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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by spinrsx on 06-29-2012

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Photo of bgibbard
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SebD
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet roasted malts, caramel, earthy /grassy notes and slight chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet roasted malt character, some breadiness and graininess, caramel, earthy notes and slight chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a slightly thin but nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of korguy123
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed dark copper pour. Half finger, off white head. Lacing is decent.

Toffee, caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar and some slight earthy grains.

Lightly toasted malts, caramel, slight brown sugar. It has a digestive cookie taste. Sort of bland.

Light body, good carbonation.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of decimator
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into a pint glass, ABV 4.2%.

A - Poured a clear rusty orange with a thin white head, head reduced to a lasting ring and surface bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Some caramel, grains, hint of spice.

T - Light caramel, some graininess, slight nuttiness, hint of spice, low bitterness in the finish. Overall it's on the lighter side.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-low body, somewhat dry finish.

O - Above average. Better than their blonde '100'. Not something I'd seek out but I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can from the LCBO Ottawa for 2.65$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hay/straw/grass, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel/toffee. There is also a graininess and some herbal/hay/straw/grassy notes. It ends with a grassy caramel/toffee aftertaste with a very light amount of bitterness.

Overall - Not bad I guess.. the mouthfeel seems wrong but it's pretty drinkable. If I'm rating by style, I suppose this is pretty decent. The toffee/caramel flavours are nice. Definitely nothing exciting or something that will stand out in my mind as a 'must buy again'. The beer battered fish recipe on the side of the can is a nice touch.

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Photo of bryehn
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour with a foamy white head. Leaves very little lacing and settles as a healthy collar.

Smells of mineral water, caramel and toasted grains. Earthy backing with smooth plum or raisin note.

Heavy, slightly sweet and bread-like toasted malt flavour with a certain grassiness. Hints of chocolate and plum. Well-balanced bitterness.

Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Subtle, yeast-like tingle and pop on the tongue. Dry finish, with caramel, earth and toasted grain notes in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-flavored amber, especially given ABV. Great with lunch meats, raw veggies and crackers.

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Photo of midlifecrisis
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm confused by the reviews below referring to this as a lager when the picture of the can says "Amber Ale". Though I agree that the beer is very lager-like. So why does Hockley call it an ale I wonder? Otherwise agree this is an earthy-woody amber.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into pint glass 12/12/12

A clear light copper with lots of big bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of cream colored foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S caramel and butterscotch with a little leafy hops and some nutty coco powder

T not far from the smell but has a slight metallic flavor, tastes pretty faint with not a whole lot going on, pretty basic

M a little thin and almost airy from the bubbles, faint aftertaste of nutty caramel

O OK beer but nothing special, drinkable for sure but I wouldn't go looking for it

just another brew, nothing memorable, nothing offensive, nothing to be ashamed of, and nothing to go looking for

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged on Apr 7 2012. The Hockley offerings I've had in the past have all been pretty consistently good, so I was (initially) pretty eager to try this one.

Pours an appropriate copper-amber colour, completely clear and topped with one finger of dense, foamy, off-white head. Retention isn't great; it is only able to maintain cohesion for a few minutes, before settling down to a uniform cap and thin collar of lacing. Weak, inoffensive aroma without a lot of characteristics to describe - definitely on the sweeter side, with toasted, bready malts and hints of toffee and honey.

Straightforward flavour that isn't very adventurous for the style. The taste is dominated by lightly toasted bready malts, with a pronounced toffee/caramel sweetness and a faint hint of chocolate. Grassy, vaguely earthy hops come forward toward the end of the sip, imparting some much-needed dryness. Mildly dry aftertaste, without much lingering flavour. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel.

I tried this a few days ago and wasn't all that impressed, and this re-purchase hasn't really changed my mind much. I doubt I'll pick this up again any time soon, but it's still a serviceable, if uninspiring amber ale. I would definitely pick Creemore's lager over this, and possibly Barking Squirrel as well, but obviously this is merely personal taste.

Final Grade: 3.36, a B-. Hockley Amber is a decent, well-balanced amber, but in my eyes it doesn't hold a candle to this brewery's flagship dark beers. It's easy to drink and might work fine as a session brew, but I doubt most BAs would consider it memorable, or worth becoming a staple. No reason not to try this one - just don't expect anything interesting.

[Updated Oct. 21 2013]

Picked up another can as part of a sampler pack. This is a quality session amber, the sort of thing I'd be happy to throw back a few glasses of at the pub - but the fact remains that it isn't a particularly creative beer. I'd place Hockley Amber on par with other OCB 'malt-focused' ambers (think Amsterdam's Big Wheel), but anyone looking for an American-style red ale is going to be underwhelmed by this English-inspired offering.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I think this is a well brewed amber ale, I would certainly not classify it as "American", as it's lacking the entire hop portfolio such a name typically entails... Reviewing it as such on principle, but would have rated it far higher in a British or other malt-forward "red" style.

Can pours a glowing amber with a quarter inch of off-white head that has good retention before leaving impressive lacing. A nice beer to look at! Unfortunately the aroma is pretty sparse, with some earthy tones underneath simple malted barley. Less caramelized or roasted notes than I expected. The flavour is better balanced and more impressive. Although malt-forward and less complicated than I'd choose, it leaves a delightfully dry finish from the bittering hops.

Lacking any citrus, pine, tropical fruit or other typical "American" hop elements, but would classify this as a decent British pint and an excellent transition beer for a wide audience. It is literally miles ahead of any macro "red"!

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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KyleMcD
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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Hockley Amber from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
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