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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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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of drop6301
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

drop6301, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

mscott1975, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Vlaminck
3/5  rDev -13%

Vlaminck, May 30, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Zaphog, May 27, 2012
Photo of nas4atu
1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

nas4atu, May 25, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

fuzzcherry, May 11, 2012
Photo of stercomm
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

stercomm, May 05, 2012
Photo of KevBearcat529
3/5  rDev -13%

KevBearcat529, May 01, 2012
Photo of Schneic8
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Schneic8, Apr 30, 2012
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.

Brenden, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3/5  rDev -13%

meanmutt, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of tubes
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

tubes, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BelgianDark86
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

BelgianDark86, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of SopwithCamel18
4/5  rDev +15.9%

SopwithCamel18, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -13%

TasteTester, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a slighty hazy orange to amber(imagine that!) With mimimal head and lacing.
S: a reminiscent of a Belgian. Some spicy notes along with citrus and fruit. Some biscuity notes too.
T: citrus notes at the front along with belgian notes I picked up on the nose. Bready malts give way to a crisp citrus finish.
M: watery, thin and not much body. Crisp finish and an okay aftertaste.
O: absolutely a sessionable beer and much different from other ambers and reds. It just lacks a little in appearance and mouthfeel. Definitely distinct.

Infamous7100, Mar 25, 2012
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
Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.