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Dark Horse Amber Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Amber AleDark Horse Amber Ale

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, 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: Mitchster on 08-10-2002)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really cool amber/red color with thick sticky head,u could tell this beer was really well crafted from the pour.Rich malty,fruity smell with some bread like smell in the background,taste was rich and fruity,good malt crachter to it.Real complex beer I wich I had more time to visit here to go right to the brewpub to get this on tap.

oberon, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
1/5  rDev -71.1%

BenTherHppedThat, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

csmartin6, May 31, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a fizzy off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film.

The aroma is subdued - bready caramel malts, a little grassy hops and some slightly sour fruitiness.

The flavor is caramel malts, maple, a little chocolate, some yeast and a little fruit zing at the end. The mouthfeel is medium with some slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable amber. It's different and more flavorful than most ambers.

Beaver13, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, red/brown in color

Smell: cherry and toasted malt

Taste: cherry, toasted malt, Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: One of my favorite beers by this brewery. I could have several. A different take on the style and one I will get again.

tigg924, May 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is malty with some fruit. The flavor is caramel malt with some fruit notes, but something is a little off. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of bsp77
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Dark cloudy brownish-orange with no head or lacing. Just looks kind of stagnant. Hopefully, it will get better from here.

Smell: Sweet toasted malty bread, light Belgian aroma with slight banana.

Taste: Heavily toasted malts, with dark fruit and cherry. The Belgian aroma I detected doesn't make itself known in the taste besides for maybe some light clove. Very medicinal and metallic at the end.

Feel: Seems kind of flat and spritzy at the same time. Light body with off-dry finish.

Drinkability: Just a strange beer overall. Not a fan, especially with that atrocious medicinal aftertaste. Seems like I may have gotten a bad bottle, but many others comment on the murky look with no head.

bsp77, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of KevBearcat529
3/5  rDev -13.3%

KevBearcat529, May 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a semi clouded caramel amber hue with a light cream colored head dwindles rather quickly leaving a thin collar of lacing with minimal patches sticking to the sides of my glassware. Aromatics are tame with dominant caramel malts and a touch of lingering metallic natured elements, carbonation prickles the nose but really doesn't give off an actual aroma. Flavors jump out with some cloyingly sweet sensations of apple juice with a touch of unwelcomed acidity. Way too one dimensional and malt driven I can't really even mention hops it tastes sort of like unfermented wort, with pineapple juice and some other tropical nectars adding to the sugar content. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky with residuals, pass me another version definitely a trainwreck on the palate. Carbonation is overly fizzy and seems un natural for me. Drinkability overall wasn't offended it just was way too sweet for me, kick up the hops just a tad and I could see this working. I will try another bottle to make sure it wasn't a carbonation issue.

WVbeergeek, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Shovelbum
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy white head. Body is amber-copper in color. Smells of light biscuit malt, orange, other fruity esters and Belgian yeasts. Taste-wise the light orange citrus is up front moving to spices, yeast and biscuit-malt. Light hop bitterness. Light bodied-- a bit watery. Finish is smooth and clean.

A decent Belgian Pale Ale, although a tad subdued for my tastes. Makes for a decent session beer if you’re looking for Belgian flavor without a lot of alcohol or damage to your wallet.

Shovelbum, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Zonian1
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Zonian1, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy apricot brown body with a thick light tan head of foam. There is a strong carbonation of micro bubbles that race around in the glass and supports the head for most of the beer.

S- The smell of yeast and dry biscuit malt has an earthy pine note that comes through as it warms. The smell is pretty soft except for the yeasty notes.

T- The taste of biscuit malt and toast are followed by a soft but bright orange fruit flavor. The finish is a light green pine bitterness that hangs on a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture but a pretty clean finish.

D- This beer is simple but good. The flavors are not complex but are pretty distinct, however it would be nice to taste them a bit more. Good session beer and I think if on cask much more subtle notes would really help this beer.

rhoadsrage, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Ikilbride
1.08/5  rDev -68.8%

Ikilbride, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This amber is a thick and cloudy dark orange color. A very light tan head reaches almost a finger and fades to a thick foam that leaves some lacing around the glass.
There's a good balance in the aroma evidencing a foundation of malts with a good hops presence adding mostly floral notes. Sweetness is on an even keel with a bit of earthiness. Light banana and bubble gum notes of Belgian yeast are also unexpectedly present. The flavor seems not to mesh well as first but melds as it sits, just needing to warm slightly from the fridge to work. Issues here are a touch of graininess and a bit of rubbing alcohol presence fading in and out.
The body is medium, as is the level of carbonation adding a brisk, nipping crispness. Smoothness comes up in the middle without ever losing that crisp bite.

Brenden, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of prdstmnky
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head that fades quickly to a few bubbles on the surface. The nose is interesting for the style, consisting of some interesting fruit aromas (peach / banana), some yeast notes, as well as sweet and toasted malts. Definitely has a Belgian flavor to it - I keep looking at the bottle to make sure Im drinking / reviewing the right beer. Clove, yeast, banana, some floral hops, and a spiciness are all found in the flavor profile. Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Nothing at all like I was expecting. It wasn't a bad beer, kinda tasty actually...I just dont think it fit the style very well.

prdstmnky, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When something is called amber, I ordinarily would not expect it to be called a pale, rather a hoppy American. And that's closer to my experience, but for the addition of some extra Belgian yeastiness. On-tap at Cole's./ Grapefruit colour, lots of lace. Hoppy aroma and hoppy taste, with fruit. Medium mouthfeel.Drying aftertaste.

Sammy, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours reddish amber/bronze with a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin layer of fizz. Swirling produces some spotty lace, but fails to bring up a decent head. I really like the dusky and hazy color though.

S - This has a fruity and vegetable combo aroma, like V8 splash. I'm getting some musty earthy moist soil and also some grassy hop notes. This smells a bit chalky and old world, and I'm all about funky notes like these, but they somehow fail to deliver here.

T - Carrot juice with strawberries and peaches. There is a mushroomy dirty flavor too, a long with a biscuity malt aspect that wasn't present in the aroma. A peppery spicy flavor is very prevalent also, like pepper in a Bloody Mary.

M - Gritty, earthy, dirty, medium in body, and dry on the finish. A really solid mouthfeel for an amber ale!

D - Not too shabby. I like the oddball earthy notes, and the tight mouthfeel aides drinkability. This is a pretty good brew, even though it doesn't look all that great.

pmcadamis, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - apple, fruit, alcohol, light hop aroma

T - apple, pear, all esters

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather disappointing beer. It's simple and relies heavily on esters and alefruit. The nice side is that this is easily drinkable and unoffensive. In the end this isn't a beer that I'm looking to have again.

tdm168, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse's Amber Ale pours a hazy light russet brown body with an orange cast. The creamy light-tan head drops shortly, and very little lacing is left behind.

In the nose it offers a compelling combination of fruitiness and malt. It mainly displays slightly tart but sweet red berries, apples, and pear, but there's hint of clove to it that somehow gives the mind the impression of sweetness (as if it was in bubble gum or something). The malt is bready, and a touch caramelish and toasty.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation that gently bristles the tongue.

The flavor delivers what the nose suggests, and it's surprisingly refreshing with so much fruitiness to it. I find apple, pear, and soft red berries upfront and across the middle where the malt begins to rise. It's not particularly bitter, and the malt really gets to shine. The fruitiness remains in the finish for a little bit, and then it steadily fades away leaving just a hint of malt and a soft note of clove behind.

It's unique, to be sure, and that keeps it compelling and interesting. But it's also really well-balanced and remarkably drinkable. It's a wee touch strong as a session ale, but I could easily see having three or four of these in a row when out with the lads. I will now go back to the store to buy more! Nicely done!!!

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

WoodBrew, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of fishkab
4/5  rDev +15.6%

fishkab, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. I was a little worried I'd picked up another boring amber, but Dark Horse has made something different - thank God. The aroma is a little husky and the flavor is a bit dusty, but there's also a big cocoa taste with caramel candy. Looking at the beer, it's a bit darker than a normal amber, a clear light brown. Come to think of it, this beer is a little more like a brown ale, but I'll take it. This beer is worth checking out.

tempest, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BigJim5021, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of kristenrae8
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

kristenrae8, Dec 08, 2012
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Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.