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Amber Ale - Hilliard's Beer

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flagmantho on 11-07-2011)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by magnusdave:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

magnusdave, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours an amber color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is fairly straightforward with a lot of biscuit and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of sweet toffee and caramel, as well as a little bit of bitterness from the grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jmccraney, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Kevlee722, May 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a murky medium dark reddish brown. Massive three finger fine, light brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt, light piney hops. Flavor is dry, lightly toasted biscuit malt, a hint of light fruit and a moderately bitter slightly herbal hop finish. Medium bodied. Understated, but pleasant amber ale.

LiquidAmber, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

can sent by dirtylou from the brewery

a: can into a hilliards can glass, the beer is an unfiltered hazy amber brown in color, capped with a layer of khaki carbonation, average retention

s: nicely malted - toasted sugars, pleasant bready yeast, browned loaves, woody/herbal hops

m: carbonation ranging around the low end of moderate, body around medium

t: amber malt brings early toasty sugars and browned bread, some yeast, mild woody or dried herb hop flavor with a delicate balancing bitterness

o: a tasty amber with a nice range of character, best enjoyed in proximity to a glacier

blackie, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Telestic, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rkcrozier, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

BrewtalHonesty, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of karmachief
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

karmachief, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of hmph
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one I received from Lordkrystic, seriously this box never ends...

Poured from can to pint glass.

A - a very nice orangish brown , I'd hate to call it amber, but its pretty close, a bit on the lighter side though, nice thick head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles

S - very biscuit, toffee , some nut brown ale reminiscent smells, with a grassy lemon/pine hop mingled in

T - Big in the malts, very much like the smell, the sweet biscuit malt comes through with the lemon grass hope bitterness near the middle to end of the taste, it finishes clean with only slight lingering bitterness

O - Not bad at all, its a very clean clear tasting beer with a high drinkability, its slightly more hoppy than most Amber/Red ales but pulls it off very well, If it was available I'd likely keep a few around

hmph, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Zach122, Oct 04, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not to many Amber Ales are this full of taste, at least the ones I have tried anyway. I have tries all of Hilliards beers and this is their best one I think. There is something very High Tech about all their brews though, not your conventional Craft Style beers. These are all very fresh and crisp tasting. I have no way of knowing this but it seems like a group of dudes from Google, Microsoft, and or Amazon got together to start a brewery...you know very techy, kind of sterile or something.

ssteakley, Jan 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Donkster46, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

johnnyboy76, Jul 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

cherche, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky amber-brown hue with a thin but creamy head of ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: dry, biscuity aroma with a little bit of nuttiness and some earthy hops. Decent but not particularly outstanding.

Taste: dry and biscuity, like the aroma, with a decently strong bitterness. The earthy hops work here, and the overall effect is very autumnal. I like it well enough, but it simply doesn't tickle my fancy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with quite a good level of carbonation. Creamy and satisfying!

Overall: this is a middle of the road amber ale with a good autumnal feel to it, but I think it goes a little overboard on the dryness and biscuity flavors for me. Other than that, it's a well-crafted brew.

flagmantho, Nov 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ayatsato, Jul 18, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

chilled 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Common's "the corner" playing in the background.
A: translucent off brown/amber/mahogany with noticeable carbonation. Appears filtered. large bubbles with an off-white head that leaves intermittent lacing, about half an inch head that dissipates quickly probably because i'm drinking it quickly.
S: strong smells of biscuits and oranges and grapefruits. tangelos too. bready and all fruit smells are over-ripe. Not the best nose.
T: Nothing like the smell. Really sweet english tea biscuit overtones with a pale ale strength hop presence that hits in undertones of fruit flavors instead of bitterness. the mid and back pallet are really dry. It tastes more like an alt beer than any amber/red i've had but a hoppy alt.
M: This is why i can't stop drinking it. Wonderful bitter coating with extremely pleasant carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a long bitter finish. medium bodied.
O: I can drink this all year round. I normally dislike ambers because of the annoying inbalance or mediocrity but this is an amber/alt/red/brown/ipa thing/beer that I enjoy. Reminds me of Zoe from Maine Beer Co. although not as hoppy perhaps.
Peace,
Dan

Mages64, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

powdersoldier, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of sam_bliss
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into pint glass

A- Amber colored, reddish dark translucent hue. Big yellowy white head to trap in the volatiles.

S- Some cedar and some toasty bread malts. Not super strong smelling; hope are present in the background.

T- Very typical amber taste. Some bitterness but mostly smoky grain malts and fresh grains. Some "redness" (my palate is not yet refined enough to know what to call these notes.) Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. Less sweet than most brews of this style.

M- Medium carbonation. The malts don't overpower, and definitely don't leave a mark on the mouth. The aftertaste is pleasant.

D- This is an amber that can be downed by the 6-pack, if that's your fancy. I prefer a heavier, fuller tasting amber ale, even if it means I'm only having one.

This beer stays true to the style, but it's somewhat cheaply made. The corners cut in the brewing process show up via the nose and tongue. As someone who prefers ales to lagers, I'd say this is a solid party beer if the need to buy tons of cans arises. I recommend this to accompany a winter vegetarian dinner or something gamey.

sam_bliss, Nov 12, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased for $2.59 at Main Market Co-Op in Spokane. I’ve seen beers from this brewery nowhere else.

Pours a dark, iced tea-like color that takes on a very dark amber shade when held up to light. Big, big, creamy beige head that took it’s time dropping.

The nose is one of mild, biscuity malts and a little bit of earthy grain. There’s also a wee bit of herbal hop scent.

The taste starts out with the mild malts, then there’s a tea-like herbal hop flavor, with a mildly dry fadeout. Not a flavor bomb but decent enough.

Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation, about right for the style.

Not a terribly interesting beer, but not a bad one either. The worst you can say is that it’s a bit bland. I could drink several of these if there was nothing more interesting available.

woemad, Jul 29, 2012
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Amber Ale from Hilliard's Beer
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