Austin Amber Ale
Independence Brewing Co.

Austin Amber AleAustin Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,146
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,041
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 13.1%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
239
From:
Independence Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
77
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 239
Photo of elNopalero
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours well, with a malty reddish hue to it. Light aroma. Tastes sweet but not syrupy, however the malt is evident along with a light roast. It’s not bad for an amber, however as it warms the malt profile becomes too much for me to want another to sip on.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
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 roblowther
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Austin Amber has a thin, beige head and a clear, brown or copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a little bit of thin lacing down the glass. The aroma is faint, but a tad bit of roasted barley is detected. Taste is of barley malt, mild coffee, and water. Almost no hop bitterness presents itself. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Austin Amber finishes dry and dull. To me, this is more characteristic of a lager than an ale. Overall, I found it to be borderline and bland.

RJT

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Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

It's a dark copper/ amber color with a thin white head. The smell consists of toasty caramel malt with some earthy undertones. It tastes pretty much the same as the smell it's kind of metallic and has a slightly bitter finish. The beer is light bodied with soft carbonation. This a sessionable/ average amber, not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during a visit to my friend Rich's house in Austin, Texas, this amber is a very dark, cloudy brown copper color with a fair off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma brings sweet caramel peach and brown sugar. I even pick up some mild citrus hop. The flavor brings more caramel and hops with a slightly grassy edge. Again, like the aroma, I get brown sugar or brown bread, maybe a hint of butterscotch. Pretty tasty as ambers go. It’s medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. The feel is smooth, slightly creamy even, with a slightly chalky surface. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my awesome Canada stein!

Pours a clear amber with, after an aggressive pour I ended up with a massive 2.5 finger off white head, good lacing and retention.

Bit of a grainy smell with some hops and hidden sweetness that other than it's sweet I can't put my finger on the smell. Not overly complex but hey it's an amber and it smells good!

Good burst of the hops at first and followed by a matly sweetness, bread and grains come to mind. The finish doesn't linger long and the flavors are very clean.

Light in body, a little light on the carbonation for the style, decently smooth.

Overall, I like it, good beer, I think it's an awesome counterpart to barbecuing. Solid amber definitely recommend.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is a clear amber color with four fingers of head. The beer is quite effervescent (as is evident from the head). Plenty of thick streaks of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malt comes through the most. Some hop notes shine through as well, attributing a little bit of spice and some floral notes to the beer.

Taste: The tasting starts out with more light caramel malt. The bitterness level is perfect in my opinion, and I'm really enjoying the slight spice that the hops are adding to this beer. It's a nice change from some of the over hopped ambers that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: This would be a fine session beer for a warm Summer in Texas. Alas, in Wisconsin, I'll settle for the one bottle I got in the trade.

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Photo of tempest
2.79/5  rDev -17%
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 ColdPoncho
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - Dark ruby body, translucent, small white head leaves a ring around the edges.

S - Caramel, chocolate, a roasted character.

T - Bland sweet malt. You can pick up a bit of hops in the middle. No strong or definitive flavors here.

M - Fairly robust and smooth.

D - It's easy to drink, but not enjoyable.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber (what did you expect), slight haze, filmy head with fair retention. Lots of caramel in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel and medium body. The taste is what drags this one down. A bit of earthiness up front and subtle but uninteresting sweetness in the middle. Everything dies on the back end, no hops, no malt, nothing. Bland sums it up.

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Photo of vdread
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from an Oklahoma Suks bottle.

it pours a reddish orange amber with an average off white head.

smells of caramel malts followed by some faint hops.

taste is bready, caramel malts followed by a slight floral, earthy hop note. more sweet than anything else. somewhat muted in flavor. it's a good example of the style, though not really bold.

carbonation low, medium-thick mouthfeel, lingering earthyhops

easy to drink and enjoy, but not the most flavorful amber

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Photo of ebraun
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: good reddish color, maybe a tad light. Head dissipated quickly.
S: sweet caramel notes with pleasing malt.
T: flavor was a little thin. Not a ton of character, but a good solid amber. Would be great to have with dinner.
M: just a tad light with lots of carbonation tingle.
D: Very drinkable. Again, this would be great for sitting around eating chili and watching the Longhorns knock their latest opponent around.

Very sessionable, I doubt that the alcohol is that high and it goes down super easy.

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Photo of jnezda
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Moderate white head atop a clear medium amber body with little carbonation, and thick patchy lacing.

Aroma: Rather like freshly baked dark bread, pumpernickel, perhaps, lots of toasted malt and some light caramel.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted malts, followed by moderate earthy notes, finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, rather soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Redrover
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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 MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy orange/amber with a fluffy off white head. The head erupts from a very carbonated beer and holds well, leaving a bit of lace.

S - toasted barley & caramel. A bit of fruitiness as well

T - same as the smell. This is not very aggressive in flavor. Not all that exciting, but certainly not offensive. A bit of bitterness lingers throughout as well.

M - very effervescent, but a pretty light body

D - an ok beer. Certainly a quaffable amber, but not enough flavor to get you all that excited.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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 skeetermoses
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprise surprise surprise. I had given up on Independence Brewing co. when I tried the Independence ale, I thought that was one of the worst beers I had ever tried. But after taking my 4 times a year trips to A town, someone recomended Austin Amber, I got the beer while watching a blues band, noticed the Independence brewing co label, and thought, "this is goin to be horrible" wow was I wrong. I really liked this one. So the next day I was at Specs and talking to the beer guy who happened to say that IBC was going through quality control problems (as in sending out batches of bad beer or infected beer) and just had gotten that under control. My advice is to retry the beers they offer, I just hope they have a sampler pack. Austin amber really changed my mind about them.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of beersheppard
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber as advertised. Clear, not cloudy at all. Head was a light beige, but did not linger.

Smell: Slightly sweet

Taste: Light caramel, not hoppy at all. Flavor was not robust in anyway. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with a slight tingly sensation on the tip of tongue.

Drinkability: A decent brew. Not the best amber. Could have more depth of flavor. Needs to draw on more of the toasty caramel flavor of the malt. I would get again, but not anytime soon. Nice packaging.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge foamy head on top of a thick golden-brown body

Aroma: Citrusy and malty with hints of light hops

Taste: Very much an amber ale with a malty taste with subtle hop undertone

Mouthfeel: Moderately fizzy and sharp with a clean finish

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, I can see drinking this beer outside throughout a long Summer's day

Verdict: Not a bad attempt. It's surely no Fat Tire, but a very tasty and drinkable amber ale none-the-less.

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Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre. Poured a clearish medium amber that simply looked thirst quenching. Smell was light, but sweet malty, and a hint of hops. Somewhat refreshing, yet it has a frosted flake like sweet cereal malty sweetness to it. Same flavor in lower dosage that I noticed in their Independence wheat. Not a particularly good example of the style and a bit overly cereal like sweetness.

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