Amber Ale | Triumph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/14...brewery draft. Pours cool copper amber brown with a white foam lid. Caramel bready nose. Slight sweet taste, nutty. Heavy toffee. Backed out by a light bitter. Fast finish. Really tasty, excellent brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at a friend's house

A simple well-rounded brew. Poured clear amber, moderately carbonated with a thin white head. Not much distinction in the aroma: basic malts with undertones of floral hops. Decent balance of malts and hops in the taste. Nothing special, just an average amber. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easy to drink.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samples at the Triumph. Pours amber hue with a lively carbonation. Aroma is of cherry, caramel malt, and citrusy hops. The body is medium and quite smooth. Flavors are dominated by citrusy hops with some caramel malt and ripe fruit in the background. Long, dry finish. I’m not sure what is this brew trying to represent. .

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Photo of lstokes
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer was truly lovely, a beautiful amber with a nice two-finger head and good lacing, but everything sort of went downhill from there.

It smelled and tasted very sweetly grassy, with some bitterness, some earth, and a hint of caramel arriving in the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth with a relatively light body--overall a beer that tastes good but lacks any sort of defined character. Good with a burger.

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Photo of shiptoshore
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- nice rich amber look with a decent white head

Smell- small hoppy scent with some malts thrown in

Taste- lackluster, hoppier than other amber ales I've had but not that great in taste

Mouthfeel- exactly like an ale, medium bodied

Drinkability- went down easily enough, but I was expecting more from an amber ale from this brewery.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub.

A- rich amber. Off white head. Lingers. Lots of lacing.

N- hops. Cascade I think. Sweet malt backbone.

T- lots of sweet malts. Some caramel and chocolate. Followed by delicious kpps.

M- amazing. Great balance of hops

D- goes down easy.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Triumph "Amber Ale"

Triumph's notes:
"Brewed in a Pacific-Northwest style. its sweet malty taste is balanced with a generous helping of Cascade hops."

Nice clear, ruby amber in color with a big, creamy head that slowly falls leaving a thin white ring. Looks a little too much like fruit juice I think.

Sweet hopes soaked in a thin metallic character that seems to pervade all of Triumph's beers. It just smells like processed iron, yuck!

Bitter hops have a strong, grassy character to them and some simple herbs. Malt sweetness finishes off the drink. One-sided, but otherwise enjoyable for such a standard 5% abv red ale.

Medium-bodied with decent carbonation punching through.

Of average drinkability. The lack of complexity seriously hurts this beer as it has really nothing extraordinary to offer.

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Photo of magnj
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Light amber, 1 finger head.

s - Citrus, floral hops, and slightly sweet malt.

t - Well balanced but leaning towards hops. Lightly sweet, citrus. Really tasty and a surprisingly nice interpretation of the style for a brewpub.

m/d - Light mouthfeel, not sticky. Easily sessionable, maybe the most solid beer they had on tap the night I was there.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber color with an off white colored heading that settles to a nice covering. Lacing throughout.

Smell is kind of skunky, a roasted malt aroma is present but it interuppted by the cascade hops.

Taste is very hoppy maybe a bit of an overkill for an amber ale. Also a burnt caramel taste is detected again interuppted by the hoppiness.

Mouth is medium bodied,good carbonation very smooth from the beginning but gets a little choppy towards the end.

Drinkability would be very good for a session but not that serious of a must try.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer last night out of a growler that was filled on 12/11/08.

Appearance: Nice rich reddish/amber color that yielded a nice thick creamy head that dissapated rather slowly.

Smell: Smells a bit metallic. The beers i have had from triumph in the past always have this character comming through, i dont know why. It has some nice sweet hops comming through but the metallic smells overpowers.

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy for an amber beer. Its got nice aromas of bitter hops and malts comming through. A little bit of sweetness as well. Overall its a nice amber style beer that packs a punch with the extra hop notes. It clocks in at around 5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Its got a very thin mouthfeel, almost watery. The taste of the beer quickly leaves seconds after each sip. Not a very strong lasting effort with this beer.

Drinkability: Overall not a bad beer. Its smooth and easy drinking but it lacks charisma and complexity. I would drink again for sure but its not a beer I would take another growler of home. If your in the Princeton NJ area i suggest you try out this place. Its got nice a nice selection of beers for each beer preference.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber with a patchy white head.

S: On the nose was some cascade hop aroma of citrus and light fresh pine scents.

T: For flavor the rich caramel provides a sweet malt taste upfront with a slight hop bitter finish of citrus.

M: very light almost watery on the swallow lacking substance.

D: Easy drinkability but overall a tad thin substance wise that made for a watery and lightly flavored ale that failed to impress.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Deep copper in color with a nice thick off white head a top of the beer. The head did stick around for quite a while and also a nice amount of lacing remained.

Aroma was slightly sweet with a roasted malt character to it. Also, fresh bread like quality to the aroma.

I thought the flavor was excellent and extremely well balanced. There was an initial burst of roasted malt goodness that then settled to a bread like finish.

I found the flavor and mouth feel to be crisp and refreshing.

I love when you have a beer and you wonder if you just had a piece of bread. This is one of those.

Medium in body with a very smooth mouth feel.
Nice brew.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint last night.

A - Arrives a very deep reddish amber. A nice sized off white head sits atop.

S - Ont he nose you can smell some nice hop over a bit of malt sweetness. Menu describes it as a Pacific Northwest style amber and the aroma leads into that.

T - Taste is very nice. More toasted malt comes through than one might expect from the nose, and the hops provide an amazing amount of balance with kicking up to a tiny bit of bitterness.

M - Nice and smooth, fairly light body.

D - A nice easy drinking session amber.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I downed a pint of Amber Ale with a burger at the Princeton, NJ location. The beer was an appealing amber-copper color with a light creamy head and some lacing that remained through the entire glass. Cascade hops comes through in the aroma with some citrus. Sweet malt flavors arrives on the palate first followed by by some bitterness from the hops. The finish is quick with continued bitterness from the hops. The beer has decent drinkability but partly because it seems a bit thin. Overall an average, but decent beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Princeton location: This beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that has fair retention. Thin rings of lacing. The aroma is mostly malty with some bread and floral hops. Medium, smooth body with a nice sweet malty character. The sweetness is imbued with an earthiness and woodiness that prevents it from becoming one-dimensional. Caramel and hops are present as well. The finish is clean and toasty with a lingering malt. Rather than going the safe Killian’s route as many brewpubs do, this beer is both flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of aalappatel
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer many times at Triumph's brewpud in Princeton, NJ. It is a very amber pacific northwest style beer. You can definitely smell the Cascade hops in this one. Aroma is excellent with very citrusy notes. Taste is excellent with the bitter hitting you first, then the malt. Not too carbonated with works well with this sort of beer. A bit on the watery side but still well constructed beer that I always order.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear amber with a small white head.

smell is slightly sweet with a nice amount of hop aroma, smells like the cascades they use

Taste. it's quite nice. a nice balance between the malts and hops. Really strong on the cascade hops in this beer (compared to others in it's style). pretty good.

Mouthfeel. this was my only complaint to it. seems a little thin. lots of small carbonation to it. though balanced taste, the mouthfeel is just a little off.

Overall a quite enjoyable beer. Really like the hop amount used in this one, bit unique. Again, i just wish the mouthfeel was a little fuller

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Photo of thetachibro
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured an amber\copper orange color with a minimal head. about 1/2 and inch

S- nothing too over the top. some mild malts along with a little bit of wheat in there

T- A little too watery for me. wasn't bad though. a little bit of a fruit flavor along with some mild hops and malts blended in.

M- very crisp and medium bodied

D- If you really enjoy this one then it's a great session beer. but like i said just a tad too watery for me to really enjoy

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber Ale

Appearance- ruddy brown/ red with a weak white head.
Smell- light malt and hops.
Taste- actually quite nice. Crisp with a light malty flavor.
Mouthfeel- again, like most beers from Triumph, watery and brewed for the beginners into the finer beer arena.

Overall- 1 of their better beers and was nice to sit outside near the train and drink on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/amber with a nice head of creamy foam. Cascade-laden aroma with some nice base malts in the aroma as well. The taste is reminicent of a piece of good crusty french bread that has been dipped into some sort of hoppy butter. Interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. An unusual and quite tasty version.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd have to review a staple brew for review # 50, and this is definitely my Triumph default beer.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with a quarter inch off-white head. Head dissipation is quick, and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Hops up front. Big citrus hop nose with a bit of pine in the background. Malt is present in small quantities--mostly caramel.

Taste: I love a hoppy beer which provides delicious burps. I think this is directly correlated to the freshness of the hops/brew. Definitely a strong initial grapefruit flavor with hints of pine. The beer is quite dry, but has hints of caramel maltiness. And not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light body for an amber, but very refreshing. Bitter/sweet balance is near perfect.

Drinkability: Like I said, my default brew at Triumph. Light body makes it a good session beer. I'll usually try one other beer at least, and if it's not to my liking I'll go back to the amber.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the good ol' Triumph brew pub on Nassau St. in Princeton. The appearance was deep clear amber with a 1/4 inch off white head that dissipated rather quick, leaving little to no lacing. The smell was very hoppy, giving you a preview of the generous amount of Cascade hops used to brew this beer. The taste was up front citrus and cascade hops. There was also a very nice balance going on with the malt. In fact the malt/hop balance was near perfect. Mouthfeel was good, very crisp, not heavy at all. Drinkability was also good, the crispness mixed with the medium body, made for a satisfying yet very drinkable brew. All in all a very good beer. I wouldn't say it floored me, but I would say it's worth drinking again.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased with this beer. It has a really nice amber color but not too much head, which doesn't last long. The generous amount of Cascade hops provides this beer with a very good aromatic character and a wonderful taste. The malt profile is strong as well, giving you a nice and balanced brew (which is stronger on the hops side). This would make a very good session brew.

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Photo of paulie
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely nice example of the American Amber style. Very hoppy in nose and flavor, mostly citrusy hops but with something earthier underneath. Much hoppier than the IPA, in fact, although not overpowering. Medium amber color with a very small, smooth head. Solid malt base with enough caramel to give it structure and body without making it syrupy or chewy. Got even better as it warmed, with more hop aroma and just a hint of fruitiness coming out. I wanted another pint after finishing my first.

If you like hops, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a amber color with some orange tones. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Very little aroma, some malt and floral tones were tough to sniff out, but a little aroma is better than none. The flavors were simple: malt, some limited bitterness, and a small hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium, and was smooth. Carbonation levels seemed light. Overall this beer is a little dull compared to other ambers I have tried.

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