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Epicenter Amber - SanTan Brewing Co.

Epicenter AmberEpicenter Amber

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BA SCORE
80
good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.34%


Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Amber Ale. Epicenter Amber received a Bronze Medal at Reno Canfest, and an 89 Rating in 2011 DRAFT Magazine. A deep copper amber hue with a firm, toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a crisp dry finish. Epicenter has become a gateway ale for novice Craft Beer drinkers. The light, approachable taste is quenching and appealing to new and long term Craft lovers alike.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: PhxHorn on 05-28-2010)
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MacHammer

Arizona

4.41/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dined at Cork in Chandler last night and ordered this as we awaited our seating time. I've been home-brewing Ambers of late as I seem to enjoy this type of beer the most. I found Epicenter to be extremely enjoyable. It has lots of flavor and very little bite. It is one of the smoothest Ambers I have enjoyed that wasn't brewed by me.

The color was good. The taste was better. I ordered a second one to enjoy with dinner. My father-in-law did the same, as we both found our beer to be very pleasant and worthy of a second purchase.

Like many beer aficionados, I can't often describe a particular flavor or "velvety overtone" but I know a good beer when I taste one. This is one. I'll buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 22:15:08 | More by MacHammer
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TAMU99

Guam

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ok. Had a can from total wine. Maybe I got an old can but I wasn't impressed. It's not a very drinkable amber. Pours clear and,well, Amber. Smells like beer and tastes ok. Hops seem bitter but not too flavorful. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall, not one of my favorite.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 19:45:05 | More by TAMU99
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with small pieces of yeast floating in it. A weak stream of small bubbles rises to the fizzy, one finger, white head.

S - Strong nose of toasty, caramel malts and light earthy hops upon opening the can.

T - Caramel malt and sweet toffy upfront. The body is fairly weak though definitely malt driven with hints of red apple hop notes. Smooth caramel as the beer goes over the back of the tongue transitions into a slightly stale caramel apple finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Not real lively, but ok.

As a seismologist, I had saved epicenter in my refrigerator for two years, before finally getting it out tonight to review it. Even though I really wanted to like it, I was unimpressed and am only considering picking it up again sometime to see if aging it had detrimental effects. This example was a little too sweet and flat for me.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 04:31:50 | More by Bockrules
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coldriver

Texas

3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a medium clear amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is definitely malt leaning dominated by caramel with light lemony hops. Taste confirms the aroma - malty caramel and bread all the way with no real hop zing here. Medium carbonation with drying finish and a bitter aftertaste (in a bad way) that hangs on. Sure, I love hops, but I don't mind a malty amber every once in a while if it has a distinctive flavor. This one just isn't that interesting.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 18:19:01 | More by coldriver
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ckollias

Maryland

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Caramel and bready malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a caramel and bready/biscuit flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so amber brew

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 05:04:13 | More by ckollias
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear reddish caramel colored beer.

A light sweetness to the caramel roasted malts in the aroma of this amber.

A lot of caramel in well roasted malt taste that also has a bit of sweetness and just a touch of alcohol included.

There is just a touch of caramel tastes hanging around in a very light dryish aftertaste with this medium bodied beer.

Middle of the road tasting amber, no displeasing tastes or anything, with is better than a lot of ambers can claim.

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 20:59:04 | More by LXIXME
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a very nice two inch head of foam; good retention and a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Toffee, toast and nuts

Taste: Toast and toffee, up front, with a fruity/nutty flavor developing, in the middle; after the swallow, the sweet flavors predominate though there is a little earthy bitterness to balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad amber, but definitely oriented toward those who like their ambers sweet

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 02:13:54 | More by brentk56
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mactrail

California

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attractive red-amber color with plenty of foam in the glass. Light malty flavor with a fair amount of roasted malt. Bitter twang of hops makes up the rest of the flavor. Quite earthy with a mineral taste. A bitterness of nut shells and burned biscuits takes over for the finish. A woody sensation and somewhat acidic. The malty sweetness emerges shyly for a little while.

What seems like off flavors at first sip are apparently the odd fruity hop mixed with a grainy malt flavor. It reminds me of some mysterious casserole slightly scorched in the overn. While I don't care for this much, it is actually quite drinkable once you get used to the taste. From the 12 oz can bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 00:52:40 | More by mactrail
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught in the Phoenix airport.... Boring layover.

A -Amber red in color with a thin head that lingers. Nice lacing, this airport bar has clean glassware!

S- standard fare. Sweet and caramelly with a light hop bitterness.

T - Follows the nose, not exciting but wonderfully drinkable.

M - medium to light in body. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

O - A fine take on one of my favorite session styles. Could drink for hours. Too bad my flight is coming up!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 19:29:58 | More by greenmonstah
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FosterJM

California

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1530th Review on BA
Can to Pint
12oz

No canning date
Thanks to my friend amanda for sending this one to me from AZ.

App- A medium colored orange with some dark orange highlights and more of a wood stain sheen behind. I would even say that a little bit of fading yellow towards the bottom. Two finger slight off white head. A nice little sheen of cling.

Smell- A little bit of sweet apple skins with a lot of malt behind it and a slight bitter note from some hops. This was along the lines of a Fat Tire but this had less punch and even had some deeper citrus and I would say some leather and grass notes behind it.

Taste- The taste follows the nose with more much more malts and some deep citrus and a slight hop balance. A touch dry flavored with a grassy. Im coming to find out that Red's just aren't my things. Not bad per se. Just dont like that off malt base.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit thick and slick. Retains some of the leather/grass after flavor.

Drink- I used to drink Fat Tire by the 12 rack. Amazing how tastes change and you get away from old styles and decide thats just not what I like anymore. Glad I got the state tick. Probably will shy away from Reds/Ambers for a while.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 14:34:29 | More by FosterJM
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strikes me as a crowd pleaser amber. Nothing really obnoxious or boisterous about it. Delivers a pleasant drinker with little stepping outside of the bounds of the standard style parameters. There are worse beers to have to drink while waiting for a layover in an airport.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 21:29:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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duceswild

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap outside in 100+ AZ heat Served in a pint glass.
Amber color with small head, leaves no lacing in the glass. Not much to the smell on this one I get a little malt but not much else. Taste is of malts and caramel. Don't get any sense of hops. Mouthfeel provides decent carbonation and alcohol with some sweetness on the end.

Overall this is a refreshing beer that is relatively light for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 01:19:41 | More by duceswild
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice, brown beer with hints of orange coloring and a huge, easy, brownish-white head.

Smell - The grain in the nose is faint and a bit stale with a light floral hopping.

Taste - The malt is bigger at the taste but it is still somewhat stale. Sugars are light and mostly brown.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth with some light but clumsy bitterness.

Drinkability - This was an awkward effort at the style and barely drinkable.

Serving type: can

05-14-2012 00:51:41 | More by RoyalT
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clear deep amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which quickly disappeared. smells of chocolate, caramel, rye bread. a malt heavy flavor, trying to remember what grain this tasted like.. as a homebrewer, i tend to usually try a spoonful of the spent grains after i'm done with a batch.. this tastes just like a recent one.. thinking it's caracrystal or rye. anyway, hints of chocolate, bready, and slight caramel flavor. very mellow, but VERY tasty. light bodied, champagne-like carbonation.

it's a nice beer, but honestly leaves much to be desired. hardly any lacing, the head died off quick, smell was pretty one sided, as was the taste.. mouthfeel was nice but nothing really more than average. i gave it an extra 5, because although it is mostly malt based in every aspect, it's at least a mellow sweet malt, and not too bitter or anything, but honestly it's just an average beer all around.

Serving type: can

05-08-2012 06:33:34 | More by facundoCNB
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a 32 oz stein.

A - Rust colored with a two finger pure white head. Clingly lacing lasting well past the half glass point. Cloudy. An unfiltered amber? Hmmmm.

S - Some sweet malts and little hops. Not much else really. A decent "beery" smell.

T - Tastes of toasted grains followed by a slightly spicy hop balance. Segways into a bitter and slightly acidic aftertaste. Everything just working well together, with each taste complimenting the other.

M - Slick, and decently full to the point of being borderline "chewy".

O - A very solid amber offering by San Tan Brewing. Decent enough that I ordered a second versus trying something different. A little more bitter/acidic and cloudy than I would expect for an amber, but it all comes together well in the end. I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 02:31:43 | More by TempeBeerMan
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doughanson78

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Thanks to Phelps in the Tickers BIF for this.

A: A darker amber color. 3/4 finger off white head with ok retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Toasty and caramely. Sweet malts. Bready. Slight honey notes.

T: Malty. Caramel and honey. Toasted and bready. Not real sweet.

M: Light body, but not watery. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: A Decent beer. Reds aren't my favorite but this beer is worth drinking.

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 18:54:03 | More by doughanson78
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bubbly, light-yellow head that fades quickly. No lace on the glass. A nice amber hue.

S - Sweet, toasted malt. Some alcohol. Bready.

T - Delicious malt with a very slight hop presence to balance it out. Alcohol is there, too. Toffee.

M - Clean, crisp. A bit cloying.

Solid Amber.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 10:57:34 | More by Gatch
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark amber in appearance with some red and orangish hues and a thin wispy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma - lots of caramel, honey, stewed grains and bran cereal along with toasted brown bread, caramel and apple butter. Plenty of aromas pulling you in to this sweet smelling, toasty brew. Everything seems to be in place for this beer to be pretty tasty and easy drinking. Time to dive in.

Taste - right away this hits the tongue light, sweet, malty and toasty. A lot of those aromas play out similarly on the tongue. Definitely the caramel, molasses and honey flavors that tend to come with the style as well as some nice roasted malt flavors. Not too sweet, not all that hoppy and like SanTan's own description states, the, "light, approachable taste is quenching and appealing to new and long term Craft lovers alike." I don't think we could have said it any better.

Overall - solid amber ale. This is a style that has become a staple at brewpubs in this country and even the most novice beer drinker has some expectations of it. SanTan has done well with this brew, it hits all the marks and is satisfying even to the most seasoned beer drinker.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 00:31:55 | More by indiapaleale
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in these sweet yellow cans at the liquor store across the street from the hotel we are staying at in Sedona. "Craft beer for beer drinking". Mellow rust color and very little head with a sweet candy nose and some backing malts.

Plenty more cloying malt sweetness in the taste. it finishes clean however, and actually tastes better in the can than in the table glasses in the hotel kitchen. Carbonation is a little high but not debilitating. This is a solid amber beer and fits the slogan well.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 04:49:40 | More by daliandragon
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Allpe45

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no freshness info available, poured into a SanTan pint glass.

Appears amber / light reddish brown, a small amount of bubbly head that vanishes almost immediately. Smells like toasty, biscuit malt, tons of breadiness, hints of wet cat food (maybe the can is old). Tastes slightly sweet, caramel malt, more breadiness and toasted malt. The caramel malt is what stands out most. There is no hop presence. Medium bodied, low carbonation for the style. Easy/smooth drinking but doesn't stand out above any others.
Judging from other reviews, and from the looks of the store where I bought it, this may not have been a fresh can.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 01:02:47 | More by Allpe45
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AlleywayRover

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint off the tap at their Chandler brewpub.

Pretty much as advertised. They describe it as follows:
"Deep garnet amber hue with a firm toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a crisp, dry finish."

Pretty accurate. There's mostly crystal malt off of the top. It's balanaced at the end with a touch of hop bitterness. Nothing phenomenal but simply a nice, balanced drinkable beer.

I had the beer while sitting on thier patio, and I have to say, it complements a warm night in Phoenix nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 03:32:35 | More by AlleywayRover
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a small off-white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - caramel malt aroma.

T - mainly caramel malt taste all the way through, no real sharp bitterness but it isn't a total malt bomb either.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it's an ok beer but not one I'd go looking all over for.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 21:46:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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swthomas55

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first had this beer in the can and liked it, but this review is of the sampler pulled on tap at the brewpub.
There's nothing to dislike about this beer, and a lot to like. It's exactly what is advertised, an easy drinking red/amber beer with a toasty malty sweetness, barely balancing bitterness and basically no hops. It's clear and coppery, medium bodied, and just slips down my throat. Remaining behind is a long toasty malt finish.
Not spectacular, but very nice, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 04:22:30 | More by swthomas55
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A thin white head formed and was quickly gone. Amber to bourbon colored and transparent.

S - Honey and wet malt smell.

T - Malty, not too sweet though. Bitter ending that grabs the tongue nicely. Simple, nice flavors.

M - Crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation and light body.

D - Good, easy to drink and solid tasting.

Serving type: can

03-17-2011 19:51:31 | More by Fatehunter
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ups and major props to my fellow CANquistador, indiapaleale, for sending me this and one other in support of my version of The CANQuest (TM)! I love where it hails from (Chandler, AZ) and I look forward to trying it out.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

It came in a RexAm CAN with a wide-mouth opening, which is always good for an interesting Crack & Glug. My nearly inverted pour resulted in some cascading action as well was two foamy fingers' worth of tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was very sweet with caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium with a caramel sweetness offset by a molasses flavor, which I found both interesting and enjoyable. I am usually not big on sweet, malty beers, but this managed to strike a nice balance. Finish was sweet but not cloying. I would not want a steady diet of it, but I also would not be averse to putting it in my cooler.

Serving type: can

02-21-2011 21:11:18 | More by woodychandler
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Epicenter Amber from SanTan Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.