Dock Street Philadelphia Amber - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Philadelphia AmberDock Street Philadelphia Amber

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a white tiny bubbled heading that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell is of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and caramel malt.

Taste is all the same but a bit more of a citrusy feeling of hops, again same as the the nose a bit of chocolate and caramel.

Mouth has great carbonation,medium bodied but very alive on the tongue, Leaves a funky bready, yeasty,caramel aftertaste.

Drink is good a bit funky but certainly could be a good session brew. (486 characters)

Photo of dashirey
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden on the edge & amber in the middle. Very thin head that disappears in a blink of an eye.

S - Floral hops followed by a punch of malt.

T - Spicy and hoppy at first but then followed by a big maltiness. While showing each side on its own overall it is balanced. Pretty nice flavor.

M - Stinging sensation from high carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

D - Overall pretty drinkable - my biggest complaint being the stinging carbonation. (447 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in Philadelphia today at a local deli. Nice copper coloured beer with a pillowy white head, but the head disappears quickly. Solid, malty-caramel on the nose with fuggle hops perhaps? Nice chewy brew, with a medium bodied taste and great drinkability. I wish I had more. Very nice session brew, warm finish. (316 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber color with a wispy head that didn't stick around long. Caramel and biscuit malt and pine hops in the nose. The palate begins with some bitterness with some sweet malt in the center. Pine, citrus hops at the end with a slightly bitter finish. This is an OK ale, but I not great. I think it could use some depth and complexity. (338 characters)

Photo of Lenny2884
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a weak white head that leaves minimal lacing as it retreats back into the beer. Smell is decent, citrus hops backed by caramel malt tones, not overpowering by smells balanced. Taste starts spicey then moves to a sweet caramel malt flavor, nice balance. Bitterness hits mid-way through followed quickly by citrus hops. Ends dry with a nice hop presence long after the beer has been swallowed. Light to medium mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty nice offering from Dock Street. First time I've had one of their brews and I honestly wasn't expecting much from it. More on the hoppier spectrum when it comes to amber ales (this is more of a pale ale) and would definately go well with some spicy foods. Cheers!! (717 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dock Street- Philadelphia Amber

A- Light amber brown with a small quick fizzing head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with cherry and grape like notes.
T- Sweet malt, slight carmelized grains with tangy fruits; grape orange come through.
M- Thick chewy malt gives way for a dry, slight boozy finish.

Overall- Middle of the road here. Worthy of a pint or 2. (348 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear amber with orange hues and a small, fizzy white head with minimal retention and lacing.

S: some light lemony-orange notes and some light dry caramel.

T: started out with a malt sweetness and some citrus and oranges. The hopping was fairly light and floral with the caramel dominating the palate. The flavor started out promising but kinda muddles in the finish.

M: light and creamy with a dry citrus fade and light carbonation.

D: An easy drinking session. definitely wont wow you in any way, but a good swilling pub amber none the less. (563 characters)

Photo of praufs01
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Very nice hop aroma. Like fresh grass.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Light hop flavor with a mild malty middle that finishes with a clean hop taste.

Final thoughts - Well balanced easy drinking ale. (282 characters)

Photo of BravoTwo
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper hued, with minimal head but decent lacing that continued to hang around down the glass.

S - Crisp hops smell is present with clean aromas.

T - Nice clean hop flavors, very reminiscent of Fuller's ESB. Sweetness is also present. Good malt backbone also comes through. Overall very nicely balanced beer.

M - Medium carbonation level, thinner mouthfeel. Not bad, just average.

D - Good drinkability on this one. Not too heavy, but very nice and flavorful. Again, reminiscent of a nice english ESB. (509 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Dock Street's Illuminator was a great Bock beer, so I was eagerly anticipating sampling their American Amber...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, ruby-red colored hue with minimal head and hardly any lacing visible at all...
Strong, noticeable amber aroma bursting with grains, caramel, and vanilla nuances...
Very light, clear-bodied flavor with a slight hint of amber, grain, and caramel that strongly complemented the aroma...
The mouthfeel is where I was somewhat let down, being very watery and loose without any real substance to it... Very watery flavor without a real hint of taste...
Not the best suggestion of the style for sure, not recommended... (718 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged copper amber with a creme head that is fairly sizeable. Nose has a mild, but malty character. Flavor is kind of soapy and hoppy. Nothing real crazy going on, but it isn't at all bad. Feel is about typical. Overall this is decent. A bit off center, but not really too bad. I might be interested in trying this on cask. (341 characters)

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dock Street "Philadelphia Brand" Amber Beer pours a clear deep-amber body with an orange cast and orange and gold highliights. The frothy off-white head holds very well, continually maintaining a solid surface covering, and leaves some nice rings and partial walls of craggy lace in its wake.

The aroma is citrusy and grassy over a delicate caramelish malt base.

The body is delicately crisp across the palate with a medium body and a median carbonation.

The flavor starts hoppy... citrusy with cascades. It quickly show some light maltiness, however. It's caramelish but delicate, and there's just enough character there to keep it interesting. The maltiness reaches its peak at mid-palate, and then the hops return just as the bitterness kicks in. It's nicely balanced, and the brisk bitterness turns it back around, leading to a gently hoppy, mildly citrusy and grassy, dry finish.

Overall, this incarnation of the brand represents a pretty decent American pale ale. It's not as malty as it once was, and I'd question the "amber" ale designation, but that's what they've called it. Regardless, it's very well done, and a pretty accessible beer.

This is a beer I wish I could get in NJ but most places I go dont carry it (1,231 characters)

Photo of beals
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick (1.5") fluffy white head, good retention. Dirty-yellow color; a lot paler than I'd expect for an amber.

Malty, citrusy aroma. Sweet-smelling. Nothing extraordinary.

Orange-grapefruit at first, and starts off as if it's going to be very sweet, but this fades quickly. Good body, but not as ultra-thick as the initial taste leads you to believe. There's something vaguely Belgian about this beer, but I can't put my finger on it. Clean finish, with a hint of malted grain.

Mouthfeel is excellent -- as I mentioned, good body. Low to moderate carbonation (despite the huge head), just the way an amber beer should be.

Smooth and highly drinkable. I could definitely have a couple of these in a session. (731 characters)

Photo of
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Mainly clear, light amber color. Small, off-white head. No lacing or legs.

Aroma is mainly citrus. Slight, underlying sweetness -floral. Faint caramel.

More sweet than bitter, but only slightly so. Well balanced. Wheat bread with a dash of honey. Citrus & herbal character, which lingered well into aftertaste.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall, best of 3 ambers I had this evening. The first two were good, but one tilted too far into roast flavors, and the other was too sweet. I enjoyed the balance of this one, and felt it was probably most true to style. (615 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dock Street "Philadelphia Brand" Amber Beer pours a clear deep-amber body with an orange cast and orange and gold highliights. The frothy off-white head holds very well, continually maintaining a solid surface covering, and leaves some nice rings and partial walls of craggy lace in its wake.

The aroma is citrusy and grassy over a delicate caramelish malt base.

The body is delicately crisp across the palate with a medium body and a median carbonation.

The flavor starts hoppy... citrusy with cascades. It quickly show some light maltiness, however. It's caramelish but delicate, and there's just enough character there to keep it interesting. The maltiness reaches its peak at mid-palate, and then the hops return just as the bitterness kicks in. It's nicely balanced, and the brisk bitterness turns it back around, leading to a gently hoppy, mildly citrusy and grassy, dry finish.

Overall, this incarnation of the brand represents a pretty decent American pale ale. It's not as malty as it once was, and I'd question the "amber" ale designation, but that's what they've called it. Regardless, it's very well done, and a pretty accessible beer. (1,161 characters)

Photo of scalffd
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as MicroBrew of the month.

Appearance: Nice amber color, slightly cloudy with clear carbonation bubbles, 1/4-1/2" white head which dissipates into a very solid ring for the remainder of the glass.

Smell: Malt and citrus, perhaps some lemony scent, nice and smooth, nothing overbearing.

Taste: Some malt up front with a little bit of bitter hops in the finish, average aftertaste lingers slowly, good solid mouthfeel.

I am not usually a big fan of the style, but this beer is done right and I enjoyed it greatly! (532 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of my MicroBeerClub shipment received in late June.
Beer poured a nice copper color with a decent head initially. Nose is very malty with a hint of citrus. Taste is big on caramel malts transitioning nicely into a barely noticeable hop finish. Citrus is barely in the background. Mouthfeel is very nice and full, with a nicely complimenting level of carbonation. Overall drinkability is good. A nice, solid beer. Very enjoyable on a mild 98 degree afternoon here in Phoenix. (492 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clear gold color with a decent off-white head and beautiful active carbonation. Nice light citrusyt hop aroma with bready character underneath. Light citrusy and bready malt flavors ... balanced incredibly. Medium-light bodied and perfectly balanced finish.

Quite possibly the best Amber Ale I've had in ages !! Much better than I remember from years gone by... if this was reformulated or Matt BC is just kicking butt on it then cheers! so much the better ! Wecome back DSA !

Per bottle: "Cascade Hops"

Per BOM notes: 25 IBU. 4.2% ABV.
Malts: 2-row and Caramel.
Hops: Cluster, Cascade (Dry hopped w/ Cascade) (626 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM offering...my last one it would seem!

Pours a medium copper, slightly cloudy with a light white bubbly head. Some retention, some lacing. Smells of light grains, floral hops. Taste follows with light flowery hops along with a graininess, but there is some alcohol skunk noticeable. This does dissipate quickly and leaves a noninvasive mouthfeel, making the drinkability pretty decent. Overall, I'd slug a few of these down again. (437 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard amber color with un unremarkable head and sporadic lacing in the pint glass. Nose is malty, slightly sweet, and has only a faint fuggles hop presence in the nose. Palate is of sweet malt and a touch of hops. Slightly citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium-light with good carbonation. Finish has lingering sweetness and a slight bitter aftertaste. Over all, an okay amber ale, I suppose. Smacks of mediocre homebrew to me ... but many, many amber beers do, so this might not be as objective as it should be. Maybe worth a shot if you're into ambers. (556 characters)

Photo of hanco005
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my beer of the month club selection, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear, copper amber with a ½ inch wispy tan head that fades down immediately, lacing in non existent

S—sweet malts, citrus hops, faint alcohol,

T—everything I smelled is in the taste, the malts and hops are balanced together very well, producing a mildly sweet caramel and corn taste

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—good. Could make this into a summertime session beer for sure. (509 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another brew that was mediocre and fairly boring overall.

It pours a mildly watery amber colour with a medium head that quickly dissolves and leaves small touches of itself on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: somewhat floral, but moreso candy sweet, with caramel and general sugary notes. It's actually a bit too sweet at times. Malt is present in the back.

The flavour is overly sweet at times as well and mixes with an eathry and somewhat rubbery malt flavour for a somewhat unbalanced result. Hops give a slight kick at the finish but nothing to rave about by any means. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and somewhat watery.

This one just doesn't do the trick. It's got some flavour, but is nothing special and is average across the board. (755 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with no freshness date, code, or stamp of any kind. But the bottle is clean so what the heck? This beer is brewed in Utica now, and not Philadelphia, which I find unfortunate.

Pours a clear amber/copper with a foamy white head that laces pretty well as it dissipates to a thin layer. An aroma of American hops (assuming by the citrus character) and grains greets the nose.

The taste is a good balance of malts and hop bitterness, and it's light bodied and easy to drink. Nothing exotic here, just good old beer. (531 characters)

Photo of Naes
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a copper colored ale that has a two inch white head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing
The aroma is grainy and has just a slight amount of hops.
The flavor is just the same as the aroma; grainy with a slight hop presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and nicely carbonated.

This is an average non offensive beer. (354 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear amber color with a nice level of carbonation bubbles. Almost no head and what little there is dissipates to the finest of films. Smell has an nice sweet malt smell with some citrus overtones. This is probably the high point of this beer. Taste is a bready malty flavor but that is followed by that typical cheep beer off taste. Not sure how to describe it but I know what it is. Kind of a burnt off taste and a not good bitter finish. I've had worse beers, but I also don't need to look too hard to find better ones. I won't be coming back to this one anytime soon. (576 characters)

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Dock Street Philadelphia Amber from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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