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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 131
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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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
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bennkenn

Maine

5/5  rDev +41.2%

11-21-2011 00:43:12 | More by bennkenn
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

05-20-2013 01:17:17 | More by DrewBest
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

08-07-2013 04:10:35 | More by jwps214
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

11-17-2012 22:53:37 | More by bluesplit63
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

07-11-2012 23:50:15 | More by ILiveOffHops
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audrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

02-18-2012 02:20:02 | More by audrew
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 21:47:18 | More by ppoitras
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - fills the glass with a nice, deep mahogany color. Has some of the same colors as a nice bourbon. A thin white head splashes on top. Clean and clear with solid carbonation.

Aroma - first whiff and I get lots of caramel malt. This is followed by some toffee and hints of cider. Definitely some malt complexities in this one. Ten different malts in one brew is impressive.

Taste - smooth, sweet and crisp. Lots of that caramel maltiness coming out on the tongue as well as raw sugar and candied orange peel. Loving the way this isn't too sweet, it isn't too light and it isn't just another run-of-the-mill amber ale. This one has some character and a very solid flavor. Also, the IBUs may be low at 35 but this has an edge to it, perhaps not a citrusy hoppiness but some bite in the finish.

Overall - definitely a well made amber ale. A great addition to the growing Baxter can family. Amber Road is a very drinkable beer with actual character and not the type of amber ale you hardly notice while you're drinking it. This should appeal to the masses and to those that really, really like beer as well. Well done Baxter!

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 00:34:22 | More by indiapaleale
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cosmicevan

New York

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

thanks gary (BlessedBeBeer) for the final piece in ticking all the beers from this fine ME brewery.

a - opened the can and filled my CBS snifter. beer poured a golden ruby with a generous 3 plus fingers of head...this thing filled the full oversized snifter! head was white and frothy like an ipa, but whiter and left really chunky milkshake like lacing clinging to the glass. looks damn fine for an amber.

s - earthy brown sugar molasses. all malts. some spiciness, but VERY earthy.

t - much like the nose, very earthy. brown sugar molases. some nutmeg and nuttiness.

m - medium bodied and pretty fizzy with a tingle in the finish.

o - overall a pretty solid amber. very easy drinker and a bit sweeter than your typical amber. quite good for the style.

Serving type: can

12-06-2011 02:57:15 | More by cosmicevan
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 16:34:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

12-01-2011 03:25:27 | More by Jason
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hiphopipa

Maine

4/5  rDev +13%

11-17-2011 18:10:31 | More by hiphopipa
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 23:04:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 23:43:43 | More by jlindros
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

10-08-2012 01:39:31 | More by mmmaaattt
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patford100

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

02-24-2014 00:29:21 | More by patford100
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

09-03-2012 23:51:20 | More by jbertsch
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Kered557

Maine

4/5  rDev +13%

12-11-2011 23:23:19 | More by Kered557
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

11-19-2011 12:35:10 | More by ElGallo
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SirHefeweizen

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

08-12-2013 14:53:28 | More by SirHefeweizen
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

07-21-2014 03:10:03 | More by SuperHop18
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illpass78

Maine

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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2014 23:35:34 | More by illpass78
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!!!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a beautiful, deep amber color with a 1/2 inch of offwhite head. Head recedes quickly and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big caramel notes, some citrus hops, and a good deal of breadiness.

T: Taste is a bit of hops in the front but it is overpowered by the strong caramel malt presence. The hops cut the sweetness so that it isn't cloying. Grainy, breadiness comes in through the middle with some toasted notes. Finish has some grassy notes to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick at first with a touch of a sticky, dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, better representation of this style in my opinion. I could definitely sit for a few pints of this!

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 03:40:20 | More by Jayli
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 02:20:29 | More by Fubar1453
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brewerburgundy

California

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.

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 22:44:13 | More by brewerburgundy
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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.