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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Amber Road Amber AleAmber Road Amber Ale

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43 Reviews

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 136
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 20.06%
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 136
Photo of CA2670
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Cadebro
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ggilman
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a DFH snifter.

Nice ruby/auburn hazy body, with cream colored foamy head that settles relatively quick. Sudsy lace. The smell is apple cider and almost vinegary. Clean and soft feeling. Nothing overwhelmingly comes through up front. Refreshing, and pure. A little spicy herbal hop note pokes through, then finishes with a powdery bready malt. Sharp carbonation, with a medium body, and slight metallic aftertaste. Malt coats the palate as it warms. Herbal bitters linger toward the end.

A good amber ale, thirst-quenching, but not my favorite style.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a wine glass.

A: nice brown amber with red orange hues when examined in light. One finger of off white head has good retention and lacing. Looks like a beer worth drinking.

S: mostly malty up front, I get doughy bready scents, caramelly malts, Not really much hop characteristics that I can pick out.

T: also quite malty, get some earthy tones, sweet bread, and it finishes slightly bitter. Not anything to write home about in terms of taste but it's good nonetheless.

M: smooth, good amount of light carbonation, not boozy at all. Medium body.

O: a pretty approachable amber, reminds me a lot of a malty english style ale like Prelude or Sam Adams Winter Lager. A good beer but not my favorite by Baxter. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of pburland23
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.