Scuttlebutt Amber - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by jayhawk73:
Photo of jayhawk73
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Reddish-orange in color with a small head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma of malt and balancing hops is very tight and proved difficult to locate.

Taste – This isn’t bad. The hops pick up a little more at the taste. They are nice, moderate, floral, and dry. The malt is toned down but still there. There’s also a tartness in there that I can’t pinpoint and a slight mix of buttery smoothness.

Mouthfeel – I thought the carbonation was a little on the cheap side. It crackled in the mouth more like a soda than a beer. Otherwise, this ale was medium-bodied and dry.

Drinkability – Smooth and drinkable. I probably won’t stock up on it, but I’ll have one from time to time.

Photo of masikon
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is becoming a staple here in northwest Washington and seems to have really caught on in the last few years. True to the name it comes out an honest amber color with a somewhat fizzy head and active carbonation. Nose is sweet, rich, and malty. Taste for me is heavy on malty sweetness and quite syrupy, Not quite balance by the hops which come in late but don't quite take out that sweet mouthfeel completely. Overall i'd say this is a fair effort but I found its too sweet to sit and drink as a session beer, and not really unique or interesting enough to make me want to drink it on a regular basis.

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of zacharius
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours true to it's name, an amber color. The head goes down dissapointinly fast. Not much aroma but was there smelled ok. This beer has a mild bitterness with flowery hop flavor, fruitty esters from the yeast and a slight caramal malt sweetness. This medium bodied beer is too fizzy and overcarbonated. Drinkability is ok, the taste is above average and would make a great session beer if there was less fizz.

Photo of sendsilk
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of xoqx
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – A barely-clouded medium amber colored brew has a irregular offwhite head that deteriorated unnaturally quickly.

Smell – Not a whole lot in the smell here. Hints of some hops, but not enough to determine the characteristics of the flower.

Taste – The hops are the focus of this amber ale, which is not the standard for this style. If it were not this heavily hopped, I don’t think it’s malt structure would be enough to hold the beer up. It tends toward a watery taste. All that said, I would rather drink this than any sort of macro lager. I recommend trying this beer once to see if you like it. Don’t expect anything wonderful.

Mouthfeel – A little flat. This could stand more carbonation… more malt for the yeast to work on.

Drinkability – This beer’s drinkability is hindered by its not being very good altogether. I would enjoy it as a hop-heavy Amber Ale, which could be an interesting interpretation of the style, but it simply doesn’t have the malt contribution needed to balance the beer. It makes me wonder if the brewery is compensating for a weak, poorly constructed beer by over hopping it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in Everett, nice and fresh.

Pours a deep bronze colour with ample carbonation and a lasting white head. Aroma is of light, sweet malts and some lavenderish floral tones.

Taste is of lightly toasted malts, well-balanced with hops. More hops than I'm used to in an American Amber, so I'm pleasantly surprised. The hops are quite floral and just bitter enough to add a nice balance to the sweet malts.

Not a bad Amber at all, drinkable and sessionable for sure. Nice for a Seattle Summer day.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +28%

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.

Photo of spencerw
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of Csikic93
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The look is great, the smell however is sour. The taste is flat with no finish.

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear amber-red with a small light beige head, and some lacing.

smell of caramel, malt, some nuts, and a few hops.

taste is creamy, caramel, sweet malt, earthy, a touch of citrus, and some nuts, end is bitter and slightly sour.

overall just an average brew.

Photo of rel
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent red sap with a nice off white head that dissolves as the session goes on. The smell is a very light but pleasant floral and hints of pine trees. A butter cup molasses is slightly detected. The taste has a nice citrus ping to it, light enough so non-hop lovers will like it, but also hop fans will be happy as well. Perfectly rounded, a nice plum taste goes nicely with the caramel malts. Lighter than many Amber's but still tasty. Very drinkable, good session beer.

Note: also reviewed this under Amber

Photo of FickleBeast
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of tbeck
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark amber/purple in color with little to no head. Little clarity. Little to no aroma, what little you can smell is malt. Very sweet and malty, has a bitter aftertaste. Light in texture with a bit a carbonation. I was not excited by this beer, the taste was off but not offensive. I do not care to have this one again.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not one of their best beers since there seems to be a off note in the finish that consists of a metallic taste and a slight feel of thinness. This is a malt forward beer but the hops are still around however I could barely finish the glass due to the off flavours. Try their IPA instead which is pretty good

Photo of sam_bliss
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt Amber at a grocery store, while on a business trip last month. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich copper/bronze color and is slightly hazy. A bubbly beige head forms atop the brew, and produces some lacing while it lasts.

The smell is fairly strong with a sweet malt aroma. Some earthy floral notes as well.

The taste is a toasted biscuit flavor, with some caramel malt taste along side. There is a peaty flavor, and very little bitterness. A lot of malt and grain, very little sweetness or bitterness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth but light and crisp.

Probably one of the more drinkable amber ales I have had. Very drinkable, very sessionable, and it would be good most any time. I would have this again for sure.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Scuttlebutt Amber from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.