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Ornery Amber - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Ornery AmberOrnery Amber

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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 Brent


3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cetainly deserves to be tagged an "American" version of an amber. A surpisingly aggressive hops bite jumps out at the gate. Some rough hops-oil flavors add a slightly grating edge to the hops that is not unpleasant, so long as you like your hops on the rugged side. Nicely paired with a caramel malt, but the beer was weighted just a tad too much in favor of the hops. Finish was blunt with bittersweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 14:32:51 | More by Brent
Photo of ppoitras


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 tavernjef


3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber glow with a small cap of dusty tanned, firm foam. Fluffy lacing in sporatic sheeting leaving some inky strings along the way.

Aroma is malt tilted with a bready warmth and slight toastyness. Small hints to some woodish hops and a tender little sweet underlay of dull apple.

Flavors are mirrored from the smell as it stands mostly frontward with some malt tones that are fairly mild and tender. Slightly toasted and sweet, getting more sweet as it flows towards the finish. Has a dull apple-y flavor under some skimpy wood hop notes. Its not all that complex, but has a decent malt base that keeps it interesting.

Feel is fairly bold, clean, and well-rounded within a medium body. Again, the malts are what's making this amber worth anything and its not bad. I suppose a bit more hoppyness could help add some complexity and balance. Otherwise this is a fairly easy going amber thats easy enought to have a couple more of before boredom may set in. Thanks to Justin my 2nd Cuz on my wifes side for the samples!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 21:33:21 | More by tavernjef
Photo of arguemaniac


3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a creamy head that never really disappears. The sweet aroma features a slight hoppiness. The flavor is a smooth, well-blended mix of caramel, grain, toasted toffee, a mild honey note and some citrusy hop flavor. Grain and toffee dominate the finish. A somewhat watery mouthfeel with mellow carbonation.

Not bad, very smooth toffee and grain flavors. It is a wee bit on the thin side, but still tasty enough and reasonably drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 08:52:04 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of nlmartin


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as a brewery mixed six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The pours a chill hazed amber. No head was present on the beer.

Smell: The beer has a ok caramel malty smell. There is a bit of floral hops present.

Taste: The beer is sweetly malty. The hops provide a brief floral back bite.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the thin side. This is a very easy to drink beer. I wont be particularly upset if I never drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 12:09:02 | More by nlmartin
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

06 15 Freshness notch on the label.

Pours with a crystal clear amber hue topped with a frothy cap of lace inducing traces.

Aromas of dairy notes and toasted malt. Honeyish with a fruity ester in there too.

First swigs: Slightly red apple fruity and grainy with a soft plain yogurt creaminess. A slight vegetal carrot not with the malty aspect.

Feel is a bit thick and fuller bodied for an amber lager.

Last swigs: Tastes like an amber lager with an ale yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:20:33 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of ADR


3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Bright transparent orange color, head of a little less than 1/2 an inch in a pint glass. Slipping ring laces. Brown sugar malt aroma, a bit of diacetyl, no real hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is slightly higher than average. Very consistent taste front to back, malted milk, a bit of vanilla, pleasant residual sugars. Not much of a snap to it. That's the good part, while easily quaffable, the beer is pretty thin and average in most flavor and body categories. Might be a good introductory Lager for someone who is looking for a malty easy drinker and wants to try some different things.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 01:17:17 | More by ADR
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 mmmbeer


1.83/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Damn you Mike's Mart! Anyway, it looks quite nice. Pours into the pilsner glass a hazy chestnut with lots of carbonation and a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lace. Lots of sediment in the bottle after the pour. Caramel and almost cloyingly sweet malts in the nose. Taste is.... sour, and very bad. I taste dill pickles. Seriously. It's bad. I tasted several gulps to make sure it was that bad. I could barely hold it in my mouth long enough to judge the mouthfeel, which was average I guess. This is the first time I've dumped a beer I'm reviewing down the drain. The other beers from the mixed 12 aren't bad... perhaps it was never good in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 02:48:56 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of karengarys


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice hazy amber, leaving a bit of a head but not much.

Smell is just a slight bit of sweet hops.

Taste is... let me see... I pick up a sharp sourness. Sour, that's it. Sour, and a slight hop tinge. But it is mostly sour.

Mouthfeel is just fair, not too foamy, somewhat wet/flat.

Drinkable? I guess, I just don't want another.

To me, this is one avoidable brew. The sourness is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 02:11:23 | More by karengarys
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of Tang07


2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought it because 1. it was on special 2. Western-type folks love to use the term "Onery" so i figured I'd try it out. 3. Everything else they had on tap was pretty weak.

As a disclaimer Amber beers are not my favorite.

The beer was more orange than red and the head left something to be desired.

The smell was weak malty/cereal smell. The beer could have been a bit on the cool side so the smell could have been a bit supressed.

The taste was OK, nothing to write ome about. The beer lacked body.

I was a bit disappointed when the waitress brought me another one. It wasn't bad enough for me to "trade it in" but I won't be ordering it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 23:51:50 | More by Tang07
Photo of mentor


2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed the next evening in July 2005. Pours a half-finger light tan head over a crystal clear shiny bronze red-orange. Smells very lightly of alcohol and even more mildy of caramel. Tastes mildly of chocolate and has a nice rising caramel in the aftertaste. The careml contrasts with a carbonation sting on the tongue. Md-light body bordering on light. Carbonation is md-heavy and actually contributes to the flavor profile. Sorry I didn't have much to say about this one...there's very little here to comment on.

Well, the beer warmed a bit since I forgot about it and a fair amount of the carbonation is gone. It tastes much better, which still isn't stellar. The aftertaste now has some fruity flavors...strawberry and pear. There's also a tang that comes across as iron, but I'm thinking it originated from toasted grains.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 05:23:13 | More by mentor
Photo of palliko


3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is translucent dark amber with beige foam and not much lace. Aroma is of brown sugar and malt, with leafy hops. Initial taste is bland: some grain, malt and bitter floral hops. Middle has caramel, but not too sweet. A light watery brew, slightly sweet, with a finish strong on yeast bread. I would not try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:39:03 | More by palliko
Photo of Golden2wenty1


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
Photo of TastyTaste


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SLightly hazed light maroon color, small ring of foam around the top of the glass. Smell is light maltiness, sweet with carmel, and a light grassiness. Taste is also slightly sweet and malty, hops are not that prominent, but there. This is pretty similar to the quality of the othr TK beers, slightly above average, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 02:44:44 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rich rustic orange with the merest blush of red. The pale orangish ecru head isn't very large, even with a high altitude pour. Despite a rapid rate of bubble poppage, it still manages to last for quite a while. Unfortunately, very little lace finds its way to the glass.

The nose is average at best. It's sweet, somewhat caramel-like and a touch fruity. There isn't much here to praise and there isn't much to criticize. It certainly doesn't make me excited to take a drink.

The long, slow slide continues. Ornery Amber is undermalted and definitely underhopped. It has a watery constitution, a near complete lack of sweetness and lacks any flavor that might be attributed to barley malt. It also lacks hop flavor and bitterness. The only thing left is an unripe fruity sourness (peaches and apricots).

On second thought, I do pick up a little sweetness, but it's only noticeable on the back end as the sourness fades. As noted, the body/mouthfeel is light and is relatively lifeless thanks to a lack of carbonation.

Ornery Amber isn't ornery in the least. Its flavor is anything but aggressive or challenging (although it is a minor chore to get through the entire bottle). The limp mouthfeel brings a few other adjectives to mind, but ornery surely isn't among them. This is my first Tommyknocker beer and I am something less than impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 12:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mntlover


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color some yellow hints around edges which seems wierd nice off white head fades fast to ring of foam.
Aroma is hints of caramel malt some citrus hops mixed in somewhere does not smell very inviting or as malty as a good amber should lightly skunky almost but thats not quite it.
Taste is average at best some light malt litttle fizzy hints of carbonation very light hop flavors some almost vanilla hints dry finish almost lager like.
Mouthfeel is light side of medium dry slightly fizzy not very good amber feel slightly watered down finish.
Drinkability is not great would look elsewhere if you desire a good amber. Thanks to merlin48 for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 17:33:46 | More by mntlover
Photo of merlin48


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body with a skimpy offwhite head that endures for a few seconds before disappearing. No lacing.
Aroma is restrained, with a note of caramel malt and some slight orange citrus hops. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light bodied.
Taste is undistinguished, but well balanced. Some sweet caramel and citrus hops, but very understated.
Drinkability is good here. Taste is decent enough for a session amber, but there are many better choices.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 00:18:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of filabrazilia


3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light copper with a small kahki head. A tad bit hazy and not as clear as I would expcet from a lager. Not great looking but decent.

There is a slightly malty aroma in the nose that is not as strong as I would like it to be.

The taste is like an Oktoberfest light--roasted malt finished with a little bitter kick. The roasted malt is inoffensive and easy to take. The more I drink, the more I like it. It's a pretty good beer to drink.

The mouthfeel is a little too weak for the flavor--it's just a bit too thin. A little more body would have given it the right amount of texture.

This is an unremarkable beer that is okay to drink because it has a pretty good flavor. What it lacks in appearrance and body, it makes up for in taste. It's just not enough to make it better than a slightly above average beer. Maybe it's better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 02:16:37 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of clvand0


2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brown color with a small head that quickly dies away and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly citrus, but nothing too strong - some malt is there too. The flavor is somewhat bland, like the aroma. Slightly watered down. There is a small hop presence and it doesn't have the standard "lager stank." I probably won't have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 18:25:25 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice amber color with a finger of headthat drops to a nice film over the top of the beer. The nose has a citrusy grapefruit and orange. The taste is just sort of flat, without anything that jumps up and grabs me. There's a metallic aftertaste taht sticks with you well after the beer is done. I'm not real impressed with this one. The mouthfeel is nice. There is a creamy texture that I haven't felt in other beers before. Its a nice feeling. There's not as much carbonation as I would expect. The beer is highly drinkable, but I think it comes as a sacrifice for flavor. The beer is worth trying, but another mediocre offering from Tommyknocker.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 02:48:36 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of masterbruewer


2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with ample head with decent lacing.

The smell is faint. But what's there is malt, no hops apparent.

The flavor is smooth and very light, almost like drinking water with a little bit of hops flavor.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with just a little carbonation.

Very drinkable but not for the right reasons. It's so smooth and flavorless it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 20:53:45 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour was a coppery/amber with a half inch head that all too quickly dissapated to a light white ring.

The smell was almost Killians' like, a sweet malt with caramel overtones.

The taste started almost water-like, very little taste at the start. In the middle it got a malt sweet kick, and then finished with more malt and left a light caramel aftertaste.

This beer wasn't terrible by any means, I was just expecting alot more. It is quite refreshing, but I personally wouldn't put it much above a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 01:57:26 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The intial look is not bad, then again, it's not at impressive. The dark amber/copper body is perfectly clear, but sports a minscule off-white head that leaves no lace. The nose is of malt and quite light; a bit of caramel is noted, but it is also quite light.

The flavor is sweet malt with virtually no bittering from hops. The feel is thin, watery, and lacks snap in the finish due to the lack of carbonation. Fairly poor actually and my numbers are generous. Lack of desirable drinkability due to the unimpressive feel and lackluster taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 02:39:11 | More by AtLagerHeads
Ornery Amber from Tommyknocker Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.