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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: 12 | 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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Photo of CA2670
2.42/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

CA2670, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jhb138
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

jhb138, Feb 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Larrydoherty, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Mainelyhops
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Mainelyhops, May 24, 2014
Photo of Wizzman
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Wizzman, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Cadebro
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Cadebro, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

dasenebler, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of liquorpig
3/5  rDev -15.3%

liquorpig, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3/5  rDev -15.3%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

WeldBeerMan, Aug 29, 2012
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.

donkeyrunner, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

discharmingly, Nov 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Sspeer1, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

s35keith, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Buddance
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Buddance, Jun 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

funkel81, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
3/5  rDev -15.3%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Tidesox28
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Tidesox28, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Apathetiq
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Apathetiq, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -15.3%

rderedin, Apr 08, 2012
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
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
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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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.