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Owyhee Amber Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Owyhee Amber AleOwyhee Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, 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: Jason on 07-08-2007)
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Reviews by 1whiskey:
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1whiskey

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle (nice label!) poured into a standard pint glass. This is on the darker shade of amber, more copper-ish, with good clarity and abudunt, active carbonation. A gentle pour yields a two finger cream colored head that sticks around. Nice lacing. If nothing else, this is a pretty beer to look at.

Smells...toasty. Mostly roasted grain...a little bit of vague hops.

Nice biscuit-like malts meets you at first sip, with the very active carbonation swirling all arount your tongue. The hops are melllow, earthy, and not what I expected at all from a start up brewery in Oregon. Just enough to lend balance, not overdone. This is really nice. I'm trying to slowly savor this, but this is an easy beer to put away fast.

I would describe the body as approaching medium, with a nice wet (not watery) mouthfeel. Carbonation is very active and drinkability is superior. I could see myself drinking a lot of this. Great session brew.

You know, I usually find amber ales somewhat dull and boring. Owyhee Amber Ale has reminded me that's there's a difference between subtle and boring.

Highly recommended, and hats off to Beer Valley for this piece of brewing artistry.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 09:39:09 | More by 1whiskey
More User Reviews:
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's fairly boring for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:00:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-17-2014 16:26:16 | More by DrinkSlurm
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-17-2013 03:42:09 | More by lighthabit
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-13-2013 00:05:43 | More by Kopfschuss
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Danomeister

British Columbia (Canada)

2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To preface this, I am absolutely shocked about the high level of praise this beer has gotten. I developed an impression of it independent of seeing anything on this site, and I'll write my review according to that.

I popped this bottle open at a party last night. I was moderately intrigued by the smell, which was very sweet and malty. However, I was utterly dissapointed with the taste. Sickly sweet, cloying, and heavy, I choked down the first couple sips. I'd say the body on this beer is really far on the high side of the spectrum for the style, reminding me of a scotch ale or sweet porter: not refreshing or crisp at all. Though I noticed some complexity to the malt profile, I also noticed this slight 'soggy vegetable' taste that I've come to associate with certain commercial breweries. All in all, I ended up pouring out the rest of the bottle as I had some homebrew on tap that was much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 17:45:24 | More by Danomeister
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-28-2013 23:06:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-06-2013 23:22:43 | More by bluckbeyes
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-07-2013 05:51:06 | More by jmccraney
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-30-2013 01:03:32 | More by RoryOMoore
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-12-2013 05:52:51 | More by Jason
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2012 05:05:03 | More by LJWalker
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-08-2012 02:08:15 | More by strongaf
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mactrail

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice sudsy orange appearance in the tall goblet. Soft, mineral-water flavor. Barely detectable aroma, and just a hint of caramel in the nose. A beery mouthful. Maybe it would be better on tap and ice cold. Fairly bitter in the aftertaste. Hops are kind of dirty tasting.

So easy-drinking is goes down almost unnoticed. Seems like the classic Amber-- muddled flavor and not very interesting. 22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:36:33 | More by mactrail
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Travisnin

Idaho

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-14-2011 16:34:24 | More by Travisnin
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

This is a seriously good, very drinkable amber ale. Pours with a lovely amber/red hue but with very light head and lace.

Nose is very English/German, lots of Munich malts. Gives of a very lager-like aroma with a good dose of yeast (bread dough) notes. Confirmed on palate: very lager like, but not that metallic note that one often finds in lagers. Very richly flavored on the palate though lacking in complexity.

Texture is medium with good grip and a nice finish, slightly drying and tannic. Not too sweet.

Overall a very good, very easy to drink amber that I would recommend as a good 'session' style ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 20:41:44 | More by cbarrett4
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, reddish amber color with over an inch of foamy khaki head that OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, much moreso than most of the style, with a nice malt foundation. The flavor was also hop dominant, piney and some citrus, with some malt sweetness on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style,medium and a little sticky. Drinkability was pretty good, if you're in the mood for a medium body, easy drinking brew, this would be a good choice.

Overall, a nice little brew. A bit hoppier than I look for in the style, but enjoyable nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 02:27:50 | More by beertunes
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a nice white head, lots of concentric lace.

S: Sweet caramel, syrup, an attractive sugary smell.

T: Great depth of caramel flavour in this. The malt steals the show and is delicious. I liked how the hops really stayed in the background. So many times with ambers, you get an IPA with a little more malt and the flavours clash. Not here.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Quite surprising, a very good amber ale, one of the best of the style I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 04:57:32 | More by Halcyondays
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a opaque amber with a thin white head that left decent sticky lacing

S: molasses, malts and sweet sugar aromas up front with hints of nuts and caramel.

T: malty nutty flavor with slight hops, caramel, and booze.

M: medium body with light carbonatio and a light bitter finish.

D: decent beer from beer valley and went down good but probably will not seek out more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:01:09 | More by Gobzilla
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass

A - Pours a nice, semi-cloudy copper. Leaves a medium lacing around the glass.

S - Faint malt, hops, pine, grassy-type grains

T - Slight caramel-like, toasty malts, with faint, herbal hops, and some cereral-like grains in there as well. Pretty decent flavor profile, but could use a bit more of it IMHO.

M - Nice, medium bodied mouthfeel that offers the ideal texture for this style of beer.

D - Highly sessionable, probably the strong point here. This is easy-drinking for sure.

Overall - IMO, not as flavorful as some of the other Ambers out there, but by no means a bad one. Rather quaffable, and this brewery does have some other, fantastic offerings, that are more worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:22:05 | More by Flightoficarus
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flexabull

California

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are faint. Light pine hops and an grainy note similar to grape nuts.

Taste is pretty bland. Not much here other than light sweetness, some cereal grainy flavors, and a faint pine hop crispness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, light feeling, but the carbonation is pretty good.

Drinkability is decent. This is a pretty uninteresting beer, not much here to like or dislike.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:19:27 | More by flexabull
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froghop

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-red with a medium off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of pear, caramel, and earth.

taste is smooth, sweet malt, and caramel, ends smooth, and a little on the sweet side.

overall not that bad of an amber ale, a little too sweet for me, but others im sure will like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:43:35 | More by froghop
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RJLarse

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Owyhee Amber Ale at a grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a shiny copper color and clear. Little one-finger head foamy head is not particularly resilient.

Smell is a soft sweet aroma, like dates or raisins.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor with a mild grass flavor and sweet vinegar bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Very drinkable very sessionable amber ale. I'm not much on the style, but this may be the most palatable amber I ave ever had.

NOTE: The name Owyhee: "Owyhee" and "Hawaii" are two different spellings for the same word.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:09:34 | More by RJLarse
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

What is in the name? Owyhee is a tributary of the Snake River and flows through one of the most sparsely populated areas in the US, hence the wildlife art of the label.

Stunning clarity with a pale copper hue. Quickly rising foam drops a substantial amount of lacing on the glass. Clean malty aroma shows mild toasted grain, hint of caramel and crisp hay bales. Big on smoothness and creamy as this beer flexes its medium body to the max. Lots of complex maltiness, heavy biscuit and dried grass with tones of toasted bread and mild caramel in the back. Clean palate with little from the alcohol or yeast. Hops come through enough to keep this beer balanced.

The maltiness is lovely with pleasing complexities. This is the other side of craft beer that is not talked about enough--easy drinking session beers that are all about flavor. What a spectacular amber ale to be had.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 17:06:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that slowly becomes a wide patch. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel, light toast/biscuit and a hint of pineapple.

The taste is of sweet caramel with soft tropical (pineapple) note. Mild tea-like spiciness mixes in in the finish to give the sweet maltiness some balance.

It has a medium, somewhat oily, slightly buttery, body.

A malt-forward, easy-drinking amber.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 16:47:10 | More by jwc215
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Owyhee Amber Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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