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Amber Road Amber Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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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abrodsky

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-02-2012 22:56:06 | More by abrodsky
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Pamola

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-02-2012 19:01:41 | More by Pamola
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-02-2012 04:07:09 | More by HEADYdb
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-18-2012 02:51:48 | More by AJD1201
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-23-2012 15:44:31 | More by grannaniwa
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 23:03:50 | More by pburland23
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-08-2012 02:20:48 | More by rderedin
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper colored body with a two finger off-white lumpy head, it leaves a spiderweb work of lacing

S: malts and hops. Some slight notices of caramel and roasted accents become present as the beer warms

T: sweetly baalanced between the malts and the hops. Some of the roasted notes come out but are pretty subdued in the taste

M: medium, slightly sessionable, smooth creaminess coating the mouth and tongue, carbonation not felt

O: I did like this and would have it again.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 19:11:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-01-2012 01:47:18 | More by PEIhop
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guezarka

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-24-2012 04:07:45 | More by guezarka
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 13:34:44 | More by Kegatron
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 19:03:37 | More by tigg924
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LostTraveler

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-20-2012 06:44:13 | More by LostTraveler
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice murky amber with a creamy head, nice retention.

S: Nothing really, some sweetness.

T: Some breadiness and sweetness. Very drinkable, session-able.

M: Just right, not sticky, not watery, no lingering bad taste.

O: A solid amber, a perfect barbecue beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 02:20:29 | More by Fubar1453
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 07:28:03 | More by Flounder57
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audrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

02-18-2012 02:20:02 | More by audrew
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 23:43:43 | More by jlindros
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 22:31:59 | More by WanderingFool
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 00:41:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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jhb138

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

02-08-2012 14:40:06 | More by jhb138
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dasenebler

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 22:45:46 | More by dasenebler
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-31-2012 17:22:33 | More by Wisconsinality
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2012 04:20:00 | More by cbutova
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-31-2012 01:57:48 | More by DrinkingDrake
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 01:06:15 | More by silentjay
Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
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