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Epicenter Amber - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

Good amount of foam from a steady pour, lacing has some retention. Bright amber color, very clear. Light herbal citric hop on top of a clean caramel and bready aroma. Slick, almost milky mouth feel with a nice crisp snap. This ale screams "malt bomb" with a thick creamy caramel and nougat sweetness to a more level toasted breadiness in the finish. A quick brush of hop bitterness helps to balance. Clean palate throughout. Grainy and semi-dry in the end.

Not all American ales need to be hops, hops and hops. Nice to see a malt bomb here and there. This one ending to up being a good quaff.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, nicely amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a nice bright amber color with red highlights; when held up to the light it shows brilliantly clear, copper red hue. The beer smells quite fruity with notes of berries being the most noticeable fruit component. This is backed by a crystal malt biscuit character and caramelized malt aromatics. Somehow this reminds me of a fruity, young, red wine.

This has a fair amount of crystal malt sweetness to it, this is accentuated by a berry like fruitiness in the flavor. The finish has a touch of sweet-tea like crystal malt flavors that can be a bit annoying as it clings to the palate. There is a light bitterness throughout that becomes a bit more biting towards the finish; this helps to balance the sweetness and fruit character. This seems almost a bit tart somehow, though I am not sure what is contributing this particular flavor. A medium body is accentuated by the malt sweetness, but this remains fairly quaffable.

Definitely an interesting beer; I am now even more confused after reading the brewery's description of this beer, it is not completely off the wall, but it seems a bit different than my experience. I am actually enjoying the aroma of this beer and even the flavor is pretty good.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, off white head and some lace. Color is a clear dark amber. Aroma is a slightly roasty malt. Flavor is almost really good except for a strange heavy grain thing. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of a shorter length.

Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with white head that is large at first pour, laces nicely, and provides a nice creamy entry for the first few sips. Nose is on the lighter side but fruity. Palate offers a significant malt presence, with caramel and toasty flavors. This focus of this ale is clearly the sweetness. Body is medium to light though, and it is almost watery quite honestly. Finishes fruity sweet and light.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer today from Total Wine for 7.49.

Beer poured amber with a very nice tan head initially.

Nose has a toasted malt theme going on, light hop flower lingering in the back.

Taste is primarily toasted caramel malts with just enough hops to balanced the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is moderately lively and refreshing from the mild carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, I am looking forward to sessioning the sixer tonight!

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Epicenter Amber from SanTan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.