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Dark Horse Amber Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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5/5  rDev +44.9%

KaisersDaughter, Aug 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

setphaserstokill, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

THEGENERALISMO, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

foghornleghorn22, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Pours out to a cloudy amber in the glass with minimal head. Aroma is very light, with a faint yeast smell and malt as well. Taste. Here is where it shines. It has the wonderful malt taste prevelent with most ambers, but with a slight clove and spice taste associated with wheats. It finishes with a slightly sweet/spice to it that begs for another sip. It got better as it warmed up.

I will be buying this again. Yum.

proc, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of Phinner
4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great mild amber flavor - perfect balance of malt and hops. Its a bit sweeter than other ambers, but this is a good thing because it gives the beer a nice overall flavor. Don't expect strong hop aroma or flavor. This is a good alternative to hyper-hopped brews that pay little attention to flavor balance.

Phinner, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of dawardster
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

dawardster, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique amber. Had a lot of common carmelly biscuity notes but with the addition of a belgian ale yeast it gives it a nice banana and slight clove finish. This is a great one to have in the summer all night long, or one of the few at dark horse that you can coast along with as one of their few few "session" beers.

paxtonthegreat, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Hrodebert
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Hrodebert, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of inebrius
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dark Horse beer that isn't completely black. This is cause to celebrate.

Amber, just like the bottle says. Quite the interesting mix of aromas mingling around the rim of my pint glass: Sandalwood, tuna fish salad on rye, kiwi fruit, lavender. Mildly sweet in a honeyed grass clipping way with bitter notes of chicory endive in the finish. Tasty and easily consumed!

This brewery is quickly becoming a favorite.

inebrius, May 08, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and fruity aroma with a slight citrice hop note. Copper colored with a thin cap of off white foam. Very fruity, very crisp flavor thats very refreshing. Much lighter than I expected, like a beefed up Wit. Mouthfeel is medium without feeling heavy. Great beer, very drinkable.

Sixpack595, May 24, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Dalem
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Think of what a blood orange cream soda would look like. That describes the rusty, hearty color of this. Minimal lid of foam that faded quick and a slight lace that stuck around the edges of the beer. Very toasty malts and a big yeast scent up front. Not jump right out at you type of aromatics but quite earthy with notes of strawberries and spices.
A very full bodied yet fluffy and mellow feeling at first taste but then comes the flavor blasts. Though subdued in it's scent the fruit characteristics really come out in the taste. Nothing overbearing but amidst the amber malts backbone (that actually taste full and rich in this a don't get sorta lost like some other amber's that could be mentioned) is something like strawberries with a graham cracker on the side. A slight peppry, spiciness in the back of the throat going down but a clean finish. Great in it's complexities and balance.
Great for any occasion and easy going enough for a session or two (ice cold in the summer these would surely be a spot hitter).

Dalem, May 03, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Basic amber look except that there is a nice, creamy head. 3.5

S Distant smell, maybe some medium malt. 3.0

T Belgian yeast and malty sweetness that I did not expect. I had to ask if this indeed was the Sapient Trip Ale due to this but our server Gina assured us that it was not. Anyway, I welcomed this very nice sweetness with some medium malt amber tastes as well. 4.5

M Smooth, big feel. Just great. Cannot be improved. 5.0

D Absolutely fabulous. I drank my beer without hesitation. 5.0

Notes: Maybe the best amber that I have ever had (but I am a sucker for Belgian yeast in my beer).

adamette, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of bluHatter
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rich amber color. A bit of foamy head.

S: Apple, red rice wine, some fruitiness.

T: Toasted malts, rice, hops, a little bitterness. Really very delicious.

M: Nice carbonation. Buttery, rich, yet soft.

O: This is a really great, satisfying amber with some interesting flavors I've not found in many other beers. I'd definitely order this again.

bluHatter, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear dark caramel, with the highly flocculent yeast sticking firmly in the bottom of the bottle, forming a peaking meringue-like whipped head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Aroma is spicy with cloves, the soapiness of coriander, slight bananas, toasty amber husks, and a whopping amount of yeast. Kinda reminds me in aroma of New Belgiums Abbey. Moderate aroma of citrus pith. Mouthfeel is fluffy with a medium body and dry finish. Taste begins with firmly toasty pale malt husks and roasted barley astringency, mild soapiness from the abundant yeast, cloves and more toast...no bananas. Bitterness is moderately-strong, which is pronounced for the style with a herbal hop character not found in traditional Belgium Ambers. Dry woodiness in the aftertaste. No appreciable candi sugar. Alcohol is barely detectable as a peppery flourish in the finish.

Dark Horse is quickly becoming one of the premiere breweries in Michigan next to Dragonmead, Founders, and New Holland. Their bottled lineup is expanding, and I will continue to buy and recommend their stuff. Very good brew...somewhat of a hybrid between New Belgium Fat Tire and Abbey Ale.

Mitchster, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

rypkr, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

GratefulTech, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

gwiedman1, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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 jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells like a belgian????

taste - again what type of beer is this - not an amber - its a belgian with carmel malts hints of bubble gum - its good though

mouthfeel is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue

drinkability is good as well - low abv and nice full flavored beer that is light /medium body - a good beer to drink in the fall

overall - maybe not a true amber and but hey i like belgians more then ambers so this amber rocks!!

jsh420, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of mnstorm99
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper, ruby pour, and a just off white head that sticks around very well.
Nice malty aroma, and there is a touch of citrus hops, this is a very inviting beer.
Taste is a great malt base, nice crystal malt sweetness coming through, with a nice citrus, candy like hop flavor in the background.
Mouthfeel is nice a smooth, well carbonated and just an all around great beer.

mnstorm99, May 28, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rusty,cloudy amber color with a thin soapy white head that fades pretty quickly.Aroma is Belgin yeast,apple,cherries,and a hint of earthy clove. Flavor starts off toasty and sweet then fruity,then a grassy hops and hint of clove.Nice malty flavors,caramel and grain. Thin body and mouthfeel,nice little herbal aftertaste/finish.Quite drinkable.

WakeandBake, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark, cloudy copper with a thin brownish head with no lacing.

The smell is sugary with a caramel flavor. There is a nice hop bittereness hiding in the background but is slightly muted.

The taste is a bit peppery and sweet with a good malty flavor. There is some bitterness there mixed in but this is not the most hoppy of beers. There is a nice clove flavor that spices things up a bit which was really nice.

This beer is medium bodied and has a really nice drinkable feel to it. It goes down easy and was pretty impressive for a relative new brewery to me so I was happy to discover Dark Horse breweery.

Duhast500, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Amber Ale reminds me more of a Belgian ale. It pours a dark orange tinted amber color with a moderate off white head. It smells of peach and yeast. Taste wise it keeps me coming back. There is a taste of pepper, citrus, and banana. There is a light hoppiness and sweetness to this as well. There is a moderate to fine carbonation that lasts.

Overall this is a great beer at a reasonable price. Here is Michigan we can get it straight from the brewery. If you are able to drive to Marshall, Michigan this and several other great beers await you at Dark Horse.

Internatbrewlove, Jul 25, 2011
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Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.