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Amber Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-27-2002

Our flagship Teton Ale is a full bodied, American-style amber with a rich copper color which comes from the roasted Crystal and Munich malts. We use Cascade and Galena hops to achieve the unique, fresh flavor and robust finish that is long and complex on the palate.

31 IBU
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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paired this with a seared venison steak at Cafe Genevieve in Jackson, WY last night. Bottle dated 04-25-11. Following review composed from notes.

Poured into a slender, 12oz. water glass.

Appearance: Deep amber body shows very poor clarity; it's downright cloudy. A fluffy, khaki-colored head formed atop following the pour, but then receded to a loose crown. Web-like lacing trails the beer down the glass.

Smell: Toasted wholegrain bread, caramel, nuts, and sweet, leafy hops. Pretty straightforward.

Taste: Wholegrain bread crust, toffee, caramel, pine, and earth. Robust flavors snowball into an aggressively bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit fuller than your average red/amber ale, and also more prickly. Moderate carbonation. Toasted grain and earthy bitterness cling to the palate deep into the aftertaste.

Overall: Teton Ale reminds me of Red Tail Ale, but with a bit less hop presence in the nose. Bold and robust, but the flavor components didn't meld all that well. Not bad overall, but I probably won't purchase this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in April shipment of my Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark, semi-hazy reddish amber with decent head.

Smell: Sweet floral malts with citrus hop tinge.

Taste: Semi-sweet malts upfront, turning more toward citrus hops in the middle, and finishing with a touch of bitterness. The bitterness seems almost more English than American.

Feel: Somewhat high carbonation, medium body, surprisingly dry finish considering the upfront sweetness.

Drinkability: Much more interesting than the average amber (probably due to the dryness), and ultimately very drinkable. Pleasantly surprised by this.

After my second bottle, I feel this is almost a cross between an American Amber and an English Bitter.

Photo of moundbz
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Real earthy, all smell, avg. tastes old

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton- Teton Ale

A- Amber red with a big fluffy head and solid messy lacing.
S- Very grainy with sugary hints of fruit (grape/ cherry)
T- Solid grain malt with a sweet sugary fruitiness. Grape/ cherry flavors with a touch of molasses.
M- Very grainy and very sweet. Finishes of thick and fruity.

Overall- Quite fruity for an Amber!?

Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a cloud, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is fresh milled grain and orange.
The taste is mild malt sweetness with a touch of lemon bitterness. There's a husky grain flavor to it. A rawness, with is nice.
The texture is crisp with a bit of softness. Moderate carbonation with a medium body.

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I never reviewed this...

Pours a semi-hazed chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Very bready, toffee & some leafy hops

T: Bready, flinty dryness, slightly fruitty & piney hops, finally show up to balance up front. Toffee, leafy hops, plums & a touch of rough grainyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with leafy hops & yellow raisins ( or whatever they call them )

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks good, but nothing special here, a fair amber. I've had this before & remember it being hoppier; may have to revisit this one

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A slight haze fuzzies the amber-tangerine color. The bottle almost fizzed over upon opening but the strong carbonation didn't end up helping the mediocre head retention. The one-and-a-half finger cream head dropped to a layer but left good lace in a collar.

S - Hops and amber malts blend well to deliver a surprisingly enticing and crisp first whiff. A drop of lemon citrus, presumably from the hops, zests it up while floral notes make it lively. The amber malts are slightly toasted and caramelized and ground the aroma nicely.

T - Amber malts in this provide a toasty caramel flavor that balances well with the large hop bouquet here. Lots of floral flavors with the citrus drop too. Flavorful hop finish with out the bitterness.

M - For the presumable amount of carbonation in this it felt slightly flat. Medium-bodied with a moderate dry finish. No bitterness but a long-lasting flavor.

D - A surprising amber! I could session this beer just fine. It's a pretty solid drinker I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a coworker.. mine from a shaker pint.. still bitching about work and listening to Sasha and Digweed.

Nice lite tan head and lacing that leaves rings for the entire glass... brown/amber brew.. nice red highlites... looks very nice.

toasted malts and lite fruity yeast is at the front of the bus... PNW hops are mingling well... Aroma is better than my memories. Chocolate malts are again coming to mind.

Flavor is fresh... fresh fresh... I love new beers and wish there were more good breweries in my area. Toasted/munich style malts are prevelant and wash my tongue.. mid palate a little yeast fruitiness with earthy hops... reminds me of how garden good garden soils smells ... nice body and cleansing carbonation.

I am close to ending my amber flight .. and I sorta saved this one towards the end, because I remember it waaay worse than it actually is. Tonight, this is a very nice brew and a very enjoyable bottle... I guess the memories are subjective... A good amber that is making me rethink my prejudices.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reddish tinted amber taking front stage. Good bit of carbonation could be seen streaming skyward throughout the session and a very nice two inch head of white graced the top. Easy receding left behind about a half inch of white that just nestled its way down to the surface.

The aroma was loaded down with hops as one would expect. Rich notes of citrus, orange and tangerine mostly were by far the dominant notes on this one. Some light biscuit in the middle and a very grainy presence persisted well into it. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of orange, tangerine, and nice touches of all over this thing. Nice bready middle to the profile and a long, drawn out bitter finish capped it off quite well

Overall I thought this was a very nice hoppy red ale

Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a translucent deep burnished copper color with a mountainous head, creamy smooth in its texture, the lace magnificent sticky sheets that plaster them selves to the glass. Nose is mostly malt, but some ripe fruit and light caramel tones seep through. The opening taste is malt, the top light as a feather, the finish is bitingly acidic, the hops sparse, the aftertaste dry. As I expected, very “thin-waisted”, and lacking in substance that I personally require to consider a beer anything other than “Ordinary”.

Photo of mjbrewboy
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the GABF. A tasty brew with more hop character than a traditional amber beer. Some malt backbone but not enough for a beer that is called an amber. It seemed a little light as if it might be watered down a bit. Based on the color, aroma and taste I think this is more of a pale ale than an amber. A nice beer but not what I was expecting based on the label.

Photo of CHickman
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in the Beer of the Month Club. Poured an reddish amber color with a small creamy tan head; decent lacing.

Smells of floral hops, bread, lemon zest, sweet malt and fruity like apple and pear; pretty nice nose.

Tastes sweet and malty with hoppy spice notes mixed with lemon, floral hops, light caramel, pear or dark fruits like plum; the malt sweetness dominates and there's a citrus end as each sip has a little pucker. Good beer overall that was light and easy to drink. The only knock was the syrup taste at the end which was a tad too sweet for me.

Medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel that borders on watery; finish is on the dry side.

It was a good beer overall, but not a great beer; I'd have it again.

Photo of marc77
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper hue, covered by a persistent off white head that slowly settles into a thin lacy layer. Medium caramel sweetness and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a combination of earthy and citrusy hops secondary. Unexpected, unique, mild strawberry like fruitiness adds some complexity aromawise. Flavorwise, initial malt sweetness is offset by light, clean hop bitterness. Unfortunately a slightly astringent grainy, husky bitterness is discernible. All around, malt sweetness dominates in a somewhat one dimensional caramel malt derived fashion. Earthy hop flavor, without the trace of citrus as expected from the aroma. Moderately bodied, with an agreeable, dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes relatively clean w/ fading bready sweetness. Teton Ale has above average character for style. A bit too heavy on the grainy notes, but enjoyable nonetheless. Its main strength lies in its drinkability. Quaffable.

Photo of JNeider
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only thing that made this beer really awesome was drinking it while watching Old Faithful go off in Yellowstone!

A: Stereotypical amber color, pretty clear to

S: Decent notes of caramel and a hint of oats though there really wasn't much for odor

T: Solid caramel and hints of grain in there. No detectable hops really. Very average.

M: Rather thin but finished very smooth after a swish or two

D: Very drinkable as this was a rather light amber that was just that...light in most categories. Very average overall

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a dark amber color, a bit hazy, with a decent head.

Smell - It is a caramel malt smell to it, with a slight alcohol burn.

Taste - It is has a decent hoppy bitterness to it, as well as a bit sweet from the malts.

Mouthfeel - It is a good-bodied beer.

Overall - It is a decent beer.

Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club. No drink by date.

Poured into a small pint glass.

Clear, garnet color. Off white head that stays a little bit.

Smells like almonds.

Sweet, marshmallow like malt flavor. Very little hop flavor.

Medium body.

Good representation of the style. Unfortunately, I have never been a fan of this style myself but found this to be a pleasant drinking beer nonetheless. Tasted good with some Thai chicken.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/23/07:

Pours deep mahogany with amber and ruby hues. A thin tan head leaves some thin, broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel with some earhiness/nuttiness and hints of citrus in the background.

The taste is of sweet caramel, light toast and a nutty/earthy/citric balance. Fresh toffee with a touch of citrus lingers into the aftertaste. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

Medium bodied and smooth, it has a mild carbonation level.

This is a tasty interpretation of the style. Caramel/toffee supported by subtle complexities. Enjoyable and recommended.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to Idaho!

Photo of neonbrown82
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a rather odd beer. I would have confused it for a fruit / vegetable beer any day.

The appearance is a deep mahogany amber color with a thin creamy off-white head. The beer has a bit of a carbonation to it, but it still looks like some sort of V8 mixed fruit / veggie drink.

The smell only makes me think more of a fruit / veggie beer. Smells like pureed veggies, perhaps carrots and tomatoes, as well as some fruits and berries. Has a subtle bit of yeast and malt profile hidden under the odd fruitiness.

The taste has the same odd flavor profile to it. Is there buckwheat in this, maybe? Or DMS? This is very odd, and not the most pleasant drinking experience ever. The odd fruitiness comes out ahead, followed by a decent lightly roasted maltiness which is quickly washed out by the buckwheat oddity in the finish. Dry with very little hoppy bitterness to be spoken of (some hops might help make this a bit more tolerable). Too weird for me. Not recommended.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy orange/copper color. A thick, frothy cream colored head settles slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is pine, bitter hops up front. A hint of malt sweetness in there.

The taste is more balanced than the aroma, starting with sweeter malts up front. Caramel sweetness, buttery, biscuit notes everywhere. The back end is dominated with hops and lemon.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad carbonated.

Overall, a more hoppy amber ale, in my opinion, but still has a lot of great amber qualities. It's a good session beer, save the carbonation and abundance of hops?

Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a low tan head and low carbonation but spotty lace. Light husky malt aroma. Light toasty and spicy malt flavor with nice balance. Light-medium bodied and easy drinking.

Definitely an amber ale as the label states but not what I'd really call and American Amber - certainly not hoppy enough.

Per label: Jackson Hole's Original Amber

Photo of shadow1961
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Amber Ale pours two fingers of rocky beige foam
over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is slow and unsteady,
and the nose is a little funky yeast, malt, and herbal hop aromas.
The flavor is nutty, toasty malt with notes of something- vanilla maybe-
backed up against that herbal, grassy hop, which dries out the bit of malty
sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and dry. There's a bit of grain
and herb in the aftertaste as well. A good solid session brew- decent
aromatics, a bit of complexity, yet still fairly light.

Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hardly any head, some carbonation and a nice deep reddish amber color. Thin bodied. There is some maltiness at first but the finish is on the hoppy side. The Fat Tire Amber Ale is much better. Can anyone verify that the ABV is only 3.2%??

Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Teton poured a clear copper/red with a good size bubbly tan head.

The first note that hit the nose was surprisingly hoppy, a citrus/piney blend. Through the hops become the expected malty caramal notes meddled with spice, raisins, and and some sweeter bread notes.

Taste was roastier and more astringent than I had expected. There was a fruity sourness countered with biscuity malts. Raisins and some roasted bitterness in the finish.

The body was medium, and the carbonation seemed mild. It was slick in the mouth and dryish in the finish.

I liked this one, but it wasn't perfect. I liked the added hops, yet the taste didn't quite live up to the nose, and it seemed quite acidic for an amber, which kept me from loving it.

Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a quickly fading short head with some lace. sweet sugary caramel aromas along with some fruity and spice notes. big malt taste with a smooth sweet caramel up front with a spicy slightly bitter finish. smooth medium body mouthfeel and carbonation is good. drinkability very good but a tad on the sweet side.

Photo of Brisket
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

A- Great amber color, slightly hazy with two fingers of head. Moderate lacing.

S- Fresh caramel malt and caramel sweetness. Little to no hop.

T- Caramel and lightly roasted malts and weak nuttiness. Watery finish.

M- Light bodied, a watery finish

O- Just OK. Probably wouldn't get again.

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Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.