Hockley Amber | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

Hockley AmberHockley Amber
44 Ratings
Hockley AmberHockley Amber

Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by spinrsx on 06-29-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JPNesker
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite of the three brews featured in the sampler pack. Possibly because it's the one I'm least familiar with. Seems like Hockley Dark's weird kid brother. Or the goldilocks of their flagship/regular offerings.

More of that faux burton hard water. More yeasty ester goodness. More subdued hop attack and less dark roast on the malt. Yes please!

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ConnorG
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Beautiful light reddish clear ale with foam quickly reducing to small bubbles around the rim. No strong scents but a faint caramel nose. Hard for me to describe the taste but there is a caramel sweetness and a spiciness. Pine maybe? I do like this. The taste and carbonation make me want to start guzzling it. That can't be bad. Very drinkable beer. Would be happy to serve this to anyone, without worrying whether they would like it or not.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hockley Amber is such a polished bronze that I could wear it around my neck as an Olympic medal. It is spotlessly clear and animated by a steady cast of bubbles. It looks like it was first put through the toaster and then passed over with the floor buffer. For all its sparkle, however, it has nothing to look at on the top.

Hockley Amber is a heavily malt-driven interpretation of the style; the aroma is laden with toffee and nutty sweetness. This pleasant bouquet balloons out the glass with notes of marshmallow, graham cracker and caramel, the combination of which reminds me of those delectable caramel macaroon pies you'd find at a good bakery.

The taste also mirrors the caramel macaroon profile, both in taste and because it shares that airy, egg white lightness on the palate. It has my sweet-tooth revving; notes of almond milk, ganache, buttercream, butterscotch, and a spoonful of fig jam all sandwiched between a cookie-like maltiness. Graham cracker and caramel play out in the aftertaste.

For all its surprisingly rich flavours the beer is far from cloying; earthy, pine-y hops aren't easy to single out but serve as the levy that keeps sweetness from flooding. The beer drinks as though it were lagered and shares strong resemble to Vienna Lager or Märzen. Rare to find a beer so malty be so smooth and airy on the palate.

In brewing a lager this deliciously sweet that can be so casually, copiously enjoyed, Hockley Valley might as well have also lit candles and laid rose petals out on the bed because they are clearly after mine own heart. Most people that try this beer will likely find it pretty pedestrian - and to be sure it is - but I've really enjoyed it the few times I've had it.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, with a finger of very short-lived, ivory-colored head. Crystal clear and not a lot of bubbles.

S: Malty, hints of citrus and earthiness, toasted grain. Sticking my nose in the can I could get some earthy/grassy hop notes.

T: Smooth. Lightly toasted bread, subtle citrus, a hint of burnt sugar. Definitely on the sweet side, but with just enough hopping to prevent it being cloying.

M: Medium-bodied, lowish carbonation.

O: Outstanding. Goes against the current trend towards hop-bombs, with more of a "blonde ale" balance despite its darker color. This is a craft beer that can satisfy enthusiasts while remaining quite accessible to neophytes. Subtle, balanced, and very satisfying.

(Note: Re-reviewed 2014-05 because they've apparently reformulated this, now has 5.2 instead of 4.2 percent alcohol by volume. I didn't notice a huge change, but my general opinion of this beer has only grown over time.)

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Jaisell
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrJay
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, bright copper with a pale beige cap. Malty aroma, caramel and a bit nutty, plus earthiness and fruitiness from the hops -- very English in character. Perhaps a hint of citrus and grassy notes as well. Nicely balanced flavour -- bitterness, hops, and sweetness really work well together -- same character as the aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation, off-dry making you want to take another sip. Pretty solid. I could see this being a good go-to beer when looking for something with some character, but still nicely balanced and pleasant.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.65 CDN (if I recall correctly). Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark coppery, orange color with some brown and amber hues. Lots of visible carbonation and a nice two finger off-white head. The head slowly dissolved leaving a thin white foamy cloud on top of the beer. Enticing.

Smell - Strong grain aroma and floral characteristics that are distinctly spring like. Molasses backbone makes this definitely a more malt based aromatic beer.

Taste - Malt forward, especially molasses and some toasted grains. Flavor doesn't linger on the palate for terribly long on the tongue but then reappears in the aftertaste. Wish the taste was of a similar strength throughout as it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, medium-light feel but full flavor. Refreshing.

Overall - While not a world beater, this is a great example of Ontario's craft brewers perfecting their craft. A really solid amber with great malt flavor and and extremely refreshing. This may become a regular visitor to my fridge.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, part of a Hockley Taste Pack, apparently only available in Alberta at Co-op stores around Calgary.

This beer pours a clear, dark, glistening copper amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy pale tan head, which leaves a few lingering islet strings of lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, some mildly bitter cocoa nibs, a slight oily nuttiness, and rather prominent (relatively) leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more nutty caramel malt, reminiscent of many a recent awkward Christmas cookie moment, a mild eggnog creaminess (there I go again!), but without the attendant spice, and softly musty, leafy hops.

The bubbles are average, and dutifully supportive in that very manner, the body a decent medium weight, but not without a doddering clamminess. It finishes a tad off-dry, the caramel malt kind of giving off a last rites vibe, the nutty contending with the musty, and some leafy, weedy hops playing us out.

Not a bad amber ale, or as they are apparently now called, Canadian Amber Ale, which I wholeheartedly support for inclusion in the new style wars, um, I mean discussions, on this site. There is just something indeterminately unique about the Canadian take on this style - maybe that's just it - not a British Ruby Ale, not a hopped-up Yankee Amber, but something muddled and Canadian. Sounds about right, and so does this offering, for unconcerned Canuck imbibers everywhere. Oh, and go Team Canada Juniors!

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3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Hockley Amber from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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