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Satan's Pony Amber Ale - South Street Brewery

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Satan's Pony Amber Ale
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Street Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2002)
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Reviews by nathi:
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4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber with a fluffy slightly tan head. Very thick head with good retention.

Nice carmamel malt aroma with slight yeastyness characteristic of the scottish style.

Flavor is rich and earth malt. Excellent complexity, nice caramel with a hint of roast and a nice nutty aftertaste Reminds me of Belhavens. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Not much hops, but the slight roast provides enough bal;ance not to be cloying. This is an excellent scottish style ale. Not big or in your face, just a great, malty, and drinkable brew.

nathi, Nov 10, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brewpub. Unsurprisingly, the beer was a clear amber with a white head. Like the brewer's description said, it's a balanced ale with equal shares of hops and malt. It reminded me a bit of a less-hoppy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The barley gives a mix of biscuit and mild toffe, while the hops are soft citrus bitterness. All in all a decent amber.

tempest, Mar 03, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

VeganUndead, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A ruby, dark golden pour. Pretty much no head, which was a bit disappointing. There's not a whole lot going on here at all.

S: Very malty, sweet and fruity... a little cherry? Nice.

T: Mild, a little fruity, barley sweet, with a touch of hops. Reasonable balance, but the taste is a little lacking, as is mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright in the beginning and becomes a bit watery on the finish.

D: Alright, but a little unimpressive all in all, unfortunately.

Proteus93, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of drtth
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear deep reddish golden amber. The white head was thin and receded quickly leaving a bit of foam but no real lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma soft and malty with little or no trace of hops (maybe citrus if there at all).

Taste: The flavor is predominantly sweet caramel malt with a touch, but a very gentle touch, of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was light to edium bodied with very light carbonation. The medium length finish was gently sweet to the end.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable but not particularly memorable beer. Worth trying once, but I'll not go out of my way to have another.

drtth, May 10, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

lillitnn92, Nov 18, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -29.4%

ygtbsm94, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub in July 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin white head and not much lacing. The nose brings forward some really faint notes of caramel and some bread. The flavor doesn't produce much more, as there is really just some toasted bread and light caramel. Decent feel with adequate carbonation, but there really isn't much here to carry through.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of llenroc11
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

llenroc11, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of mralphabet
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stopped by on the way out of Charlottesville VA before they opened. I was really bummed because I wanted to fill my growler but needed to head home as soon as possible. Well the bar keep saw me and invited me in, not only that but was nice enough to let me get 4oz sample all of the beers (on the house). Once I picked "The Pony" he filled my growler for free !!! SWEET.

A: Poured a deep dark amber color with a trace of red. Good 2 fingers worth of head the settle to a ring with just a touch of lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is malt, then more malt and a touch of honey, no real hops to speak of.

T: First thing I'm getting is a sweet malt with a touch of roasted caramel and honey and the sweetness keeps on coming.

M: Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Very nice.

D: Pretty straight up Red Amber, wishing it had just a little hops to balance out the sweetness but overall not a bad little Amber.

mralphabet, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

ghirsh, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Joshuacmagee, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brewpub. Served as a moderate amber brew with slight white head. Smell was slightly hoppy with some roasted undertones. taste is of caramel with a little nut-like taste. Mouthfeel is mild dryness but nothing excessive. Easy to drink.

tgbljb, Jul 09, 2005
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

zekeman17, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark tan color and formed a bubbly white head. Some trace lace was formed as it subsided. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel with some sweetness in the finish. Not a bad beer, but not the best this place offers, but probably the coolest name, explaining it's popularity.

Wildman, Jun 10, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

seanchai, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

kevinmaher, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with a minimal but persistent head. The nose was heavy pine with a little bit of malt sweetness. The palate was less interesting. There was a strange sweetness us front. I don't know how else to explain it. The beer was on cask, so it was warm and less carbonated, but the initial sweetness was a little off. There is a bitterness at the end. Overall a little light on flavor and somewhat disappointing.

BeardedBoffin, May 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

JessPrice, Jul 21, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a light amber color. The head was low and not long lasting, but laced the glass.

The aroma was slight caramel with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with caramel. There were some hop flavors and slight bittering, but not much of either.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter. The body was light, not quite medium light, and too little for the style. The drinkability is good.

On tap at the brewpub.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 15, 2004
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3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped by their brewery on a quick trip to Charlottesville, and the bartender said that of all their beers, the "must tries" were this and their JP Ale. This beer pours a dark amber color, and smells much like malts and little else. Very little carbonation, although this could be attributed to the poor-quality one-liter growler they use. Because of this, the beverage almost comes off as juice. The malts are not especially powerful, more on the sweet side. Not a bad beer, probably good if you're sitting at the bar, but not really one that I'd seek out.

Toddv29424, Oct 15, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

redfox405, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a clear 16oz pint glass

A: Deep amber color with ruby tints and thin but lasting foamy head

S: Roasted malts, caramel, and a smidge of spice

T: Sweet and roasted malts with a dry hops finish. Not all that remarkable but solid.

M: A little thin for the style but otherwise pretty smooth.

D: Good flavor is hurt a little by the thinness but all in all a pretty solid offering, but not their best.

argock, Jul 18, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, this is a velvety smooth beer to drink. A highly sessionable beer, it finds itself more among the standard and average ambers. There was a good balance to the beer, not too malty and not too hoppy (not very hoppy at all, but not unpleasantly so). I could drink this beer on cask all night long. Yum!

jbramley, Dec 24, 2008
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Satan's Pony Amber Ale from South Street Brewery
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