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Ornery Amber - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Ornery AmberOrnery Amber

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of RBorsato


4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

11-19-2012 00:05:59 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Krishob


4.35/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer has a nice clear & as the name states amber color. Not a lot of head, but it does retinas a small amount across the top. It is not thick by any means but it does tend to cling to the edge of the glass. It looks light and lively.

Smell - The nose on this beer is very nice. There is a toasty, biscuity smell from the malts, but the hops are great. They give a slight spicy/citrusy smell but very clean. It is at a really good balance.

Taste - There is a very slight floral taste from the hops & yeast. The hops are defiantly stronger and are still in balance with the other ingredients. It has a very clean taste all the way from the when it first touches your palate till it exits.

Mouthfeel - The flavor of this beer coats your palate and as you swallow it there is still a wonderful coating fact left on your palate. It is not a thick feel, but a comforting feel since it seems to just give a sense of warmth & comfort. The carbonation from this was spot on, you could still feel the carbonation inside your mouth but did not feel like over powering.

Drinkability - This is a well made beer. Good body that is filling but still light and refreshing. Would definitely have another and would hopefully get to share more with some good friends.

Serving type - Bottle poured into glass

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:39:58 | More by Krishob
Photo of tgbljb


4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is very light, with only a bit of sweet fruit to be found. Taste presents a firm sweet maltiness that is exceptionally pleasnt. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Finish is light and very refreshing. Very drinkable, however the flavor begins to fade as more of the glass in consumed.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 23:16:12 | More by tgbljb
Photo of beace


4.03/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am fond of the orange haze of this amber ale. The head was small and disappeared quickly. Bands of lace slowly descend down the glass. The fruity malt nose reminds me of oranges pears and fresh baked bread.

There is plethora of fruit flavors going on. Rasins, plums, orange rinds, and sour cherries. The hop bitterness is comforting and intermingles with the malt. Caramel, almond and earth balance out the fruit and spicy hop tones.

I could enjoy a few of these back to back. Nothing offensive and plenty to enjoy and ponder. An ale that not only stimulates the palate but also the brewing lobe in all of us.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 01:32:52 | More by beace
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +27%

11-24-2011 21:22:41 | More by virinow
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a dark red amber with good carbonation. The Head is 2 fingers off white foam that fades to a nice lacing.

The Smell is a little odd at first, maybe even fishy, a clear sniff reveals lightly toasted sweet Carmel malt.

The taste follows better. Nice sweet and toasty malt, slightly sweet with a nice hoppy tone that really works well. Very good balance to this brew.

The mouthfeel is not bad, nothing offensive, quite common, carbonation and body are good, feels like a good quality beer going down.

The drinkability is good. I really like the toasty Carmel notes, I would buy this again. MK

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 21:58:39 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4/5  rDev +27%

12-31-2011 14:37:32 | More by christy13
Photo of Tone


4/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, slight hops, some fruity aromas, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, some earthy malt comes through as well, a good hop background, some pine notes come through faintly, and a slight dryness is present in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent beer with a good blend of flavors; the appearance is lacking, though. Worth a try and definitely deserves a better rep than it has received so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:47:46 | More by Tone
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind


4/5  rDev +27%

12-30-2011 15:18:13 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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4/5  rDev +27%

11-25-2011 04:12:16 | More by Beefytits4
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3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Label notched best within 4 months of Aug05. Oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly depletes to a swirly film, with a group of big bubbles in one area, with average to good lacing. Aroma is grain pellet, with a touch of tart fruit. Taste is the same, well-balanced, sedate. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, maybe a bit chalky, and drinkability is very high. Didn't have too high of hopes for this brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 21:06:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your average lager! It was hard to ascertain the color since I drank it from a brown bottle, but the head is fairly thick and frothy. Aroma is strong and pleasant, much better than that of most lagers I have sampled. The taste is strong, not complex but pleasant, with some surprising hoppy overtones. Smooth and zesty, this is a good party brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 02:03:31 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Mitchster


3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Trail mix 6'er. 12oz bottle. Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a limpid head with a firm pour. Minimal to absent lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Nose opens up with some herbal hops, some nutty amber, crystal, and munich malts, orange peel, toast, grain husk, and rotten strawberries. Not too shabby...better than the other TK's I've had. Mouthfeel is soft and chewy with a medium body. Taste is a recap of the nose...opens with a big hazelnut and toast flavor. Mild bitterness. Finish is herbal with a touch of roasted orange peel and yeast. Grain husk and toast aftertaste. Precariously verges on the brink of the almost-too-sweet-gonna-get-a-cavity taste.

Not too shabby. This is one of the better TK brews I've had, which unfortunately doesn't say a whole lot. I could get blasted on this at a pub but wouldn't drink it for pleasure. The reality TV of beers...entertaining, but entirely forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 22:57:25 | More by Mitchster
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3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the WaPo Beer Madness tourney.
Copper color with thin head and reasonable lacing (at least for the thin head).
Mainly malt aroma, tinge of hops thrown in.
Fairly unassuming flavor, but well-rounded nonetheless. Not too much sweetness from the malt before the hops take over and finish dryly.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:21:16 | More by weasbri
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a thin, frothy head that drops readily to a big-bubble accented collar and leaves only spotty lace. The nose is mainly malty with a distinct note of caramel amidst its bready and lightly toasted Munich malt, with just a touch of background floral hops. The body is medium and it's fine, moderate carbonation leaves it gently crisp before warming to become slightly creamy and smooth across the palate. Everything suggested by the aroma is carried forth in the flavor with a round, gently toasted, nutty and caramelish malt that's accented by a slight floral hop flavor and a low-key bitterness. It finishes slightly sticky with malt sugars, but then dries quickly leaving the palate ready for another taste. Interestingly malty.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 22:35:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is, well amber, but super clarity and a big fluffy head with nices bubbles. Head rentention is okay, no lace grabs the glass.

Smell: Sweet carmel maltiness and faint honey wiffs invites you to the glass.

Taste Caramel maltiness and light citrussy hops dance a somewhat delicate dance.

Good thick mouth feel.

All in all a good solid effort

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 01:52:21 | More by russpowell
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's nonic

Appearance - True to form amber, but the big draw is the large 1 finger, well-retained white head. As I type this two minutes later, I can already see that lacing will be good

Smell - A faint maltiness, nothing special at all

Taste - A bit of caramel and honey

Mouthfeel - Medium to light with smooth finish

Drinkability - Hell yes!

Overall - One of my faves in the genre

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 20:24:18 | More by tjd112
Photo of scottblaze


3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pour right down the middle didn't produce much of a head, maybe ¼" , what little there was, gave some reasonable lacing, hazy amber. Distinct scent of Scotch Whiskey hit me in the nose at the first whiff, as it rested though, more floral and grassy hints came to the surface. Taste is a nice balance of light malty molasses flavors and hops, not bitter, vanilla, quite nice. Compellingly refreshing mouthfeel and drinkabilty.

A very good beer, one that I could keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:07:19 | More by scottblaze
Photo of SouthFLBeerLover


3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with a decent size white head. Very little lacing.

S: Some caramel and malts, but not a lot of hops in the aroma. Citrus (I want to say orange) is also present.

T: Malty with caramel overtones are the main flavors. The citrus is also present in the flavor of this beer and balances out the malts and the sweet caramel quite nicely. All in all, a good balance between the different flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight citrusy aftertaste on the tongue.

O: This is a decent Amber Lager that goes down smooth and is enjoyable. The caramel malts, typical for this style, are roughly where they should be, and the citrus flavors balances things out. I bought this as a part of a 12-pack that has six different beers from TommyKnocker Brewery & Pub, LLC. So far, the two that I have sampled have been OK, but not exceptional, by any means. I like the two bottles per style consept versus 12-packs that have four different beers, three each. The third one seems to always end up lost somewhere in the fridge, since I like to drink my beers from a tall beer glass that can accomodate two 12oz. botlles at a time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:43:30 | More by SouthFLBeerLover
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful crystal malt scent along with some light hops and a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, yet dry caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent amber lager. The aroma is great, but the flavor falls short of expectations. Overall, a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 14:55:36 | More by WesWes
Photo of BeerCon5


3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of white head that dissappears quickly.

The scent is dominant of earthy hops, notes of grains.

The taste is also of dominant hops, citrus, roasted malt, and grain.

Light bodied, crisp and pretty smooth, high carbonation.

I though this was a pretty good amber lager, much more hop presence than I would expect from this style. Very easy to drink, I wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:23:21 | More by BeerCon5
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3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: cloudy orange, 2-finger head (dissipates quickly), decent carb.
S: sweet--all malt; persists
T: brown sugar, honey, malt, toasted grains; a much darker flavor than one expects in an amber, with a touch more hops, spice; I like the flavor quite a bit, but can see how those expecting a true amber would be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 14:44:49 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours an orange/amber red with little or no head. Nose is pleasantly fruity, citrusy and hoppy. Taste is a thick sweet citrus, with creamy malts and a hop bite. More medium-bodied than I had expected for this red. Highly carbonated - makes it more drinkable. Could see myself putting a few of these back, though I don't know if I'm enough of a red fan to come back for more. Not a bad beer though. Refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 21:06:20 | More by Golden2wenty1
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3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a bright orange-tinted amber with just a few bubbles forming on top. No lace.

Aroma - very light grain, a faint fruity yeasty bit also. Most of it fades after a minute to near nothing until it warms up a bit. Mild but not bad at all.

Taste - slightly sweet grain start. The swallow brings out a mildly citric and mildly bitter hop. Offsets the grain without overdoing the bite. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation and body, about right for the style.

Drinkability - these disappear fast. A most competent and sessionable beer from TK.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 20:43:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of mazingblue


3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer smell is nothing special. As a matter of fact, I haven't been sick all year and I thought my nose was plugged. I could hardly smell any of the beers natural aromas. Taste of the beer is alright. Aftertaste of the beer is good, though. Not one of my favorite Ambers, but I would drink it again if someone bought it for me. Tommyknocker fell off on this one...Other products are better.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:12:42 | More by mazingblue
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Ornery Amber from Tommyknocker Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.