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Wisdom Amber Ale - Big Hole Brewing Company

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 25.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-21-2003)
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +61.8%

11-15-2011 19:14:57 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep, dark caramel, forming a small light beige head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild requiring a strong pour to achieve a head. Odd aroma...rotting red cherries with associated wild alcohol production, over-ripe kiwi fruit, pure ethanol superimposed upon toast and very husky amber malt grain. Mouthfeel is very smooth and pillowy soft with a medium body. Nice mouthfeel. Taste starts with rotting fruits, followed by sweet Munich and amber malt husk, lots and lots of toast throughout... light kiwi fruit towards the end, and then more husk and toast in the finish with a light bitterness and distinct woodiness in the aftertaste. Light leather notes. Finishes with a very clean mouthfeel and a pleasant woody astringency. Cleanly fermented with no perceptable alcohol or off-flavors.

A very interesting brew. Unique and quite charming, with some tasty complexities, yet easy to drink due to it's wonderful mouthfeel. Appears to have some consistency problems, but my 12 oz. bottle was super tasty. I'd be interested in trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 00:04:13 | More by Mitchster
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange/scarlet/red in color, modest head fades fast to a few islands of scattered bubbles. Smells carmely, nutty, roasted, and surprisngly hoppy. Taste is very robust and flavorful. Hints of coffee and roasted malt defintely add to the flavor of this beer. Hopped very well for an Amber Ale. Another solid beer from Bg Hole Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 23:41:50 | More by TastyTaste
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archyquaffer

Montana

4.03/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a pilsener sampler. A moderate pour produces a billowy, frothy, sticky head of about 1.5 inches. The head sticks really well. The beer is a deep copper color with light carbonation.

Lots of rich malt in the aroma-flavor with just a kiss of hop bitterness in the taste and finish. The malts are really flavorful, evoking caramel, vanilla, maybe a touch of dark fruit, honey perhaps, and a little bit of pecan. Creamy mouth feel with a lingering bitter-sweetness with a finish that is relatively dry, minerally, and short in duration, inviting follow-up sips. Lots of therapeutic burps bringing forth a bit of rich mineral water and sweet malt.

There is much here to remind me of some of the English ales I've sampled. Not a hop bomb by any means but very flavorful malts with a mineral quality that you don't often encounter in american ales. Excellent!

Bought as part of a six pack at Hennessey Market in beautiful uptown Butte, Montana, home of the Montana Folk Festival, which starts tomorrow (7-11-14). I'm looking forward to the music (free), unique food, and awesome local beers on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 05:17:23 | More by archyquaffer
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brdc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have to say I was expecting very little from this one, and proved to be a worthy try, a nice amber ale.
Light amber color as expected, off white head with good retention.
Well balanced nose and flavors, light to medium bodied, very easy to drink.
Notes on both aroma and flavor include bread, caramel, more grains, with a nice if subtle hoppy bite.
Will not blow your socks off, but an amber is not supposed to. Good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:34:35 | More by brdc
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed, ruby mahogany body. Offwhite head disappears in seconds, leaving only collar and film for lace.
Aroma is malty, with some dark fruit aromas of fig and raisin. Floral hops lurk in the background. Mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation and a medium body.
Tastes pretty good. Malty up front, with caramel and some molasses. Floral hops lend a welcome bitterness, resulting in a very nice balance. Some red apples emerge toward the finish, giving a bit of complexity to the taste.
Overall, this is a well balanced amber ale that is interesting and a bit complex. I enjoyed this one. It's a cut above the brewery's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 16:18:27 | More by merlin48
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bcgoldtoe

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Nice reddish tones, looks darker than most amber ales. This is a RED ale. Almost NO head, lacing disappears rapidly.

S= A lot going on here. I do notice the tea scent and strong caramel scent. Very pleasant.

T= Rather sweet, yet still hopped. If you like a strongly hopped beer, you'll be disappointed but it's sweet enough to offset the moderate level of hops. It definitely gets better as you drink it. No aftertaste except for a bittersweet linger, almost as if you've just eaten dark chocolate. If you like flavored malts, but are afraid to be seen with one in your hand, this is your beer.

M=Thin but it does hit the elusive goal of the right amount of carbonation right on the head. The complexity of this beer makes you happy by the end that it isn't much thicker. Overall, not bad.

D= Easy drinking beer.

Overall, this is a good session beer. Don't let the first sip turn you off--keep going. By the end, you'll wish you had bought more than just one to sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 21:01:27 | More by bcgoldtoe
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and malty scent that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It is sweet and earthy. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that is sweet with crystal and chocolate malts. It goes down smooth and finishes earthy and weak. The good aroma doesn't exactly translate to the flavor. It has a complex malt bill, but the overall taste isn't that great. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer. I like the unique aroma and flavor. It is an above average drinker, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 00:25:06 | More by WesWes
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Tone

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight tart malt, slight hop, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, grain, and a hint of hops. Overall, then blend is a little off, body is weak, and grain flavor is off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 21:00:42 | More by Tone
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beerguy101

California

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color. Small white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied amber ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. For an amber it’s a little sweeter and a little drier than the average. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 02:25:43 | More by beerguy101
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Ragingbull

California

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color and is pretty volatile so it gives a very thick foamy head. My wife poured it for me to be nice, but I question whether or not pouring it differently could have gotten a different effect. I have more of them, so I will find out. Anyway, The thick frothy head is a couple of inches thick but settling down nicely. Very faint nose with hints of malt but also with perhaps just a tickle of hops at the start of the sniff. Light and biting attack. Mild maltiness to the flavor throughout. Very light body. Late sensation of caramel malts. Pretty simple beer. A malty amber ale but enough of a hop bite to give it some balance. Some sour notes at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 14:52:06 | More by Ragingbull
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dfillius

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had their Mythical White several years back and I'm psyched to be having another from Big Hole

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/3 finger of white foam with poor retention. A thin patchy layer remains after dissipation - more head please. Chill hazy red-tannish gold. Good looking but not beautiful.
S: I'm congested from being sick, but I am smelling weird muted strong scents of garlic, mustiness, grains, tartness and citrus.
T: Subdued malt with no hop character to speak of. No off flavors, just not anything pronounced. Maybe some wet cardboard - oxidation?
M: Smooth and creamy with a good level of carbonation
D: Session beer. Easy drinking and level headed. Only minus points for oxidation and not being dynamic tasting or smelling.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:11:23 | More by dfillius
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zeff80

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A poured out a copper/auburn color with a huge, foamy, bubbly, off white head. It was long-lasting but left very little lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt and some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt. It had some grassy notes. Over time the beer became more and more bland. Like it lost flavor.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This was an okay beer. Certainly not the best amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 00:39:34 | More by zeff80
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -2.9%

10-18-2012 17:24:04 | More by harpus
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walleye

Michigan

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

from the bottle. poured amber with off white head with little lacing. aroma, caramel, brown sugar, malt, spicey, fruity. flavor, mostly caramel, with hints of malt and hops, got some raisins mouth feel was a little watery. not to bad of a beer could be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 01:42:26 | More by walleye
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a thin cap of foam. The aroma is of caramel, and cherries. The taste is of caramel and not much else. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of numerous other bland amber ales. It isn't bad, it just has no personality.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:07:42 | More by KarlHungus
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BeerManDan

California

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured, it was a very deep amber color, with very little foam and no lace. The smell was of a strong malty nature with a hint of hops. The taste was very disapointed in that it did not live up to the aroma. I will not waste my money on this beer again!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 17:27:54 | More by BeerManDan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazed copper. Small beige head. No retention. No lace. Aroma has some hints of caramel and toasted malts...but not enough. A slight cardboard smell as well. A light toasted malt flavor blends with a graininess to give the beer some light flavor. The body is about light-medium and the carbonation is a little too spritzy. The Big Hole has disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 04:12:46 | More by Bighuge
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Boilermaker88

California

2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at my latest trip to Trader Joe's. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle. Poured a clear dark amber color with a minimal fizzy white head that vanished down to a tiny cap. No lace.
Smell was all malt; a mix of buttery caramel and toffee with notes of brown sugar and molasses.
Taste was pretty much one-sided in favor of grainy malt and sweet of brown sugar and molasses. Virtually no hops throughout. Had a vague veggie aftertaste.
Feel was light- to medium-bodied, smooth and slick.
A truly average amber ale. Completely leaning toward a malt character with a minimal hops presence. Nothing I'd return to unless offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 17:47:54 | More by Boilermaker88
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An unfortunate beer. Could've been so much better. Poured out to an amber red / brown color with no head. None. Nothing. Zip. Very poor carbonation. Nearly none at all. Smell... weak to say the least. Maybe some malt, with a tea like character to it. Not lightin' my fire so far. The flavor is not bad, but the lack of carbonation leaves this brew bland and boring. Flavors of malt and grain are noted, with a touch of smoke on the finish. Some bubbles would've helped greatly. Mouthfeel is watery and inconsistant. Maybe there is something there, maybe there isn't. Very hard to say. Lower drinkability. Perhaps I've got a bad bottle... nope, not according to quite a few other reviews.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 20:27:36 | More by Frozensoul327
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light copper body with a thinning, off-white head.

Smell: Light, musty grain aroma with just a faintest bit of fruitiness.

Taste: A beer so devoid and bereft of any flavor that it really gives an almost neutral impression in the mouth. Just a brief glimpse of malt and fruit and then its gone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Seriously, there's almost nothing there!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 22:07:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: The fourth and last of my mixed packs of Big Hole beers that I recently picked up from Trader Joe’s. A tall thin neck 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. The label on the Big Hole beers appears to be generic in appearance. The Wisdom Amber Ale has a picture of a horned Red Indian dude on a milky coffee colored label. Listed as 5.0% ABV with no freshness date.

Appearance: A lovely chestnut amber – hints of polished copper when backlit. Nice large beige head that laces well; thick and creamy it can leave with you one of those beery moustaches at times. The head reduces in depth, but it stays all the way down the drink and leaves the glass walls with plenty of thick crusty lacing. Good levels of carbonation.

Nose: Some burnt brown sugar odors, which are quite invasive. Apart from that there are malts, caramel, Devon toffee, some sweet molasses and wholemeal bread.

Taste: A sweet malt taste is the ice-breaker. Bready at times. The sweetness persists though, and it supports the toasted malts, chewy dark toffee middle and sweet ending. Sweet, but yet, an astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Overall it is fair to say that this has an average mouthfeel. Light body aided by the sweet malt aspects. Carbonation helps.

Drinkability: Well I had a few bottles of this. I drank two for the purpose of this Review, because it took me a while to ‘tune into’ this one. Could I drink anymore? Certainly not, it is a tad too sweet for me & slightly sickly after the second bottle.

Overall: Another beer that I felt I either did not understand, or I was not concentrating hard enough. Like some of the other Big Hole beers, I found it difficult to nail this one down. Is it poor? – NO, certainly not – but it is average. Would I buy it again – probably not.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 03:57:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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nota

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber/brown in color. Has a small brownish head even after an aggessive pour that faded fast with little or no lacing. This held true for all six bottles. Taste reminded me of drinking cold french roasted coffee. Tasted also like liquid figs. Carbonation was flat. At first I wondered how I was going to down all six bottles, but the taste did grow on me as I went along. This is the second amber ale I have tried and I must say I liked the Bell's Amber Ale a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 03:09:13 | More by nota
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mntlover

Tennessee

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a dark dark amber almost brown small off white head but does leave light lacing. Aroma is malt and fruit, figs perhaps light really light floral hop presence. Taste is kind of bland burst of carbonation followed by a bland fruity malt mixture and light hop presence. This beer leaves a kind of bland stale taste in your mouth, kind of tastes like Raison D'Etre that has been sitting out a couple of days except for the carbonation ofcourse. Not much of an Amber Ale, which happens to be my session beer of choice. Mouthfeel is right around medium not bad. Drinkability is not good don't see me buying this again definitely wouldn't recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 20:01:24 | More by mntlover
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Fabric8r

Montana

2.17/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Garbage. I absolutely love Big Hole Brewing's Wisdom Cream Ale. They must have had sanitation problems with it because several reveiwers mentioned things that simply were not true of the beers I have had (maybe 10 6 packs I have consumed)

Anyway as usual on shopping day I picked up a 6 pack of Wisdom, only to pour it in a glass at home and notice it was not the same, and the label said "Wisdom Amber Ale" Fully off guard, and upset, I took a sip, and poured the rest down the drain. What a dirty trick they pulled. Lost me as a costomer.

Anyone know of a brewery looking for a new recipe to brew? Have them get Wisdom Cream Ale, and use sanitized equipment. They will have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 19:56:19 | More by Fabric8r
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Wisdom Amber Ale from Big Hole Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.