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Amber Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
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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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Broadway Brewery.

A - Poured a very clear, amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of bready malts with sweet caramel notes. There was a slight citrus (orange peel) aroma, too.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malt flavor lead the way one this one. Some subtle citrusy hop presence provides some bittering notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is an okay amber. Fun to find it on tap in Columbia, MO.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 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.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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 Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, slight hops, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is slightly bitter hops/malts. Nice clean finish though.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Grand Teton brew. Not too bad, might buy again.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Gusler
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear deep amber with an inch of foam.

The smell consists of light notes of caramel and toasted malt. Very light.

The taste is more assertive than the smell. Toasted malt, some caramel malt sweetness, a bit of nutiness, and a rather surprising citrus hop bitterness here especially near and through the finish. It's pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are medium and well...it's pretty much your basic amber. Nothing that stands out but nothing that offends. Good drinkability with average head retention and some good lacing. Solid if a tad boring. I used to buy party pigs of this back in the day and I'm surprised that I hadn't yet reviewed it....

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 03/03/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent amber with a fizzy, one inch off-white head that quickly receded. Generous strands of lacing coated the sides of the glass during the session. Nose is fairly mild; a little malt and a little hops, but not much to speak of. Taste follows nose, but a little more hops comes out and lingers lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light, but also somewhat watery. Easy drinking, but lacks flavor. Nothing too special here.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.