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Aberrant Amber - People's Brewing Company

Aberrant Amber
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BA SCORE
88
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 6.47%


Brewed by:
People's Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mynie on 02-11-2010)
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep red with slight head and good lacing.

S - Caramal malts and citrus/grapefruit.

T - Wow this is where this shines. Very bitter hops up front, mellowing out into nice caramel, bready tones and finishing with a nice dry bitter taste.

M - Decent thickness and well carbonated for the style.

D - I could (and have) put down multiple ones in one session. There are many different things going on this beer that the bitterness of the hops doesn't get too overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 13:59:56 | More by jmarsh123
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap....

A- Pours a deep crimson red color. One finger light tannish head shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts seem to give this aroma most of the underbody with light citrus and bitter hops come through in the backing. A simple aroma profile but it works very well for this beer.

T- Caramel malts upfront with hints of earthy tastes to it. The start of this is like a charged up red ale. I like it. Hops come through next with a light bitterness to them also packing a nice grapefruit like flavor. The ending of the beer is more caramel bready malts with a little something else to give off a light earthy flavor. Hops in the ending are bitter and a little in your face.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet malts bready malts left on the palate with hints of grapefruit. Aftertaste is light alcohol, sweet malts, and bitter hops. this beer is balanced actually very nicely. No off flavors were present whic lead to a more enjoyable mouthfeel. Medium-light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- A nice drinking red ale. While this is not one of my favorite styles I would go and pick this up if I could. Low ABV means drinking more than a pint of this is very likely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 19:36:46 | More by alleykatking
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes I just found

A - dark ruby red, about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing

S - some caramel malts, hops

T - pretty damn hoppy at front, some sweet malt in the middle, nice bitter finish.  The hopping is really good throughout, good shit.

M - good amount of carb, kinda chewy for an amber

D -very drinkable, I really enjoy the hops in it

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 18:06:21 | More by Lukafer
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salvo

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update 4/23/2011
People's aberrant amber is as close to an alpha king clone I've tasted. Just a tad sweeter, towards a Founder's Reds Rye-PA, well within the deep dark mahogany ales the Midwest is rocking and delivering as a regional specialty to rival the west coast IPA craze. Best of the people's products, and a dialed in recipe that shouldn't be tinkered with too much. Delectable, really, at 5.5%. This is either a slightly tweaked recipe from the one I reviewed in July or it was a fresher keg.

Original 7/30/2010 review
The Amber seems the most technically accurate and true to the style tradition of the beers I tried while at People's. The amber was, not surprising, red-brown and nicely bitter with three-quarters of an inch of tan/red tinged lingering head. There was a trace of lace in the glass, reflecting the spicy finish from the hops. Some trace of black pepper in the finish. Overall, a really welcome surprise and great addition to the local beer scene. No one nearby is brewing a competing amber/red. And I'd love to try a really hopped up version; perhaps something rye on the order of Founders Rye or Cain & Abel? Really nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 00:02:30 | More by salvo
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Brettster

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure what the tap room would be like at People's as I pulled up. To my surprise the bar was quite inviting.

Now on to the beer. People's Amber is excellent. Pours a very nice clear red with a short head, but nice lacing. Low to medium carbonation. Has a nice hop aroma. Has a tasty malty profile at the beginning and a great hop bite at the end.

These folks make some delicious beer. I would stop by a couple nights a week if I were only closer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 12:19:32 | More by Brettster
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mynie

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

54 IBUs, brewed with Centennial, dry hopped (!) with Armarillo.

Growler poured at the brewery--but I should probably say a word or two about that.

This is a very, very charming operation these guys got going here. It's a brewery, not a brewpub, and so it's located in an industrial zone. (If you're local, it's right next to the Tick Tock restaurant, around the CityBus station, off of Greenbush and Canal. It's a split warehouse with the People's Brewing truck parked out front. They're on the side farthest from the Tick Tock.)

The place is *new*. It smells like Home Depot. There's no decor on the walls. That will all eventually change, but right now it lends a wonderful, scrappy ethos to the place. These guys--thank god--are primarily brewers, not restauranteers.

As for the beer itself, the only other dry-hopped amber I recall having is Rogue's Saint Rogue Red. Like Rogue's beer, this one's profile is less hazy and heady than your average red. It's also much more crimson.

Smells like a nice hop profile, but it's missing the earthy, rusty malt profile you get from smaller reds. The chinook overwhelms the centennial but that's okay since chinook is awesome.

Tastes much more complex and balanced, much reddier. Earthy malts up front, moving quickly into a bitterdry hop that picks up some nodes of grapefruit as it goes along before fading into a blend of peat and bread dough yeast. Very good.

An excellent beer, though Rogue's probably wins by a hair because of its superior yeast profile. At any rate, I now live in a town with a brewer whose beer can be fairly compared to Rogue's, and that's a dream come true.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2010 02:13:53 | More by mynie
Aberrant Amber from People's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.