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Stanley Park 1897 Amber - Stanley Park Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stanley Park Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1897 Amber is a naturally crafted, unpasteurized, Belgian style amber. Our hand selected Belgian Amber, French and Canadian malts are brewed with the finest English and European characteristic hops to produce a beer of nuance. The mellow toasted malt and even body is perfectly balanced with a soft bitterness and mild hop aroma.The resulting light bodied beer has a subtle flavour complexity and an exceptionally clean finish.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 01-11-2010)
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3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Color on the light side of amber-brown, somewhere between bronze and gold with a quick-breaking whitish head that condenses down into around a half-inch of more persistent bubbles. Aroma begins with a surprisingly bright English-type hop note that rapidly gives way to a honeyed caramel sweetness. Palate features more of the same, honey, caramels, and a little toasted grain. Quite fizzy, moderate body and finishes with more "old world" hops, somewhat fruity and tannic and perhaps oxidized. Not a particularly complex or otherwise inspiring brew, but drinkable, sweet, and with some decent hop flavor. Almost devoid of true Belgian yeast character.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 20oz pint from a nice downtown Kelowna pub, of which there seems to be more than a few.

This beer appears a crystal clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, moderately foamy, and soapy off-white head, which renders some rings of thinly layered lace around the glass as it promptly falls away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, semi-sweet pastry dough, sour, indistinct orchard fruit, citrusy honey, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is fairly sweet bready caramel malt, sourdough, corn mash, a touch of banal yeast, field honey, and more middling earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, as barely a modest frothiness arises throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with just a wee underlying tackiness nipping at its heels. It finishes well off-dry, the heady caramel malt kind of pushing everything else out of the way, sumo-wrestler style.

A so-so amber ale - better than average for around here, that much is certain, but the stupid marketing claims of Belgian brewing tradition ring hollow to me when, one - nothing 'Belgian' really appears in the beer, and two - you also name your beer after the most notable landmark in all of Vancouver. These two things just don't really go together, and unfortunately, given an otherwise unmemorable brew, that is what resonates with me.

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3.24/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden amber, 2 finger head dissipated to a consistent cover
S - toasted bread and fresh cut grass
T - some bready malt and grassy hops, some metallic, but a little bland
M - pretty thin with a light dry and metallic feel
D - some flavour but generally bland, a very average beer

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- This pours a very clear, orange-y hued color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head is actually quite pleasant to see, with plenty of soap like fluffiness showing upon the pour and the retention is rather impressive. Unfortunately, the lacing does not accompany the foamy head, as nothing really likes to stick to my glass as I drink this down.

S- Sweet malt dominates, with reminders of toffee and/or caramel. This beer even carries aromas similar to a honey brown ale, and also some slight fruitiness....bananas come to mind. It has an overall cleanliness about it, as there doesn't seem to be any strong aromas in general.

T- Overall, the flavors are weak, but it doesn't taste bad. This is malty sweet, with honeyed notes, and some fruit....perhaps some banana and apple qualities. The main setback with this one is the aftertaste...there is mild bitterness, which would be nice if this was slightly stronger, but it actually has some metallic astringency to it that cheapens the product.

M- Reasonably thin mouthfeel and the carbonation is actually quite smooth, as opposed to what I thought it would be like. It is sweeter and dessert like....not exactly thirst quenching but it isn't cloying either.

O- I enjoy this on tap better...I don't mind it bottled but I don't find it as full and characteristic of what I've come to expect. I would drink this again, yet I probably wont go out of my way to purchase it again in a sixer....with this all said though, this is a better than average brew and is most definitely a step up from basic lagers and is suitable for those that like the honey browns....I don't find this to be among the worlds most complex Belgian Amber beers, as is proudly on the neck label....good for the price though.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable amber ale. Dark copper in the glass with good foamy head. Scents of citrus and some honey notes. Very smooth and good mouthfeel with a very solid finish. A good representation of an amble ale even though my experience is limited. Will purchase again.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Tford
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a dark amber colour; it is very opaque compared to other beers of the type.

S: It smells most prominently of toffee and fruits, but hops are also noticeable

T: Initially it tastes of toffee and weak fruits, then the hops and malts of the ale take over to give it a nice bitter aftertaste.

M: This has a medium body with medium carbonation; it is smooth and quite dry.

O: This is pretty good, definitely the best out of Hell’s Gate. It has a nice balance between the traditional flavours (hops and malts) with non-traditional (toffee and fruits).

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears to have gone under a number of different alias' (incl. Hell Gate Brewery, Turning Point Brewery and now Stanley Park Brewery). It seems the latest re-branding is one that promotes the 'sustainability' of the brewery by using wind power generation to power their production process. I'm not overly concerned with how they brew their beer, what I am concerned with is how it tastes!

A - Pours a nice golden amber colour, finger of head with mild retention settling to small islands and leaving some sporatic lacing.

S - Corny breaded malt scent, mild caramel and some light leafy green hops. Bit of a sour lemon pepper scent on the finish as well.

T - Flavours are fairly mild with leafy greens, sweet corn, caramel and breaded malts on the finish. A bitter dry bread malt lingers on the tongue.

M - Nothing wrong in this department, medium bodied with a full carbonation feel on the tongue. Goes down smooth and leaves a slightly dry feel on the finish.

D - Overall a tasty amber with a nice balance of malts and hops. I've had some more flavourful amber offerings, but this one is worthy.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden copper, slight cloudiness, nice creamy head.

Smell- Biscuity with a hint of citrus.

Taste- Light flavours of wheat and honey. Slight bitterness at the end but doesn't leave a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body feel. A nice, smooth ale that has easy drinkability.

Overall- A nice amber ale. Flavours balance well and isn't too heavy. A good beer to enjoy with a meal or relaxing with friends. Hope to see more varieties from this brewing company.

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Stanley Park 1897 Amber from Stanley Park Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.