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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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391 Ratings

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 11
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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe

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Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - A very cheerful, almost glowing, orange-ish amber color. Small head which fades quickly, some trace remains through-out drinking. Very inviting.

S - Surprise! This smells so unbelievably good and sweet. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's got a sort of citrus smell mixed with honey.

T - Very sweet, but not too sweet. Has a bit of bitterness at the end of every sip. Sweet to start, slightly bitter end. I got a little tired of it near the end.

M - Nice. Fairly carbonated, but it works with this style.

Summary - I liked this one overall. Drop Top is different from most amber ales I've tried. I'm typically partial to darker brews, and the sweetness may turn some off, but I enjoyed the variety.

ranger7, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: golden ale with brilliant clarity and little head formation. No lacing.

S: grain, Munich malts. Barely anything else.

T: sweet. Way too sweet for a beer.

M: medium with moderate to hi carb.

O: used to like this beer. No more. Too sweet for an amber.

harrymel, May 28, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but focused toasted that is very grainy and clean--but not at all hoppy.

T: Begins dry, with brilliantly assertive pale malt that is grainy and acidic. Hops are barely present, with just a trace of detectable herbaceous and citrus aromatics. Malt qualities continue to unfold through the finish; first with mid-stream caramel, then with a husky, toasted finish that lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, balanced and easy-going on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: As malt-forward pale ales go, this is about as good as they come. Drop Top is a long-time favorite, having been identified years earlier as exceptional--but not for the usual reasons. There is no attempt here to catch the attention of the seasoned palate with an aggressive hop profile. Instead it builds a wall of malt that is beautiful in its simplicity, with acidity adding some brightness but never getting in the way. While the standard beers from Widmer often come across as apologetic, this one knows what it is and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Drop Top may be my favorite of the Widmer line-up--small or large format, seasonal or year-round.

beagle75, May 25, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brenden, May 12, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, May 11, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another new one picked up as a nice extra. served in a pint glass with dinner.

The pour was pretty good with a nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish it off.

Overall very solid and a nice sessionable, and malty ale. I was actually quite happy with this one and glad to have grabbed one for sure.

mikesgroove, May 10, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking one finger head, almost completely off white, but not completely. The body is the perfect amber color, it's exactly what it should be. The body is a little see through, for sure not as cloudy as I would like, but it's an amber, so I guess it shouldn't be too cloudy. The head is pretty much gone now, so that kinda sucks. Overall not a bad looking beer, kinda standard though. When I first cracked open the bottle, I got a big wiff of hops, but now that I am smelling it out of the glass, I'm not getting much hops, in fact I'm not getting much of anything. You can for sure pick up on the malts, and a little bit of the hops, but the smell is just weak quite frankly. I'm also just a little upset that the malts are a fair amount more present than the hops, I like my amber beers to be very well balanced on the hops and the malts. It also smells very sweet, which is a little scary to me for an amber, oh well. Overall the smell is just ok. Well on the taste, the flavor is a little more balanced than I thought it would be, but not much, it's for sure more malts than hops, which isn't really acceptable to me in an amber ale. I know that amber ales aren't as hoppy as pale ales or IPA's, but in my opinion there shouldn't be more malts than hops, and there is here. We will see if more hops come out as the beer warms, hopefully they will. I also get that really sweet malty taste, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it's an all grain taste, but it's borderline. Overall I'm not impressed with the taste, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and see if more hops come out later. The mouthfeel isn't terrible, this is by no means a watery beer, they didn't skimp out on ingredients, they just messed up the order in my opinion, but either way, there is enough stuff in here, therefore, there is probably going to be a good mouthfeel, and there is. Drinkability is ok, but that overly sweet maltyness makes it hard sometimes. Overall an ok beer, I remember liking it a lot more last time I had it, but this time the flavors were just too uneven for me.

MaltsOfGlory, May 05, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost completely clear, a nice amber color with a white head and good lacing.

S: I'm surprised how much of a hop character the scent has, as well as a nice caramel (slightly) nose.

T: More bitterness than expected, but it's not too high. A good malty/grainy taste with some nice herbal components to it on the mid-palate and finish.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very nice beer.

tlazaroff, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very malty with caramel sweetness. There were some mild citrus notes, too.

T - Taste isn't much different than aroma. Sweet caramel maltiness with a touch of citric hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay amber ale. It is priced nicely and very sessionable.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifter...pours a deep amber, pretty good for the style. Head isn't huge, but it's ok. Subsides fairly quickly without a ton of lacing. Nose is decent, some hops and malt...amber really isn't my favorite style and the nose on this one isn't going to make it more that way.

Decent malt on the tongue. It's pretty drinkable. I honestly couldn't name my favorite amber right now, but this one isn't it, even though there's nothing objectionable here. There's also nothing that really stands out.

Good mouthfeel, goes down well. I'm going to give it a slightly higher overall rating than indicated by the other scores, simply because I'm probably rating it below where it should be on personal taste alone.

chicagoabbot, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of echoes
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Lives up the name in terms of color. It pours a thick head. The head takes forever to dissipate and looks like ice cream when root beer is poured into a root beer float. Once the head does dissipate, it leaves huge amount of lacing, which reminds me of spider web. I love the look of this beer.

S: Kind of a clean hops smell. Also can detect caramel and some other malts (possibly toasted). Perhaps cherry? as well. Overall, it smells better (more pleasant) than average, but nothing to write home about.

T: Toasted malts mostly. A bit of fruitiness to it as well. Slightly sweet. A little spicy going down. Crisp finish. Altogether it blends well.

M: Slightly syrupy, probably due to the honey. Feel medium-bodied to me.

Overall this is a nice beer. I like it. Give it a try, but don't expect anything outstanding, just nice.

echoes, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bsp77, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mixed six from Wegman's in Mechanicsburg -poured chilled into a Dfh shaped glass.

The color is clear tangerine with visible carbonation moving semi-rapidly w/ thick quick condensing off white cap w/ tiny bead. The lace is splatted on the inside of the glass. The smell is malty with some toasted odors and a light herbal hop aroma w/ light fruit notes. The feel is dry and malty with a moderately carbonated body which is medium in that respect with mild bitterness and a dry clean finish.

The taste is a pretty smooth malt flavor with some biscuit and light hop notes which are herbal and a subtle caramel sweetness is evident in the finish. The overall taste is dry and clean with subtle bitter flavor and light fruit notes which bring to mind red pear. I liked this amber alright, it was not the best Amber I have had. I just found this beer to be satisfying, not really outstanding or exceptional in any way.

Slatetank, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this very clear reddish yellow ale. Aroma is very hoppy. Kind of a malty taste. Not as good as it smells. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, maybe I got a bad one, but it doesn't do too much for me. Actually, I do like the carbonation level and it is kind of easy to drink. Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorites.

flyingspatula, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of johntp
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden honey to light amber. one finger egg shell white foamy head disipating quickly. little carbonation.

s: sugary carmel malt, faint spice and orange peel.

t: buttery toffe maltiness, little hops. flavor is quite toned down overall.

m: medium carbonation, thin body.

d: good drinkablity due to thin body, medium carbonation and mild flavor.

While this beer does have a good drinkability, i just dont find myself craving another - it gives me no reason to want to come back for more. It is very mild flavored and for lack of a better word, bland. At the same time there is no one quality that specifically detracts from the beer.

johntp, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin film that stretches across the surface and then stays a little creamier around the edges, leaving back some light spotty lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smell of grass and citric hops, with a sticky malt backing of buttered bread and caramel. This isn't super forceful or anything but its pleasant enough I guess.

The taste is similar, with a green citric bitterness layered on top of toasted bready grains and a splash of sweet caramel. Hops return again and trail into the finish with some lingering bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth but then also has some slickness in the backend that keeps this moving easily.

Fairly average Amber Ale flavor wise here but I do think that the fact that this was a relatively fresh bottle helped elevate this somewhat as it was overall quite crisp and quaffable. This would be a good one for when you just want to crack something moderately tasty and have it with your dinner. This seemed like a pretty good buy to. I paid $9 for the sixer here in PA, so I'm sure that it can be had for less elsewhere.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: for an amber this one is pretty pale. fluffy white head with a bit of carbonation. the color is really getting me here though. im having trouble believing this just poured from a bottle labeled amber.

S: sweet honey and crystal malts. definitely getting a gentle hop bitterness in there as well. each time i revisit this nose it changes from sweet and bitter. however each visit is on the subtle side.

T: a little sweetness changes moves right into the sweet category in my initial sip. hoppy towards the finish quickly gets overwhelmed once again by sweetness. the honey really lingers on the palate on the aftertaste. very distinctively honey.

M: fizzy carbonation that smooths out a little into the sip and works well with the body of the beer.

D: not what im used to in an amber, but like every american brew it is sometimes hard to put a style in a specific box. overall a drinkable brew with a touch of sweet and bitter.

Jimmys, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of matjack85
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. Bottled on date of 11/16/10 is clearly marked. Wish all freshness dates were this easy to read.

The beer poured a pale golden/amber color and made a 1-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head disappeared in less than 30 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever. Not a very impressive look.

Very weak nose to this despite the impressive list of interesting ingredients. Slight fruitiness along with some mild hops.

Rather bland tasting for a beer with 4 different malts and 2 hop varieties in it. More bitter than sweet despite the honey malt and milk sugar. The cracker-like dryness and mild bittering hops are what mostly stood out. I didn't care for it.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish and moderate carbonation.

It's not horrible, but not memorable either. At least the alcohol is well hidden so I gave it average drinkability.

matjack85, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one on tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston... this one looks nearly identical to the Broken Halo IPA I tried before. A clear amber color with about a finger-worth of white bubbly head.

Much like the Broken Halo IPA, there really isn't anything outstanding about this one, but nothing offensive either. The only interesting thing really is the honey malts that give it a sweeter flavor, honey obviously, but it's not too strong.

Overall, an easily sessionable amber ale, one I'd be happy to split in a pitcher with some friends, but not something I'd order on my own again if there were other good options.

theboozecruise, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of BaronRogue
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the variety pack from Ralph's so i can get some serious reviews in. :] Bottled on 12/14/10

Nearly-clear amber color, no head to speak of, but slight lacing.

Could smell more of the hops, surprisingly... a little sour prune-y smell with a slight bread backbone... Not saying that the smell is strong, by any means, but it's not bad.

Taste is pretty standard for an American Amber. First sips noticed the malts, especially the honey malts. Yum. As i progressed through the beer, the hops actually came through and added a little sour-ness, but the aftertaste is definitely bready.

Fairly crisp in the mouth, pleasant.

Could drink these whenever. A standard ale that's a bargain when you can find it on sale.

BaronRogue, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color than leaves slight head the disappears as soon as you finish the pour.

S: Simple sweet smell of malts, with some toffee at the tail end

T: Toffee and sweet malts right away in taste a bit to sweet for a red ale for me

M- Carbonation and Medium bodied

D: Not to bad for an amber ale but not sure if I would like to drink this one again.

thedoubler55, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Yeasty bread crusts, earthy hops.

L: Hazy orangish yellow, light tan head that dissipates to a layer, solid lacing.

T: Slightly fruity and light caramal malt, mostly semi-sweet honey. Some pears detectable as well. Low bitterness leads to some yeasty breadiness. Finishes quite clean with just a touch of bready dryness.

M: Medium creamy bodied, medium carbonation.

A very simple, subtle amber ale. Really enjoyed it and could easily drink a dozen of these.

bum732, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of dhowe
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light in color for style. Very clear. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Smell fit my idea of an Amber Ale.

T - First taste impact was nice but the aftertaste didnt have the expected Amber Ale taste, probably due to hop choices.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability not too impressive but at same time very drinkable and can't say I disliked anything about the beer.

dhowe, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color, didn't produce that much head or lacing, some rising bubbles were present.

Smelled interesting. A lightly hoppy brew, with floral and fruity notes to compliment the biscuit malts.

Flavor wise it's pretty darn tasty. Sweet floral tastes accent an even combination of caramel malts, lightly tangy hops, and a bit of mixed fruit flavors. No one taste is overpowering, balance is nice and the beer is very inviting to the taste buds.

Feel wise it's nothing special but not bad. Good carbonation is present but it's a bit on the watery side.

It's an average drinker for "all beers" but for the amber style, one that I'm not that fond of, it's definitely above average. I'd surely buy it once in a while for a change of pace, or when I was in an amber mood. Would be great beer for a sporting event or barbecue.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of welldigger888
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so, I am a fan but the variety pack seems a little contrieved. I am getting the same fruity aromas as the drop top.
So,poured into a pint glass, very little white head that faded fast with almost no lacing. Having said that the elixer is an ipa ish orangey hue,Amber maybe but hardly a red.
Fruit I say, again with the fruit.Possibly some faint yeasty breadiness but is the fruit the hop?
The flavor profile seems to contradict the aromas. I am getting a nice malty biscuity toasty nut type notes with a descent hop bitterness, bravo for the change there.
Nice smooth mouth with some creamy malty feels.
I couls session this if'n the $ was right.

welldigger888, Dec 23, 2010
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.