side than the smell. A slight syrup sweetness, not too much though. Overall a pretty balanced brew.

Feels good in the mouth, medium body, medium carbonation. Little if any after taste.

A very drinkable brew. I could enjoy several of these at a sitting. May have to swing another trade and get a few more. Thanks beertunes! (681 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Smelled metallic, caramel, molasses

T: Taste was bready, caramel, molasses and sugars

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light, not appealing, sharp metallic feel, flat on taste

D: Pass (256 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a pleasing reddish amber with a half inch of tan head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was the expected malty scent typical of the style, with a nice tang of hops at the back of the scent. The flavor was a pleasant surprise, mostly malt of course, with a pleasing floral hop taste and some citrus hops on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, a little fuller than medium bodied. The drinkability was very good,I would (and have) take a couple of sixers of these to parties or cookouts where the crowd may not be beer enthusiasts, and I'm happy with this beer and so are the civilians who try it.

Overall, a pretty good example of the style, worth some effort to try. (740 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear crimson-brown with a smattering of lather. The taste and aroma show gentle alt-like properties with smooth malty contours, modest hop balances (from Mt. Hood and Willamette hops), and a vague suggestion of hazelnut. Easily approachable and sessionable. And often available in six-packs at bargain prices. (310 characters)

Photo of spencerw
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Scuttlebutt brew I've tried.

A: Poured a reddish / brown in color with a 1-2 inch head that disappeared quickly to nothing and left very minimal lacing as I took the first sip.

S: The aroma of malt is present but anything else was hard to identify. Slightly fruity and perhaps a little spicy. Refreshing and crisp sense though.

T: Rather unique beer and I like it. The hops pick up at the tail end...someone bland fruity such as clove and banana...even some apple present. Slight creamy / buttery taste as well. It is a very nice beer and refreshing. The malt is pretty tone and there is a smooth carbonation present as well.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. I'm thinking best served cold. Could almost pass for a light Hef.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not a beer that has ANY uniqueness but one absolutely worth trying. (888 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4.14/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice amber color with a thin head and no lace. smell has sweet malts, molasses and floral hops. Taste has a nice combonation of the sweet malt and hops that goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is medium having nice carbonation. A very enjoyable brew that I will more than likely get again. (300 characters)

Photo of LieutenantWort
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looking for an accessible amber or APA to tap for a large party... Mac & Jack's African Amber & Deschutes Twilight are on the short list, but wanted to give this a try.

Appearance is OK. Color is great -- a deep ruby/copper, very clear, with active carbonation. Not much head though, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Nose is not impressive. A little too sharp and sour... like a fistful of pennies or maybe some pine sap that's "turned."

Taste is OK, better than the nose. There's bready flavor combined with an initial rush of sweet malts that fades very quickly to a bitter finish. The first couple of sips actually reminded me a bit of mass-market beers like MGD -- though this has way more depth, the initial notes aren't too far off from a typical macro-brew.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both decent if unremarkable. I'm surprised at the bitter finish seeing as how little hops are present in the overall flavor. Guess they're just hiding out at the back waiting to ambush you... without that odd finishing note, the drinkability would be higher. (1,118 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. Appearance of a dark amber colour, with a think off white head that dissapeared quickly and didn't leave lacing.

Smelled as if it was straight from a can! Seriously, this smelled more metalic than the tin man's underpants! Some malt, and some caramel, but that really is taking good deep whiffs to get past the metalic smell

The taste was a little better than the smell, but if you'd have blindfolded me, I'd ahve said this was from a can. Some sweet malt, and a little bit of caramel aftertaste. Shame, as I like some of their stuff, but this was disappointing

Mouthfeel is medium to light, and not effervescent, so that is about the best part of the beer (701 characters)

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