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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
okay

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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Photo of alehopman
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I gravitate to traditional English style ales so when I saw the slogan on the 6 pack "British Inspired, American Made" and the notice that it was brewed w/English malt and hops, I bought. Well in short this reminded me of a homebrewed bitter I overhopped w/Challenger and Target. An astringent bitter finish (and I love bitter) really ruined this brew. Straight on amber in color, good head, compact retention. Aroma was hard to detect, honeyed and very slight flowery essence. Mouthfeel was thin. My guess would be excess kettle hop (see above). No repeat purchase here.

Photo of MisterClean
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of DSkilling
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Brad007
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark bronze-like orange with tangerine edges and multiple streams of uprushing bubbles. The pour produced a near explosion of khaki colored froth that is now filling 90% of the pint glass. Small splotches of sudsy lace manage to stick in spots.

The nose is par for the amber ale course in that it's toasted, earthy and somewhat fruity (although not citrusy). It sounds like the brewers were shooting for a British vibe rather than an American one, and it smells like they've succeeded.

Steep Trail Amber Ale is a beer without bells and whistles. Although it doesn't do anything wrong, exactly, it's pretty generic and is destined to be forgotten. That sounds like a summation statement, but we aren't done yet.

Subsequent mouthfuls don't hold up quite as well as the first few. The beer is dominated by toasted-earthy malts and a steely caramel quality. So far so good. However, it has a sour fruitiness and a metallic edge, neither of which are welcome. More (and more distinctive) hops would have helped.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for the ABV (5.7%) and is lacklusterly bubbled. Once again, abundant carbonation becomes wimpy carbonation before the bottom third of the bottle is breached. All things considered, barely average.

Given what else is available in the great craft beer state of California, it's hard to believe that Black Diamond does very well outside of Concord and it environs. Then again, this is my first BDBC offering. Bottom line: the view isn't worth the climb.

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Snipe-Snout
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Maerzen
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

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of stephendr
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

Photo of beachbum1975
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.

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of t420o
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-

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of Aleks_P
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of loupap
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Steep Trail Amber Ale from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.