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Wapiti Amber Ale - Mogollon Brewing Company

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Wapiti Amber AleWapiti Amber Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mogollon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is our flagship ale and is pronounced wop-eh-tee. The label for this beer is adorned with the majestic Wapiti (aka elk). Wapiti are abundant in northern Arizona. They are large and beautiful creatures, which is why we chose this animal to represent this beer. Wapiti Amber Ale is hand crafted with mountain pure water, two row malted barley, yeast and Yakima Valley hops. Our brewers use traditional methods to create this full-bodied amber ale with a distinct hoppy aroma. Wapiti Amber Ale should be enjoyed cool, not cold, to best experience the complex character and flowery aroma.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 11-02-2002)
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Phelps

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can received from a slightly inebriated ottovon. What a guy. This was poured into my Bruery tulip.

The beer's a gorgeous, perfectly clear brilliant copper, topped with a creamy one-finger head of light tan that fizzles quickly, leaving a filmy top layer and some sticky webs of jagged lace. Not a bad-looking amber.

Aroma ain't bad either. A hefty nuttiness (chestnuts, almonds) leads the way, while fruity yeast (apples) and some earthy hops mingle in the background. It's rather sweet.

The nuttiness follows in the flavor, though it's not as striking here. Peanuts and almonds are balanced nicely by some earthy Yakima Valley hops. A hint of sweet red apple sneaks in there before a pretty dry finish.

The mouthfeel seems a bit odd, though. It's rather heavy, almost syrupy, and lightly carbonated. Usually I enjoy a bit more body in my beer, but it seems a bit out of place with this one.

Despite the heavy body, Wapiti's actually a pretty drinkable amber. I could see it working well with some nutty cheese or a walnut-laden salad.

Serving type: can

02-08-2011 06:30:46 | More by Phelps
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udouche

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-14-2012 22:03:36 | More by udouche
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the count of canned beers, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brownish/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with malts, caramel, a hint of hops. Taste is good, lots of caramel malts, some hop presence, the glass is becoming empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 20:47:57 | More by tone77
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-30-2012 22:17:57 | More by avisong
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pkmnzach

Arizona

5/5  rDev +44.5%

08-09-2012 05:45:42 | More by pkmnzach
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This CAN't go on much longer, CAN it? You'd be surprised at my staying power, especially when nothing is happening tonight or tomorrow until mid-morning. Think of me as a circus geek, to be marveled at and frowned upon, but all comers stand around to get a glimpse. Thanks to sKafifer for keeping me in CANs!

From the CAN: "From Arizona's high country comes Wapiti, handcrafted with mountain pure water, two-row malted barley and Yakima Valley hops. Our brewers use traditional methods to create this full-bodied amber ale with a distinct hoppy aroma. Wapiti should be enjoyed cool, not cold, to best experience the complex character and flowery bouquet."

Were it not for the baby-blue color of the CAN, I would have said that someone slipped me a CAN of Point. It turns out that "Wapiti" is Native AmeriCAN for "Elk" and since we have an Elk County in our Northern Tier of PA, I hoist this one to its residents.

It is also notable that it is pronounced "Wop-Eh-Tee" in that the first part was a derogatory term for Italian-AmeriCANs, especially those WithOut Papers (WOP) and the impetus for the hatred between Frank Sinatra's character and Ernest Borgnine's character in "From Here to Eternity". I hope no beer is "Eh" and I am about to join a young lady in her "Tee" after a ...

I'm back and the Crack and inverted Glug was majestic! I wound up with just under two fingers of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep-amber, approaching copper, with NE-quality clarity. Nose was brilliant, evincing both caramel notes along with a minty hoppiness. I love the way this style has evolved! Amber = not dead (except on "House" which is dead itself). Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full, with an initial hit of caramel followed closely behind by a blast of minty hops. Peppermint + caramel = Yum yum, Sunday Sunday. Finish was semi-dry, very pleasant and something to CANsider for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually). CAN someone put some in my Christmas stocking?

Serving type: can

08-06-2012 00:53:15 | More by woodychandler
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-27-2012 05:00:39 | More by dmorgan310
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Unchi

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-23-2012 03:33:13 | More by Unchi
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-13-2012 02:05:24 | More by 2beerdogs
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jamescain

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to BeerZack for sharing this one.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a finger worth of off white head, that fades to a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: A touch of citrus breaking through, mostly toffee and bready malts.

Taste: Bready malts with a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation, easy to drink as intended.

Overall: Easy to drink, which I'm sure was their desire, not very complex.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 16:47:15 | More by jamescain
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a hazy deep amber with two fingers of light tan head. Head slowly drops, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of citus hops, grapefruit, light malt sweetness.

Flavors of unfermented wort, sweet, malty, caramel. Light bitterness, but emphasis is on the malt.

Mouthfeel is big chewy, malty.

Overall, a very malt forward american ale. Very strong flavor of unfermented wort. Very malt forward.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 01:14:36 | More by JamnesCameron
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent pour here, again nothing spectacular but it worked for the style and offered up some nice looking lacing when it was all said and done. Medium amber with a mostly clear body, there was a big puff of white that reached up as high as three fingers before settling back down to a more modest looking level. Aroma is light hops, grassy, herbal notes mixed in with a nice and clean buttery sweet note that peeks through toward the end of the session. Clean flavor, light with the carbonation prickling at the tongue. First flavor is a wave of light citrus hops that takes over the profile and offers a nice dry and bitter touch. As this starts to fade mid palate a malty sweetness kicks in with notes of light cereal grains and a hint of grassy notes. Smooth, even finish leaves you quickly looking for another sip.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 01:52:45 | More by mikesgroove
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aandresen for this brew!Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.I let this warm up a bit before I poured.

A. Very clear light amber body.Leaves a 1.5 inch white head that fades pretty quickly.A little bit of lacing left on the glass.Small amount of carbonation.

S. This is alittle weird not in a bad way I just cant pin point it. Smells of waffles and something like a grainy muffin,nutty.I like it.

T. I'm getting caramel and nuttyness here.Some earthy notes,followed by some piney hops in the end.

M. Nice medium creamy mouth coats the pallet nicely.Not much carbonation here which I think works well.

Overall this beer suprised me,I really enjoyed it.Nice session beer ,not over the top just a solid beer.I wish I had more,glad I got to try this.

Serving type: can

04-21-2011 02:22:18 | More by Marty30
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mmciz

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Baby-blue 12 ounce can from Sun Devil Liquor in Mesa poured into a Pilsner glass. Mogollon is the Flagstaff brewery I've had the least experience with - I've had a sample or two at a festival, I think, but that's it - so I had little in the way of expectations. I was sure to drink it "cool not cold" as the can suggested would allow me to "best experience the complete character and flowery bouquet."

Maybe I should have heated it up a little.

A: Nice rusty orange with not much carbonation visible and a thin and quickly fading head.

S: Just a regular ol' ale with a tiny touch of melon.

T: There's a little burnt sugar (otherwise known as caramel), especially in the initial sip, but otherwise pretty straightforward. Nothing unpleasant but nothing to catch your attention and make you reach for the glass again.

M: Thin. Perhaps a little under-carbonated but not offensively so.

D: It's pretty boring after 12 ounces. But I could probably do another 12 pretty easily... though I can't honestly say I wish I had this can's five other brothers in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 17:49:42 | More by mmciz
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bbb099

California

2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 Oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden, light amber color, not exactly what I expected. Pours with too much head though I suspect that the beer has been shaken around quite a lot before opening.

S - I could not get much in terms of smell. Caramel malt and nothing else.

T - The taste was quite surprising. The flavor is a combination of sweet caramel and roasty malt. Finishes with a bitter alcohol taste with a little added hops.

M - Medium bodied. My can seems flat and does not have enough carbonation.

D - Nothing really stands out about the beer and the aftertaste is a little off.

Serving type: can

01-01-2011 01:16:42 | More by bbb099
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light amber with off-white head. Nose is quite light with some melon like quality in there. Palate is very light in flavor, watery body, and just overall thin. Could fool me as being a BMC pseudo craft product like amber bock. Finish is watery and disappointing.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 03:31:21 | More by yemenmocha
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard amber color, a slight degree of head and little lace, aroma was of old beer aroma.

A hint of caramel, under average hopping, a little bit of metal flavor coming off as bitterness. Woody. A beer that leans malt heavy and not necessarily smooth.

I guess I'd recommend this to someone really into fat tire

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:39:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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scottfrie

California

2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a resin-amber color with a thick cream colored head that slowly faded into an oily rocky film that left a great amount of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: For some reason to me this smells like the inside of a burger joint. Smells like fried zucchini, or greasy grassy hops. Light caramel malt pokes through as well.
T: Light caramel flavor with a touch of molasses in the finish. Notes of roasted cracker Aftertaste is sugary sweet and caramely. Hops are just barely noticeable.
M: Medium bodied with a flat, oily mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation. Slight alcohol in the finish.
D: Nothing really special here. An average drinker. Not much stands out, but still, not bad.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 00:13:51 | More by scottfrie
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber with a good subtle hoppy profile.

Presentation: 12 oz can. Blue and yellow straight design crowned by the image of an elk-wapiti. Notes intent of the ale, spirit of the brewery, and ingredients alongside serving recommendation. Has some batch numbers but lacks a clear freshness or bottling date. Poured into a pint shaker glass.

A - Medium amber color, with a nice frothy head, fair retention and some lace.

S - Malty nose, with a clear hoppy upside.

T - Soft sweet malt notes with a nice hoppy finish, small but noticeable.

M - Medium to light body, good carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy.

D - Nice surprise, good balance and tasty.

Notes: Maybe not spectacular but it is a pretty decent beer. Glad to find it locally.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 05:04:39 | More by Daniellobo
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

1.4/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz can as extra. Pours fine, nice golden hue. Smell is rather bland minor citus, it worries me that there will be not taste to it. Sure enough, zero taste. nothing forward or mid palate but harsh hops and metalic off flavors. I can't finsh my glass it's too harsh and overbearing. I can't say this is something i ever want again.

Serving type: can

11-26-2009 21:02:49 | More by Cakanator
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head is slow to develop during the pour, but finally rests nearing a half-inch in thickness. It holds well, and leaves a healthy bit of lacing. The color is a nice mahogany, with slight haze. Very caramel sweet malt comes through in the aroma. A decent hop presence is noted also, almost like a resiny Chinook.

The taste has more of the caramel sweetness, but it leans more tangy, and the hop bitterness comes in and takes over in a semi-sharp way. It seems the slightest bit watery in flavor, although its hard to tell if that is just from the mouthfeel or not. The carbonation is slightly below average, and it does seem a bit thin in body, though not terrible.

This beer started out with promise, but ultimately fell a bit short. I was suprised it actually had more flavor than I expected, with a good balance between the malt and hops, but that slight watery/thinness hurt it a bit. Overall I think it's a step in the right direction. Not bad...

Serving type: can

07-22-2009 04:46:30 | More by bennetj17
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kdoc8

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Mogollon Brewery in Flagstaff, AZ. It's listed as a 5.8% ABV beer. I found it pleasant and very drinkable. It poured darkish red-brown. It had a strong sweet roasty smell. The taste was similar and reminded me very much of a weaker porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 01:17:59 | More by kdoc8
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer looks terrific. It is a very dark and murky orange with a strong brownish tint. The head was rather conservative but left pitting “lave pools” at the top.

Smell – I didn’t even have to lean over to smell the strong grapefruit over the caramel malt base. The citrusy signature of the style lingers about as well.

Taste – The flavors here are mild but very well-blended. The grapefruit takes it easy and mixes well with the creamy malts and flowery hops, which come out much bigger at the tongue. The finish is caramel sweet with just enough hops to keep things refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied, extremely smooth, well-balanced, and quite refreshing.

Drinkability – This has to be great on a hot Arizona day, although it was just fine in Seattle in February as well. It is an awesome “desert sessional” for sure.

Comments – Muchas gracias to Gusler for getting this one out to me. I love the elk hunting story in your review.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 03:08:56 | More by RoyalT
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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy amber color with a small head that disappeared quickly, had a nice cascade hop smell mixed in with a little carmel malt,had an intial hoppy taste which was pleasant enough, but in the middle a metallic cardboardy aftertaste became evident,left a badtaste in my mouth. Tasted like a bad batch of hops.I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 13:45:03 | More by grynder33
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is for a bottle of the Wapiti Amber ale. This beer has a nice copper color. A small amount of chill haze, this is good because it means they have not filtered out any of the flavor. Smells hoppy with notes of lemon grass. Nice mild sweetness that finishes with a smooth bitterness. The hops are here, not over the top, but well balanced with a mix of fresh hop flavor and bitterness. A solid malty backbone carries the hops well. This beer is well balanced, with solid flavor contributions from the hops and the malt, no one is dominating over the other.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 15:37:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Wapiti Amber Ale from Mogollon Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.