Owyhee Amber Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Owyhee Amber AleOwyhee Amber Ale

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 07-08-2007

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of dill
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A nice, deep golden red color with a thick head.

S: Toasty aroma, looking forward to drinking this one. My friend has already expressed delight in its taste.

T: A bit hoppy but at just the right amount. Biscuit flavors and a bit of a peachiness comes to mind, but there isn't a strong sense of fruits in this beer.

M: A bit dry with medium carbonation. Surprisingly smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. I wish I had started this one out a bit cooler than I did, and then observed how it changed as it warmed up a bit. I'll look forward to doing that the next time I have the chance to try this great beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a thick off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with earthy grain. More caramel malt in the taste. A nice roasted malt, honey, and earthy, pine hop flavors blend well. Bitter metallic finish detracts a little. The earthiness also does not go well with a red ale.

Photo of Danomeister
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from either bottletrek or liquid solutions

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2+ fingers of eggshell white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & not much else

T: Citrussy hops, breadyness & some dryness up front. Lemons, a bit of grapefruit, some pineyness & leafy hops & a touch of toffe as this warms. Finishes dry & citrussy

MF: Medium bodied with pretty lively carbonation. some creamyness & pretty good balance

Drinks alright, but this is just another amber to me, nothing special

Photo of Spikester
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 ounce bottle. Cost $2.99 at John's Market. Says "bottle conditioned" on the label.
Aroma is a bit ciderish.
Pours deep amber with a very large creamy head.
Good amount of lacing.

Taste is crisp bitter citrus hops. Much more so than typical. Enough maltiness to take the edge off the bitter. IBU is 20, tasted like more.
Not overly sweet like many of this style.

Cool label with antelope on it. One of the best Ambers I've had. Give it a try if you can find it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from the Boise Coop for a very reasonable $2.75... shared with a coworker.. mine from shaker pint.. We're still bitching about work and listening to Sasha and Digweed.

Good 1" head and nice blanket lacing for then entire glass... only the slightest haze... orange side of amber.... looks pretty nice.

Aroma leans towards toasted pale malts .. nice mingling of pine and spicy hops.. biscuity (is that a word?).... balanced very well.

Flavor is suprisingly good .... all around a good amber... good body and carbonation.. Lingering toasted malt finish.. Front of the palate is very balanced lite caramel malts and American hops.. pine and flowery.. interesting for sure. Drinkablity is better than average ... makes me want another pour. Much more biscuit character as it hits room temperature..

Overall, this brew is really pretty good... very balanced. The only negatives I can think of is maybe it could use a bit more body and a touch more hoppy aroma.. but the freshness is fantastic. I've enjoyed it probably 7-8 times since it became available in Boise.. a couple of those bottles were DEAD FLAT .... I am sure the brewery was just dialing in their bottling line.. but tonights bottle was the best for sure... Keep it up and get the Treasure Valley some of the "Highway to Ales"!!! :)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a slight smoky aroma. Good bread aroma to this one with a slight herbal aroma. Faint pine from hops and a lot of chocolate aroma from the malts.

The taste starts out dry and stoutly hopped with a malty aftertaste. Long lasting bitter snap this is a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a likable beer here not super complex but willing to please.

Photo of 1whiskey
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber..gushes out as soon as cap is removed. After the initial gush ,I managed to get it in my mug, dark golden, large creamy off -white head, furious carbonation swirling around below. Nice enough aroma, of citric hopping and pine. Difering from previous reviewers i found the intial taste quite malty in a toffeeish way, semi-sweet, in my bottle the hops are well under control and only really assert near te end. Palate is weird, its very well carbonanted, but not thin and spritzerlike. After the carbonantion dies down the finish is smooth. In comparison to others, i found this a niceenough Amber, well drinkable ( maybe my bottle was "off" and that strangely improved things!).

Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

slightly grassy hop aroma. Sweet malt underneath with a little bit of diacetyl.

Color is nice amber with a good head that leaves solid lacing. And it is VERY clear.

Flavor profile is largely base malt (2-row) and some medium crystal. I think there is a hint of roast malt in there for color and it adds just a bit to the flavor. Hop bittering is pretty subdued but apparent. It isn't sweet but it is definitely malt dominant. I get some fruity/estery yeast effect too.

Medium bodied with a kind of aggressive carbonation level.

Overall a decent session beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some hoppyness, spicy, with lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little Amber Ale.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a nice head that sticks and laces proudly

Smell: Dials a bit in the direction of toasty malt but with a discernable hop element in the background

Taste: Opens with a toasty flavor that adds a subtle toffee element by mid-palate along with some earthy hops; after the swallow, the balanced flavors blend to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkable: A nice, drinkable amber although it just doesn't have enough punch in any direction to get me excited

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My friend's obsession with Black Flag spurred some interest in me finding the brand's other beers, which have just recently been spotted here in Orange Cunty. Bomber from the BevMo in Irvine, on to the beer:

The head is a finger thick of rocky goodness, which sits on top a semi-hazy amber with an array of reddish/orange colors. Soft fruity esters with a mild hoppy scent are detected in the nose. Into the mouth it goes, the smoothness and creaminess of the beer is heavenly and excites me for the whatever flavor could be coming my way. Nicely balanced with the hops more dominant in the first part, but the maltiness sweeps in to keep it from being dominant. Pine, sticky sap, and caramel are among the flavors that rule it all. There are traces of biscuity malt that float in the aftertaste, which is mostly bitter grapefruit. Good stuff.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from brentk56, from another nice trade, thanks mucho! - and the clear amber ale poured nicely into the Corsendonk tulip. Plenty of ivory head and sticky laces.

Lots of woody and earthy aroma, for an amber ale. Also a bit resinous in the quaff, with a subtle pop of chocolate toast. Easy sipping, lowish alcohol brew. Recommend giving one a try, especially if someone pops!

Photo of benito
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber that I picked up at Belmont Station, where they carry the full Beer Valley line.

A: Moussy, full head with excellent lacing and retention; beautiful amber color and lots of carbonation. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Strong biscuit malt matched with tea-like hop aromas. A good hop-malt balance that one looks for in an amber; slight sweetness, similar to candied fruit.

T: Lots of sweet malt (including some very clear hints of chocolate) up front gives way to herbal hop flavors and a nice, lingeringly bitter finish. Flavors of candied fruit, English breakfast tea, lemon, and grass. The malt sweetness is consistent across the palate and gives a really nice backbone for the different hop flavors (earthy, herbal, citrusy) to play around.

M: Again, the balance is beautiful, and it's fairly full bodied for the style. Given how carbonated it looks, I would have expected more spritz in the finish, as it ends feeling a little slick.

D: A near-perfect, slightly strong session beer.

Overall, this is one of the best ambers I've tasted--a beautiful example of the style with excellent balance and a complex set of hop flavors. Seek this one out.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a dark red stained, amber color that shows a clear, reddish copper color when held up to the light. Fruity hop notes mix with a toasty, biscuit malt like note in the nose. A pronounced aromas of berries, almost a strawberry note, some touches of sweet citrus, some red grape aromas, and lighter malt notes of pale-toasted grain and whole-grain crackers are noticeable in the aroma.

Lightly sweet tasting with a light berry flavor (at least compared to the note in the aroma), something a bit like citrus spiked cider, and some lightly herbal, steeped pine needle flavors all seem to mostly come from hop components. The malt steps up towards the finish with chewy, whole grain bread flavors, and a distinct, lightly toasted biscuit note that lingers nicely on the tongue in the finish. A light hop bitterness contributes throughout and contributes a clean bite towards the finish. Nicea and quaffable with a lightness that doesn't get thin and a persistent touch of carbonation.

A nice Amber ale that has a nicely noticeable hop character and some distinct malt notes, neither of which dominate or are overwhelming. Nice and easy drinking and a good example of the style; so it is not all that exciting.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of RJLarse
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Owyhee Amber Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.