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Empire Amber Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Empire Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 08-19-2002

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 18
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Clover Lanes in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a clear medium amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one doesn't smell like a whole lot, a bit of toasted bread, and some metallic sort of stuff.

This doesn't really taste all that good. It's got a weird metallic character to it that I don't love. There's a perfunctory toasted malt/caramel note to this as well that's not particularly interesting.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Kinda boring, honestly. Not bad, but not particularly interesting at all.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

09/08/11 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Fave of the day. Malty more than hoppy. Me mucho likey.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Coppery orange. One finger of creamy white head lasted over 30 minutes. Lacing down the entire mug.

S: Initially has a very musty hop odor. Light caramel aroma, chestnut nuttiness with a slight metallic tone. Improved quite a bit with warmth. Everything became more integrated, sweeter, and pleasant. Deeper notes of toffee, molasses, and biscuit.

M: Medium, soft and chewy body. Very active carbonation, but moderate overall in feel.

T: My overall impression was a hoppy vienna lager, though it was brewed with English malts. Not that sweet. Pretty well balanced with hop bitterness at the end. Overriding orange fruit character worked well with light caramel notes and spice. If I had to guess I'd say they used Northern Brewer hops. Lots of good woody flavor, birch bark, light pine, and grassy mint. Some metallic remains too, which is the only detractor for me.

Photo of JStans12
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Red orange amber hue with a finger or twos worth of off-white head that sticks around. Nice lacing too.

S - Not a lot in the nose. Slightly malty sweet and some hints of fruit.

T - Biscuits and toast. A subtle and complex malt body. Goes in with a slight caramel sweetness and down with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Crisp and extremely drinkable.

O - An excellent amber ale. I've been disappointed with this style lately. I feel that many are over hopped which retracts from malty complexities that should be most prominent. This beer is to style and also to my specific taste as it is more toasty and less sweet.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

oddly enough this was on tap at smokey bones near great northern. the pours is clear and very light red for an amber, no dark caramel color or anything, an inch of white foam rests on top. the nose is really quite boring, a little malt sweetness, generic and plain, but not much more. the flavor is good though, balanced, with a little hop kick on both the front and back, a very american style amber. the malt profile is as light as it lookes, subtle and semisweet, with some toffee and biscuit notes on the finish. feel works well, light as hell in body, would like to see more, especially in the winter months, but the carbonation is ample and the finish is delicate and quick in a quiet way. overall better than average but not the first choice when at the brewery. a servicable amber, but not a good illustration of what empire can do.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the dutch poured into a cheater pint. Amber hue capped by a foamy slight off white head. Head has little retention, very light lacing cap. Nose was clean with very light hints of caramel, slight pine. Taste was caramel and malt centric pretty well balanced by light flower and citrus. Hint of slight chalkiness. Mouth is medium bodied and compliments the chili I am it pairing with. Overall not a bad choice, If given the Empire IPA I would surely choose that over this. Cheers!

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

With deeper caramel and malt sweetness than a pale ale, this amber ale tilts away from hop balance to showcase a bit more richness and sweetness.

Empire's amber ale pours a medium amber/copper color with moderate carbonation, a sturdy off-white head and moderate lace. A light haze suggests late addition hops for balance and aroma.

The nose portrays a caramel and toffee rich tone with a background note of grass or pine from hops. Low on fruity and spicy notes, the beer's objectives are obvious: malt first, hops a distant second, and that's it.

Flavors are malty sweet with caramel and light toffee that govern the taste from initial sip until deep in finish. A timid attempt to balance is met with a grassy, piney, and almost minty taste that develops into clean but understated bitterness late. Crisp, clean, and malt balanced throughout, still with spicy or fruity flavors at bay.

Medium, rich, and creamy, the mouthfeel seems a bit full from the carbonation and malty sweetness. As carbonation falls, hop bitterness rises a bit, and the malts fade, the beer finishes malty-dry in a semi-dry state.

Typical of amber ales, Empire's is quite simplistic and somewhat one-dimentional with the caramel malt flavor dominating. But with clean brewing and fermenting practices, the beer is relatively error free. It just needs a stamp that gives it identity.

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty malt, caramel and an herbal hop spice.

The taste offered round malts, some caramel and a balancing drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical ho hum amber ale here. Serviceable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light colored body with an off-white head. Solid retention, and a little bit of lacing stays behind on the glass.

The aroma has fruity notes with sweet malt.

An ugly bit of sourness pops up in this one, and it is quite unpleasant. Besides that there is a ton of fruity ale yeast in this one, with some bread and toffee from the malt. A good bit of toasted malt also. There is also a low to moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

Light body, the carbonation is a little bit low.

The sourness killed this one. Without the sourness it would be passable; Empire makes good stuff for the most part.

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

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours amber colour with an average size frothy head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head didnt last for very long.

Smell - hops, toffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There wasn't a whole lot of carbonation and the beer had a mild flavour. There was lots of malts and some light hops mixed with faint caramel/toffee. It finished with a lightl malty aftertaste.

Drink - This would make an excellent session beer. Not overly flavourful, but a pleasant taste.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the brewery.

A - clear brownish amber. Off-white head with medium retentino

S - aroma was mild but good.

T - Surprise! A very fine taste that starts a bit sweet and finishes bitter. Malty/hoppy finish.

M - full for style; good, perhaps slightly high, carbonation.

D - an easy-drinking and inviting beer. Excellent session beer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a clear amber color with some copper highlights around the meniscus. The one finger of beige head retained itself decently and left lacing in decreasing bands. The aroma was very light, a combination of grains and nuts was all I could get. The flavors were very understated as well, mostly crystal malt with almost no hop profile. A total session beer but too boring to be objectionable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good cask for the style. Peachy colour, with some lace and white head. AN average mouthfeel,a smooth drinker. Its flavourful and a bit fruity.Pacific northwest hops were well used. A surprise of the Syracuse Real Ale Fest.Brewer Tim Butler is spreading his wings.

Photo of williamherbert
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep and glassy ruby red look with a tinge of orange. Clear. Sparse head, spotty lace.

The smell is toasted malts with some light caramel notes. Sweeter honey and light butterscotch flavors. Not overwhelming but good.

The taste is sweet butterscotch on the front of the tongue (ringwood?). Some thicker barley in the taste, plus hints of mild dark chocolate and caramel. Very rich and well-balanced. Hint of sour apple on the tail end. Slight bitter hop.

A little sandpapery in the feel. Slightly bubbly. Has a bite on the way down. Not mind-blowing, but a good, solid brew.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. sampler poured into a tasting glass. Pours an amber-hazlenut color with an off-white head that slowly dissipates leaving some lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts, malty sweetnes and a hint of hops. Taste to match the aroma, but the malt is rather subdued - I was expecting a little more malt complexity. Well balanced nonetheless. Medium-light body leads to easy drinkability. Another good session beer.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. The aroma seems pretty standard for an amber ale. The taste is decent. It has a nice malty flavor that is a bit sweet with crystal malts. A great deal of hops are present as well, making the finish quite bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking amber ale. It's got excellent malt character and a wonderful hop presense.

Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a good beer, but just too light to be an amber. It weighed in on the heavy end of golden ale. It tasty mostly of lightly roasted grains, like a sweet biscuit cookie. There was really no hops profile and maybe only a little balancing bitterness. It's not that anything tasted bad, it was just a little too mellow to be an amber ale. It was quite drinkable and wouldn't make for a bad session beer, but stack it next to Sackett's Harbor Amber and it's no contest.

This doesn't seem to be the same amber previously reviewed.

Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ales...typically thought of as an intro to craft brew for macro drinkers, there's not a whole lot to get excited over. That said, this is well above the average amber. Sturdy malty, but well balanced, providing an assertive hop bite from start to finish. Solid brew.

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Empire Amber Ale from Empire Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.