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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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79
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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
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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Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle date. Pours slightly hazy reddish roange color with a small 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of big orange, banana, biscuit, clove, pear, toasted malt, caramel, apple, and yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas here; was not expecting this to be a Belgian style amber at all. Taste of banana, orange, caramel, biscuit, clove, pear, pepper, toasted malt, and herbal yeast spices. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, apple, banana, toasted malt, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian amber ale, with good complexity. Plenty of flavor and very smooth drinking. I would get this again.

superspak, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of SHCC
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

SHCC, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; no date

Pours a murky amber with a thin white film. Smell is earthy: corn, grains, and a tinge of grassy hop. Taste is sweet grain that evolves into an earthy/citrus hops offering that's reminiscent of Mountain Dew. A slight metallic tinge is the only problem here. Mouthfeel is simultaneously dry and watery (go figure).

My favorite amber to date.

jimmah120, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of hopmeister
3/5  rDev -13%

hopmeister, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -13%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +15.9%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -13%

HoistinBrews, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of NvMyBeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of RyanBeer13
2/5  rDev -42%

RyanBeer13, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mjaggers
4/5  rDev +15.9%

mjaggers, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Very hazy, Dark Horse Amber Ale pours an amber color with tints of copper, tangerine, and peach at the edges. I had to be careful with the pour, a large ecru head rose quickly from the glass, ultimately forming a frothy cap. It fades slowly but leaves layers of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma does not have much bite. Toasted grains and a bit of caramel malt come through with a lazy spicy or earthy note.

Taste: The flavor is soft and fairly uninteresting. There is a toasted grain presence, some woody notes, a bit of earthy spice, and some medicinal phenols on the back end.

Mouthfeel: The body has is quite light. The carbonation is crisp and bubbles on the tongue, but there is only a watery sensation left after. There is a gentle creaminess as well.

Overall: I am learning that Dark Horse is kind of hit or miss. I have had some very nice beers from them, but others do not seem to be executed very well.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Jips
3/5  rDev -13%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber with a sall white head that quickly faded leaving some soft white clingy lace. There was no real smell to this, maybe the slightest bready smell, but really nothing at all. The taste was about the same, bland. Again slight hints of bready, but no real strong flavor or body, almost thought it was a macro. I was really not impressed with this,

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +15.9%

wingedeel, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -13%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this was pouring a beautifully clear deep amber color, but I failed to realize this was bottle conditioned and the last little bit fell into the glass and muddied it up pretty good.Tightly bubbled white head shows moderate retention and lace. Smells a bit fruity with a fair bit of yeasty esters. Caramel and brown sugar round out the nose. Taste is sweet and malty with a Belgian flair to it. Sweet brown sugar and caramel mixed with a bit of tart dark fruit and a decent amount of earthy and yeasty esters. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. This is a different amber ale for sure, but quite tasty just the same. Ironically I poured this without knowing the brewers intent and had to look up the description on their website to make sure I wasn't drinking an infected bottle.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2011
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 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 Holland
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a hazy brownish amber color with a one finger head. Lacing was decent but didn't last long.

S: smelled of fruit (couldn't pick it up), caramel and pale malt

T: tasted the same as the smell, but the tastes blended well. Wasn't thinking it would be this good after smelling.

M: carbonated and medium bodied, this was about right for the style. Not fantastic, but not sure what else you can do here. It allowed a crisp sensation in the middle, and stickiness allowed a lasting aftertaste.

O: solid brew, but I just don't care for the style. Price was about $11 at some bottle shop in Ann Arbor.

Holland, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- it's a nice orange amber color. white frothy head with bubbles and some rockiness.

S- it has a floral hop aroma and some nice toasted malt flavor.

T- The hops finish with a nice bitterness. But the beginning is all about a dry tart fruity flavor very interesting.

M- It's medium bodied with a little too much carbonation.

O- It's nice a better amber ale than many others

tykees88, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with moderate bubbles and a two-finger, white fizzy head that diminished in a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted malt, caramel, and light hoppy aroma. Fruitiness too, and yeast.

T: Moderately sweet and a bit of hop bitterness. Like someone else said, there was a citrus-orange flavor. Overall, fruity, tart, and yeasty. Sort of a bland, slightly bitter taste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing without being watery. Soft to moderate carbonation.

O: Descent Amber ale. I didn't feel there was quite enough hops or toasted malt. The appearance was a bit lacking too. Still, above average.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 25, 2011
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
Photo of minterro
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

A: murky brown orange colored beer. A weak off-white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S: the nose is fruity and malty. A tad bit of cloves and spice like a hefeweizen. Not very pungent.

T: fruity, citrus orange. Probably great for a hot summer day. a nice undertone of malts through the whole taste. Overall a pretty well balanced beer.

M: medium to full bodied medium carbonation. A bit crisp and also on the chewy side.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of ambers and the only reason I tried this beer was because of my buddy, having said that this might be the best or at least up there with the best ambers I've ever had. I dont see why this beer isnt rated higher.

minterro, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Dark Horse's Amber Ale today for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try this beer for a while but I always end up getting sidetracked by their stout series but since I have tried almost all of them I figured it was time to finally get to their Amber Ale and see how it stacks up. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is good looking, I don't know why I like it, I just do, its got a good flow. It poured a slightly dark amber red color that also has an orange tint to it with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- If I had to describe the smell of this beer in two words I would say fruits and yeast. The fruit aromas are nice and unexpected and smell mainly of pears with a little bit of red and green apples. The yeast sticks out a good deal and is slightly spicy with a really light amount of cloves. I could smell a slight amount of caramel malts but it was pretty much overpowered by the fruits and yeast.

T- The aroma did a pretty good job at preparing me for the flavor of this beer. The first thing I pick up is a good mix of fruits which has some nice tartness to it, there was some red and green apples, a slight red berry taste, but pear still remained the easiest fruit to pick up out of the bunch. Unlike the aroma the caramel malt base actually shows up and had a nice flavor and the right amount of sweetness. The yeast is much more subdued then it was in the aroma and is barley detectable, there is just a slight amount of clove and other spices in the middle. There's not much hops in this beer but I still get just a slight amount of floral hops with a very slight bitter finish that was more tart then bitter and some of those yeasty spices were present in the aftertaste.

M- Tart, crisp, and on the light side of medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good and very unique Amber Ale. I just can't get over how unique and different this beer is from all the other Amber's, most are either heavy on the caramel malts or heavy on the hops, but this one was neither. It was fruity, tart, yeasty, and pretty damn good. This is a hard beer to grade because it really doesn't fit this style or most any other style for that matter but in the end everything came together nicely and I enjoyed it so I don't really care what style they call it, I just call it good. I would buy this beer again, I liked how different it was, and it had great drinkability, I could see drinking several of these on a warm summer night. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes tart and fruity beers, if you are starting to bore of all the average Amber Ales on the market this would make for a good and interesting change of pace. Dark Horse did a great job with this beer, it was unique and interesting, I was expecting an average Amber and I got something totally different yet still really good. It's good to be different but in this case it's great.

StoutHunter, Jul 08, 2011
Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.