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Dark Horse Amber Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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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Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of SHCC
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of hopmeister
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NvMyBeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of mjaggers
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Jips
3/5  rDev -13%

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,

Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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.

Photo of bluHatter
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 Holland
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of tykees88
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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