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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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78
okay

387 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 20 IBU
alcohol by volume: 5.0%
original gravity: 12.25° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

hops:
Alchemy, Simcoe

(Beer added by: Zraly on 03-11-2003)
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Juuroumaru

Florida

3/5  rDev -12%

06-26-2013 01:29:18 | More by Juuroumaru
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance – Nice, hoppy-looking orange body with a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – It’s not a big nose, but the hops are sharp. There seems to be a cheap grainy aroma coming through, though.

Taste – This one is like Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. The hop flavors are actually quite sharp for domestic piss, but the grain is a let down and the sweetness is really lame. It reminds me of flavorless Gummi-Bears.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and well balanced with a medium body.

Drinkability – I liked serveral aspects of this ale, but the cheap malt and grain made this a sipper.

10-08-2003 01:09:08 | More by RoyalT
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed with an addition of honey malt and hopped with Alchemy and Simcoe hops to make things interesting.

After a hard pour, this beer sports a thick crowning of white lacing. The pale amber color flaunts its clarity in the light. Delicate hop aroma that has suggestions of freshly cut banana peppers, wild flowers and faint mint. A little bit of malt in the nose, more of a creamy sweetness and toasted biscuit. Lots of smoothness, medium-bodied. Clean, sharp hop bitterness nearly cuts through all of the malt. The hop flavor leaves a long subtle trail of green tea, white pepper and wild flower flavors. Creamy maltiness with a touch of sweetness up front, more of a dry cracker and biscuity tone in the semi-dry finish.

Balanced and very complex, still very drinkable. A session ale that makes you think a little, it is also intricate enough to pair against a bolder cuisine.

09-13-2010 20:42:03 | More by BeerAdvocate
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-27-2013 03:34:39 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Mora2000

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-11-2011 04:12:17 | More by Mora2000
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-26-2011 07:10:26 | More by GarrettB714
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber without much head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malts drive the beer, but are fairly dry. Light citrus and spicy good hops on the finish. Slight macro aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, light-medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing. Something that could appeal to mainstream drinkers and get them interested in ales.

03-25-2011 22:19:07 | More by bsp77
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magictrokini

California

2.7/5  rDev -20.8%

Draft @ The Dog. Pours a nice clear amber with very little head. The aroma is nasty, bitter apple with dirty sock. The taste is sharp and acidic, like the bitter apple that fell in the tanks. The honey malt makes the aftertaste pretty nasty. Never again.

12-16-2008 19:42:48 | More by magictrokini
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-19-2013 21:29:44 | More by NOLTERN
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

02-18-2014 14:59:59 | More by rhinonau
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far333

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

Honey copper colored with a low head of beige foam that disappears quickly.

Low aroma of biscuity malt and slight metallic note.

Flavors of corn and honey, some ripe pear and biscuit, notes of mint. Mild bitterness offsets the malt.

Even mouthfeel, a tad slick, finishes tingly. Average beer all around, just okay.

11-12-2010 02:39:59 | More by far333
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monkeybeer

California

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

A- Golden amber, with a clean white head. Head disappeared rather quickly.

S- Light malty smell with a fruity citrus undertone.

T/M- Nice clean taste a bit fruity on first taste, has a bit of a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste, but by no means harsh

D- Very drinkable, can have several and get tired of them. Better on warmer days

10-07-2007 23:15:39 | More by monkeybeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

On tap at a shitty bar in Elko, NV. Bartender kept hyping how 'strong' the beer was. Whatever, its Elko, this is as primo as the beer scene gets.

Mahogany, maybe with a bit more red in it than pure mahogany color. Aroma was rich of caramel and other malts.

Taste was smooth, did seem to have a bit of a bitter and alcohol burn relative to its strength, despite what seemed like a honey or brown sugar presence that should be able to smooth that out.

08-17-2011 18:34:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-17-2012 18:03:56 | More by stereosforgeeks
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kevwcamp

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2011 01:03:14 | More by kevwcamp
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-29-2011 18:50:39 | More by richkrull
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-29-2012 05:49:50 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Brenden

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

This beer is a clear, dark amber that verges on a coppery orange. I get quite a nice cap of white head built up to just about one finger that retains itself reasonably, leaving good lacing in small patches consistently.
Toasted biscuit with a light caramel sweetness from malts balances well with a light hops element offering a bit of citrus with a touch of leafy or grassy aroma and an interesting spiciness that's hard to place.
Malts offer a flavor that includes a nice toastiness, caramel and toffee and almost a candied sugars and the biscuity backbone I expect from the nose. A little nip of bitterness and perhaps a touch of grass and citrus from hops offers some balance, but this seems to be a malt-forward amber.
For the malts in this beer, I might expect a little more depth and body, though smoothness doesn't really lack. It's above average in feel but could really use something more.
This is a good beer, but there are excellent examples of the style that are readily available, so not one to pick up except in a bind or it's offered.

05-12-2011 17:36:17 | More by Brenden
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En29356

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10%

07-04-2012 20:51:01 | More by En29356
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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-18-2012 00:05:27 | More by switzer
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2011 07:23:47 | More by InfernoBoss
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watermelonman

California

2.28/5  rDev -33.1%

This arrived as a decent looking dark amber color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell has some notable hop content but seems to be lacking malt. The taste is where it really starts to go downhill. It tastes like there isn't enough malt, but the malt that is there is too sharp and too sweet. The mediocre taste is followed up with overly thin body. I'll pass next time.

08-03-2006 08:20:33 | More by watermelonman
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber color which creates a very thin head that melts away in seconds. No lacing present in the glass.

S- Caramel malty aroma with a distinct sweetness typical of an amber ale.

T- Sweet baked bread flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. Nice pleasant taste to this amber ale.

M- Very light body with minimal carbonation to this beer. A bit watery in the profile.

D- Very drinkable beer but pretty one dimensional at best. This would be a great starter beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers as it is pretty lightweight.

08-21-2010 15:33:47 | More by racer2k
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IntriqKen

California

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Decent crystal clear amber color in pint glass with a half finger head that melted to fine lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet malt and slightly toasty.
Taste is lightly amber malt sweetness with a surprising hop finish that I didn't notice in the nose. Grainy-doughy dryiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is adequate for this style.
Very quaffable...I actually enjoyed the subitles of this beer...not too sweet and not sharply hoppy in the end. A nice change of pace and very sessionable for a summer afternoon.

05-16-2006 03:11:13 | More by IntriqKen
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Sargully

Oregon

5/5  rDev +46.6%

11-15-2011 23:26:46 | More by Sargully
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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.