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Amber Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 160
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
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: 160
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. (462 characters)

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. (656 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.47/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (253 characters)

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. (725 characters)

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. (512 characters)

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. (585 characters)

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (363 characters)

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. (769 characters)

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. (330 characters)

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. (471 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pretty beer. Light caramel/redish tint, decent head, nice lacing. Lots of carbonatoin, maybe a little too much

S - A very well balanced smelling beer. Malty bready aroma balance with floral hop aroma. Nice.

T - Lacking in taste after such a fine smell. not a bad tasting beer. Very well balance, as an amber should be, just would like to have bigger flavors in my beers. Malty flavors on the front balanced out with hop bitterness, finishing with sweet & bitter.

M - Thin, not a very substantial mouthfeel. High carbonation is prickly on the tongue but not a lot of body.

D - Very drinkable, but an average beer.

Would drink again but wouldn't actively seek. (667 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - fairly clear medium amber color with a thick head initially that settles into well retained lacing

S - rich toasted malt aroma, slight hop, some minor oxidation

T - toasted caramel malts and finishes slightly dry with hops noticed mainly on the finish

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a decent American amber and fits the style well enough. It's somewhat middle-of-road, nothing exciting, but nothing bad either. It's balanced well and I suppose that's what an Amber should be. (562 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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!? (340 characters)

Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (544 characters)

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. (395 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A mahogany color with a one finger head.
Nose: Hops, with a hint of malt and citrus.
Taste: The taste is hoppy, with citrus and floral notes. there is a bit of malt character in the mix.
Body Thin to medium
Finish: Slightly bitter in the finish:
Nice malt and hop on the end. (283 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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.... (674 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (534 characters)

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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of ruckzuck
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (454 characters)

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! (682 characters)

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Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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