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Empire Amber Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of giorgia
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ManhGuy
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Apollo98
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Niedzws
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of squack
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamherbert
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
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 WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of thebuck
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of StrangerTides
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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 j0hnc2468
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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 TheBCrew
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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 smithj4
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JStans12
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Empire Amber Ale from Empire Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.