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Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale - World Brews

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Tap Room No. 21 Amber AleTap Room No. 21 Amber Ale

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 187
Avg: 2.69
pDev: 26.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-17-2007

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 187
Photo of aficionado224
4.35/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is fine beer. Maybe not great, but way better than average. It has a sweet flavor and good balance, not too bitter, but if you're someone who craves bitterness, this might not be for you. I picked up a six-pack at Kroger, not a boutique. This is one of those new mass-produced "craft" beers, an oxymoron if ever there was one. I really like it, though. I'll probably get more of it.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.28/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer is a dark Amber with about a 1 1/2 finger head that was quickly gone.

S: Smells sweet, but this is not a very strong scent at all.

T: Not a lot of bitterness in this brew. Im guessing its rather low on the IBUs. It is well balanced though and it ends with a sweet caramel tang.

M: Medium to lighter body and feel

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Light and refreshing. Great spring beer in my opinion. I am gonna have to deviate from the norm on this beer and give it a higher rating. I really liked this one!

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, light amber with white head. It smelled like lots of lemon and grassy hops with dry earthy malt. It tasted almost like apple cider, with sweet caramel malt, apple and lemon hops, and very refined yeast. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had good flavor and was clean and easy to drink. Maybe the best amber ale I've had yet.

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Photo of Kinanik
4.14/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking for a traditional amber, you will probably be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a drinkable, slightly sweet beer, I highly recommend this. There isn't a hint of bitterness, so if you are the type of beer drinker that avoids pale ales, you will probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.77/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather nice easy-drinking beer. This brew has a classic amber ale color, with a modest head that tends to lace nicely on the glass. The nose is very forward and malty. A smooth taste and smooth medium mouthfeel give this a lager-like drinkability. The beer is a bit sweet on the palate, and low on hop character. A nice drinkable beer that will appeal to a wide range of imbibers, from novices to seasoned warthogs.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.77/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and refreshing. Color was a bit light for an amber but it had a great head. The smell was very nice, malty with a hint of hops. The beer was easy to drink, malty sweet with just a slight taste of hops. Malty finish. Good solid beer with malty goodness thoughout.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - strong golden color. Almost 2 fingers worth of head, and good carbonation.

Smell - Pale ale smell.. Slightly hoppy but with a floral aroma.

Taste - Tastes much like the smell. Slightly hoppy, and with a floral like hint, which creates a extra bitterness on the middle part of the palate, while the hop's bitterness strikes the back of the palate. Interesting sensation. Kind of a zestiness to it.

Mouthfeel - good balance, but slightly on the creamier side.

Drinkability - Very interesting brew! Nice complexity, decent in taste. Also, not at a bad price, so I'd be very tempted to be coming back for more of this one!

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Photo of katan
3.56/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, lightly bubbly. Head formation is about none.

S - Very light nose. Just a little bit of graininess. Nothing much there.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some caramel malts. Pilsner graininess seems present. Mid-stream gets more bitter, a little bit of hops. Finishes mostly clean, perhaps a little oxidation.

M - Light mouthfeel, light carbonation. A little bit of a sugary cling left on the palette.

O/D - Easy drinking beer - albeit a little bit pedestrian. For this style, thats probably appropriate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, while tailgating for the Texans-Colts game (just to add to the ambience). It was a golden color with a small white head. Sweet malt/caramel aroma. Very malty taste, which kind of overwhelmed everything else. Still, a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale pours with a brilliant copper red color, looking pretty much just like a penny. The body is clear, showing off no imperfections beyond the steady stream of carbobation. The head atop the ale was one thick finger on pour and, sadly, is no more.

S: The aroma is grainy sweet, focusing its attention on the malty side of the ale.

T: The taste closely mirrors the nose, grain-dominant with little hop balance. The malts are bready with a green grape dry sweetness. They are reasonably thin, quickly evaporating into the mouth with little whimper. A few seconds after the sip is gone, the graininess returns to softly lull the tastebuds.

M: The mouthfeel lacks hops, other than that this is a surprisingly good drink. The flavor is inoffensive, possibly even good and it won't wear you out.

D: The low abv and nice session taste pleased me, I wouldn't hesitate to pound down a few of these.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Clear bright copper, like a new penny, with a bright white head that laces decently.

Light caramel malt smell, slightly sweet and roasty with some fruitiness and mild hops.

Sweet maltiness up front, slightly caramel/butterscotch like, some hops come on, but not enough to beat the sweet so it becomes a bit cloying as you drink more.

Slightly hard water-like mf, but still drinkable. This stuff isn't bad for an everyday "amber," definately drinkable- more hop balance than say, Fat Tire.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.3/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear amber body with a fat crown of off-white foam.The head recedes quickly into a sheet and leaves thin rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is a bit sweet and malty with just a touch of powdered cocoa mix.

The taste is sweet and malty-mellow with a little zip of citrusy hops awash in a soft sea of diluted caramel soda pop.

Feel is fine and drinkability very good.

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Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This curiosity was an iced tea color with whimpy white head and iffy lacing. It had a mild lemon hops aroma with cardboard and stale water hints. It comes on as a fizzy and fairly light bodied ale with a floral hops dominance and some mellow malt. A little sweet, fairly good but a sort of anemic feel. It does grow on you after a couple and the hops is actually more prominent than I first thought. Not so bad really.

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Photo of ginemesis
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Surprisingly clear, like apple juice or morning piss. Virtually no head.
S - Slightly sour in smell.. a little bit of acetone smell.
T - Green apple aftertaste. Light on flavor. Quite sweet.
M - Thick and sticky, especially in the finish.
O - 3 ounces was enough for me. Might be good on a hot day, or paired with cow.

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Photo of Tunafever73
3.14/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice high head but fizzled quickly. No strong smell. The color was close to perfect, exactly what I think amber should look like. After seeing the awesome color in the glass I was dissapointed with the flavor, or lack of. This is a decent beer, no problems with it. I think I'll have another just to be sure.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.12/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather typical, but still appealing, clear amber with a decent white head. Aroma is malty with hints of yeast and fruit. Flavor is malty and slightly fruity, with just a whisper of sweetness - nothing to write home about, but still enjoyable. Texture is pleasingly smooth and rather fizzy. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in a pilsner glass.

A- Amber color, and clear. ~3 finger of white head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Ample lacing.

S- Quite weak....light hints of bready maltiness.

T- Lightly sweet caramel. A touch of hoppy bitterness, but no defining flavor to be had. Nothing to get excited about.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Slightly fuller feel than expected, and goes down smoothly and easily.

D- Decent. Despite it's fairly mundane nature, this is a fairly easy drinker- not flavorful enough to really hold your attention or make you want to go back for more, but an acceptable thirst quenching ADS.

Future outlook: Not terrible or undrinkable, but no compelling reason to ever seek out.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New arrival to the supermarket.

Per the name of the beer this is a clear amber colored beer with an off white head.

Fruity smelling like this whole series of beers it heavily suggests that this was fermented hot so that it could be sold quicker. Strong caramel aroma and a slight spicy aroma from the hops.

The taste starts off sweet and fruity with a big caramel taste to it and a solid bitter aftertaste. Lots of caramel taste and this is the flavor that defines this beer. Stronger than expected bitterness in the aftertaste this is fairly good. There is a persistent fruity flavor present from esters that heavily suggest hot fermentation like a malt liquor.

The mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer from a generally not so great brewery. If you have to drink one of these Tap Room 21 beers this is the one to pick.

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Photo of jeddsp
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ya know...this beer isn't all that bad. Is it going to win any awards? not even close. But if you are looking for a cheap beer that is great for a BBQ then is far better than packing the cooler with (god forbid) bud/miller or any of the others that pretend to pose a beer. I am not saying you should rush out and buy a sixer, but...if in a pinch, and you don't want to spend your hard earned duckets....then this beer is not a bad option.

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Photo of Floydster
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle that was part of a six pack purchased from Ralph's for about seven dollars on sale, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Mix between a copper and dark orange in color, one inch slightly off white head, clear body, not much retention, no lacing at all
S-Sweet malts, strong grains, light floral hops, some citrus, and grassy accents
T-Grains are what dominate the flavor until it warms, which makes it more sweet and malty, not much hops unfortunately and you can only sense them in the finish with a small amount of dryness, not much else going on except for a slightly sweetness from citrus as well, mostly malt and grain though
M-Sweet and slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied but pretty thin, could probably use some more carbonation, taste does not last long
D-Light on the stomach, low in alcohol that is also hidden, could make a session beer if you enjoy the taste, smooth for the most part, crisp and can be refreshing when colder

Never heard of this brewery and simply grabbed this because it was the most interesting thing at the supermarket, probably will not drink again but it tasted better than any of those macros would have, might be worth trying, it is inexpensive at least

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Photo of DaveBlack
2.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given to me by a friend, who apparently has fond memories of it from a bygone time.

A: Light amber with a finger's width of fluffy white head that is fed by a seemingly never-ending stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the edges

S: A malty sweetness and cereal grains. Not a whole lot going on for this beer in the nose department.

T: Tastes rather like it smells: malts and grains. Better than a BMC lager, but flavor profiles are the same. Lacking in complexity.

M: Mouthfeel is relatively light with moderate carbonation. Again, thoroughly average.

O: Meh. Not a terrible beer, but not one that I'm anxious to drink again. I've had any number of beers that taste more or less the same, and I don't generally drink those either.

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Photo of tdm168
2.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - light, see-through amber with a thin, soapy, loose head that fades quickly

S - caramel malt, sweet; very faint

T - caramel malt, light peat, apples, somewhat sugary, marshmallows

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The flavor isn't bad, but it's certainly not as expressive as I'd like for the style. The marshmallow flavor through me, but I actually liked it because I thought it gave this beer some dimensions. Overall, this is an average at best amber, but inexpensive and very easy to drink.

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Photo of barleyman
2.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into my straight sided glass tumbler. Appearance is an amber color, right for the variety. Very little smell, of corn, no hop aroma. Taste is mainly malt and corn. Mouthfeel is light, with very little aftertaste. One could drink a few of these, if it was hot and you had just finished working out in the yard.

Just a thought,


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Photo of feelmefoam
2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear apple juice color with a moderate amount of carbonation that helps up a small, thin head of off-white foam that quickly dissipates, leaving a minimal amount of lacing.

Nothing special going on in the smell department; the slightest amount of apples and caramel malt, but you have to search for it.

The taste follows the nose down the path of mediocrity. While the flavors are good, there just isnt' a lot of complexity or robustness to them. This beer actually tastes a little like apple juice; you can taste the apples, followed by a slight amount of bready and caramel malt and an even lighter amount of spicy hops (almost nonexistent). A bit of an adjunct flavor follows at the tail end of each swig. This is like a light Amber Ale.

Pretty thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit watery.

All told, I'd like this beer to be a bit more flavorful and robust, and City Brewing might have a solid session beer. Right now, the beer is pretty drinkable, but only in a setting where you're not concentrating on the flavors of your beer and more of what goes on around you, i.e. out with friends at a bar. All told, this beer just needs more to it.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.91/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The nose is very metallic with stale grain and roasted barley tone. The flavor is a bit boring but I do get a barley graininess and an obvious honey sweetness. There's some really good elements in this but it never really exerts itself.

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Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale from World Brews
66 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.