Desert Amber | Sonoran Brewing Company

Desert AmberDesert Amber
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Desert AmberDesert Amber

Brewed by:
Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copper in color, the Desert Amber is packed with rich crystal malt character, spicy hops and a hint of caramel. Smooth and drinkable, the Desert Amber is an example of what Amber's should be.

25 IBU

Added by hyuga on 08-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by hyuga:
Photo of hyuga
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large foamy head that leaves a thick lace as it goes down. Light amber color. Many aromas present in the nose, dominated by malt, along with a bit of fruitiness and a very slight biscuit-like aroma. On to the taste, medium hop bitterness up front with a clearly malty finish. Wheat/grain and biscuit flavors are present. Very slight citrus flavor. Fairly good malt and hop balance, but a bit more hop character than I expected from an amber ale. Very drinkable though, great all-around balance.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, slightly-hazy orange with a very good head that fell into volcanic pits on top of the beer.

Smell – This has a very well-balanced aroma. The malt base is toasted with some good caramel notes, and the hops are light and fruity.

Taste – Wow, the flavors came out bigger than I had thought from the nose. They are true to those observations, though. The sugary caramel malts lay down a terrific base of support for the complex hoppy notes. The light orange in particular was very pleasing.

Mouthfeel – This one is short of medium-bodied but very dry and refreshing.

Drinkability – This was definitely a lighter version of the style, but would make a nice session ale.

Comments – This was quite a treat for me, since it is brewed down in AZ and not available here in Seattle. Thanks to Gusler for care packaging this one up to me.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Showed up in the January BOTM shipment. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head. Nice lacing, surprisingly enough. Sweet, malty nose with a hint of hops. Notes of orange, honey, sweet malt, and mild hops on the palate, with a lingering light, citrusy hoppiness on the finish. Not bad, and not nearly as bad as the pale ale from this brewery that was also included in the shipment.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a slightly murky golden amber color, the head large and frothy leaving a fine thick sheet of lace to coat the glass. Slight floral tones upper most in the nose, malt and nicely sweet, quite pleasing to the old honker. Butter sweet at the start with a middle of the road mouth feel, the finish is spicily hopped, purposeful in its acidity, dry as a bone aftertaste and a real nice session beer, but still not the best offering from this brewery, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber hue, with excellent clarity. Thick, fluffy cream white head leaves rough, frothy lace. Waft of mild floral hop and dilute caramel upfront in aroma. Banana ester hints. Fairly tame aromawise. In flavor, the dominant malt component is a combination of light lovibond caramel and toasted pale malt. Rather lightly bittered, thus leaving ample, but pleasant residual sweetness. Pronounced floral, nectar like hop flavor. Devoid of citrusy notes, and I like that. Trace bubblegum esters add a slight candyish edge to the malt character. Meek in body and shy in dextrins. A notch above watery. Finishes clean, with fading notes of maltose sweetnened biscuit. Nearly a fine amber, but not quite well rounded enough. With a fuller body and more assertive hop bitterness to offset malt sweetness, this could be outstanding. As it is, it's an innocuous, tasty brew that grew on me. Pleasant.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with nvsblman. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a pint glass, formed a big ol' fluffy inch of slightly off-whitish head, made of big bubbles which shrunk rather quickly down to a small layer of foam. Slight lacing, but what does form stays put. A slightly cloudy amber in hue, with a slight malty aroma. Flavor is a well-balanced combination of light malts and hops. Excellent drinkability, this one has "session" written all over it.

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Photo of Mustard
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case 09/04 -- notched on the label's left edge.

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazy, mandarin-orange hue; thick, batter-like head; copious, lattice syle lacing; stellar head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of sweet caramel malt and orange type citrus.

Taste: Firm, biscuity malt profile upfront and throughout; light to moderate hop bitterness in the finish; slightly sweet; spicy, woody, herbal hop flavors; hints of grain; medium bodied with a relative smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Plebian.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white two-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Pale amber color, nearly clear. No nose, maybe because this was another one that was frozen solid. Brewer has this with "a distinct malty note", I know the malts are there but the hops dominate. Hoppy after taste.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color-yes. Very minimal head. Rather simple in both aroma and flavor, yet the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Melon like fruit flavors with simple hop and malt undertones. Somewhat dilute but an easy to put down session style amber. Perhaps a nice amber for the days when it is 120 in the shade. Buy it if it does not exceed 5.99 a sixer!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied amber. Rich, smooth, sweet malts. Subtle spicy hops. Well balanced. Very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is round and full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nice beer.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Uh-oh, month after the 'Best before' date. Hope I don't die tonite.
Good, nearly clear copper color, very little head. Miniscule amounts of lace and sediment.
Caramel aroma with a small amount of hops.
Tastes ok, the hops are here but barely. Slightly sweet.
Kind of feels flat in the mouth. I like the lable.
Maybe the extra month it took to drive it out to the east coast killed it...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer shows a brilliantly clear, full amber color and is topped by a thin, wispy pale tan colored head. The aroma has a sweet caramel note to it up front that is followed by a hint of diacetyl (mostly a butterscotch note), which is floowed by a bit of sweet malt character. The diacetyl is fairly light, but it does dominate the aroma. I also detect a bit of hop character in the form of a herbal spiciness.

The taste is sweet with a good malt character; I get notes of toffee, caramel, and a toasted note towards the end. There is a buttery diacetyl note here, but it is fairly subtle, despite being evident; perhaps it even adds something to the complexity of this brew. This beer is not bad, it is almost even better because of the diacetyl. This is not an overly flavorful beer though, a stander amber offering.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sample at the Cost Plus World Market for a $1.49.

This amber colored brew has an interesting cloudiness to it. A nice generous head came with the pour leaving a nice lacing. Nose is of sweet malts with a hint of spice. Reminds me of a year end holiday brew. Taste is good, sweet malts with a nice little spicy hopped finish. Mouthfeel is OK, nothing out of the oridinairy. This is a very drinkable beer. I will need to remember to serve some during the holidays.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Pours a rich amber with a medium and foamy off-white head. Thin lacing and decent retention. Aroma is spicy (cinnamon is my guess) with a caramel undercurrent. Flavor is fairly sweet malt and caramel. Finish is hoppy enough to keep it from being too sticky-sweet. A little off-balance but not too shabby.

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Desert Amber from Sonoran Brewing Company
Beer rating: 7.1% out of 100 with 14 ratings
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