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Empire Amber Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Empire Amber Ale
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 08-19-2002)
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Photo of seedyone

New York

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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

08-19-2014 04:01:55 | More by seedyone
Photo of giorgia

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

07-27-2014 20:46:27 | More by giorgia
Photo of gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

05-20-2012 21:17:35 | More by gshackles
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15%

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.

11-04-2010 03:28:11 | More by chinchill
Photo of John

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-19-2002 12:24:55 | More by John
Photo of Apollo98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

08-02-2014 20:00:08 | More by Apollo98
Photo of Niedzws

3.84/5  rDev +13.3%

08-25-2014 23:00:26 | More by Niedzws
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.83/5  rDev +13%

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.

05-28-2008 00:02:25 | More by williamherbert
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

10-23-2007 14:57:28 | More by WesWes
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

10-27-2009 02:11:56 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

06-29-2014 16:53:09 | More by buzzy
Photo of thebuck

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-04-2012 01:46:21 | More by thebuck
Photo of modidia

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-12-2013 04:02:33 | More by modidia
Photo of StrangerTides

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

08-24-2014 23:47:26 | More by StrangerTides
Photo of Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

08-19-2013 18:50:45 | More by Cooker_stp
Photo of orcrist_cleaver

New York

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

07-24-2014 20:16:19 | More by orcrist_cleaver
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-29-2008 13:15:29 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of JStans12

New York

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

02-16-2013 06:12:42 | More by JStans12
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-27-2011 19:45:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%


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.

11-19-2010 00:28:49 | More by spinrsx
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-30-2011 16:00:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of WoodBrew


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-11-2013 02:37:55 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-21-2014 18:54:22 | More by lzepplin01
Photo of nyrblue2

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-14-2013 17:20:08 | More by nyrblue2
Photo of Bustersuess

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-08-2013 00:26:46 | More by Bustersuess
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Empire Amber Ale from Empire Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.