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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 10-29-2011)
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Reviews by jlindros:
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.

jlindros, Feb 16, 2012
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 24, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 08, 2011
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

bishopdc0, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +13%

Jason, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

tigg924, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

hiphopipa, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Sinnian
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of DrewBest
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

DrewBest, May 20, 2013
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

brewerburgundy, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 03, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Larrydoherty, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mjstacker, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 09, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Kinsman, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

JKama, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

lzepplin01, Feb 19, 2014
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.

puboflyons, Jul 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

liquorpig, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

nebula1999, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Cheld, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ScaryEd, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

cjs61679, Sep 03, 2013
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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.