Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Amber Road Amber AleAmber Road Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A malt-accented amber ale which features a rich toastiness and a balanced hop flavor that lingers through to the finish. This wickedly smooth beer refreshes year ’round. Amber Road is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; as well as 10 different malt varieties, 3 different hop varieties and a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. Drink up!

35 IBU
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 43
Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can which is dated 11/26/13. I bought the single can and neglected to check the date so it may taint my review which I am doing on July 12, 2014.

The pour is amber brown with a slight fog and a tremendous cream colored head that slowly settles back.

Roasted malts are on the nose with a feint earthy hop sensation. Lightly sweet.

The body is light and somewhat smooth.

The hops bring themselves forth more so in the taste than in the aroma but the toasted malt character remains in command. Lingering bitterness at the end though.

Photo of illpass78
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Libby glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with a big off-white head that sticks around for a good while. Lacing between moderate and heavy.

Smell: Aromas of toffee, malt, toast and some hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, and it's quite good. It's very malt and toffee heavy. Some hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good heft for an amber ale. Easy on the palate.

Overall: Very nice red ale. I love a good red ale, and this is a very good one - nice balance of malt flavors and toffee notes. I've been told by my friendly neighborhood store manager that this beer will soon be discontinued - a bummer, because it's a really solid offering.

Photo of brureview
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a stein. Attractive nice apple cider color with a big 3-4 fingers head The head did not retain itself, but the beer looked great in the glass.

Aroma- malty and apple fruit.

Mouth feel. Not very carbonated. Works well with total concept of the beer.

Taste: very tart, malty, and hoppy. There was a distinct apple cider taste to this beer. Almost sour.

In general, quite refreshing to drink. A good beer especially when one wants to stay away from high ABV winter beer.

Photo of Maxwell
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky orange brown from the can, with a nice lightly white-sand head on top that leaves quickly, leaving a sticky bit of lacing behind. The beer looks very well carbonated judging by the bubbles in the glass, and is murkier than swamp water, with just a slight glimpse of the other side of the glass when you gaze through it. Of course, this beer is meant for the can so a majority of the sampling will be from there, but a sample from the glass is also in order. In the glass it smells like sweet caramel and toffee malts with a slight roasted flavor. There is a lot of biscuit in the smell as well which makes the beer smell like a sweet bread. There is also a slight citrus like lemon or unripe orange coming from the hops, but they are backseat to the malts. From the can the smell is pretty much the same, with a little of a metallic taste unsurprisingly added in. From the glass the beer tastes sweet with a tremendous balance between the caramel and biscuit malts and citrus bitter orange of the hops. The hops bitter does a good job of lasting throughout the taste and into the aftertaste where it overpowers everything and becomes slightly cloying. From the can the taste is very similar, but strangely mellows the citrus aftertaste considerably making it far more pleasant on the palate. Flavors are quite mellow, making this a nice beer to sit back and sip wherever you might be. There is an owe so slight aspirin flavor that builds from the bitterness over time, but it is not overpowering in the beer. Mouthfeel is cool and crisp with just a slight bite of carbonation on the tongue, and a slight chewiness to the feel. The mouth is left with a sheen of spittle and bitter ichor on the tongue. Overall this is a nice pretty much sesssionable red that sits nicely in a can and is easy to knock back. It’s definitely more malt centric, but does a good job of balancing that with the hops. This beer will not knock your socks off, but is a solid go to for any craftbeer lover looking for something with taste to stock up on and knock back. Another solid beer from the Baxter Brewing Company.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a solid amber color with 2 fingers worth of sticky lace that retains well and leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice caramel maltiness and fruity notes are the things that stand out the most, along with hints of toffee

T: Follows the nose. Mostly some caramel and toffee from the maltiness and then hints of fruits, most noticeably cherry. Some earthiness from the hops also comes through

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink

O: Another good any time beer in a can from Baxter. Not the most flavorful or complex, but gets the job done. If you really like a hoppy amber, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a more malt-forward amber, then look no further

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A bit hazy reddish brown amber body, with a nice light creamy off white and tan head. Forms about three fingers in size with some nice retention and some spider like lacing.

Nose is a soft toasty malt bill, a good malt sweetness to this also. A nice classic chewy bread sense. Very solid smelling amber.

Palate hits with a very watery body. Mouthfeel hints at malt density but doesn't carry over this lifeless feel. Finish comes and goes very quickly with a mild hop presence, but also there's even a very odd carbonation to this, with a strange odd bitter.

Overall this isn't really getting the job done.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Maple-syrup amber color

SMELL: Toasted husk, brown bread, spicy hop, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Toasted bread, slightly biscuity, caramel, hay, herbal hop, leafy, ripe apples, spice, citric zest, semi-dry, grainy finish

Canned craft beer is still going strong. Baxter saw record growth in their rookie year (2011) by hitting 5,000 barrels. Balanced, yet both the grain and hops jump at the palate a bit. An all-around good utility beer for just about any occasion or moment.

Photo of Kinsman
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fills the glass with a nice amber shade and a creamy tan head on top. Caramel notes immediately greet the nose with a nice bit of toasty malts in there as well. Faint hint of floral hops in the background.

A tasty malt-forward amber with a fine toasted character and some sweetness upfront. Not much hop flavor, just a bittering kick that balances things out a bit. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Overall, a tasty refreshing beverage but nothing thats going to blow you away.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Pillowy head lasts pretty well, with think coating lace. Aroma is minimal, but balanced.

Taste starts moderately sweet, crisp citrus in the middle, and a balancing hop bite to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice representative of the style.

Photo of pburland23
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard mug. Normally I'd drink this one from the can but since I'm reviewing it I poured it into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange. Pour produced about a finger of white head. Pretty pedestrian looking pour.

Smell: The main smell I'm picking up is some sweet caramel malt. It's not too sweet though. Maybe there's some hops bite around the edges but not much.

Taste: Smooth sweet caramel malts again dominate the sip. Again, no real hops presence. I like the taste though. It's got a nice flavor for a 5.5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and very drinkable. Medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: Nothing spectacular but a solid easy drinking amber ale. Can't wait to try it straight from the can.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper colored body with a two finger off-white lumpy head, it leaves a spiderweb work of lacing

S: malts and hops. Some slight notices of caramel and roasted accents become present as the beer warms

T: sweetly baalanced between the malts and the hops. Some of the roasted notes come out but are pretty subdued in the taste

M: medium, slightly sessionable, smooth creaminess coating the mouth and tongue, carbonation not felt

O: I did like this and would have it again.

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours clear copper, with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth that slathers the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells of green citrus, with a leafy spiciness thrown in to help add a moderate bit of fresh power to the nose. The hops give way to a sticky smelling mix of caramel and roasted accents.

The taste is pretty straight forward, with a green citric bitterness that intertwines with a herbal feel and is surrounded on the sides by notes of sweet caramel and burnt toast. The hops unfortunately have a rawness to them this is thankfully tempered a bit by the malts here but lingering pith does make a harsh statement on the finish. The motuhfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess to the carbonation and just enough firmness to give this some presence on the palate.

This was drinkable but like the others from Baxter had its share of problems as well. It seems like the hype on this brewery might be self imposed as I didn’t find any of the offerings from them to be anything special at all. At least they have a cool logo they can slap over everything.

Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: red-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel and leather

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: An ok leathery brown. Of all Baxter's beers this is the one I am least likely to get again. Not a bad beer, just one that does not distinguish itself from others in the style.

Photo of Fubar1453
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice murky amber with a creamy head, nice retention.

S: Nothing really, some sweetness.

T: Some breadiness and sweetness. Very drinkable, session-able.

M: Just right, not sticky, not watery, no lingering bad taste.

O: A solid amber, a perfect barbecue beer.

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced into a thin layer and left lacing on the glass. A nice amber red like the name with great clarity and plenty of carbonation coming up through all of the glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malts, slight caramel sweetness too.

Taste: toasted bready malts, roasted nuts, a little fruitiness, and slight caramel.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium boadied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and for the most part easy to drink.

Overall: Another nice addition to their family of beers. Wish I tried this back in November on cask, but still happy to have tried it in the can numerous times.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a can is not always easy, so it yields a big frothy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing over slight hazy amber nectar orange-red colored beer.

Nose typical amber/pale, light toasty reddish malts, hint of sweetness and caramel, light floral spicy hops with a hint of earthy herbal character.

Taste is similar, starting with a toasty reddish malt, light bready malts, bit of a light reddish malt syrupy taste with hints of caramel, then light spicy floral hops, a bit earthy and hint herbal, some grassy as well. A light bitterness, mostly clean, with a drier but still slightly sweet finish, clean finish with a bit more bitterness, light syrupy caramel flavors, bit more grassy spicy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice and clean, no off flavors, nice toasty malts blend well with spicy grassy floral hops, nice clean finish, and lingering bitterness. Drinkable as well.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber Road Amber pours a clear amber (more orange than red) into the glass with a moderate, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a creamy sheet on the surface and leaves behind a coating of lace as it descends.

The aroma is malty with a touch of hops mixed in. Caramel malt, toasted malt and bread dominate, but there's a touch of lemon citrus in there as well.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with caramel and toasted malt dominating each sip. Bread and some ripe fruit are also present. It finishes slightly metalic with mild bitterness and some light citrus notes. Once gone the bread and fruit notes linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with lots of flavor. Leans heavy on the malt side, but there's enough hops to prevent this beer from becoming too sweet. A good beer to go with a hearty dinner.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark amber-orange with a big sticky chunky cream-colored head with gobs of sticky lace. Decent retention.

Toasted malt, a little earthy in the nose, bread, and grain.

Malty with firm bitterness. Non-descript bitterness, some slight malt sweetness, good bread crust and brea dough too. A little caramel, but disappears. Beer dries out a bit, and the malt and bitterness linger a bit. Decent, but needs some punch.

Needs a bit more carbonation. Some tingle, but a bit mushy.

Overall, pretty good. Probably will buy more when grill season rolls around.

Photo of dasenebler
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz, canned on 11.8.11.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice off-white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

Aroma is a bit off, with hints of oxidation. Some woody hops.

Flavor is malty and toasty. Firmly bitter with a tea-like character. Notes of caramel, bread crusts, and spicy hops. Oxidation character comes through in the flavor as well-- kind of stale tasting, and a touch metallic. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated.

Shows potential, but not something I'd seek out. Seems every can from Baxter I've drank recently has some off-flavor going on. They'll need to get their act together if they're expecting beer drinkers like me to pay 9-10 bucks per six pack.

Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second offering from Baxter I am trying, love the cans!

A- Poured into a pint glass with a deep amber hue. A nice frothy/creamy off-white head forms to fill up the upper inch of the glass. Good retention and a nice coat of lace.

S- Cereal grain, caramel and fruit (apple, berry) come off in the aroma. Definitely some hops but nothing huge to mention. Kind of reminds me of those strawberry hard candies.

T- Starts off with a general grain, caramel and toasted nut malty profile and some yeast bread notes. Hops lend pine and floral notes. There is also a pretty strong fruit flavor of light fruit like apples and some berries.

MF- Silky smooth lighter-end body with a fairly creamy feel. Leaves the palate just a tad bitter.

A solid, laid-back amber ale. Not flashy and overhopped like some newer examples.

Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly amberish copper with an average sized light tan head that sticks at two-fingers and laces pretty well.

aroma is slightly of piney, citrusy hops but with a lot of caramel and toffee malts behind that. a lot of herbal tea and cracker aromas reminding me of an english style pale ale as well.

herbal hops hit first with caramel and biscuity malts behind that. slightly toasted bread and some peppery spice.

lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

meh... very forgettable. an english-styled pale ale with some added caramel malt flavors. nowhere near as good as their IPA.

Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing along the sides.

Aroma is very malty, to be expected, with the caramel very evident but there is also a nice crisp biscuity note. Also getting some toasted nuts and some earthy hops.

Taste is very crisp with toasted bread, caramel and faint grassy hops. Some fruitiness thrown in as well.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp and leads to an exceptionally drinkable brew. Not the hoppiest or most complex amber but really solid.

Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stemmed glass. Great looking fire engine red color. Huge head forms then fades. The body is almost translucent. Nice stream of carbonation bubbles. Smell had a toasted biscuit aspect to it. Taste showed a nice balance between the fruity hops and the rich malt. Really thought the mouthfeel was the highlight here. Super smooth beer, easy to drink, and the abv was not even noticeable. Drinkability ranks high. This is not an over the top kind of beer, but purely a well built brew and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This new amber brew is a dark...amber...color, perhaps close to a dark iced tea. The head is fair in stature, receding pretty quickly to a dusting of off-white with good lacing in retreat. The aroma offers a simple sort of malt custard deal with hints of molasses and earthy, herbal hop. The flavor comes on with more earthy, woodsy malt and mild hops. It's simple and has a bit of a harsh, leafy edge that makes it an interesting amber but may not appeal to everyone. There's a slight burnt toast quality that can border on ash tray, but for me I'd say it works okay for the style. Most ambers can be boring and this one is better than that to me. It's got a vague hint of citrus, oranges maybe. But mostly I'd use the woodsy, leafy descriptions here. Body is medium with a tingly feel from tiny bubbles that keep it crisp and refreshing. Very little sweetness here. Not something I would want to drink a lot of taste wise but one or two are fine. However, it's well short of my huge praise for their Stowaway IPA.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Baxter can shaped glass - hooray for uber appropriate glassware. Clear orange with an off-white head. There's a lil' stowaway hop leaf (at least I hope that's what it is) floating amongst the foam. Thin, amorphous skim retention.

Aroma is primarily crystal malt sweetness with a bit of chocolate biscotti. Some juicy grapefruit hard candy but certainly not 35 IBUs worth. Tastes like thin, mildly citrus sweetness with reserved hop balance.

A ho hum beer that could have been from any brewery. More Pamola than Stowaway if you know what I mean. Kinda bummed Baxter, my least favorite of your 3 beers.

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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
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