Austin Amber Ale
Independence Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
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3.36 | pDev: 13.1%
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 239
Photo of CTHomer
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: sweet malt and a bit of spice;

T: not much flavor up front; then sweet malt kicks in with a little caramel; a little metallic from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not loving the metallic character in the flavor;

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper in color. head is off-white and soda pop like. No retention an no lacing.
The nose has some light caramel malts up front and some faint hops. Not very aromatic.
The taste picks the beer up a bit. Caramel malts up front again but stronger and the middle has a more pronounced hop bitterness. Ends with a nice lingering balance between both aspects.
Mouthfeel is crisp. Very carbonated. Not horrible just could stand a bit less.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had Austin Amber Ale a while ago but I writing from notes I made.

Look: semi-clear reddish/amber hue with an inch off-white head

Aroma: modest bready aroma, some sweetness

Taste: the taste is grainy malts / bready, a bit sweet, a tad too light in flavor.

Feel: light body perhaps a little bit watery.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, forgot to record date, but it was in date. Plastic cup at work event.

A: poured a reddish hue with one finger off white head that faded quickly. Some lazy carbonation. A little retention and no lacing to speak of.

S: sweet, bready, malty, caramel. A clearly malt driven nose with lots of sweet caramel. A solid example of the style, not much in the way of hops or esters to set it apart.

T: sweet and malty arrival, a little floral or medicinal expression of hops in the middle and lingering for a second after the swallow, but overall a pretty caramel and malt-driven affair.

M: lighter end of midweight, moderate carbonation, pretty clean for an amber. Pairs well
With hot weather.

O: this is a great late 80s style craft beer: rich and sweet taste, moderate and mainly floral hopping, ample (though not excessive) carbonation. It is a well crafted and not too complex beer with an emphasis on drinkability and food pairing. Thicker and more expressive than Abita Amber, less so than Bell's Amber.

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Photo of russpowell
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint breadyness & grainyness

T: Breadyness, a little toastyness, plus grassyness & grainyness up front. More grainyness, grassyness & dryness. Finishes grainy & slightly sweet

MF: Thin body, light carbonation

12 ounces of meh, glad I only purchased a single

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I decided to edit my original review after drinking this for a night. I really enjoyed the smell and the taste during my first and second beers but by the fourth beer I started to question the taste. By the time I drank the last one, I was convinced this tasted no better than Hamm's. I didn't necessarily hate it, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Over a plate of habanero chili Mac at Texas Chili Tavern, this provided a legendary amount of shade. Much respect. One tasty beer given the rough terrain. Thumbs up.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted more like a brown ale to me. Sweet and malty, not very hoppy. However, I found it tasty and enjoyable, despite the divergence from expectations.

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Photo of _drummer_
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first time with this brewery. I've heard good things about it, but until now have never tried it myself. The Austin Amber Ale poured into a glass with a golden color and slight carbonation - small head. Light hops and some malty flavors. Not at all bitter - it had a decent flavor, but not overly strong in any particular direction. I would definitely drink this one again, but I won't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from 12oz bottle.

Initial taste was promising. Some nice roast malts on first sip. Became more bland as I worked through the rest of the bottle and had a hard time finishing it - some soapy off-flavors towards the end.

Overall: Meh. Not the worst beer I've had but not worth having again.

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Photo of puck1225
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft into a pint glass. Light brown with thin head and not much lacing. Taste is very weak, not much there, but not offensive. Got it on a whim at one of my favorite places. Doubt I will get again.

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Photo of mjurney
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, clear. Highly carbonated. Thick rocky head.

Bready, caramel, toasted, leafy hops, a little fruity.

Bready malts, caramel, toasted, hint of nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, mostly tea-like/leafy. Finish is super dry. Medium body, dry, smooth, easy drinking.

It's a good Amber Ale.

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Photo of skdavidson70
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice warm brown color. Smells more like a bock than an Amber. Strong alcohol flavor from the first sip, strong bock taste, slow transition to a hint of amber, no presence of hops at all. Overall decent beer, but not my first choice.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/30...on tap at Salt Lick...Pours dark brown with copper tints. Layer of foam. Bready caramel nose. Amber ale taste - toffee breads malts. Toasty. Good bite. Very nice. 4 4 425 4 4

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer, creamyish head amber in color. Really sweet deep scents with hints of brown sugar and raisins. Nutty and biscuity flavors come through strong. Simple but pleasant

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Photo of joeyfeets
3/5  rDev -10.7%

A great brewery off of Hwy 71, Independence pumps out some great beer. This amber is no exception. It pours a clear amber w/ a thin white head. It smells slightly of yeast & a little bit of malt. The amber has a medium body with a roasty caramel, malt flavor. I can pickup a bit of hops towards the end. Solid amber that is very true to the style. Comparable to Fat Tire & Levitation Ale. I also love the use of the "Greetings From Austin" mural as the backdrop on the label. A great session beer that I can find in most grocery stores & on tap at many Central Texas establishments.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber (surprise!) with a very modest head that leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Cereal grains, nuts and butterscotch

Taste: Cereal grains, up front, with the nuts and butterscotch; very malty in the finish, much like the Munich malt flavors found in an Oktoberfest

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This reminds me of a first generation micro brew; nothing wrong with it but very sweet and malty

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of Premo88
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into mug
(11/19/2013 ... drank on 12/23/13)

L: red brown, dark brown; crystal clear ... it's amber with a heavy brown emphasis; weak head, 1/8-inch thick, dies quickly; leaves a nice skin of foam

S: caramel, corn, sour grain, creamed corn

T: nutty, like an English brown ale, loads of malt ... caramel; smoky hop hints like an American brown ale; grain; peach; toasted grain; has lots of taste, at times a weird mix but interesting

F: solid all around

O: not terrible, not fantastic ... the nutty malt taste is intriguing enough to seek it out again.

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Photo of jonB
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first local beer I tried on a trip to Austin. Poured from a bottle it had the perfect color amber with a think layer of white foam. The taste is a slightly nutty roasted malt. It is slightly sweet with very little hops. Good session beer that is true to the style.

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Photo of imasloth
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, almost a brown, bright yellowish, creamy head. Head is persistent with steady carb. and thick persistent lacing.

S- Strong caramel malt scent, a bit sweet. A light molasses in background.

T- Sweet, then into a near-perfect blend of malt and bittering hops. fantastic aftertaste mix of all of these.

M- Light to medium,perhaps a bit thin.

O- Very nice. I've always appreciated this one a bunch.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint. It appears an amber brown with an orange hue of clarity around the edges. A finger of tan froth sits atop and as it fades, stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The smells fruity and floral with toasty caramel and toffee grain supporting as the base. All in all a nice aroma until a bit of sulfur comes out in the back that clashes a bit with herbal hops.

The tastes of herbal hops is forward with fruit and rind elements. A bit of bitterness couples with toasty grain and a yeasty quality somewhat musty and earthy towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and a fairly nice take on the style. I could have done without the earthy musty character but who knows how old this offering was.

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Photo of obrike
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in at the Rundberg HEB in Austin on Sunday for a pool party. Wanted something a bit light for a hot day.

Pours a reddish-brown in my pint glass...super clear, head does not last long at all..very spotty lacing.

Malty brown sugar, some spice as well, albeit buried a bit. Certainly not too bad...wish it were more pronounced.

Taste followed scent. Malt heavy, dry, sweet crackers, a bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink, but pretty one dimensional. Not a bad choice for a locally brewed beer to drink on a hot summer day. Much better than any bmc product, yet still lacking the flavor to be a regular staple.

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Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed May 13th, 2012 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas.

Beer is a clear, reddish caramel hue with no head.

No aroma from the pint glass.

Flavor can charitably be described as subtle. Caramel malts, somewhat sweet and with very low bitterness. Designed to be inoffensive, maybe a Fat Tire substitute?

Slightly watery mouthfeel and undercarbonated: very still in the mouth.

Unremarkable and not worth having again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a standard pint.

A: Light brown. Medium effervescence which burns out pretty quickly, and a slight bubbly head, which also dissipates quickly and completely. No lacing.

S: Hints of milk chocolate, butterscotch, lightly roasted coffee, maple, and tea leaves accent a subdued malt tone.

T: Light malt with just a little cocoa and butterscotch. Woody with a little hop.

M: Light and refreshing, but enough robustness to give it full bodied character. Lightly bitter finish. Does feel a little washed-out though.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is okay. No real head or lacing to speak of. Nose has a a lot of subtle hints complimenting a light malty body. Flavor is pretty solid. Light malty body balanced with a lot of little notes, and a refreshing body and subdued bittersweet finish. Overall, this is pretty decent quaff.

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 239 ratings