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African Amber - Mac and Jack's Brewery

African Amber
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87
very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.43%


Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002)
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Tawny brown and wonderfully cloudy due to being unfiltered. This is the sort of beer which makes you understand the whole 'liquid bread' thing.

S - Sweet malt pairs nicely with the minor spiking of hops.

T - Unlike so many amber and brown ales this beer does not short change you on flavour. This beer has a wonderful rich, malty flavour and then a little hops pops up to keep things interesting on the back end.

M - Fabulously thick and full-bodied for the style and abv. Boosts the beer's character, taking it further and further away from the mass of humdrum and watery red and brown ales.

O - A real Pacific Northwest classic. I drank this at Ixtapa. Coming from Britain I would not have expected to have such a good beer at a place like Ixtapa. God bless the Pacific Northwest and Ixtapa.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 20:19:29 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Brisket

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy copper color. Thick head and heavy lacing.

S- Subtle, citrus hop, bready yeast.

T- Amber style malt, very light hopping. Some fruit, not much.

M- Relatively heavy body, light carbonation.

O- Good beer, not great, ubiquitous in the area, worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 00:45:45 | More by Brisket
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DKRowden

Washington

4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a 22oz mug. Has a nice thick fluffy tan head about 2 cm tall with good lacing. Has a sweet citrus nose. Incredible taste. A combination of citrus, rich maltly flavors, and a spice note. Mouth feels is thick and smooth with a medium dry finish. Overall very enjoyable as I have came to expect from mac and jacks offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 08:35:49 | More by DKRowden
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hbensinger

Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery. Doesn't look like a red ale. Looks like a hazy IPA as it is unfiltered. Pours with a thick head and leaves heavy lacing.
S: Subtle aroma but is very nice. Has some citrus and spices in the nose.
T: much like the smell but the citrus and spice character shines through.
M: Nice rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 07:12:44 | More by hbensinger
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zbkai189

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at SeaTac airport's Africa Lounge. Served far too cold, so had to let it sit for awhile. Glad I did, because this one was pretty good. Appearance is very hazy copper. Looks more like an IPA. Smell is malty and sweet which contrasts nicely with the spicy mouthfeel. Overall pretty decent American amber.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 18:57:52 | More by zbkai189
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one finger of head on a hazy copper colored body.
The aroma is burnt fruit (apricot, plum and banana). Unique but good.
The taste is malty with mild lemon bitter, fruity but not that sweet.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A great beer that remains unique among a growing category.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 00:25:19 | More by Fatehunter
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mactrail

California

3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Oxford Suites motel at Jantzen Beach. Color is dark amber and appearance is cloudy in the pint glass. A modest head to start with. Plenty spritzy in the mouth with a distinct club soda taste.

Quite malty mouthfeel. Some browned flavors and a little sharp. The hops are herbaceous and on the dank side. Collard greens and the old oaken bucket. Murky and something tasting like "rust" overall. More bitter as you sip. I find it really quite unpleasant, but maybe people like this particular taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 04:26:47 | More by mactrail
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DoctorQ9

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mac and Jack's is a draft-only brewery with a very limited distribution. I had my first pint at a McCormick's Seafood restaurant in Downtown Seattle, then again at the Seattle Airport Marriott bar.

This amber ale is uniformly excellent and quickly became my favorite "it doesn't come in a bottle" brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 02:23:01 | More by DoctorQ9
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bondjedi

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This luxurious and chocolatey brew meters out as a "5" on the mouthfeel, one of the few top marks this reviewer has ever handed out. Lots of lacing, all the way to the bottom of the glass. The only thing that keeps this pop away from the Chimay-level is its appearance, which is reminiscent of the Cuyahoga River circa 1978. Bravo to you Mac, bravo to you Jack.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 01:40:54 | More by bondjedi
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BoFoSho

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One can find this brew on tap in many establishments in the Northwest. This African Amber is copper in color with a minimal head. The smell is that of mild hops. By far and away one of the most balanced beers I've enjoyed. Barley and citrus flavors can be picked out, while the hoppy taste diminishes quickly. Mac & Jack's African Ale is not as ferocious as the lion on the tap may seem, but it is certainly one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 04:36:50 | More by BoFoSho
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harrymel

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer countless times, but not in recent recollection.

Turbid oragey amber with a etched surface of light foam. Smells of, well the cleaner of the restaurant here (can't dock 'em). Flavor is malty with some hints of oxidation and a good bit of bitterness and some sweet honey in here as well; not a bad flavor. Medium on full bodied here with plenty hi carb (too high) and a wet finish. The aftertaste is a bit sweet and has that slightly milky character. It's an alright beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 01:28:46 | More by harrymel
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mfavoino

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap 10/2/12.

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Caramel malts and some floral hops. Smells nice and malty.

Taste: Caramel malts, following the nose with a bit of bready dryness. Light citrus hops as it finishes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, but almost on the full-bodied side for the style. Finishes nice and clean.

Overall: Nice representation of the style that is more malt forward. Flavorful and definitely a go to.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 02:54:49 | More by mfavoino
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pirkle668

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very quality Amber Ale. Only available in Washington State, and only on-premise.

A bit heavier than typical ambers / alts. Smell is hard to detect, but the taste is really quite good. A very smooth offering. If I lived in the Seattle area, I would seek out an occasional growler for the fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 19:38:28 | More by pirkle668
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BucannonXC5

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitcher draft into a pint glass at Earl’s Restaurant & Bar on Aug. 31, 2012 (for $12.50 a pitcher). 2-3 fingers of head (from memory). Poured an amber iced tea with gray lacing. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled earth, grains, toast, and some light combination of caramel/toffee.

Tasted similar to the nose, but seemed to come out a bit better. Got earth, grains, toast, roasty nuts and a bit of citrus hops.

Medium-to-full body (seemed heavy for an amber). Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Grainy, rough finish, but tasted OK.

An OK beer overall. I might have rated it a bit differently (higher or lower) had I tried it at home and not out at a bar with four others guys. Maybe will try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 05:21:38 | More by BucannonXC5
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jamesl425


5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love alot of beers but After having this beer i wont drink anything else. I really love mac and jacks alaskan amber. I drive from south renton to redmond just to get a growler. I wish they had it for sale in bottles so i could buy more often! Over all best beer ive had!

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 19:36:08 | More by jamesl425
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-red amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-malt and bread, some sweet caramel notes

T-malt, toasted bread, caramel and some bitter hop flavors

F-light to medium body with light carbonation

O-a nice drinking amber ale with good flavor

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 03:45:01 | More by MDDMD
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*
Enjoyed on tap at Sazerac restaurant in Seattle.

A - Brought to me topped off with no head room so I can't really judge the head. What is there is retaining pretty well. Cloudy red-amber in color. Lacing is moderate.

S - Dark malt apparent on the nose. Has a smoky smell up front. There is another light grain smell and light hops to complement it.

T - Like the nose, it is interestingly smoky. The smoky flavors lead into a light malt sweetness with a moderately bitter finish. Sweet wine like esters are noted from time to time.

M - Medium bodied and a little overcarbonated.

O - A decent amber ale, but I believe some of the flavors aren't very well done. There is that wine like flavor, which from home brewing experiences leads me to think this beer is not fully matured with residual sugars remaining.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 22:55:12 | More by Dave128
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Murrhey

Montana

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Beaverton, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger white head. Three minute long retention. Clouded amber-brown color. Wonderful lacing.

S- Malt and wheat. Light fruit scents as well. Some nice hops.

T- Hoppy and bready. Finishes sweet. Lovely flavor.

M- Lighter body, lightly carbonated.

O- Great beer. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 04:12:41 | More by Murrhey
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hopwave

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another always on @ The Conway Muse... pours a cloudy amber/sticky lace with small white head... mouthfeel is nice... rich and smooth, with slight sweet aftertaste. overall a nice on-tap only beer thats been around forever. give it a shot if your in the great Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:55:32 | More by hopwave
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Bete Lukas.

A finger of white head, amber body, hazy. Tons of sticky lace.

Nose is faintly lagery, but not much else.

Tangy, spicy-corn body. Big hop finish, well balanced and nutty.

Slightly coarse, but well textured.

Nice, full-bodied nutty amber.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 18:59:39 | More by zaphodchak
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BeerManDanNYC

New York

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is worth the trip to the pacific northwest...because it's not found anywhere else! A rich, easy-drinking amber beer that never disappointing. A rich brown color and a perfect balance of flavors, this is easily one of my favorite domestic beers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 23:55:59 | More by BeerManDanNYC
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Firehouse, Meridian ID. Poured into a 25oz mug (happy hour baby!).

A: Pours dark orange, bordering on copper at times, and a little cloudy. Good off-white head lacing.

S: Earthy, sweet hop bitterness, toasted sweet caramel malt, and toffee sweetness.

T: Caramel malt sweetness, toasted bread and biscuit, creamy and smooth. The hops lend some touches of grapefruit bitterness as it finishes.

MF: Crisp, creamy, almost foamy, malty mouthfeel. Light medium body, lower carbonation.

O: A really pleasant drinker, and a good balanced offering. Refreshing. Plenty of toasted malt and sweet toffee, but with enough grassy hops and grapefruit notes to even it out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 03:28:25 | More by Scotchboy
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notchucknorris

California

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Seattle Airport

A: Hazy amber color with a big cream colored head.

S: Earthy and a little fruity. Passion fruit and some clover honey.

T: Pretty malty upfront. A little lemon and cinnamon on the finish. Definitely pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 00:12:52 | More by notchucknorris
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely translucent dark honey golden. Light tan head was minimal, but this may be from the way it was poured - it does leave some substantial lacing. Rich, fruity, malty aroma has hints of honey and fresh wood. Flavor is fruity, primarily apple and pear, as well as malty, with a subtle hoppy, woody, bitter undertone. Texture is smooth yet quite fizzy, and it leaves a fruity, woody finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 03:43:11 | More by Cyberkedi
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a nice white head. Almost looks like apple cider...

Some fruity and caramel malts, and some citrus on the aroma.

Nice caramel maltyness, fruity/citrus hops, nicely balanced. Not overly complex. Definitely an interesting and unique amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 21:00:58 | More by GodOfBeer
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African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
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