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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
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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 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 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 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 LyonsHead
4.28/5  rDev +61.5%
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! (526 characters)

Photo of soupermirl
3.77/5  rDev +42.3%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of noknife83
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
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... (419 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 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 wingman14
2.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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 (1,211 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.3/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.77/5  rDev +42.3%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +58.5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.28/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of awermuth
2.44/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
2.86/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (398 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 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 Metalmonk
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
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". (924 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev +27.5%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.35/5  rDev +26.4%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (817 characters)

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