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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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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 27.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-17-2007)
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Photo of Mosstrooper
1.88/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Mosstrooper, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of ETF5000
2.38/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a thin white lining as the head. Appears a bit lighter than many other ambers I had, perhaps a bit too watery?

S- Nothing too much to speak of. A whiff of malt with copious amount of cooked corn. A comparison to Killian's is mandatory here, to me they smell very similar for better or for worse.

T- Yikes. Not particulary offensive, but a blatant affront to many other amber ales that have much more to offer in the taste department. Very watery (as indicated by the Appearance), with a copious amount of "malt" sweetness. Hops are nonexistent. Simply, not good.

M- Nothing too special, a bit too carbonated for my taste, but not much to speak of.

D- Certainly quaff able, but there is nothing satisfying about drinking this beer.

ETF5000, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

projectflam86, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear light orange/amber with a small head that is qucikly gone.Smell is grassy more than anything. Tangy mouth feelwith a note of orange. Has a scent of mostly grains but there is not a lot here to detect.
Taste is a little watery. Not much to note but nothing offensive.
Overall passable but unimpressive.

jadpsu, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
1.48/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

PintOHops, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
1.02/5  rDev -62.5%
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

imaguitargod, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Aldebaran
1.63/5  rDev -40.1%
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 !

Aldebaran, May 09, 2009
Photo of alkemy
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

alkemy, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

buschbeer, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.33/5  rDev +59.2%
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!

LyonsHead, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.78/5  rDev +39%
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.

soupermirl, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of noknife83
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special about this beer. It doesn't smell that great, it doesn't look that great, and it doesn't taste very good either. Even the label is pretty boring. I'm not that familiar with this brewery, but to me this taste like a big company trying do their version of micro brew...

About the only thing I can say positive about the beer is that the head has good lace...And I need a whole lot from a beer...

noknife83, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Yaz8
2.15/5  rDev -21%
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.

Yaz8, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.6/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of wingman14
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange (not really amber) with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is underwhelming, some malt, sweet notes, corny smell as well. The taste is just as lackluster as the smell, some malt flavor with a bland aftertaste. The mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation, light body, but no real flavor here. This is an easy drinking beer but nothing worth checking out here. Just a flavorless beer, I would check out other amber/red ales if that is what you're looking for.

wingman14, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First brews I've seen from this brewer out here on the West Coast. The brew pours a light amber color with a thin layer of off white head, leaving no lacing. Aroma is on the sweet caramel side with minimal hop aromas. Flavor follows nose. This is a to sweet, a bit tart and in fact, almost has a bit of a lambic flavor. Not quite right for the style but with some wild yeast, this could be something else altogether!. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with low carbonation, not exactly what it should be. Overall, the beer seems a bit mass-produced and off target for an amber.

SickBrew, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Floydster, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.33/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

cvstrickland, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle consumed from a pint glass.

Appearance: amber orange with no haze and little head

Smell: spicy hops and malty citrus

Taste/Mouthfeel: bite from the hops and citrusy in the beginning, malty and sorta sweet in the finish

Good on ya for being a craft brewery, but I was overall unimpressed with this one. Mediocre at best.

ClavisAurea, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

jushoppy2beer, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +56.3%
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.

Pencible, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.33/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Durge, May 04, 2008
Photo of awermuth
2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i picked this up on a thursday night looking to try something new its not a horrible beer or anything its just nothing special just another run of the mill ale. If it had some sort of distinct flavor or feel it might be a different story but i don't think I'll be purchasing this again any time in the near future.

awermuth, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of sabrills70
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. pours a medium light amber with a 2 finger head, decent longevity and good lace. Honey and citrus in the aroma - almost pilsner like. Decent malt flavors for its liteness. Very sweet and not much hop flavor or bitterness. A quality made beer but unfortunately it was made to appleal to the BMC drinkers. Its just too light in flavor to be a good amber ale.

sabrills70, Jan 15, 2008
Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale from World Brews
65 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.