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Offshore Amber Ale - Offshore Ale Company

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BA SCORE
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Offshore Ale Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 11-24-2001)
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with touches of white foam. Almost clearls completely.

Sweet caramel and toffee smell. Light sweet taste, sweet finish. Little to no hop back. Same in the taste.

Good carbonation. Nice easy drinking amber ale, unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 13:00:36 | More by KTCamm
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" white head which quickly disspated to a trace. Slightly hazy amber color. Not a lot of smell other than ver mild malt. Taste is a BMC lager along with a slightly crisp bitter finish and a little malt. All in all a ver average beer, just slightly cool because it's from Martha's Vineyard.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 21:51:24 | More by MoreThanWine
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber bodied ale with a foamy off-white head. Decent retention from a good size cap. Random spotty lace.

S- Mostly get a buttery nut brown caramel malt profile. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Mostly malty with toasted nut, butter and caramel hints. Some hops lending earthy and grassy notes. Some fruit flavors (apple). Definite grain and corn as well.

MF- A bit of a foamy, light watery feel with moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Not really what I was expecting but a decent amber ale. More malty than hoppy with some Brown Ale influence.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:34:25 | More by cbutova
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brandonsaint

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a curiosity to me when we received a sole case of it at the store I work at. Per usual, I refer to my boss when a new product comes in that peaks my interest, and ask him "how it is".

I've been on an amber style kick for a few months now, and this beer is fairly local, paired with my boss giving his recommendation, I decided to give it a spin.

A pleasant surprise, I fell in love with it. Really nice balance here, with some citrusy notes, but nothing too overwhelming. It's really one of the best beers I've tried in a while, and when we have it in, I recommend it to any of my customers looking to try a new, easy drinking brew with a good amount of character.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:16:34 | More by brandonsaint
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a light brown with hints of cherry color; bright white fingers worth of head, nice sticky lacing

S - Malt forward, a light fruity nose, yeasty

T&M - Good carbonation and medium body. Heavy malt presence gives a thicker feel, but a nice hop zing balances it well with a citrus flare. The yeast is giving this a sort of nutty flavor that mixes with the fruit notes - can't quite put my finger on the fruit...apples?

D - Smooth drinking, interesting flavors and a reasonable ABV; I can see having more then one

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:12:36 | More by ZeroSignal
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-orange, with fluffy white head, good lacing.

S: Almost adjunct grain sort of smell, but saved by some sweet malt.

T: The malt is sweet, not much of a hop bite at all. Very grainy tasting, not bad.

M: A medium body, good enough carbonation to make it smooth and enjoyable.

D: Might get sick of them after a couple, solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 12:36:13 | More by mostpoetsdo
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colts9016

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer from TheManiacalOne in a BIF, thank you. Poured into a pint glass at 39 degrees.

Appearance: There is a one finger light white head that has some retention. The head is creamy and foamy. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. There is some lacing left behind from the dead.

Nose: A moderate hop aroma that is floral, and grapefruit. The malt has a slight caramel note.

Taste: A light hop flavor with wood, floral, and some grapefruit notes. The malt,has some caramel and biscuit tones.

Mouth feel of the beer carbonated and slightly dry.

Overall: This is a good hand crafted amber ale, I am very glad I got to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:52:33 | More by colts9016
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a quite hazy uniformly translucent, bright, rusty amber hue. Pours with a 1/2 finger or so soapy white head with great retention. Traces of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very mild and offers what a typical amber ale has. A hint of citrus, some earthy hops, and a hint of malty sweetness.

T- Flavor profile is mild as well. Herbal and earthy hops seem to come through the most but a sugary sweetness and some malt come through as well. The finish is sweeter than the initial flavor and a vegetable like sweetness lingers for a little bit.

M- This is where the folks at Offshore really did a great job. Moderate tingly carbonation and a very smooth medium weight body.

D-This meets the standard and presents as a decent overall amber ale. The mouthfeel is exceptional and it is a good looking brew-but other than that it really doesn't offer anything exciting. The flavor is certainly unoffensive and this is a drinkable amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 00:26:50 | More by PittBeerGirl
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed dark amber with a 2 finger white head. Good retention leaves droopy lace stuck hither and thither.

Lightl floral aroma with honey sweetness over a heavier caramel underneath. Toasted malt like syrup covered waffles. Taste is similar 2 layered sweetness that produces sort of candy fruit ester with a perfect amount of hop spice in back. Successfully walks the fine line between juicey and malty, albiet barely. Effervescent carbonation seems to work here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 14:52:55 | More by donkeyrunner
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deereless

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A light to medium gold with some ruby hues, thin head on a hard pour - 3.00, S: Quite grainy on the nose, sweet corn soup, caramel malts and powdered milk -2.50, T: Though subtle - the hop bite is noticeable, there's a dry grain as well as some toastiness to the palate, also noticeable is a melon-like sweetness and grain husks - 3.00, M: The mouth feel seems to have a slight grittiness to it that lingers - 3.00, D: A pretty average amber - 2.75

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:57:13 | More by deereless
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Stimack

New York

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well for the past week we where in Cape Cod so I thought I would pick up a 6'r of this. Brew pours to a amber-golden color with a pretty thick slightly off white head that has good retention and left some nice lace. The aroma is fairly sweet, caramel and toffee. Not much in the way of hops as far as I can tell. The flavor is fair, it seems to be quite a bit sweeter than I like and than I think it should be. Possibly I got an old 6'r because again I am picking up no hops here and I think if they where there they would calm down the sweetness that I don't care for. I will try this brew again, made it through the 6 with out much problem but I will say that I am a little underwhelmed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:01:14 | More by Stimack
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Partially clear with lots of sediment, amber brown orange color with 1 finger head

N: Very light with some malt and spices

T: Sweet malt and slight earthy marzen taste, its got an extract sweet taste that somewhat ruins the beer, slight nutty and spices, mostly slight malts and nuttiness

M: Mouth is semi light with decent head

F: Finishes pretty dry with some spice and malt, not much for bitterness, more of the extract sweetness

Final thoughts: Not much to this beer, lots of malts, not really any hops, some spices and nutty flavors, not bad for a session beer but the taste is so-so

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:33:38 | More by jlindros
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of light hop aroma and sweet malt underneath. Standard issue aroma.

Taste is decent with sweet malt, light hop bitterness and a bit of smoke in the taste. Seems alright in the mouth. Nothing fancy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoke, sweet malt and not much hop bitterness. Predictable.

Not bad. Average but it's easy to drink and would fit well on a hot day. Certainly more tasty than a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 03:52:52 | More by Brad007
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Offshore- Amber

On tap at the brewpub.

A- Deep amber red with a good sticky head.
S- Strong sweet caramelized malt with a heavy cracked grain aroma.
T- Sweet sugary malt with hints of caramel and cherry licorice. Nice dry grains like sunflower seeds, seseme, oat, and bran.
M- Very sweet and malty throughout with a dry hoppy finish.

Overall- Excellent amber and quite a good beer to start off my day! I see its offered in bottle form but on tap at the brewpub is truly the way to go!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 16:11:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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albern

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a more complex Amber Ale than I would have expected. It is one of those beers that offers a slightly different experience in the midsection and the finish. Enjoyable in both, however. The beer pours a clear orangy amber color with a smallish off white head that doesn't last all that long. The aroma is quite mild, crystal malts, some caramel notes, some toasted notes, slightly nutty tinges as well. The aroma is quite subdued, however.

The midsection of the beer is quite creamy and light to medium bodied. There is an ever so slight peaty quality, some very typical amber ale caramel notes, lots of sweetish malts blending together. Towards the finish, the beer dries out quite a bit, there is a hoppy linger that is quite pronounced, and the beer tends to water down a bit. There is also a lot more crispness to the beer towards the finish. The aftertaste on this beer is very long and surprising. There are more toasted caramel flavors in the finish than in the midsection. This is a nice beer, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:39:47 | More by albern
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second beer while visiting the brewery in Oaks Bluff. An amber beer that truly did pour amber, there is about a two finger head to it that sticks around for a bit. This is a very smooth beer that starts off a bit hoppy but has a crisp clean finish to it. I was a bit more partial to the stout that day, but the Amber Ale is one I would have again and again...

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 15:23:14 | More by Jayli
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber brew with a choppy head that sticks around for a while.

Decent malty aroma with some fruit.

Flavor is malty, fruity, with some hops in there somewhere.

Not heavy at all - nice medium bodied brew.

Well, a nice surprise. Very drinkable, with some nice malt and decent balance. Decent with food, or alone -- thirst quencher or a sipper -- a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 20:47:22 | More by OtherShoe2
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a light amber appearance with a small, but pretty thick, head and eventual lacing. Slightly smoked but minimal in power aromas of malt and spice were the main smells I could pick up. The taste had a surprising citrus taste to it, but it mostly had an average caramel-like spice kick to it. The body was good though; a solid medium body allowed it to be pretty refreshing. Overall, it had some promise but was a bit too average.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 14:57:38 | More by fitzy84
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and some fruitiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, tea and some citrus. There’s a decent hops character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is nice ordinary beer that is well-worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:50:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish-copper color with moderate slightly off-white creamy head.
Smell is very mild, with a slight mal-fruitiness detectable.
Taste is nicely fruity, and extraordinarily refreshing.
A bit thin at the finish, but some mild bitterness is present.
Great session beer.. Would go well with most foods.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 22:31:33 | More by tgbljb
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a clearish, amber color with red hues. Quarter inch head which dissipated quickly, leaving behind little lacing.

Smell - toffee, buttery, sweet malts, butterscotch, caramel

Taste - best part of the beer. caramel/toffee/sweet & toasty maltiness up front which ends very clean with a hint of yeast. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel - good body, good carbonation. what more do ya want?

Drinkability - I could take several of these down throughout the night. Several, meaning all night. Great session beer. Highly enjoyable and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 17:16:03 | More by Doomcifer
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WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head along with some yeast floaters. The aroma is average. It has a light pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light and almost watery pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with a slight hop presence. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average amber/red ale. It has some malt taste, but nothing really impressive. It drinks well and finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:21:10 | More by WesWes
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red-amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly to a lacy ring. Malty nose with a bit of fruitness. This beer tastes it's best when it's warmed up a bit, that's when the flavors balance nicely. Strong malt backbone with a bit of a fruitiness, but nicely balanced with the hops. As others have noticed, there is a bit of saltiness that lingers on the tongue. A good brew with Offshore's signature of balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 21:57:21 | More by LarryV
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, an extra in a trade from brewfan

appearance: i like the little history lessons on the offshore bottles, cliche but interesting...pours into a sweetwater pint glass, body is a hazy orange-amber colour, constant bubbling, light cream lace left behind

smell: light and crisp, sweet toasted malt, light brittish hopping, light floral touch

taste: I should note that this bottle froze a little bit in the fridge somehow and then returned to normalcy...interesting amber - moderate bitterness, "a little salty", citrus euro-hops, toasted caramel malt...just like the IPA, this beer is odd, unfortunately not in as good of a way

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, odd salty feel, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 23:51:06 | More by dirtylou
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Boto

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Ct River Brew Fest: This one poured an amber color with some off white head. The aroma was good. There was some malt sweetness, as well as a hint of floral to the nose. The taste is pretty good. Somewhat malty, with a touch of spiciness and a hint of dryness in the finish. A decent amber. This goes down well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2006 15:44:23 | More by Boto
Offshore Amber Ale from Offshore Ale Company
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