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Offshore Amber Ale - Offshore Ale Company

Offshore Amber AleOffshore Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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92 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


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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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
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a foamy head of about 1 inch. Quickly disappated to just a hint of head. Color was similar in coloring to the bottle label, brown w/a hint of red. Smelled pleasant with a hint of apricot. First few sips tasted funny at the end of the sip. Quickly improved, so I blame it on coming straight from the fridge. After that initial mis-step, the beer became great. No bitterness to the beer, pleasant flavor, easy to drink. No qualms with with beer in the end. Look forward to drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:02:38 | More by mountdew1
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Linwood 6/2/06. Served in a pint glass.

I liked this beer a good deal. Considering drank it after drinking an Unearthly, I was surprised snd impress at how well it stood up. It pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a nice hear. It is juicy with a nice malt backbone. Call me crazy, but there is a little bit of a lingering saltiness as it goes down. This beer is very drinkable and, for the style, pretty interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 01:16:54 | More by bignick
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence is great with a nice amber colour and frothy head.

Smells of grain, and fruit.

The taste is toasted grain malt, slighty sweet and tanic. Very smooth with a subtle fruit sweetness to it. Medium body and mild carbonation. Finishes dry, with hops lingering on your palette.

Very drinkable, I think this might be my new favorite red ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:19:30 | More by Freshie
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Fairly typical looking ruddy brown. Semi-transparent, tiny bubble rising up. Head adequate but dissipates quickly, leaving thin, broken layer. Lacing's OK.

Smell = potent punch of nicely balanced hops and malt. A bit more on the malty side. Smells a little coarse but really full of flavors.

Taste = Good tasting red ale. Nice tangy hops presence initially leading into doughy malty bread flavors. Pleasant, refreshing aftertaste. Medium bodied, good drinkability.

Overall = An enjoyable, well made red ale. Nothing outstanding or unique but solid in every category, would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 02:35:03 | More by LPorter33
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a damn good amber ale. Thanks to ppoitras for including this in his BIF33 package.

The beer pours to a nice amber color (what were you expecting?). The head is nice and fluffy with a great carbonation supporting it. Lacing is left in sheets. Looks very nice.

The smell is good. Has a nice spicy herbal, floral hoppy nose. Probably a noble hop strain.

The malt takes the dominant flavor in the taste. Has a good sweetness and a very light biscuity malt flavor in the finish. Just enough buttery diacetyl to set off an alarm in my tastebuds, but it goes well with the flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the mild side and prickly from the carbonation. The hops give a nice peppery bite. Could use just a bit more body, but it's good.

Very drinkable. I could have a session on this if it were available to me. Quite surprisingly one of the better amber ales I've had. Thanks again, Pete.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 07:03:28 | More by neonbrown82
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Yesterday's in Newport.

Amber/red body with ashort white head, leaves a little lacing. Smells of sweet amber malts. Taste is a touch fruity and finishes with well-balanced hops. Somewhat comples malts in the middle. It was hard to put this one down. Just a very nice session beer and an excellent amber.

All in all, a somewhat underrated amber. Give it a try, you'll like it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2006 06:09:10 | More by tempest
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

Brewed by Cottage City Brewing Co. Oak Bluffs, MA under special agreement Portland, ME.

5251B - 119:17 inkjetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Pours vibrantly with a clouded copper body topped with a towering head of small and medium sand colored bubbles that left thick stands of lacing. Loads of active carbonation streams. The smell is slightly sweet and a bit fruity, soft mild hops are also there, but in the background. The taste is much of the same moderate malt sweetness up front with a gentle hop finish. There is a touch of nuttiness popping up. Medium bodied and with middling carbonation. Perfectly serviceable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:23:36 | More by hopsaplenty
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Fugazme

Nebraska

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

Thanks Brewfan!

Pours a deep copper/amber. Fairly good, white head about 1/2" tall. Moderate retention. Looks like a decent beer.

Aroma is malty. Not huge. Some good roasted grain on the whiff. Light touches of fruit. Not really floral and no sign of hops.

Flavor is pretty good. Malty and sweet. Not much bitterness to speak about. A very drinkable beer. Nice and smooth on the palate and not offensive in any way. Not a bad beer after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 20:02:36 | More by Fugazme
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with reddish hues. Nice white foamy one finger head that leaves a decent amount of lace.

S: Aromas of bready malt hit the nose first but there are slight underlying fruity hop notes in there also.

T: Well balanced beer. Slight fruity hop infusion noticeable at first that transforms into a wheaty malt flavor. Finishes smooth with an aftertaste of wheaty malts. Exactly how an amber should finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel is excellent on this offering from Offshore. Well balanced ale with enough going on that you aren't bored. Kind of on the light side, which is nice as you can a few of these. I would rate the drinkability on this on as high, as again, its very easy to drink and tastes great. Definately a good summer ale. Good work Matthew!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 19:27:48 | More by bjohnson
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to Brewfan. Pours a chill hazed amber body with a skimpy offwhite head that quickly falls into film and collar lacing. Aroma is subdued, but features buttery toffee mingling with a note of floral hops and juicy apple peel. Mouthfeel is ok, but not remarkable, with tingly carbonation and a light medium body. Lively carbonation enhances the flavors, which echo the aromas. Buttery caramel(diacetyl), appleskins, and bittering floral hops work well together. A touch of pine cone adds a finishing touch of bitterness. Carbonation is rather high, and works very well here. Pleasantly drinkable, and very good for style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 21:06:07 | More by merlin48
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IceAce

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze?) medium copper body with a full finger of creamy light tan foam. Head retention is very good and is aided by my beer-clean English-style pint glass with engraved nucleation pints on the bottom.

Nose is crisply malty...slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness. Entry is smooth with just-right carbonation caressing the tongue. Midtaste showcases the malt with an underlying biscuit flavor and a mouthfeel which comes across as just a tad thin.

The finish begins with a clean, crisp hop bite and a slow pale malt fade. Clean and easy drinking...a definite session brew.

Many thanks to brewfan for getting this little gem into my hands!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 09:23:44 | More by IceAce
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep red amber color, almost warm brown, with nice head. Smell is overwhelming spice floral and fruit. Tastes very peppery dry with fruit. Very spiced and bittersweet. Interesting mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This beer is Fall.

Lots of flavor, but maybe a little to spiced for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 23:40:59 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours clean amber color with slow carbonation and a nice white head that fills out the glass. Smells of sweet malts and floral hops - slightly doughy. Medium body in the mouth, malty with a dry hop bitterness - full flavored. Goes down without effort - smooth yet dry.

There's kind of a dry, chalkiness to this amber which keeps it from being great, but still there is enough flavor to make this an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 22:49:41 | More by wedge
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled due to Brewfan's efforts.

Pours a cold hazed amber color almost red, nice pale tan head.

Smell is malty and spicy with a bit of a herbal edge. Bread dough scent with a good toasted edge to it. Faint chocolate and coffee odors.

Taste is malty and toasted whole-wheat bread at the beginning. Good full grain flavors continue through the experience of enjoying this. Hops are herbal in nature and are matched just right with the malt level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pleasant super drinkable ale here. Flavorful and mild with a medium alcohol level make this a natural session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 03:13:41 | More by Zorro
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eveninghawk

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel a little guilty that this is my "standby" beer, the beer I drink when I look at the selection in my fridge and can't make up my mind. It shouldn't be a standby because it's a mighty fine beer, with the nice copper color and an excellent balance of malt. I get the hint of sweet without it being overly sweet, and just the right balance of bite.

I enjoy drinking this beer, and I can honestly say that it's taste profile does a lot of really fun things when paired with something salty. I've done this with cheese before, but today I'm drinking the amber with some pretzels. Quite a little treat.

I can only imagine that this is a great beer to have while lounging around out by the water when there's a tidbit of salt in the air.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 22:49:52 | More by eveninghawk
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I have had this many times and each time it surprises me that "just an amber ale" can be so good. Earthy hop aromas mixes with bready malt to form a cohesive aroma. Appropriate medium mouthfeel coupled with earthy hop flavors make this drinkable and not as boring as most amber ales. Perfect match for your St. Paddy's Day dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 13:38:06 | More by Longstaff
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Appears as a light amber, clear with a thin white head.

The aroma is pretty traditional for this style. Well-balanced hop/malt smells, however, the hop is not very flowery (like it was created from stale pellets).

The taste is really quite ordinary. Nothing special, nothing offensive--very middle of the road. The malt seems astringent without any of the complexity or fullness that is often present. The swallow is hoppy but quickly dies.

Nuttin' to write home about, but will do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 01:42:43 | More by smcolw
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for this one. Pours from the bottle a deep orange with red hues and a billowing two finger off white head atop. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas of sweet and nutty caramel along with a nice citric rind hoppiness. Slight sourdough bread notes.

First sip brings brings a nice bready caramel maltiness along with some nutty toffee undertones. Some nice fruity esters come out mid palate and it finishes with a nice mellow citrus hop spiciness. I like the sweet maltiness throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with thick carbonation. A fruity amber ale that's quite drinkable. A six pack of this might help to convert a macro drinker to the wonders of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 02:39:11 | More by orbitalr0x
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Brewfan in a trade. It has the longitude and latitude of the brewery on the neck band--neat. Pours a pretty, but not outstanding amber, with a modest head. Good lacing, though. "Pretty but not outstanding" sums up this beer well, as the smell is pleasant but indistinct. The flavor, as I suppose it should be, is the most noticeable aspect of this brew; it's smooth as hell with a little bit of pleasant, lingering bitterness. While neither is extremely prominent, the upfront sweetness and the subsequent hoppiness complement each other well. A very easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 00:32:35 | More by battlekow
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice ruby-amber pour with a decent amount of head and good retention. The aroma was fairly dull. Well-balanced, but nothing going on. Slight hop character in the taste with some caramel malts. I thought it tasted good, but not a whole lot of oomph. Drinkable nonetheless, and easy on the palate. I would order this again, but it's nothing that would drive me crazy.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 19:13:32 | More by Jacobob10
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber with a tan head that all but dissappears pretty quickly. toasted and caramel faintly grainy malt aromas with a touch of herbal cut-grass hops. the taste mirrors the smell, with more pronounced caramel. medium body with pretty strong carbonation. drinkability is good, it would be a pleasure to knock back a few of these. i'm not a huge fan of the style, due to it's... sort of lack of distinctiveness, but this is a good beer and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 22:59:39 | More by kmo1030
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date. Brewed in Portland ME.
It pours a tannish amber with a fading off-white head and some patchy and trailing lacing.
A light smell of barley malt is noticed right off the bat. The aroma fades rather fast.
This Amber has a sweet caramel and fresh baked bread malt character.
The hop flavors of citrus and peppers are subdued and lie just under the sweet maltiness.
The body is rounded and almost buttery and nectar-like.
This is a good gulpable session brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 04:34:10 | More by BeerResearcher
Offshore Amber Ale from Offshore Ale Company
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.