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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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BA SCORE
65
poor

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 27.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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jadpsu

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 21:04:17 | More by jadpsu
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PintOHops

California

1.48/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 22:25:58 | More by PintOHops
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imaguitargod

Ohio

1.02/5  rDev -62.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 20:34:56 | More by imaguitargod
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Aldebaran

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -39.9%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:27:15 | More by Aldebaran
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alkemy

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:25:09 | More by alkemy
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:07:04 | More by buschbeer
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LyonsHead

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +59.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 15:01:38 | More by LyonsHead
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:41:51 | More by soupermirl
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noknife83

California

2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:24:32 | More by noknife83
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Yaz8

California

2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 06:51:09 | More by Yaz8
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ThreeWiseMen

California

1.6/5  rDev -41%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 03:11:07 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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wingman14

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:06:29 | More by wingman14
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SickBrew

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:39:07 | More by SickBrew
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Floydster

California

2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 16:26:55 | More by Floydster
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 16:55:52 | More by cvstrickland
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ClavisAurea

New York

2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:26:57 | More by ClavisAurea
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 22:22:56 | More by jushoppy2beer
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Pencible

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +56.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:22:10 | More by Pencible
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Durge

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 06:01:10 | More by Durge
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awermuth

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:59:59 | More by awermuth
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sabrills70

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:02:23 | More by sabrills70
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bnorioles

West Virginia

1.83/5  rDev -32.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 04:57:44 | More by bnorioles
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Dubbercody

Washington

1.38/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 06:01:39 | More by Dubbercody
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely a true amber in color, a honeyed golden-brown under an inch-high head with good retention.

Weak aroma of mild honey and minimal caramel...but ambers don't usually wow the nose, do they? This one sure doesn't.

The first few sips hit the tongue with a sweet maltiness. Hops are very much reeled in. Then a sugary element takes over, ultimately distracting and detracting from the flavor. It screams "adjunct". I'm doubting all the fermentable sugars here were produced by grain. Corn...rice...Domino sugar? Whatever it is, it's not helped by the plastic-y finish.

Firm in the mouth, with a pleasing buttery glide and mild-to-moderate carbonation.

If you're not looking for the stuff of legend, but an affordable session brew, there are so many worse choices...and many better ones. Cleary middle of the road stuff. You do have to love the slogan on the neck-ring: "Celebrating the repeal of Prohibition - 1933".

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 16:09:04 | More by Metalmonk
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:00:15 | More by akorsak
Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale from World Brews
65 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.