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Epicenter Amber - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 MacHammer
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.

MacHammer, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of glinnebur
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

glinnebur, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kerry4porters, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of TAMU99
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.

TAMU99, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
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.

Bockrules, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Lobina
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Lobina, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of mdidonat
3/5  rDev -13.8%

mdidonat, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of 45nDown
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

45nDown, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of kp29
2.75/5  rDev -21%

kp29, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of qquique1010
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

qquique1010, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of coldriver
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.

coldriver, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ckollias
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

ckollias, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

pin, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

GraduatedCashew, May 31, 2013
Photo of tzieser
3/5  rDev -13.8%

tzieser, May 26, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

bsuedekum, May 25, 2013
Photo of DRTBrewster
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DRTBrewster, May 23, 2013
Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

AlexChillton, May 18, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Arsenal0328, May 16, 2013
Photo of FMetzger
4/5  rDev +14.9%

FMetzger, May 15, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +14.9%

lupercmda, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
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.

LXIXME, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Apr 15, 2013
Epicenter Amber from SanTan Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.