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Empire Amber Ale - Empire Brewing Company

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Empire Amber Ale
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-19-2002)
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1.25/5  rDev -63.2%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

CBPAS, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Hojaminbag, May 14, 2011
Photo of NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

prisdefer, Feb 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

travishardy929, May 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

tommyguz, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

mitch3114, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Lambocalrisien, Dec 06, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

T-34-85, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

AMCimpi, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

tempest, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  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.

thekevlarkid, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

UDbeernut, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

WoodBrew, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

grahuba, Saturday at 10:59 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

lzepplin01, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

nyrblue2, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Bustersuess, Jul 08, 2013
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Empire Amber Ale from Empire Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.