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
Photo of troutmask96
1.93/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just busted my first bomber of this brew, and I don't know if this bottle is past its freshness date or not, but this might be the worst beer I've ever tasted. No, seriously. InCREDIBLY sour, with no redeeming flavor quality at all. Pretty mahogany color, and I like the label, but I'll definitely be avoiding this one in the future...

Photo of Kiwano
2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of unklesyd
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a muddled umber with a quickly dissipating head.

Thin medium-dark crystal grain aroma. Some very slight, non-identifiable hop combines in the aroma to provide a little cut to prevent overwhelming sweetness.

Thin, acidic flavor, just shy of metalic. Some bitterness, no discernible hop flavoring on the tongue, but very slight cascade in the aftertaste.

Much too cutting, not easy to drink. Best thing this beer has going for it is the mermaid on the label.

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 Nicole_deB
2.83/5  rDev -14%
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.

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 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 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

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 SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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 barleywinefiend
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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 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 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.

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Scuttlebutt Amber from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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