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Empire Amber Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Empire Amber Ale
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 28.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 70
Reviews by JStans12:
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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBCrew
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of lzepplin01
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ChipChaight
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Niedzws
3.84/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bustersuess
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of M16storm
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of david18
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Empire Amber Ale from Empire Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.