Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
01-29-2012 01:06:15 | More by silentjay
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-19-2012 02:51:53 | More by gford217
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-14-2012 05:34:50 | More by morebeergood
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-13-2012 04:44:40 | More by Durge
3/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
01-11-2012 01:23:52 | More by donkeyrunner
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-01-2012 19:54:44 | More by VelvetExtract
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-30-2011 23:52:55 | More by beerbiatchMD
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-23-2011 22:44:13 | More by brewerburgundy
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-21-2011 02:30:04 | More by ggilman
2.42/5 rDev -31.6%
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.
12-19-2011 19:10:02 | More by CA2670
4/5 rDev +13%
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.
12-18-2011 23:04:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +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.
12-11-2011 01:00:30 | More by smcolw
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
12-06-2011 02:57:15 | More by cosmicevan
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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
12-01-2011 01:06:01 | More by bishopdc0
3.93/5 rDev +11%
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!
11-21-2011 03:40:20 | More by Jayli
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-20-2011 00:12:56 | More by GarthDanielson
Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
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