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Steep Trail Amber Ale - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Steep Trail Amber AleSteep Trail Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 10-04-2003)
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%

Appearance - This is thick, deep brownish-orange in color with an almost tan head that erupted when I popped the top. This one is definitely overly-carbonated and the head didn't even look that good. The bubbles were loose and evaporated rather quickly for the style.

Smell - This has a very stale smell. The malt lacks complexity and while it doesn't offend it certainly isn't inviting.

Taste - There's a bit more sweetness at the taste that livens things up but the stale malt ruins the flavor profile. The hops are leafy and one-dimensional. Their website says that it contains "British noble hops" but whatever character they were trying to impart just didn't come out right.

Mouthfeel - This is thin for the style, not even medium-bodied, but did have a nice, toasty, mild bitter finish.

Drinkability - It sounds worse than it was. I was able to finish the bottle but definitely would not buy again.

03-19-2011 01:27:46 | More by RoyalT
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avisong

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-19-2014 05:21:56 | More by avisong
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Troyone

California

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a hazy amber color with an apricot hue, minimal white head, and some action.

Malt aroma with florals.

Has a bit of a sour taste with esters.

Light/medium bodied, watery/resin feel, with soft carbonation.

After drinking their Blond Ale I'm some what dissappointed with this Amber.

03-07-2009 02:21:46 | More by Troyone
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-02-2013 03:07:35 | More by mendvicdog
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +26.7%

Dark amber in appearance. Smell, is hoppy and nice malt. Taste is nice hops with a sweet finsh. This brew is nicely blended and has hints of complex notes. Mouthfeel is great, good in and out of the mouth. Overall this is a very nicely balanced brew, one that will sit nicely in the fridge. Have one with beef on weck.

12-15-2011 01:48:03 | More by barleyroad
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Zorro

California

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan colored head. Head doesn't last and falls.

Smell is sweet scorched malt and tea with a faint rye grain aroma. Lastly smoke and a faint vegetable aroma.

The taste starts out dry and malty with a strong woody flavor and a slight astringent effect on the tongue. Good herbal hop flavor, as it mellows out a bit this tastes like a slightly harsher taste clone of Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Tastes a lot like Boston Lager only not as polished. Worth a try but I like the Sam Adams version better.

01-01-2009 02:33:46 | More by Zorro
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -20.2%

This was a rather odd tasting amber ale, the malt had a strange twang to it and it was a bit over hopped for the style if you ask me. These two factors made it, at best, a so-so American red. The color was a clear copper-red with a weak head that had very little lacing. The nose carried that odd maltly sent that is prevalent in the flavor of the beer. Can't say I would have another one of these.

03-13-2007 19:24:35 | More by TheEclecticGent
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours copperish amber with a sizable foamy off-white head.

The smell is on the mild side - caramel/toffee some plum, with an earthy tone.

The taste of sweet toffee has roasty, slightly burnt, edges. It has an earthy, somewhat metallic, bitterness that clashes with the maltiness that becomes subdued. Slight alcohol shows.

Carbonation is rough. Sandpaper-ish. Rather fizzy as it goes over the palate, yet it does keep the flavor lingering a bit.

It's pretty astringent/harsh. It does have a decent hop presence, but more in the way of bitterness sans flavour. Burnt edges don't help. Too many distractors add up here to make it really enjoyable.

01-08-2010 02:37:28 | More by jwc215
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Mark

California

3.65/5  rDev +12%

Standard copper reddish color, head was slightly off white and retained fairly well. Lacing was not what I had expected as the thin rings were erratic and short lived. Good malty aroma, taste profile was very malt accented and seemed a bit on the sweet side, lightly hopped. It was rather an odd taste and made we wonder if it was off. This well could have been the case since i had this not at the brew pub but at a pizza joint. Still 22oz went down fairly easily. Not outstanding but not bad either.

10-04-2003 03:35:26 | More by Mark
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t420o

California

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Black diamond amber ale

A- pour produces a 1 finger off white/light tan head that dissipates quick leaving very little in the way of lacing. Beer is amber in color and great clarity 3

S- toasted nuts, caramel, chocolate malt, bready, slightly herbal, slight alcohol 3.5  

T- toasted nuts, chocolate malt, toffee, bready, slight earth/herbal hop taste. Slightly dry finish. Good but nothing special 3.5   

M- good mouthfeel. nice carbonation and slightly light in the body 3.5

O- this was a good beer and one I'd have again at the right price but there are far better Ambers around. Above average drinkability 3.5

B-

05-17-2012 19:58:39 | More by t420o
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climax

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +35%

My first offering from Black Diamond pours a cloudy deep chestnut brown. The creamy large head is frothy and seems to have no ambition of leaving. The lace is fantastic, my glass can't breath.

The nose explodes with cocoa, hazelnut, and toffee. It is certainly malt heavy, almost a brown ale IMO. The earthy hop tones survive in the mix, but barely.

The flavor follows the same sweet and malty tones as the aroma. Once again, it's packed with nutty chocolate; added doughy notes and juicy plum make things more exciting.. The dryness that follows has a slightly bitter hop character that ties the knot.

The feel is thick and creamy, with just the right amount of bite. It's almost doughy as it slides around my mouth. The finish is dry and does more than beg for another drink.

This is a fantastic beer, certainly good enough to persuade me to look for more Black Diamond.

06-22-2011 01:53:57 | More by climax
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -8%

12-14-2011 23:32:50 | More by ROGUE16
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Aleks_P

Florida

3.49/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Rich color, transparent copper/ruby with a light tan head. Carbonation is apparent upon pour.

Smell: Smell is average, pick up some hops/citrus but really just smells like beer.

Taste: I liked it at first, again picking up a lot of grapefruit citrus, seems a little metallic in the aftertaste though. Malts and hops are pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, very light and carbonated, pretty smooth initially.

Overall: Good beer, not the best amber ale I've had in the last few weeks but it passes. I might order this if I was going to have a couple of beers after a round of golf in Colorado and it was on draft.

07-15-2013 01:10:17 | More by Aleks_P
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -8%

04-05-2013 03:02:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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stephendr

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz. bottle- color of honey yellow , with a decent frothy off white head – clean crisp nose of yeast , honey , grain , and slight vegetation – taste of slight yeast , honey , grain , mild bitterness , and sugar sweetness - body is grainy , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of slightly bitter , sweet honey quality , and slightly sour

03-23-2007 06:32:36 | More by stephendr
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MisterClean

California

2.48/5  rDev -23.9%

On tap at the source.

A - Nice amber color with light head.

S - Mostly malty with light note of bread crust.

T - Nothing distinctly stood out about this brew; Dry maltiness, with a bread crust flavor.

M - Very dry finish, no alcohol presence.

D - Might pair well with a salty dish. Maybe fish and chips. Otherwise, would not recommend going solo with this beer.

01-13-2008 20:33:49 | More by MisterClean
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2013 05:50:32 | More by artoolemomo
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Snipe-Snout


3/5  rDev -8%

09-07-2012 17:41:09 | More by Snipe-Snout
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Got a bottle of this at Hops bar in the Biltmore Hotel, San Jose CA. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date seen.

Pour a clear, dark amber with an average tan head. Head retention was decent.

I get caramel and toffee accents on the nose with a faint hint of earthy hops. Nice and average nose for the most part.

Taste reflected the nose. Causal blend of caramel and toffee (like the nose) with a mild hop bite. Nice amber ale qualities in this one - not complex, but easy to drink.

05-13-2010 02:27:19 | More by beachbum1975
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StJamesGate

New York

3.65/5  rDev +12%

Pours a fizzy oxblood with a fast fading off white head that disappears without a trace. Stewed fruit and roasted nuts on the nose, with a hint of orange. Smoke and molasses in the malts with spicy tea leaf and citrus oil hops. Woody linger. Sticky, lively and surprisingly thin for the flavors.

I've had ruby porters that drank lighter. Sticky + English, if that's what you're looking for out of a red.

Like some other reviewers, I was expecting a California hoppy amber like Red Rocket, and didn't get it. However, it does say "toffee, plums and hazelnuts" on the label, so you've got to rate it on what it is.

06-22-2010 19:17:38 | More by StJamesGate
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Brad007

Vermont

2.88/5  rDev -11.7%

One out of 3 Black Diamond ales I picked up to try. Pours a mild amber color as expected with a head that's large enough to leave lacing.

Sweet, buttery malt and not much more. Mild pine hop essence if you smell hard enough.

Ditto for flavor. Cloyingly sweet. Can't tell if it was bottled in July of this year or if it was best-before July?

Palate numbing mouthfeel is unwelcome for the style.

My mind suspects the former as far as bottling is concerned but still, what a disappointment.

09-22-2012 23:48:09 | More by Brad007
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +22.7%

06-14-2014 02:42:56 | More by wrightst
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loupap

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-14-2012 16:37:18 | More by loupap
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shelby415

Oregon

3/5  rDev -8%

05-10-2012 05:33:40 | More by shelby415
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

09-02-2013 17:32:11 | More by JAHMUR
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Steep Trail Amber Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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