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Amber Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-27-2002)
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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KlayWey
2.25/5  rDev -35%

KlayWey, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of DogFood11
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip it formed an off white colored head that leaves tiny particles of lace with each drink. Amber body, highly filtered shiney appearance. The body looks nice but the lifeless head and retention takes a bite out of the score.

This brew leans heavily towards the malt side of the spectrum. Some nutty characteristics, light spice deep into the aftertaste is noticeable. Fruitiness is there but masked heavily and left for dead in the backdrop. Toasted around the edges but mostly doughy. Mouthfeel is rather light and a bit watery. Hop presence is really an afterthought. Average to below average in the end.

Notes: I know comparing specific beers can be frowned on by some but its good for my notes so here goes. I sampled a drake's Amber/Red not long ago and this really doesn't hold a candle to that offering. Both are malt leaning but this lacks complexity and depth.

DogFood11, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a off white head. Nose is grain, CO2 and that all folks. Taste is thin, CO2, astringent and maybe some syrup. Mouthfeel is watery, bland and not drinkable at all. Will pass on this brew in the future.

barleywinefiend, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of JSchock7
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

JSchock7, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of lespaulrocker
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on tap in a restaurant in Jackson, WY.

A: Typical amber ale, which is beautiful luckily. Amber/golden color with a small tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet. Really sweet. Some caramel, malts, and maybe some barley.

T: The best word I could use to describe this is typical. If you put this and a Fat Tire in front of me, I probably couldn't distinguish between the two.

M: A lot of carbonation, way too much if you ask me.

O: I only ordered this because the restaurant was out of the other three beers I actually wanted. This beer did not impress me at all. It was a LOT like a Fat Tire, which isn't bad because I like Fat Tire. But I expect more from a local microbrewery. I was hoping it would transcend the style and impress me with something. Instead it was really mediocre. I won't seek this out again.

lespaulrocker, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a gusher. It exploded out of the bottle like old faithful. When poured into a glass it formed a huge head, and took several pours before the whole beer was in the glass. It is pale red in color. The aroma is of cane sugar, and sweet malt with no real distinctive traits. The taste is similar. With a gusher like this I usually expect some of flavor/aromas due to possible infection, but this beer has none. Instead, it is just really bland. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a poorly made beer that I will not drink again.

KarlHungus, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired as part of a Grand Teton variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, okay cream and thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy caramelization. Poorly handled amber hops. Clean malts. Not a particularly appealing aroma. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, clean malts, and vague unfocused hopping. Quite simple and somewhat bland. A strange amber. Simple and drinkable, but lacking true subtlety or complexity. Boring and bland.

Mf: Somewhat syrupy. Too thick in any case. Smooth and wet. Standard and predictable. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavour profile. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. I wouldn't get this again. A mediocre offering from Grand Teton. Poorly handled for an Amber.


kojevergas, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of moundbz
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Real earthy, all smell, avg. tastes old

moundbz, Oct 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

vinny21bal, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 25 May 2008.

Big lacy orange white head. Hazy dark brown color. Aromas of bread, caramel, raisins. Mildly malty throughout, like the essence of malted milk balls. Tart aftertaste leaves the tongue fuzzy. Body is fairly watery. Alcohol minimal.

Overall have been somewhat disappointed by Grand Teton so far.

htomsirveaux, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 05.09.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass. Part of a BOTM sampler.

A: Semi-hazed chestnut. 1/2 inch Tan head. Below average head retention & lacing.

S: Very bready w/toffee & tree hops

T: Bready, flint dryness, slightly fruity & piney hops.

M: Medium bodied, low carbs & OK balance.

D: Fair amber. Not too impressed overall.

ILikeGoodCider, May 10, 2009
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Ezmunny, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JNeider
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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

JNeider, Oct 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

marshhopper, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of neonbrown82
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

neonbrown82, Aug 30, 2005
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

cmstump, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM continues...I wish they'd send me something *interesting*...

Another standard American amber. Pours medium brown with a bit 'o' red. Not much head, not much lacing, decent carbonation. Smells like light caramel malts and light hops. Taste follows with a decent balance of the semisweet malts and the lightly floral hops. A bit thin in the mouthfeel, overall OK.

aquatonex, Jan 05, 2007
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

olliegaff, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

ryanpj, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of dtivp
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with a small off white head that dissipated quickly into a lasting collar with some lacing.

Aroma of caramel and a bready malt.

Taste was grainy with slight caramel and malt.

Mouthfeel was thin bodied with light carbonation, smooth but very thin.

This was a plain average very light ale. Maybe best used to quench a hot day thirst.

dtivp, Oct 24, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of ruckzuck
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from a beer of the month club as well.

A - pours a dark, somewhat cloudy amber with a bit of a head initially that subsided rather quickly

S -some malty sweetness, hints of fruit

T - again a bit of malty sweetness, some hoppiness

M - light-medium body, a bit of carbonation

D - eh, like the other beer I reviewed earlier this evening from the same shipment I don't think that I'd have another if there still weren't 2 more in the box. It's alright, but it doesn't really strike me as something I'd buy at the store/pub. Of course I am more of an IPA dude (who isn't these days), so maybe the style just isn't doing it for me, but honestly it doesn't really grab me. A fine beer, just nothing to write home about.

ruckzuck, Nov 30, 2007
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Mark-Leggett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -13.3%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.