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: 186
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of imaguitargod
1.03/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured to a medium head out of a bottle that was adorned with a nicely designed label. Yellow/copper in color but those things are the only good points about this beer. This thing tastes like artificial sweetener. Horrible! There's no hop presence and it's terribly flat. I don't know what else to say, this is a very one dimensional attempt at "beer". DRAIN POUR!

~Jonathan Passow (382 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
1.42/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Glad I only picked up one bottle of this...ye-sh! I gave it a vigrous pour resulting in a off smelling quickly fallen, but lacing head.

I do have to say that the taste grows on you....or maybe it’s just my taste has been deadened. I never gets to good, but it does taste, less gross....sorry, but not good...my FIRST homebrew was better than this. (350 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
1.51/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear amber with 1/3 an inch of lite, fluffy head, and it had very good retention. Lite carbonation can be seen, and it left spotted & broken lacing. Smells of lite caramel & molasses, mild nuttiness, pretty grainy & bready. Has an almost dominate, if not bright tart fruitiness to it, grape & apple, kind of a stale aroma, and this one was still fresh.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of mild graininess, molasses & caramel, semi tartness from fruity grape & pair notes, and finishes with lingering malts, molasses & caramel notes, and very very subtle hop bitterness. Needs complexity, All the flavors are pretty boring and flat, almost stale tasting. Mouthfeel is a little crisp, smooth, somewhat creamy, medium bodied, around average.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well this one is pretty boring and very mediocre, I really didn't like the overly grainy, molasses flavor profile, and the aroma wasn't great, it was kind stale. All in all this beer was seriously lacking and it really needed complexity, The thing that kind of turned me off was that it reminded me of Negro Modelo, which I could of got allot cheaper. Easy to drink a few, but why bother, this one is a pass, they do make a decent Pale Ale though, so don't back away from the entire brewery. (1,321 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.55/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased by Wiseman Zach, but reviewed by Wiseman Nick.

Poured into a "Cheers" (same as the TV show) mug.

Appearance: Ew. Sounds like Rice Crispies. Looks... nasty. Fizzy white head disappears in a matter of seconds. Color is light copper, and body looks very watery. After about 45 seconds, there is no head left - absolutely none. I've only seen one amber this bad before (Wingwalker) and it was made by the same brewery. Go figure.

Smell: Smells like stale bread and sweat. I guess you could call that caramel. Really not looking forward to this.

Taste: Not nearly as bad as anticipated from appearance and smell. Caramel and bready yeast, but there's still that sweatiness to it. Definitely not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Watery, with medium carbonation and a ton of chewiness. Chewiness is so high I would classify it as fuzzy. Imagine licking a wet carpet.

Drinkability: Borderline drain pour. May still end up a drain pour. Wiseman Zach said it was average - I should've known [slow head shake]. Wiseman Zach is far from wise...

Looking back at my review of R.J. Wingwalker Amber Ale, I think I should review these two side-by-side. They come from the same brewery - they should both be equally as bad right? Two worst ambers I've ever had. (1,250 characters)

Photo of commanderc00l
1.59/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I should have listened to the reviews on this site. This beer is absolutely disgusting. No flavor, no personality. It's like drinking water. I wouldn't bother with this one, there are plenty of other pale ales out there that taste better.

Stay away from Tap Room 21. (267 characters)

Photo of Aldebaran
1.65/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have been curious enough to sample this. Curiosity can lead you to some excellent finds...or in this instance NOT. Flat tasting no distinguishable characteristics at all unfortunately. Was looking for something along the lines of some nice NY flavors like Saranac. No Body at all. Like a home Brew that hasn't been allowed the proper time to "get there" Sorry cannot make it out to be more than it is, serve it really cold after working up a sweat doing yard work and it might satiate your thirst but that's about all. Sneak it in an iced down cooler at you next Summer BYOB fling maybe someone else will drink it ! (617 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.76/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a thin-looking, pale amber-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Good heavens! This is, regrettably, is my third beer and Tap Room certainly saved their worst for last. Bargain bit malts stirred up with adjuncts and plastic shavings. It's only the sick, depraved masochist in me that presses onward.

Taste: Minimal malt character with a noted dusting of aspartame for added, if unpleasant sweetness. Almost no hop character or bitterness, instead you're treated to some repulsive plastic overtones. This is inexcusable and one I can't throw down the drain fast enough.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Avoid. As was the case with the pale ale and the lager, this is unenjoyable and wholly unrewarding. It's pretty understandable this horrid thing rolled out of the doors of a major malt liquor producer. (855 characters)

Photo of ordybill
1.79/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a terrible beer! Avoid it at all costs, the only marginal good thing is the appearance and that is average at best. (171 characters)

Photo of bnorioles
1.9/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ok this beer is really bad. It tastes like domino sugar was thrown in during the late stages of brewing. Very fake flavor. Characteristics of this brew are poor brewmaster(s) and cheap ingredients. Blow chunk city on this beer. I guess thats what you get for $5 a 6 pack, although that is expensive for a 6 pack. You know what I mean? (334 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
1.91/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Looks more like a pale ale- a darker straw color with only a hint of amber to it. Two finger white head, dissipates slowly with a nice lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma. Sweet malt with hints of grain and grassiness. Expected a lot more in this area.

Taste: Sweet through and through, but it's a weird corn-glucose sweetness. The taste of this is so odd, I can barely tolerate it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Avoid this beer- it doesn't look like an American Amber, let alone taste like one. (587 characters)

Photo of hackmann
1.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear amber colored body with ¼ inch white head that leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma: dusty grains and muted spice mingled with some sweet bread

Flavors: a strange sweet note (if that is the honey – I don’t like it) – I think that sweet note is coming from the corn, stale caramel malt, flat dusty grains – old corn, dainty non-descript spice on the back

Mouthfeel: light in body and just a bad taste on the palate, strange, strange and strange, good thing it has a weak nasty aftertaste.

To the Point: a first time home brewer can do better making it out of their bath tub. Yes, this is terrible, save your money, save your taste buds, save the future of mankind - (691 characters)

Photo of Mardukk
2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with little to no head or lacing.

Smells predominantly of adjuncts and oddly...apples, not good.

This has a thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The taste is malty with an offtasting adjunct flavor in the finish. Also mixed with the adjunct finish is a metallic bitterness. Little or no hops to speak of. This just has that macro sour coating it leaves in your mouth, throat and stomach.

Thin, sweet and offtasting would be the three words to describe this beer.
This is a very poor attempt at an amber ale, I wouldn't drink this again if it was free. (579 characters)

Photo of JNeider
2.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice amber color but still fairly clear. It did have a nice fluffy white head though.

S: Nothing I could really get, pretty lacking in this department.

T: Bland, bland, bland. A little bit of caramel and fruity sweetness but nothing to get my attention at all.

M: Sweet and sticky, almost like drinking a pop in terms of feel and carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but why would you want to because its nothing I would even drive down the street to get.

The overall lacking of this beer has to do with this short review. (524 characters)

Photo of collander
2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

What the hell did I just drink?? The best thing about this was the color. Aside from that it was thin and uninteresting. Lean in flavor and complexity. Some malt, some hop, but not enough to warrant a revisit. I gave it to my yellow beer drinking neighbor. (256 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.11/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light copper amber hue with a briht white head froming nice even lacing. Aroma has a very grainy earthy herbal hop character underneath caramelized malts. Super fruity apple juice and tart cherry notes way too sweet for me like unfermented malts here way to harsh on the palate. I can't believe this is at every Kroger in my area. Flavor is super sweet with a tart juicy flavor it's got apple juice lik notes tastes like a fourty intead of a macro ale or lager. Fizzy cabonation not the best stuff, very fogrettable light to medium carbonation with thick residual sugar notes throughout. You couldn't pay me to pick more of this stuff up. (638 characters)

Photo of CheckmateBrew
2.14/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Moe might consider keeping this beer in the back room.

The color was spot on to what I would expect of an amber, but slight head.

There was a lack of smell to this brew, I was expecting more.

The taste is below average. Just not a lot going on here a slight off after taste. Again I was expecting more.

The mouthfeel is ok, but taste is where this beer wins my repeat business.

Would be a good beer to chug or put in a beer bong, but I really want to savor a beer, and this one is not it. (496 characters)

Photo of Yaz8
2.16/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured clear orange/gold. One-finger head dissipated to a thin layer and some lacing.

Rather unpleasantly sweet grassy aroma reminiscent of cheap macros. Taste is less offensive, and includes sweet cheap malts and a slight corn taste. Little in terms of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is actually quite nice, light to medium body, pleasant carbonation, and an aftertaste that was too much sweet. Will not be back for more of this. (442 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.2/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a perfect pint. Says "ale with honey added" on label, so this might be a different listing.

3.25 A: Clear dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.5 S: Light toastiness. Bland overall with a noticeable adjunct aroma hinting at rice. A touch of honey comes through, but only because the rest of the nose is so anemic.

2.0 T: Man this is bad. It's has that sickening adjunct sweetness that I will never get used to. The residual honey only bolsters this flavor. Again light toastiness and maybe a touch of graininesss.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Too much carbonation. Could be creaminess. Finish leaves a horrible sweet aftertaste.

1.75 D: This beer is ass. Don't buy it. Avoid it at all costs. (792 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
2.22/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is a mid amber color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving no lace. Smell having a honey sweetness with a bit of malt in the background. Taste has that honey sweetness that kind of overpowers everything else and not truly enjoying the malt or hops. Mouthfeel is light with some body with a spike of carbonation. This amber is to sweet for me and takes away from the actual style. (395 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

#91. This is another of those beers that are found at most Kroger grocers lately at a crazy expensive retail price but a much more affordable (and appropriate) sale price of under $6 for a six pack. It was this price range that coerced me into picking up a variety. The last one wasn't too great, but again I'm leaving an open mind for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Yikes. There's that alarmingly fizzy head again (Just like the lager) that dissipates alarmingly quickly. It's almost like soda water in its consistency. Starts out at a 2 finger depth but is down to a thin froth like sea foam within about a minute. The color is a slightly pinkish tone amber and crystal clear. Carbonation is busy and scattered. The head was a major disappointment and overshadows the other average-at-best qualities of this beer. Ultimate sadness. 2

(Smell) Very fishy smelling to me. There's a great deal of macro presence in this beer; sweet corn, grassy malts and a faint unpleasant, unidentifiable foul tone wafting over the entire thing, like something died or went bad. It's very bizarre; not in a good way. Besides the cheap malty flavors, which render the aroma on the subtly sweet side, the potency of this beer is on a very low setting. It's about as impressive as the appearance, which means this isn't getting off on a good start. 2

(Taste) Hardly passes for much. Beginning impression is a tidal wave of super clean sweet corn malt, carrying over the entire brew. Fact of the matter is, I can hardly pick out anything else in this beer, save for possibly a slight hint of caramel, but not enough to balance out flavor. It's not repulsive but I could only imagine enjoying this if I were in a mood to enjoy cheap sweet corn lagers (and I never am). Rebranded as one, I would be hard pressed to note a difference in taste. That sweetness is borderline cloying; it's a good deal tougher to drink than I expected. One point down for originality or lack thereof. There's not much exciting about this beer. It's fairly easy to drink but that's all it's got going for it. It would likely be a winner in a crowd of underage drinkers with no enthusiasm for variety or complexity (or good beer). Not good. 2

(Mouthfeel) Slightly tart beginning which turns sweet later on. Extra carbonation is nearly dead or indiscernible in this thin, textureless beer. While the entire beer could certainly use a kick in any department, this one would be a great place to start. The beer doesn't quite hit flat in any places, the body is quite light and the alcohol is packed away quite well. The whole thing is super clean and the finish is ever-slightly dry. There's work to be done everywhere, but this is just as likely a worthy candidate for improvement as the remaining categories. 2.5

(Drinkability) I'm not very excited about opening a second of these but I've had worse. The body is very one-dimensional but at least it has some flavor presence. There needs to be improvement everywhere as it seems. The head had pitiful staying power and consistency, the aroma was weak, the flavor bland and one-sided, the mouthfeel was dull. I get a good impression as to why this brand has suddenly "popped up" out of the blue and can sell these beers for dirt cheap prices. They're simply not that good. In a party scene these might do well and the price isn't bad, but as something worth casual drinking, I'd do my looking elsewhere. Average based on it's simplicity to drink, but I wouldn't rate it any higher considering my lack of desire to ever drink it again. 3

Verdict: Believe it or not, this is worse than the last Tap Room Brew (Lager) I tried last week, but by a hair. To summarize: it is mostly cheap corn malt, sickly sweet with very little character or complexity. Practically no bitterness! I was upset by how dull and unexciting this beer really was. I will be sure to steer clear of this forevermore. For you enthusiasts out there: Drink at your own risk! D (2.15) (4,009 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.27/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer at my grocery store for a while and have been avoiding it. I didn't expect it to be very good. But it was on sale so what the hell. I poured into a pint glass to what started out as nice head but quickly went away. It was golden, amber in color. It smelled kind of sweet and malty. The taste is not that impressive. I can see why I have been avoiding it. Oh well, I took a chance, but how could it really stand up to the HopBack that I have in the fridge. I should have just drank it. Overall, just a subpar offering. (539 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is thin and produces coarse head that quickly dissipates to nothing. The color is a coppery amber, kinda standard for an amber ale.

Aroma is nothing impressive. It has a distinct adjunct character to it with lots of graininess to it. There is a weak caramel aroma as well.

Pretty similar to the taste. There is a big grainy malt profile, but there is also an artificial sweetness to it that really just doesn't hit the mark. It ends up tasting a bit tinny.

Smooth and easy to drink, the flavors are just off the mark and a little too macro-like for my taste at this point. I think I will probably use the rest of these for cooking bratwurst. (649 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light golden amber color with very little foam. Not much lacing.

S- Faint wisps of grain and cooked corn. No detectable hops, and not much malt sweetness.

T- Dry grain flavor with little else. Some corn and adjunct taste with a seltzer water finish.

M- Thin and light bodied with low carbonation.

D- Pitting this up against other American Ambers and it fails miserably. (376 characters)

Photo of alkemy
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty clear palish amber color. Two finger off white head. I was probably thrown off with the "twist" of the cap. I try not to do the beer snobbery thing, but this reminds me of something a macro brewery toned down and turned out en masse. Light to medium bodied beer with a malty tone. Just not a lot going on here. If I had to pick a taste, I'd maybe say caramel. It's not terrible, but it's not anything to write home to mom about either. (442 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. Not sure how an amber ale is yellow in color, but I guess I can overlook that. The aroma is corn and biscuit malt. The flavor is a mix of corn and some malt. No real hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I can overlook the color, but not the terrible flavor or aroma. Avoid this one unless you just have to have the rating. (431 characters)

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