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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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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: 14 | 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
Reviews by Flounder57:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug the beer was amber colored with a medium-sized tan head.

Very malt-forward. Lots of caramel, some bread. A bit of floral hops.

Caramel taste. Sweet, but not excessively so. Some late grassy hops.

Very pleasant, great malt profile with a nice finishing bite.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my British pint

This is a beautiful beer. Big head dense and creamy . As it disipates the lace clings the the glasses edge. The color is a deep amber mahogony color. Very nice

Lots of grain in the aroma sweetness comes through. Nothing to spectacular but it is an amber afterall .

The taste is sweet at first but quickly becomes nutty with hints of a sweet crystal malts. Full flavored with a decent mouth

Overall a pretty nice amber. I'd choose something else for the $ but a nice amber

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 brewerburgundy
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, and I really appreciate that Baxter is making the effort to provide a canning date, but the dot printing on the bottom makes it hard to interpret. It looks like 10/27, no year.

Quintessential amber color for, who knows, what may become a quintessential canned American amber ale. On top is a nice little creamy head a shade darker than the normal off-white tan. It appears to stick well.

While the nose is pretty calm, there are zings of orange zest and a broad palette of pale malt smells to choose from (grain, bread, biscuit) with a dash of caramel.

The flavors are more lively; orange mixes with more herbal and spicy hops against complex pale malts. Biscuit battles with stolid American 2-row, gloriously grainy. Shots of sweetish caramel candy, but not too much.

Well rounded and satisfying weight with medium carbonation. Rough and supple in turns.

I normally don't take to Ambers that don't try and be an IPA, but this one isn't and I love it. It's the second super good canned Amber that I've found, Coop Ale Works' Native Amber is hoppier. Don't pass this one by.

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

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. Poured from a 12oz. can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger sticky light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark amber, much like their IPA but a touch deeper. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Decent.

Nose is cinnamon sticks and brown sugar sweetness. Simple and moderately aromatic. Nice.

Opens cinnamon and brown sugar sweetness. Some spice notes in the middle with a touch of toffee towards the end. Slight hint of booziness creeps up as this one warms. More sweetness at the finish. Aftertaste of sweet dried tea leaves. Enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Bubbly and light in the mouth and abrasive and crisp going down. Finish is relatively clean with a slight lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

After having this back to back with the Baxter IPA, I'm noticing a trend of dried tea leaf notes in both their offerings. It didn't work with the IPA, but it works nicely here to balance out the big malt presence. Worth trying.

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 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 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 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 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 Casey10
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A above average beer. the beer looks and smeels good kind of a chard taste. It has a nice look a hue red minimal lacing no head.

Overall it is nice little beer nothing exciting.

Overall it is worth trying and if you like amber beers you may like this more than I did.

I will have again but did not blow me away.

Photo of Cadebro
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured amber with two fingers of while head and a decent amount lacing.

S - Hard to get much from this beer, a hint of grain and hops.

T - Mild flavored and mildly hopped. I would imagine out of the can this would taste like and of the Big Three's offerings.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

O - The best thing about this beer was that it was served very cold. I doubt I will buy a can off this.

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.

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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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 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 CA2670
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked great nice amber hue and clarity. Taste was very unremarkable. A bit flat. Like drinking a pale with out sweetness. Smelled of fresh cascade and Amarillo hops. Unfortunately that's were the bright notes ended. Mouthfeel was thin with a slight metalic note to it. Was expecting a really outstanding beer for this breweries third. Much like the x pale they are putting out only with caramel color.

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

Clear, dark amber color. Impressive blankety lace from the small, but lasting head.

Earthy aroma with light floral hop background.

Darker flavors than the color suggests--I like that. There's an alcohol presence that is also unexpected. Good hop spice for balance. The body is approaching chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, amber coloring, with a hefty, big bubbled, off-white head that starts at a strong two inches, but quickly settles into an uneven, chunky half-inch covering. Great cling on the glass. Medium nose of roasted caramel and toffee, with a tangy sweetness to it. Flavors are rich, with a nutty and caramel sweet background. Roasted qualities throughout, with a hops bitter at the end to clean the flavors from the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasty qualities, with the slight linger from the hops. The beer's finish lingers quietly along, with a slight cloying character that survives the hops bitter aftertaste. Tasty little brew, and very sessional.

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 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 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.

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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.