Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Amber Road Amber AleAmber Road Amber Ale

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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: 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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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 43
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Durge
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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

A-Pours pumpkin orange. Tan creamy head is tight and small. Head laces quite well. Hazy but transparent.

S-Mellow aroma. Mostly caramel in the nose. I love my Amber Ales hoppy. This one is quite devoid of hops. Sweet, smooth and mellow. Would definitely like to smell more hops here.

T-Grassy and sweet. A bit of hop bitterness. Taste surpasses the aroma in my opinion. Finishes grassy. Good balance. Grassy and floral hops combined with sweet bread. Overall, pretty tasty. Citrus comes into play once the palate becomes accustomed to the flavor.

M-Light bodied with lots of carbonation. A bit slick. Sessionable feel and body. Could even see this being pretty refreshing out of the can.

O/D-Pretty decent beer. Has just enough taste to keep me interested per sip. Their IPA is their best beer so far, but I think this one beats out their Pale Ale. One six-pack at $10 is worth a try but I don't foresee this ever being a regular in my mini-fridge.

Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark amber-orange with a big sticky chunky cream-colored head with gobs of sticky lace. Decent retention.

Toasted malt, a little earthy in the nose, bread, and grain.

Malty with firm bitterness. Non-descript bitterness, some slight malt sweetness, good bread crust and brea dough too. A little caramel, but disappears. Beer dries out a bit, and the malt and bitterness linger a bit. Decent, but needs some punch.

Needs a bit more carbonation. Some tingle, but a bit mushy.

Overall, pretty good. Probably will buy more when grill season rolls around.

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 BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a solid amber color with 2 fingers worth of sticky lace that retains well and leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice caramel maltiness and fruity notes are the things that stand out the most, along with hints of toffee

T: Follows the nose. Mostly some caramel and toffee from the maltiness and then hints of fruits, most noticeably cherry. Some earthiness from the hops also comes through

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink

O: Another good any time beer in a can from Baxter. Not the most flavorful or complex, but gets the job done. If you really like a hoppy amber, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a more malt-forward amber, then look no further

Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
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!

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