1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Amber Ale - Durango Brewing

Not Rated.
Amber AleAmber Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

33 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durango Brewing visit their website
Colorado, 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: alexgash on 04-25-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. No date.

Appearance - Light tan/off-white head. Clear, deep amber body.

Smell - Faint chocolate malt. Even fainter hop presence. Mild and mostly scentless.

Taste - Bland. Watery. Vague hop and malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Light. Some stickiness.

Overall Drinkability - Balanced. Too mild. Too boring. Might be a decent session brew for newbies, though.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, bubble top

SMELL: Caramel, toasted grain, herbal hop, vague fruit, yeast, vegtal

TASTE: Caramel, toasty, buttery, grainy, yeast, raisins, hop bite, earthy, herbal, peppery

An all around solid Amber Ale, nothing that is going to wake the dead but not every beer needs to be that kind of beer. Good drinking.

Jason, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a six-pack purchased from Derk's Filet and Vine in Montgomery, AL.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted caramel malts with hints of citrus and floral hops. As the beer warms the caramel aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel and toasted malts - skewed more toward caramel flavors than toasted ones - are met midway through the sip with hints of citrus hops. These flavors carry through to a slightly biscuity and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle without a problem and could have a few more.

Overall this is a fairly sessionable amber and one that I could have again. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a medium sized off white head.
Lacing has nice staying power through out drinking a 12 oz bottles worth.
The smell and taste of this amber ale is stock roasted caramel malts with hints of citrus and maybe some light hops sticking around.
A light dry caramelish aftertaste with staying power.
The standard amber ale you won't be disappointed and I wasn't really excited either, It's a beer you'll definitely finish if you like ambers.

LXIXME, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -12%

ONovoMexicano, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours peach/caramel with with 2 fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Slight breadyness

T: Caramel & toast up front. Hints of diathechytl, honey malt, light smokeyness, citric hops & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with hints of butterscotch, a little grainyness, caramel & a little bit of piney hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, skews too sweet balance-wise for me

Drinks alright beside personal dislikes, cautiously recommend this if you like your ambers sweet, dry & very simple

russpowell, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of ubermick
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Colour's spot on - nice clarity, and a nice finger thick head, which receded quickly.

S: Candy. Sweet roasted malts, almost a caramel-like scent. Hops are somewhat noticeable, pleasantly so.

T: It's an amber. No more, no less. Malty backbone that was a little too much for me, but that's personal taste. (I like a little more bite)

MF: A little thicker than expected, nicely carbed.

O: As I said, its an amber. If someone handed you one, you'd drink it, but you probably wouldn't make a point of noting it down and seeking it out at the store.

ubermick, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -12%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JohnBender, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the tiny but cool little tap room attached to the brewery.

A- It is a pretty beer, a perfectly clear dark amber with a decent head. It looks great in a glass and very inviting.

S- a hint of toast and carmel with some good hops as well, smells like a more hop centric Amber, yet still well balanced by the malt.

T-Great Balance! One of, if not the best Amber I have had. Sweet and bready yet had the hops that I smelt in the nose. Crisp as well, almost like they used a lager yeast.

M- A little better than average, nice carbonation and a light mouth feel.

D- a great session beer, much better than Fat Tire in terms of repeat drinkability. As it warms up it gets a lot more complex as well which is fun, a lot more toast and hops come out.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a weak head.

Beer smells very malty, bread like, and a bit sweet.

Flavors are sweet, but not over done. A definite caramel quality to this one, with a dry and tangy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent on this one. A tad weak up front, but this beer finishes and lingers nicely.

A drinkable American Amber ale. Nothing special, but a very sessionable..

flexabull, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of jadpsu
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this date at the Corner Mkt. in Laurel, MS.
Head exploaded when pored into glass. Avery hazy amber in color. Head must have been 4 full fingers, and I only poured half the beer. Slowly settled, leaving some abundant side laceing.
I get some lemon scent with some faint citrus orange. Getting some maple brown sugar but not really picking up the caramel that others on this beer review take note of.
Taste, not what I had hoped for but not bad. Maltiness come in to play and balance aromatic hops
Mouthfeel is fizzy and on the thin side.
Not great but it is worthy.

jadpsu, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of kgotcher
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with pretty big and foamy and lingering head, good carbonation, clear amber color. Lacings are very distinct and sticky. Looks great.

Aroma is nice with some toasty (muncih?) malts, sweet caramel and citrus hop notes.

Nice medium mouthfeel with some astringency both from hops and toasted malts in the finish.

Taste is typical amber ale, nice smooth caramel malt with some classic buiscut maltr flavors. Sweet but well balanced with bitterness and a dry mouthfeel.

Overall not a bad amber ale. A bit dry but quite drinkable. Not as much "depth of flavor" as some other well know ambers but it looks good and drinks very well. If your in Durango or somewhere close by that has it, give it a shot.

kgotcher, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one bought for my son's bottle collection. Pours from the 12 ounce bottle a clear amber color with a rocky tan head. Sweet malt on the nose, along with a little caramel and some floral hops. Fairly sweet on the palate as well, with brown sugar and some balancing hoppiness. Wasn't expecting much here, but I enjoyed it.

emmasdad, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very aggressively into a tumbler

Appearance-Extremely aggressive pour and still only yielded about a 2 finger white head and a copper body. Carbonation slowly coming up to the top.

Smell-Caramel malts, pretty sweet. Some subtle floral hops. Smells like a year old malty IPA.

Taste-Sweet caramel malts, bready as well. Very weak in flavor. Barely get any hops at all. Some subtle chocolate. It's missing a little kick to it

Mouthfeel-Drinkable, but just really thin and bland. Flavors instantly go away after a sip. Carbonation is pretty high.

Overall-A few months ago I may have given this a higher grade, but I've been drinking some Ambers lately, and this one doesn't really hold up to any of them.

SWMeyer4141, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of MWinterweb
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Great amber color. Pours with about 1/4-1/2 off white, slightly tanish head.

S - I get a toasted malty sent. Definitely not off putting.

T - A rush of malty flavors at the beginning fallowed closely by a slightly sweet taste then a lime hoppy taste, finishing slightly toasty (with strong hops). Lingers for a while.

M - Small amount of carbination. medium body.

D - could drink a six pack in one night.

Overall, Its a good amber ale, Nothing really stands out to me though, making it a slightly above average beer for me.

MWinterweb, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color, no head, some carbonation, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and caramel, slight hops.

T - The taste is of sweet malts, with a slight caramel taste, there's a nice slightly bitter finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not too bad of an amber, but I would not go run to the store for it. Recommended.

Wasatch, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

harpus, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Ispeakforthetrees, May 30, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -12%

nheinzie57, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of intensify
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick and creamy 2 finger head which stuck around for an impressive amount of time. Copper like color with medium visibility. A hint of hops on the nose, honey, and caramel which blends together to create a very smooth and drinkable beer. Medium mouthfeel with a clean refreshing finish. This beer is both refreshing and satisfying those cravings of a good beer one gets at times. I can't see one reason why I wont have one of these in my fridge at all times. Solid brew by the Duranco Brewing Co.

intensify, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of JimKal
5/5  rDev +46.6%

JimKal, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

WDJersey, May 22, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and clear with a slight amount of carbonation. Light beige head with below average retention. Malted caramel aroma. Faint hop oiliness. Slight amount of bitterness up front with the caramel coming through in the middle and end. Mild hop bitterness after the finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Reminds me of a less malty version of what Bass Ale use to be like.

LittleDon, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper amber with a small, thin, light head. Nose is of brown sugar, malts and some caramel. Taste is follows the nose. Toasted malts with a sweet caramelly flair. Not very hopped and the afyertaste is rather blah. This Beer needs some work.

barleywinefiend, Feb 29, 2008
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Amber Ale from Durango Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.