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Amber Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 161
Photo of LarryKemp
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber with a think off white head. The lace lingered on the glass for a long time. The hops were dominate in the aroma at first but as the beer began to warm the malts came out to play with my nose. The chocolate malt flavor realy surprised me. This chocolate flavor dominated the tastebuds at first but the hops finished tingling the tongue. The bitterness remained long after swallowing the beer. The mouthfeel was silky and fairly carbonated well beyond what you normally find in a red ale. This is a VERY drinkable beer. I do not like to give many beers a 4.0 or better but could not find anything to fault this beer in any regard below a 4.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: less than 1" cream colored head recedes slowly, very light lacing. Color is a very cloudy amber with much sediment in suspension. Some carbonation bubbles present.
Aroma: whole wheat bread dough, hop spice and some caramel.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with a dry finish.
Flavor: chewy whole wheat bread, caramel, raisins, spicy hops with a slight alcohol presence in the finish.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given as a sample from the sales rep. 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is decent, but carbonation is a bit light.

S: Nose consists of caramel, some dried fruit, and bread. Hops lend a citrusy, grassy note on the end.

T: Taste consists of biscuity malt and caramel, with some fruity notes. The finish is hoppy, with a nice crisp citrus and floral character.

M: This beer is a tad bit thin for the style, but the flavor makes up for it. It's smooth and quite clean.

D: Overall, this beer is worth a try. Refreshing and tasty, it's a solid effort.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fluid oz. bottle with no best before date. A dense 1/2" thick head forms on the top after pouring. The beer is amber to red in color. Malty odor. Caramel and sweet on the intial sip finishing with bitter hops. Halfway through the glass the hops starts to take over. True to the amber ale style. It doesn't concern taste but this is one my favorite beer labels - a nice representation of the Tetons with a pink and purple sky above.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Purplish-amber hue with a medium-tan colored head that's fizzy and somewhat thin.

S - Nice malty aroma with an accent of brown sugar.

T - It offers a variety of hop flavors throughout. None of which are too bitter or overwhelmingly pungent. The malt taste offers a good base for a solid tasting brew.

M - At first I thought it was a little watered down but after getting a grasp of the flavors I think the mild texture works well.

~ All in all I like this beer. My thanks to WJVII for his gracious gift.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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?

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Photo of ybnorml
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orangy copper colored beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head with a little bit of lace. There is a nice citrusy hop note up front along with a piney hop character. Followed by a smooth caramel malt in the background. The piney hop character dominates the flavor pushing the citrusy hop note to the background. A light malt note in the middle. With a tea like finish.
Thanks Wasatch

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Photo of yuenglings
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice amber color with a good head that also has a ambr color to it along with good laceing.

S: Has a plesently sweet floral smell to it with a hint of at citrus the end.

T: Starts off with the sweetness and ends with some citrusyness
M: Very smooth and creamy and it leaves your mouth feeling dry.

D: Easly sucked down the 3 i got in my beer of the month case left me lookin for more would for sure buy a case of this if i can find it around where i live.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of the November MicroBeerClub shipment received in late November.

Beer poured a reddish dark amber with a head that is maintaining very well. Nose is malty and perfumed with a hint of citrus. Taste is very malty with a hint of nuts and finishes with a slight dry hop. Mouthfeel is OK but could be a little heavier. Drinkability is good. This is a nice red/amber cross and is recommended to fans of both styles.

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Photo of WJVII
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a hazy reddish brown color. The head was 1/2 in with an aggressive pour, but did not last long and had poor lacing. The aroma was sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. There seemed to be a nice floral sweetness from the hops as well. The taste was well balanced, a little light in the body and carbonation did not carry the flavor well, but smooth and had a nice aftertaste. It was sweet as the smell previewed with some slight roast and mild caramel in the finish. This was a decent brew especially when I wasn't expecting much from the style.

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Photo of beernut7
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a nice copper color with a clean lacy head. The aroma is spicy and a bit sweet with just a hint of caramel. The medium body of the ale accentuates the sweetness of the malts and at the same time takes some of the bite out of the strong hop presence. This is a hop-head fair and quite tasty.

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Photo of wknight167
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy reddish amber with a one finger off white head that eventually recedes to a cap.

Nose- Mainly caramel malts and citrus hops, the latter in a surpringly high level.

Palate- Sweat and fruity for a second (pineapple?) Then both the caramel and the hops come in, earthy, citric and toffee. Relatively nuetral finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, a touch light on carbonation, but worked well for this beer.

Drinkability- I would buy it again.

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Photo of packetknife
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If it's amber, at best it's lightly amber. Light-brown fluffy head that faded as a reasonable pace. Moderately hoppy on the nose. Reasonably malty on the tongue, sweet. The aftertaste is ever-so-slightly metallic but not offensive. After a while you realize you completely missed the hops but it starts to do real well. I had a small rice dish with it and it went well. Very drinkable if not a bit thin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish copper with orange juice highlights. The toasted tan head is creamydense with a bubbling lava surface and lays down quite a bit of lace in broken concentric rings.

The nose is impressively hoppy for the style with a fair amount of caramel malt as well. Since I associate assertive, spicy, citric hops with Chinook, I'm guessing that's at least one of the members of the hop bill. All of the Grand Teton beers that I've had (this one, Sweetgrass IPA and Bitch Creek ESB) have been heavily hopped for their respective styles. If a brewery has to have a 'house trait', I can't think of a better one to have.

Initially, the beer tastes sweet and toffee-like. Before long though, citric hops rush in and provide an insistent bitterness that doesn't quite manage to overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. There's also a sour fruitiness that's out of place, although not entirely unwelcome. This beer contains an impressive amount of ingredients and delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Medium body, nearly unnoticed carbonation.

Teton Ale, while another good Grand Teton offering, isn't quite the equal of the two beers mentioned above. Something about the flavor profile isn't quite right, but it's still an enjoyable ale. And the minor hop fix is a nice bonus.

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is fairly simple, but it's a pretty good American amber ale with a slightly unusual fruity character. Hazy amber, it has a medium pale tan head soon shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring with some weak bit of lace.

Aroma is caramel, pineapple, hint of grapefruit, a bit yeasty with cooked barley, hint of chocolate, hint of musty dust.

Taste is a bit winey, with sweet-sour fruit, a hint of raspberry, which was unexpected and unusual, almost tart, with faint hintsa of citrus and caramel. It is pleasant, very light in character, and fairly simple, with th elight, raspberry fruitiness thoroughly dominating. However, it's good and a bit unusual.

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Photo of CHickman
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a minimal white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The brew is well balanced. It is slightly sweet upfront with a slight bitter after taste. The beer is medium bodied, but feels a bit thinner, and has moderate carbonation. It is an all around easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy amber-copper containing suspended particles. Very little carbonation rises to the one-finger tan head dotted with splotches resembling cinnamon. Head is mostly a ring of bubbles by halfway down the glass. Leaves behind several decent splotches of lacing

S - Caramel malt, cookie dough, cinnamon and a hint of nuttiness greet the nose upon opening the bottle.

T - Caramel malt upfront. The body is a little on the weak side, but is a decent blend of caramel malt, peppy earthy hops and a slight nuttiness. Bitterness increases as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before fading to a nutty finish.

M - The carbonation seems a tad on the low side and . Medium body is perfectly acceptable.

Teton Ale is by far my least favorite beer I have had from Grand Teton Brewery. Somewhat surprising considering this is the flagship, but maybe that just translates into "least offensive by the masses." The smell is nice and complex, but the body and mouthfeel come up short. Still a decent choice that I wouldn't mind having again in a variety pack, but something I wouldn't seek out on its own.

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Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.