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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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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-10-2002

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No. This isn't working for me. This beer tastes like something I really don't want to mention. With that in mind, this beer will never get beyond an "eh" rating. What ya gonna do. Maybe I got too much garlic on my breath or something. Just kidding. I know it's not my breath.

Photo of rlee1390
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber red, some carbonation and a two finger head.

S-Caramel, honey, darker fruits, some banana even.

T-Caramel that is very unbalanced, very sugary as well. The banana notes are there but off/not balancing well. Not much bitterness.

M-Light and watery, not much carbonation.

O-As the beer warms it grows on me a little but it is still a bland beer, overly sweet and unbalanced.

Photo of gopens44
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly a lot of other choices in the style that I would pick first.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Avery Brewing glass we picked up at the Avery Tap House.

A - Dark honey/amber in color, very hazy. Light white head that quickly recedes leaving just a slight white rim on the top, very little lacing.

S - Somewhat subdued, get some malts, a bit of citrus and a hint of banana.

T - Malty, biscuit taste on the front end, get some weaving in of banana and citrus, finish reveals a slight hoppy character but still getting a biscuity taste.

M - A bit weak for my taste, a bit watery, not a lot of carbonation.

O - Definitely a good session beer, good balance, nothing is really in your face.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Schneic8
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Has a dark amber color with an off white head and mild carbonation.

Smell: Strong smell, I got a good wiff once I opened the bottle. Has a floral hoppy smell.

Taste: Crisp, slightly sweet taste. Has a dry, fruity flavor that I wasn't expecting. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Has a somewhat thin feel. It has an initial crispness and finishes smooth.

Overall: Very good beer. The taste was a little different than I was expecting but it was a very refreshing beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.