Bulldog Amber Ale - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Bulldog Amber AleBulldog Amber Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fisherman34 on 08-19-2006

British crystal malts give this beer its distinctly deep amber body and nutty aroma that persist throughout the glass. The soft underlying hop bitterness is tempered with the flowery aroma of the U.K. Golding hop. Like its namesake, Bulldog Amber Ale is tough on the exterior with a soft disposition, so it’s a great introduction to Half Pints.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by presario:
Photo of presario
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick lasting fluffy head. Amber. stronger nose than most of Rudge’s Bushwakker beers. Noticeable hop presence. Flavour seems hoppy for only 20 IBUs. More like a Bitter than an Amber. Chewy malt presence grows on you. A very decent beer for a Bar-B-Q.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with decent beige head.

Smell: Spicy and fruity, almost reminiscent of Belgian yeast. Lots of caramel.

Taste: Caramel, some nuttiness. Quite fruity and spicy - once again, a little Belgian mixed in with this otherwise English Ale.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a semi-dry finish. A little thin.

Overall: Nicely balanced Amber.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber hue, with two fingers of chunky light beige head, which leaves a nice wallpapering of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready, biscuity malt, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, a bit of biscuit, some mild nuttiness, and a soft herbal, earthy hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and a bit prickly, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel sweetness most evident.

A decent, balanced amber ale, with hops that are not just an afterthought.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ENjoyed at Bar Volo. Light amber,with a thin white covering head, and some lace follows. Aroma is not rich, there is some hops and it is neutral at best. Medium mouthfeel, smooth drinking. Medium bitterness yet only 20 IBU. Later sips produce more maltiness. A mild brown plus, a prototype Canadian beer. Well crafted owing to its good balance, absence of distracting carbonation.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean amber with a thick creamy flat-topped head. Nice lacings.

Enticing caramel malt aroma with some soft hazelnut highlights. A surprising hint of new world hops.

Juicy malt up front, great caramel flavour with a slightly fruity touch. Nutty middle. Finish with a touch of pine.

Great body, easy on the carbonation, but no less drinkability for it. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of Kegatron
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these Half Pint brews from a recent trip.

Pours a hazy coppery amber, with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Retains with a creamy 1/4 finger that fires up very nicely, leaving back lacing that hangs in heavy clumps on sides of the glass. The aroma is bread and caramel, with some light spice and a bit of a green citrus edge. There is really only a moderate assertiveness to this, taking a bit to really grab a foothold in the nose.

The taste is initially a bit dead up front, before notes of toasted malts, caramel sweetness, and some citrus roll in. A touch of spicy hops punches up the back. This is popping about as much as the aroma did. Just OK. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a gentle and softer carbonation that rides on top of a much slicker and slippery feel. Very easy feeling and drinking.

The mouthfeel was probably the saving grace of this, as the the flavors just didn't give up a whole lot for me. It all went down pretty easily though, so no harm, and no foul. Still pretty average though.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper red, 2 fingers of bubbly off white head that retained very well
S - caramel roasted malts up front, piney and metallic hops scents, and a little citrus tang
T - caramely and nutty malts, mellow citrus, and a nice piney hop bite on the finish
M - a relatively thin smoothness, medium carbonation, but the bitter and slightly dry hop bitterness is delightful
D - nice balanced ale with a little extra hop kick is right up my alley. Easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of vanrassel
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trevorwideman for sending me a 660 mL bomber to review!

The beer poured from a 660 mL bomber bronze with a white, one-finger head that shrank slightly but had good staying power. The smell was mainly biscuity malt, accompanied by a slight nutty aroma and a bit of a sour yeast funk.

Bready, biscuity malt and caramel were front and centre in the taste, though there was a bit of a darker malt flavour. Subtle floral hops rounded out the taste — barely there, but enough to notice.

Nice lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish rounded things out. A pleasant, straightforward beer overall.

Photo of eat
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear, glowing amber with a frothy off-white head. Good retention and lots of awesome sticky lacing.

Caramel malt, a little bready, similar hop character to both the Little Scrapper and Humulus Ludicrous. Decent smelling beer.

This is better than I was anticipating, I'm not generally a big fan of 'amber ale'. Lots more hops than you would usually find in other examples of the style. Bready, wheaty. Maybe a bit thin on flavour for my liking but I could see lots of people really enjoying this one. Not complex in any way but I'm sure it's not intended to be.

Solid medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a tasty brew that goes down easy. I don't think I would buy it for myself, not being a big fan of amber, but would gladly drink some more if it was offered to me.

Photo of elricorico
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to a coworker for bringing me this bottle after he spent New Year's in Winnipeg. The beer is a very nice clear copper colour with a good sized off white head. The head falls to a thin cap and stays that way.

Biscuity malt aroma, hay and nuts. Just a touch of musty yeast in the aroma even. Interesting, different from what I expected.

Very malty to taste. Baked bread with honey spread on top. The hops are flowery, and the lingering finish is almost cracker like. Really has more of an English feel than American. Quite nice.

Medium bodied with a lively dose of carbonation, this beer is a very smooth drinker. My first experience with Half Pints does not disappoint.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one is interesting...I poured two glasses, to share with my wife. Mine poured a very hazy golden amber colour, but the other glass poured crystal clear?! I'm guessing that it's b/c I poured mine quite hard and the other was a soft pour. Anyways, both provided a quick foamy head that turned into a moderately thick ring around the hazy beer and a thin one in the soft pour. Doesn't have much carbonation upon inspection. The color is very good on this beer!

S- Dominant malt, but also some nuttiness, yeast/fresh bread and toffee tones can be detected. I enjoyed the sweet aromas that reminded me of brown sugar melting on oatmeal.

T- Great flavor! I really appreciate the rich malts, but was surprised with the hops that come out during the finish....considering this promotes itself as having only 20 IBU, it's definately noticeable, but not unwelcome! This has flavours that remind me a bit of milk chocolate (more in the finish), but sweet dough and/or unsalted nuts as well.

M- Nice buttery texture best describes this, but there seems to be some viscosity to it, as it seems to leave a slight coating in the mouth. There is a mild/moderate carbonation, but the bubbles are small and just add a small zing to the palate. It really does have a relatively full body and is well rounded!

D- Even though I find this quite filling...I think I'd have a couple of 660mL bottles before calling it quits with this one for a night. The flavor is so amazing and it is a very distinctive beer ,which I feel will bring many different likenesses in a short time. This was a real treat....too bad this isn't available in Alberta and I only brought 1 bottle back with me. Great job!

Photo of Clutch28
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper with thin tan head that dissipates quickly

S: Uninspiring malty aroma with stock caramel note, little hoppiness.

T: Boring and uninspired but not unpleasant. Caramelly malt highly present before drying to a gentle hoppy dryness on the finish.

M: light bodied and pleasant. Not below average for the style.

D: About the same standard of drinkibility as a standard, north American macro-brewed lager.

I'm rather disappointed by this particular Half Pints effort only for the reason I would have liked to see some of their more exciting beers available in my area such as the Humulus and the Sellout. Bulldog Amber is not a bad beer, just uninspiring.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep amber reddish color ale with a medium dirty white head with good retention. Aromas of citrus hops are well balance with nutty malt. Taste is refreshing with sweet nutty malt with a nice bitter finish. Body is above average and I appreciated the low filtering. Probably one of the best amber beers I’ve had (not a style that is usually know to produce real gem though).

Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Carlsberg tulip glass.

A real nice clear copper light orange body, real thin carbonation with a large soapy off white to egg tanned head. Forms four fingers tall with some soapy retention and minimal lacing.

Real large notes of caramel sticky quality almost toffee like doppelbock character. Good toasty brown ale like notes and almost biscuity aromas. Bouquet is a bit of a one hit dominant nose though.

Palate is fairly solid. Caramel notes are more subdued compared to the nose, but a light toast and caramel in the mid palate. Not much aftertaste, and a little watery as well. Some mild wet sensations but the caramel notes manage to just dominate and almost burst. Muted hop quality and indistinct, but some muted bitterness letting the malts shine a bit.

Overall a pretty easy drinking flavorful amber its nose is a bit of a one note wonder but sings loudly.

Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Had it with my supper, takeout chicken.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A big 3 fingers of head appears atop a ... well... amber body that kind of looks like dark honey. The foam lasts quite a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt, roasted maybe? A bit of hops also.

Taste: Tastes like a red ale. More malt than hops though the hops leave their mark in the aftertaste. A nice overall caramel flavor minus the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation with a smooth, restrained bitterness.

Drinkability: I'd have it again. Drinks rather well.

Overall: I really dug this red ale. Nothing mind blowing but makes an average style stand out.

Photo of Long813
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: N/A
From: Chris (wordemupg) via trade

A: Light copper body with one finger of white head. Head retains for only a slight amount and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Although pretty tame, caramel and breadiness dominate the nose with a faint smell of hops.

T: Caramel and bread, not to strong though. There is a slight citrus taste and not to hoppy.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. The caramel create a creamy texture and a hoppy bitterness is left behind.

D: I was glad I was able to try this out, but it wasn't what I expected. not offensive, but mild and dull. Thanks again to Chris for the extensive list of HP brews!

Photo of nmann08
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle, pours a clear copper color with a wispy thin ring of white head.

The smell is mostly malt, caramel, a little toffee, but mostly buttered popcorn. The flavor is light floral and earthy hops, more caramel, a little toast, butterscotch. It is a bit syrupy and leaves a very thick coating aftertaste.

Look, amber ales are rarely excellent, but when you miss, it is easy to miss bad.

Photo of Noxious26
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap. Part of a Taster 12-pack. Poured in a pint glass.

Hazy, copper-amber. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Caramel and malt with a hint of floral hops.

Smooth and sweet. Caramel and malt backbone with a hint of floral hops. Wet finish lingers a long time before giving way to a slightly bitter floral hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Smooth drinking beer. A little too sweet to drink more than a couple, but still a nice relaxing ale.

Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around excellent amber ale. Found a lost notebook cleaning the car today that contained this review, must have done it at least a couple of months ago. Thanks to chonyr and raider for bringing this back from the 'peg when they went to the Grey Cup.

Poured a clear, deep amber tinted with hues of bronze. Nice two finger offwhite head formed from the pour, and subsided to reveal intricate lacings ringing the pint glass.

Comforting aromas of slightly toasted nutty bread, accentuated with the earthy, grassy and floral aromas of Goldings hops.

A good dose of the Goldings lends a nice depth and complexity to this simple yet very tasty amber ale. Very nice mellow nutty flavour, macadamia? Bready and toasted malt character also quite evident. The earthy, floral and slightly grassy Goldings round out this tasty brew.

A somewhat dry light to medium bodied ale. Decent dry malt backbone perfectly complimented the mellow, earthy and floral/grassy spiced Goldings.

Incredibly drinkable and sessionable. An excellent choice for introducing a molbatt/BMC drinker to the incredible realm of craft brew, yet tasty and with enough depth of character to please the experienced, adventurous beer drinker. Very well rounded and suited for all seasons. Will definately drink this tasty treat again.

Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. Zithal brought this one from far far away!

Pours a clear amber, very thick white head forms, tons of lace, settles to a nice layer. Smell is grainy, some bread, caramel, nice floral/citrus hopping, very balanced. Taste is nice, grains, slight burnt flavour, caramel, floral, a bit metallic, nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable stuff, not complex but doesn't need to be. Thanks Rob!

Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-transparent golden orange colour with a half thumb of head which dissipates into islands with a little lacing.

S - A floral wheat scent, with a grassy finish. A bit of a nut malt also present and a very mild hop scent on the finish.

T - The mildest flavour from the Half Pints line-up that I've had the pleasure of trying to-date. That being said, it is still quite nice with a very sweet caramel, a bit of vanilla and some very light nutmeg flavour on the finish. The mild hops come through on a bit of a bitter finish, but the flavours are very nicely balanced.

M - Quite light on the palette, and bubbles up nicely on the tongue. Quite smooth.

D - Overall, quite a delicious amber ale, goes down smooth and has a nicely balanced flavour. Bit of sweet and a bit of bitter. Half Pints produces yet another winner in my books!

Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a orange amber with two finger widths of foamy and fluffy off white head.

Smell- Caramel malts, nutty characteristic, and mild hops.

Taste- Caramel malts followed by the nutty characteristic. Mild earthy hops are present. A slight tartness at the end (which came as a surprise).

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a pleasant tart and dry finish.

Overall- A nice amber ale by Half Pints. Supplies the classic caramel malts and nutty flavours but kicks it up with the hops and slight tartness. Worth a try.

Photo of MMansfield
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to trevorwideman for this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rusty copper colour with a big foamy white head. Very hazy and opaque.

Aroma: Nice malts with a bit of a bready character. Also plenty of fruits and slight caramels.

Taste: Beautiful. Lovely bitter finish with a touch of sweetness in the front pallette. Very earthy malt flavour.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Quite heavy, which adds to its beauty. The carbonation is perfect at a medium level.

Final Statement: This is a real winner. Possibly the best amber ale i've had. It's malt flavour is very unique and salivating. Definately seek out this brew!

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass april29 2010

A slightly hazy orange amber with bubbles of all sizes floating up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that leaves a few patches of lace

S some bread with a little sweet caramel, some hops and a faint metallic smell, not a lot of the nutty aspect I see on the bottle

T more caramel and hops then the nose but pretty close other then that

M I wouldn't mind a little more carbonation but not bad overall

D easy enough to drink just nothing is going to blow you away about this beer

being brewed by Half Pints I had pretty high hopes for this beer and was a little let down, not by any means a bad beer just a little below what I'm used to from this brewer

Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml twist top bottle:

Puts a murky amber orange ale in the glass with a massive rocky white head that reduces to a 1 finger tight cap which lasts and laces, Soft carbonation and unfilterd.

Aroma is very pleasant cookie dough with toffee and some grassy mustiness.

Wonderful crystal malt toffee tones in front are quickly met with wonderful apricot fruitiness and a herbal hoppiness, soft carbonate mouth feel, finishes wet and lightly fruity-sweet with the dry hop golding "tang" balancing it.

Great flavorful quencher. Well done Dave!

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Bulldog Amber Ale from Half Pints Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.