Hockley Amber | Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hockleybeer.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JPNesker
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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 rodlavers
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Boo-urns
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KyleMcD
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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 byronic
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of EvanHarper
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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 joefinnigan15
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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 ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of decimator
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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 BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Hockley Amber from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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