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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

396 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very quaff-able for an amber

A- Pale brown-orange color with transparent body. I guess you could call it amber. Weak head but I might not have poured it well. Got a better head on my 2nd pour with retention and lacing

S- Smell is earthy and toasty with a hint of caramel and maybe some floral hops

T- I would like more hops, but it is typical of amber ales to have a shy hop profile. Mostly malts described in the smell along with slightly metallic flavor brought out by the carbonation

M- Very smooth and crisp carbonation with a medium, coating body

D- Drinkable. Don't question it

Photo of kindestcut
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Widmer Drop Top Amber pours a translucent copper with a moderate white head. The carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is malty with a hint of citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet from the roasted malt with a very nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is more fruity than floral. The carbonation is very evident giving the beer an extremely refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer.

I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from for this beer. It's certainly not a weak beer...well, it is if you're used to chewing raw hops. It's not an Imeperial Sommethingorother. It's an American amber ale. And it's a very good one.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%

Thanks Donkster46!

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance (3.75) : Bubbly three fingered head that's not exactly tightly woven, but rather foamy and spread out somewhat. The carbonation from the body is feeding the fizz of the bubbles to the head. The body is a true amber color, with lots of golden and honey color. Opacity is about 20%.

Aroma (4) : Ginger, honey, coriander, some plant, butterscotch, and starch. Smells like an old persons' candy piece. It's definitely unique from every amber I've ever laid nose to, so that's something. The bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25): Yeah. The ginger and honey comes out almost immediately. It's got this strange twang to it that's just simply delicious. A few tea notes. It's bready and yeasty, too. In the middle there's some corn or wheat notes but very faintly. It ends like a pleasant, spicy throat lozenge. Out of the bottle it's a bit too concentrated and bubbly, so I recommend pouring this one. At the tail end there's a faint bit of citrus rind hops balance out the malt character just right. It just tastes super.


Mouthfeel (3.75) : Zippy but creamy. Not like miracle whip, but like a good beer. Ends semi-dry.

Overall (4.04) : I'll pick up some more of this, if I can find it. It's great stuff, and I think it's a unique representation of an amber ale. It's easy to drink and relax with, but crafty enough to warrant a decent review. The ginger and honey with spicy throat lozenge really doctors it up a bit. I like their unique take on this amber beer. I will be buying more in the future.

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of isualum12
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer that is always easy to find here in boise. smooth with out over powering. Somewhat of a classic amber
smell standard brown
appearance- brown in color with red shining through
taste is sweet with carmel
overall nice classic beer to pick up on the way to a party.

Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of WoolyBugger
4/5  rDev +17.3%

this has been my favorite amber ale for years. Lots of flavor. Easy drinking. Then suddenly the local distributor who handles Widmer stopped carrying Drop Top. Can't even get it at BevMo in Nor Cal.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer is a clear copper colored ale with an OK tan head that forms and then mostly disappears.

Smell is woody with a stronger than expected hop aroma. There is a strong aroma of citrus hops in this beer. This smells like a West Coast pale ale more than anything else, quite a close clone of SNPA.

At the beginning the taste is sweet and malty with a firm grapefruit flavor. Sweet and buttery like buttered toast with a hop and citrus marmalade on top is the best way I can describe the flavor. If you are looking for a highly hopped yet not bitter and mild ale this is a beer for you. There are more subtle flavors here of vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel is good.

A surprisingly drinkable beer. I expected a 3.0 beer that would be OK but nothing all that great. This turned out to be a quite tasty beer and something I will buy again.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber/orange, clear. Moderate head, moderate carbonation.

Light bitter hop, citric and floral. Sweet, sugary. Mildly toasty.

Toasty, buttery malt. Creamy, light toffee. Very mild bitterness.

Mild carbonation and foamation, could be a little more vigorous.

Quite tasty. One of the best Amber Ales I've had. I would definitely go for Drop Top again if I feel like an Amber.

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.