Austin Amber Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerSox on 01-12-2007

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of goochpunch
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A forced pour yeilded a thin head on this beer that soon fizzles out. Body is amber (of course) and very still looking. I get some toasted malts and what smells like Tropicana conentrated fruit punch. Odd, I got similar smells in their wheat beer. Toastedness comes out more in the flavor, but there is still that fruit punch flavor. Too much for me. Sickly sweet. Wow. Horrible mouthfeel. This is practically completely flat. Sticky from the sweetness as well. Yeah, I don't want to drink this. Why do I bother with this brewery?

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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.32/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of puck1225
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jnezda
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good head and wonderful reddish color. For the style the body lacks character and would end up in my session category. Enjoyed this beer with some chicken wings and potato salad and the spicy wings over powered this beer. The yeasty bready flavor characters did compliment putting out some of the heat/spice of the meal. Good carbonation but the head left no lacing. Overall a good session but nothing to write home about.

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2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/18/2007 (Tap @ Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, Houston, TX):

Body color of very light brown. White creamy head, small. Malty sweet aroma, some effervescence, but very weak. Malty sweet taste, fruit like berries. Efferescent. Refreshing. Eh, but I'm intrigued to try some others by this brewery.

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2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of roblowther
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck. The color is reddish copper, extremely effervescent with a thick rocky head. Looks great, really. The smell is hard to come by. Very subtle. Malty? Leathery? The taste is malt dominant, with a slight hazlenut & a slight metallic aftertaste. Hmmm... Mouthfeel is soft and only mildly carbonated. Overall, it promises more than it delivers, really.

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2.78/5  rDev -17%
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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2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Independence Amber was served in a 23oz pilsner hybrid (got to love big ass beer night at Little Woodrows!). The beer is amber with a chill haze. Smallish off-white head and almost zero lacing.

The aroma is of milled grains with some apple notes.

The taste is marred by some funky off-notes that remind me of the smell of wet paper. There are some slightly sweet malts and a bit of corn. Hops are pretty much mia.

The mouth is decent with a bit of heft.

Drinkabilty suffers from the beers shortcomings.

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Photo of tempest
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE: Received a fresh can and the diacetyl is gone. Sometime's a touch cloying, but there is an interesting mix of toffee malt and fruit esters. However, now I'm getting a hit of other spoilage, like a little hit of Brett. I wouldn't drink another.

2011 Review:
Picked up a single at Whole Foods. Poured a clear amber brown with a tan head. The diacetyl is immediately evident in the aroma and flavor, really wrecking the beer. There's a pleasant nutty, bread crust undertone from the malts, but they have trouble standing out. There's a dry toffee finish, that if this were a cleaner beer, would be obvious and pleasing.

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 227 ratings