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Dark Horse Amber Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-10-2002

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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 192
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Photo of proc
4.67/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Medium body with notes of clove, coriander and banana...

Photo of Phinner
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of inebrius
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of Dalem
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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).

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4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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!!!

Photo of Mitchster
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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).

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man--someone stuck an amber in the six pack of Raspberries. I hate ambers. So bland and pointless, no hops or nothing.

This pours amber with a small head. Whattaya know.

Smells really good, actually. Roasted biscuity malt with very strong, very spicy yeast. Nothing that's especially amber-y, as far as I know.

The amerbryness comes in at the very back of the mouth, where you get the same lightly earthen malt node you get with every other amber. Up front there's no hop complexity (but that's not really Dark Horse's MO). Instead you have a wonderful blend of yeast spice and malt biscuit. Not extreme or anything, but wonderfully balanced.

Wow. I think this is what the style is supposed to be like only I've never come across one this good.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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!!

Photo of mnstorm99
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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