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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

43 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 5.59%
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: 134
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of ggilman
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of CA2670
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (817 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a nice amber color with about an inch of rocky beige head. Nice sticky lace.

Caramel malts on the aroma with hints of tropical fruit. Has a little bit of a biscuit aroma in the background. The flavor has a bit of caramel malts with some a little bit of a burnt biscuit flavor. The flavor kind of loses the fruitiness found in the aroma. A nice bitter hop finish here.

Light and crisp on the feel with good carbonation.

Overall this is just going to be another one of my go-to beers. Call me a homer if you'd like, but I think Baxter's doing a damn fine job (601 characters)

Photo of Cadebro
2.81/5  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. (408 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice clear amber color with a half inch white head. This certainly looks like a red ale.

The color has a nice balanced blend of faint hops and some sweet malt. This isn't a very aromatic brew, but it is a decent aroma.

The taste is sweet and malty in the front, with notes toffee. This kind of tastes like a lighter brown ale, and finishes crisp. This is a great tasting fall beer!

The body is light/medium, with sharp and crisp carbonation. This is somewhere between a refreshing chugger and a savory sipper.

Well I can think of a few of my friends I cannot wait to introduce this one to. This is very drinkable. (654 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (1,134 characters)

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