Hello My Name Is Amber - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 01-14-2011

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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by BWED:
Photo of BWED
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft pint.

A- Brownish red, with some good amber highlights. Healthy off-white head. Lots of yeast suspended throughout the body. Lacing is nice.

S- Piney/floral nose, is a bit harsh. Almost, cleaner/solvent like. Just a faint toast.

T- Mild toast with earthy and floral hop tones. The scale tips more to hops, but still decently balanced. Some caramel comes out as well.

M- Pretty clean throughout. Wet finish, but a dull bitterness hangs on to the tip of my tongue.

O- Okay. A few off-characteristics. Aroma and the higher bitterness, mainly, for a standard amber.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something with the pours of these Flat 12 bottles,just gushers.Pours a hazed medium amber with the large gushing slight off white head,a smack of citric hops is very nice with some brown sugar and caramel notes underneath.Love the flavors going on here a big dose citric and herbal hops over top of caramel and toffee maltiness,I even dectect a little nuttiness.Well the pours and feel of their bottled beers leave a little to be desired the flavors of this amber is top notch,the hop and malt profile is top notch.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours full glass of light tan head that last a good bit and settles into a clear amber brown body with a strong carbonation.

S- The lightly toasted dry biscuit malt flavor has just a hint of spice to it in the finish.

T- The biscuit malt has a nice lightly toasted quality to it but it stays dry with a cinnamon quality to the dry green hops in the finish. The hops turn a bit more like green wood as the beer opens up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice full malt flavor that is a bit 1-dimentional but the hops support it nicely. The carbonation is way too big but there was no sign of infection.

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive cloudy amber (not a surprise), with a thick head of off-white bubbles. Substantial 2-3 finger lacing, too. Good.

Nose is rich caramel malts. Sturdy and alluring.

Taste is brisk, with tones of roasty caramel. toasted grains, and a bit of a sharp citrus hops kick near the finish. Quite enjoyable, and a surprisingly tasty amber ale.

Photo of RickS95
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light reddish brown. Not hazy or cloudy, but still slightly translucent. The head is an impressive combination of larger bubbles and foamy, cloudy looking bubbles. Good retention.

There isn't a lot of smell, but what's there is like a roasty charcoal scent. Grainy.

I was expecting something malty, but it's just the opposite. Tastes like a pale ale, or even a black IPA. Has a charcoal taste, some pine and no semblance of maltiness.

For a split second, it's smooth, and then the charred flavors and hoppy bitterness take over and continue well into the finish.

Not all that good, even for a style I don't typically care for. It's not an easy drink. My palate stayed confused even after downing most of the glass. Not something I'll drink again.

Photo of theRooster90
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorously poured from growler into beer glass.

A: Nice amber color with a very nice two finger head.

S: Malt, caramel, a little bit of hops

T: Same as the smell, caramel and malt but has more hop presence than the smell. Very good though.

M: Excellent mouthfeel! Very smooth but still has good carbonation. Chewy aftertaste that lingers and is amazing.

O: Definitely try this beer if you make it to Flat 12!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/amber color with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like toasted and bready malt, caramel, nuts, and some herbal/spicy hops. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but with the addition of some citrusy hops and dark bread flavors. There's also a good amount of hoppy bitterness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has low/moderate carbonation. Also easy to drink. It's one of the better amber ales I've had recently. I wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future. $2.49 a single.

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beer pours a deep amber color. A normal pour produced a ton of tan head.

S - The aroma is sweet caramel malt, and I get a berry scent. There is a little floral hop aroma, and a tea-like smell.

T - It has a floral tea taste to it. At first I got some bitterness.

M - Moderate

O - This was a random pick up in Indiana. I had little expectation. It had a little more going for it than I anticipated, but I wouldn't buy it again mostly because of the millions and millions of beers that I have yet to try.

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-When opened it was a gusher. Translucent deep amber one finger off white head.

S-Caramel and toffee, some earthy malts. Not much of a hop presence.

T-Good deal of malt, caramel and toffee dominate, tad bit of earthy notes with slight bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O-A decent Amber, the style is relatively boring and this a slightly above average version of the style.

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color more on the reddish side. Head is rocky tan colored that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is toasted malts some good caramel notes with some over ripe fruit notes. Light hops citrus mostly tangerine like but malt defiantly dominates.

Taste is big on malts caramel/ toasted malts with good over ripe fruit notes. Finish is lingering toasted malt with a descent hop finish stronger then the nose, grapefruit rind and pine needle sprinkles.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with lightly peppy carbonation. Fits amber ale nicely.

Overall pretty good amber ale.

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was bottled for the first time a couple weeks ago. Flat 12's Amber pours a medium bodied dark ruby red in color with little carbonation and no true head. It smells like an amber. There is a touch of sweet malt and a slight hop bitterness in the nose. It plays the part. The flavors are very approachable and on par for the style. There is slightly sweet amber malt with a touch of hoppy bitterness. As with all ambers it isn't overly complex but for an amber, this one is pretty good and very sessionable and easy to drink. If you like the style this beer will be right up your alley. It's an upgrade over Bells, Flying Dog, and Fat Tire.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flat 12 just started bottling – excellent! It’s always good to see growth in the craft beer market.

A: Yep, that’s amber! And up above that reddish body is a familiar micro-bubbled head; the texture almost a trademark for nanobreweries. A touch of foaminess before it settles into a creamy, pillowy film of retention. Some stringy lacing here and there is the only thing that’s keeping it above-average.

S: A smoothly-sweet nose, leading with potent butterscotch and caramel. There’s traces of fruit, as well, consisting of a really nice mango and berry undertone backed up by subtler banana peel and pear scents. Hops are fruity, but hard to really put a finger on (they’re quite mild). An intriguing nose for a style is fairly straightforward, most of the time.

T: The palate, though, is pretty by-the-book: mild hop intensity nestled into a toasted malt backbone. That being said, it is done well. Malts meld tastes of slightly-toasted grains, pumpernickel, and caramel chews into a mouth-coating layer of husky thickness. Hops lay on top of that with resinous acidity, tastes of lemon rind and pine at the fore. Balance is unconventional: it’s almost like the tastes are layered instead of blended together, likely because the malt is a bit sweeter than normal and hops a touch more bitter. Dry malts in the finish, leaving buttery sweets to hang around with a fleeting touch of pepper.

M: The body on this amber is quite full-bodied for the style. The chewiness in definitely not a bad thing; the texture adds a bit of character to the brew.

O: When you hear that a local brewery is bottling an amber, everything screams “run-of-the-mill;” I’m sure that coming out with a deliberately inoffensive beer is something of a business strategy for new brewers, but it makes it tough for beer geeks to get excited. This beer – though in an inoffensive style – did not do that. After having a bottle of this, I could definitely see myself going back and grabbing a six-pack – it’s tasty, sessionable brew.

Photo of Jonoesh5
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Tan colored head, good lacing, and a deep amber body made for an aesthetically pleasing beer. However, the clean, hoppy notes overpowered the carmel maltiness in their battle for taste bud real estate. "Hello, my name is nothing worth remembering."

Photo of donmonkey1
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very Copper, Too small of a white head, dissipates way too quickly, no lacing.

A hint of hops but I can't figure out what it smells like. Perhaps a touch piney.

Taste: Mellow piney. A real letdown.

mouthfeel: watery, boring

Overall: A generally piney concoction, better than average, but still disappointing.

Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed at the brewery about a week ago.

poured cold from the growler a dark mahogany brown with amber highlights to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a two finger off white head with lace to the rim.

great big piny hops aroma, big, though pleasant, surprise for the style - hints of caramel and toffee in the wayback.

big hops forward up against a nice malty, caramel malt. it's not what you'd call balanced, but instead you're looking at two competing flavors simultaneously. very unusual, but in a good way. this one will appeal to hopheads as well as guys that lean toward a more traditional amber.

smooth, creamy, big bodied - bigger bodied than most ambers, big bitter forward, followed by milder bitter and slightly sweet.

drinkable - absolutely, especially at 5.8.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Well thank you Amber, it's a pleasure to meet you. My name is Kevin. May I say, you taste marvelous tonight!"

Upon her pour, Amber gets deeper and deeper as I dip into her bottle. But her anti-feminine darkness is deep with ruby-amber at first but gets darker as the last of the bottle decants and brings with it a verbose sediment character. Her rocky head structure is sand-stained in its slight tan hue. But strong retention and clumped lace seems more of Belgian-esque territories than it does American Ambers.

Heavily toasted, the grain character of Amber shines with a "sun kissed" character of medium toast, pumpernickle and burnt sugars. Dryly scented, hop components soon abound- Grapefruit peels and pine needles round out the scent in a balance that favors the hops ever so slightly.

Its light and toasty taste is grainy, sweet, and caramelized as the dry graham cracker early taste morphs into dry molasses, buckwheat, and medium toasted bread. A high grain taste favors wood spice, broad bitterness, and citrusy influence from American hops. Bitter to finish, the ale is crisp and quick with its aftertaste, with a late peppery bite.

Light bodied and somewhat grainy in feel- the beer is airy and spicy in texture before diving into quick toasty mouthfeel that picks at the tongue before fading into peppery bite and mild hop and grain astringency.

Amber is an inquisitive bitch as she puts on the appearance of femininity and grace, but then probes at you with a spicy and dry prickle that nags at the mouth with an unforgiving brashness. I lover her and hate her in the same breath.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at the pint room. Pretty average. Color is more brown than I'd like. Flavor has slight molasses taste, but a little weak. Not much nose to match. Strong carbonation and harsh mouthfeel for the genre. Eh.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a deep hazy brown. Head is thick and yellow-tan, dissipates very slowly.

Smells of biscuit malts, walnuts, and dry bitter hops.

Tastes of biscuit malt with a hint of grape sweetness over pecan and walnut with a flavorless bitter hop finish.

Medium body with soft tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice solid ale with some good flavor and body, drinks pretty easy and is worth trying.

Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly sudsy head. Citrus hop aroma blends with sweet malt to become reminiscent of soap. Stunning ruby red. Starts with an intense hop bitterness which becomes grapefruit, then pine. A flash of sweet malt. Finish is mostly lingering hop.

This is a bit too bitter for my tastes, but the malt is surprisingly robust through such an intense bitterness. Not too bad. I think if they used a more aromatic, delicious hop over this intensely pine/bitter one, I'd dig it a lot more.

Photo of Lukafer
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker than normal amber, with little white head. Smells a little sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet at the front, not much else and then a nice hop finish. The finish is hoppy, not too much but it's a nice bittering, a pleasant surprise for an amber. Mouthfeel is good, good amount of carb., and drinkability is pretty high. I normally don't like ambers, but I could definitely drink this one often.

Photo of Brettster
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a Broad Ripple bar. Served a bit darker amber color with a one and a half finger off white head. Had a slightly sweet smell with a slight hint of hop. I found this to be a great rendition of an American Amber. Great hop flavor in the backend. Lots of maltiness throughout, just what I want in an amber. Very drinkable.

Photo of mattsdenney
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, cloudy amber red in color. Thick frothy head. Looks pretty sturdy for an amber ale. Smells sweet and malty, dark cherry, dried fruits, toasted wheat bread. The taste mirrors the scent except that it finishes with a great hop bite. Really nice blend of malt, grain and hops. Really well balanced and excellent flavor. Mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a thin, soft finish. Overall a really great tasting amber ale, very drinkable and fulfills the need for hoppy bitterness too.

Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: rather flat reddish, brown with no head or lacing. The hue was quite attractive with golden highlights -much like a glass of tea.

By the aroma, one would expect a malt driven ale as the syrupy malts are quite prevalent, yet there are hints of piney hops coming through.

I was far off the mark - this is a rather aggresively hopped and pleasantly bitter amber. The hoppiness gives way to a pleasant, buttery malt flavor that teases the lips for several seconds.

The ale has a solid, medium body with a somewhat thick mouthfeel with restrained carbonation. The ale leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate that can be close to harsh if not tempered by the sweet malt.

It is always good to try a brewery from my state and this one does not disappoint. It is slight more hoppy than I prefer for an amber, but it is refreshing and very good all the same.

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red color with a really attractive head. Nose is cookie, caramel, and grain malts with a little bit of hops. Taste starts off with a lot of malts - a combination of caramel and cookie with a touch of toasted malts. Ends with some bitter pine and citrus hops. Not assertively hoppy, but the hops aren't subtle either. Pretty well balanced. Overall, solid amber ale, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An American amber ale newly available from Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis.

This amber has a slightly darker than average color with more of an auburn hue. It's pretty clear with a golden foam. Not a ton of lacing.

Smell is of sweet caramel malt, a little fruity and noticeably hoppy. The hops seem a bit more earthy and piney than citrus or floral types. The flavor is similar, with a sweet, malty opening followed by more complexity in the darker malt and then followed with the earthy hops. The finish is fairly dry with a good amount of hoppiness. I'd say it perhaps was dry-hopped a bit much.

Mouthfeel was good with moderate carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability was pretty good as it's pretty balanced, full of flavor and a bit complex. The finish was the only thing that took a touch away for me.

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