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Scuttlebutt Amber - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Scuttlebutt AmberScuttlebutt Amber

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 106
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.14/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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

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Photo of RJLarse
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/16/08. Bottle courtesy of scrizzz. Pours a clear amber/orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of buttery popcorn and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet sugary fruitiness, strawberry, and nice malt. Pretty tasty and drinkable. I'm surprised at these low ratings because this is a good amber!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of sendsilk
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of piclee
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was not able to pour this beer into a glass because it was handed to me by the brewer directly off the bottling line. There were no glasses in sight. Foam could still be seen in the neck of the bottle before twisting off the cap. Aroma leans toward the malty sweet side, subtle earthy/herbal hop notes can also be found behind the malt. Tastes just like it smells, the caramel malty sweetness is followed by the herbal hops flavors with just a touch of spiciness. Medium bodied in feel with wonderful carbination, probably linked the fact that it was so fresh. I would have another and would recommend giving this beer a try. For now I'm going to go have the other bottle I was given so I can drink both before they are even a day old (in the bottle).

This review may have been slightly affected by the fact that I was mesmerised by the bottling line filling numerous 12 oz. bottles one after another without ceasing, while I was enjoying my beer.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of LieutenantWort
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of spencerw
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of rel
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of xoqx
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of masikon
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Scuttlebutt Amber from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.