MacTarnahan's Amber Ale | Portland Brewing Company

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80
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MacTarnahan's Amber AleMacTarnahan's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
macsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel
Hops: Cascade

Still called MacTarnahan's Amber Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
250
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent red ale but nothing special.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 backlog. 22 oz bottle. Smells...hoppy. A little strange for an amber. I was expecting a more malty aroma. Also smells of citrus. Pours deep copper with a decent head, decent lacing. Tasting: more like a pale (in the Sierra Nevada tradition) than any amber I’ve had. The hops clearly overpower the malt. I like hops more than malt, but given that this is labelled as an amber, I think it’s a bit...confused. Maybe it should just come out of the closet and admit that it’s a pale.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cheesyd64
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fizzician
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fine, but a bit bland...probably not worth a repeat.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thick cream colored head good lacing until finished. A deep amber color, smells of some malt, some hops. Tastes a little weak, something feels lacking here. Touch of hops and touch of malt with a faint caramel addition along with some fruits. Finishes quickly with little left to savor or long for. Lacking pop and uniqueness to make it stand out among Ambers. Light-medium finish a little too sweet for my liking, balance a little off. Overall, nimpressive. Feels thrown together in the kitchen without the necessary, refining tender love and care.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle in Oregon.
Deep amber colored body with an excellent head.
More hops than malts in both the aroma and the flavor. Mildly bitter.
Fruity hops with a faint bready background.
Medium-light body.

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Photo of Jodio
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Asics
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brandon632
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of claybob43
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Albertson’s. Bland and uninteresting. Amber in color with short, dull head. Light malty aroma. Taste is weak caramel malt with a short hops bite and very short finish. Not much remains on the palate. Mouthfeel edges on watery. Pass on this one.

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Photo of Comatose1978
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gouettn
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, grocery store mixed-sixer fodder extraordinaire, in Sandpoint, Idaho. I get the feeling that this is a brand now sort of on life support, no?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sort of fizzy ecru head, which leaves some rainforest canopy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, lightly crackery caramel malt, slightly sour apples, some not overly aggressive orange and white grapefruit rind, and further herbal, leafy, and musty hop bitters. The taste is lightly bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, weak oily and generic citrus peel, subtle, but pervasive yeast, and more plain earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly inexpressive in its wan, and sometimes just gone frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and kind of clammy in its dime-store (ok, I guess it's 'dollar-store', nowadays) smoothness. It finishes off-dry, and very muddled in its lingering caramel sweetness, and equally muted bitterness.

Not a particularly engaging or memorable amber ale, especially given the proclamation of Cascade hops being in the mix. Very underwhelming, and hard to get into, once the hops show their lack of vigour, and when the overdose of yeast remnants somehow become the so-called (by no-one) star of the show, it's lights-out time, baby.

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

Photo of mikesubocz
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer. Nothing spectacular but good.

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Photo of bondjedi
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer21
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudsud
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grnmtnman
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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MacTarnahan's Amber Ale from Portland Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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