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Austin Amber Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerSox on 01-12-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,891
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
218
pDev:
13.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
Gots:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Austin Amber pours a clear amber body beneath a short head of off-white that holds fairly well and leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The nose is malty with a touch of dark caramel, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and some non-descript hops in the background.

The flavor is as might be expected, with a basic maltiness that's perked up a bit by some toasty and caramelish notes, and a thread of fruitiness. It's not big on hops, but it's not supposed to be; and it's appropriately balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes quick and clean with just a touch of lingering maltiness.

It's a basic, refreshing and satisfying 'Austin-brau' that fits right in with a party at the neighbor's house, a pool party or BBQ, or night on the town. Worth trying.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours ac clear amber with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Good creamy retention that sticks around and leaves a decent smattering of lace behind. The aroma is actually fairly thick smelling with notes of buttery bread and caramel sweetness with a touch of floral hops in the back.

The taste is similar but waaaay more muted. Light bread and caramel form the front with some even lighter hop bitterness pulling up the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but definitely on the lighter side of that, with lower carbonation and a little too much of a watery feel.

This one started out promising enough but unfortunately was undone by both the taste and body lacking any kind of depth. This went down OK but it definitely wasn't the highlight of my night or anything.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
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 mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was a muted hops, with definate hints of grain and even a slight caramel. Taste was a bit thin, but had a definate sugary touch to it. Hoppy dry finish with a tiny pine bite. Very drinkable. Overall this was a decent beer, I could see this being served in large numbers as it is very smooth and very drinkable

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one.

Pours light copper amber with a fizzy head that fizzles down to a thin bubbly head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy/bready with the slightest hint of caramel and a touch of lemon.

The taste is grainy (cereal-like) with a hint of bread/light toast. Some caramel as it progresses. A touch of lemon and slightly metallic herb balance out some of the light sweetness. On sweet side, but finishes semi-dry.
Alcohol shows slightly, as there's not much to "cover" it.

Crisp with carbonation that goes towards aggressive/prickly. Light bodied/thin, but not too watery.

I would say "more hops, sir", but that would require more malt, too. Effervescence is a bit much by the end. Still, it is pretty easy-drinking, but a mediocre, standard, light malt-forward (but with some balance) American amber.

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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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Photo of sd123
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an Oklahoma Suks bottle, but this is the same beer.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is bread and some other malt notes, with a little bit of grain and some grass. The flavor is grass and bread. Fairly straight forward, but not bad. A nice, refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not a huge fan of amber ales, but this one is not bad.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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Austin Amber Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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