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Dock Street Philadelphia Amber - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Philadelphia AmberDock Street Philadelphia Amber

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BA SCORE
81
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
Photo of beermanbrian
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

beermanbrian, Mar 15, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich golden/amber color with minimal head that dissapated pretty quickley,faint smell of caramel and slight hop aroma.Taste was similair in alot of ways to a ESB some caramel notes along with some frutiness ending with some biscuit maltiness.Really food friendly beer I thinka pretty darn enjoyable beer here.

oberon, May 10, 2003
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

acurtis, May 31, 2014
Photo of dashirey
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

dashirey, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

NJpadreFan, May 31, 2008
Photo of Reverand
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dock street pours to a nice amber color with fluffy white head. Taste wise Dock Street has a malt sweetness right up front then the hops come around the back and gives this beer a real nice kick,before a dry finish.

Reverand, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of fattyre
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish golden with a large tan head. This beer has a mild malty sweetness balanced by an equally mild grapefruit-like bitterness and a firm mouthfeel. This is a tasty balanced beer that is much less hoppy than I would have originally guessed.

fattyre, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

beerthulhu, May 15, 2008
Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

buzzy, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of SixpointJMH
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

edskirk3, May 02, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent medium amber color, the head average in size, frothy in texture with adequate lace to coat the glass and both a light tan color. Nose is clean and crisp, lightly sweet, malt dominated with a very light hint of citrus. Sweet at the front, the top lean with a finish that is purposefully carbonated and the hops give a nice bitter bite to the beer, the aftertaste dry.

Gusler, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mpalestino, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

TheFightfan1, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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...

dsa7783, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

beerphilosopher, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

scottbrew4u, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of beals
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

beals, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.78/5  rDev +35%
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)

RBorsato, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

TheBigBoy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gold color with a nice head that produced some lacing through the drink. Minimal aroma, with some very slight floral notes detected. The flavor had a nice balance of malts and hops, and some citrus tones were detectable in the aftertaste. This a medium bodied amber, extremely drinkable as several can be consumed without getting bored.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2003
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Dock Street Philadelphia Amber from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
81 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.