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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
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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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climax

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +22.7%

06-14-2014 02:42:56 | More by wrightst
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OscarO67

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

12-14-2011 20:42:41 | More by OscarO67
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Troyone

California

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good ale, more like a drier English-style ale in character rather than American or typical west coast ale.

From the bottle, it is copper, it has an utterly huge off-white head, usually out of control, sometimes just really large. The head slowly shrinks to a foamy, rocky head and leaves some foamy lace.

The aroma is a bit subdued, somewhat English, yeasty, caramelly, with a little toasted grain, dry hay that has gotten damp, hint of wet wood, leaves, resin, and metal.

The taste is somewhat restrained and rather dry but still basically flavourful. It is a bit English in character with light sweet-sour fruit, tangy teastiness, light caramelly bready sweetness, light spicey-leafy bitterness that is faintly peppery and a faint nutty-vanilla undertone. The finish is drysih, light leafy-peppery bitterness with slight caramelly-bready sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 18:16:39 | More by Offa
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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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loupap

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-30-2013 19:22:59 | More by TwoTrees
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Aleks_P

Florida

3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:10:17 | More by Aleks_P
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t420o

California

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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-

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy/cloudy medium orange-amber color with less than a half-inch of off-white head that had low-to-moderate retention and very light lacing.

The aroma featured some floral hops mixed with sweet malts and a trace of pineyness in the background. The flavors were pretty much the same, a well balanced blend of floral and pine hops, mixed with a slightly sweet malt profile.

The body was the typically medium of the style, was a bit stickier at the finish than some examples, and had a tart hoppiness that lingered. Drinkability was pretty good, I could have a couple of these. Overall, a decent take on the style. Possibly a good entry level brew for someone new to craft beer. Worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 18:06:16 | More by beertunes
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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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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2013 05:50:32 | More by artoolemomo
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-29-2013 01:18:45 | More by h4ger
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-28-2013 23:03:27 | More by GraduatedCashew
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 06:32:36 | More by stephendr
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Basic Amber. The appearance was a nice amber color. Very little head or lacing. The smell was minimal but had hints of caramel. The taste was average - some malt and hops but nothing overpowering or standing out. Mouthfeel was a little thin - I usually like a little more presence to an Amber. Regarding drinkability, yes, it's drinkable. I would have it again, but if there were a choice it should hope for some week competition

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 18:05:10 | More by Maerzen
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -8%

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

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -8%

04-05-2013 03:02:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Steep Trail Amber Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.