American Amber Ale | Rogue Ales

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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Northwest Harrington and Klages, 95-115 and 135-165 Crystal.
Hops: Kent Golding and Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

53 IBU
73.1 AA
33º Lovibond

Added by kbub6f on 12-26-2001

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Photo of q33jeff
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'Can to pint glass. This is an old favorite, just realized I’ve never formally rated it.
Appearance: Opaque toasty light Orange brown. Small but lasting lacy head.
Aroma is grass, light barley, lighter hops.
Taste is malty, touch of ash, touch of lemon, touch of hops. Very smooth and easy drinking.
Palate is Medium carbonation. Clean. Lasting head gives it a slight creaminess that fades quickly.
A great standby and go to beer for all seasons. Go Rogue.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/04/16:

Mostly opaque, deep copper with amber golden hues in the light. Fine, creamy beige head of moderate retention, mediocre but attractive lacing. Caramel and toffee aromas the strongest, but smells very berry-like. Evidently, quite malty. Loads of caramel and toffee still to the taste, but more so date-like than berries. Tart. Earthy, leafy, leathery hops set in within the first second or so, and grow and reverberate well through to the finish. Nice pleasantly bitter aftertaste, more rindiness now detectable. Hop bitterness, in the balance, makes malty character seem just a little watered down. Fairly dry. Medium- to full-bodied, soft, sloshy, gulpable, fine, but medium carbonation for the most part. Yet, prickly around the edges, in a manner of speaking. Slight astringency to it. Refreshing.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. I got this one at Roadhouse Barbecue in Bangkok. It's a medium color, clear, with a slight head that goes away fast than it came. Malts, caramel, little hops. Great taste, very smooth. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red and orange colors, mild 1/3" head on it. Average lace and retention. Plenty of caramel malt notes in the aroma, nothing hoppy going on.

Taste brought some c hops out, maybe nugget/noble, played nice with the red and crystal malts. That weird Rogue yeast. Not weird, just distinctive. Its a serviceable amber ale without any off flavors or over the top aspect to it, general gateway stuff.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 1/14/16 with a good friend. Comes in a single "1 pint, 6 ounce" (650ml) nice looking bottle with a painted-on label for around $5.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a medium-amber in color with a good 1+-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of bready yeasts, caramel malts with a hint of citrus. Taste is close to the nose with some brown sugar and floral hops also. Does have a slightly bitter finish but doesn't last too long. Crisp and clean. Medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a pint.

a: Standand amber ale color of, well...amber. A brilliant, juicy hazy body with a minimal one finger white head.

s: Caramel and apple, floral notes from the hops.

t:Grainy dry malts, earthy and floral hops. Grapefruit rind in the finish.

mf: Medium, dry body with good carbonation.

o: Taste didn't follow the nose in this beer. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty American ale, and not overly hopped. Mildly bitter, pours a dark copper colo writh faint head and lots of lacing. Very enjoyable if you don’t like a lot of hops.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber with a HUGE off-white head. Very smooth, though - bready yeasts and well balanced roasted malt and hops. Slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not sure this is one that I would revisit frequently - nothing really stands out.

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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft into a pint glass. Slightly cloudy reddish gold color. A reasonable head and good lacing. Nice Amber taste, a bit malty, bready with some orange flavor. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of MrBrach
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - As expected Amber in color. Nice rich color.

Smell - Toasty and crisp. Not too much else.

Taste - Toasty with a very slight citrus undertone. As you swallow you can taste more of the citrus come to the front as the sweeter almost brown sugar taste fades.

Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink. Carbonation is decent, not overpowering, not too little. Good balance. Smooth finish without much aftertaste lingering.

Overall - Extremely easy drinking. A great beer to relax with. I wish it was available more often in my area. I would love to have more of these.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep copper color with a large, durable, creamy, bone-colored head.

Aroma: hops and malts in about equal measure.

Flavor: Sweet and medium roasted malts dominate all the way through to the finish. Excellent, near even, sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy ruddy brown with what starts as a decent amount of creamy white head but quickly settles down to mostly a ring. The aroma is very mild but what is noticeable is malty, with dark fruit and bread. The taste is much the same but a little bit washed out on the malts but there is a nice sharp hops addition. The body is smooth from start to finish and has a nice weight to it.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As always rogue hit it out of the park. Didn't pour it but it smelled and tasted of yeast and bread. Subtle hop characters added to its greatness. Feel iris smooth, outstanding for an amber ale. Overall I highly recommend this beer. It's delicious and refreshing. Easily quaffable and enjoyable. Will be trying it again soon

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fairly quickly leveling a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a caramel and lightly toasted smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a light bready and somewhat fruity smell with apricot and pear as well as a hint of nuttiness.

Taste – The taste begins with a toasted malt flavor mixed with some lighter caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is also a decent level of a more herbal and earthy hop upfront. These two hop flavors fade however, with them being replaced by more sweet caramel and brown sugar tastes. While much of the hop fades, other hops do end up taking their place, with a bit of a grassy hop joining the flavor profile. With a little bit of a fruity flavor of pear and plum joining the flavor at the end, one is left with a pleasant and somewhat smooth malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and slightly more watery side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly more appropriate for the caramel and brown sugar mixed with the toasted taste, but overall the feel was alright and did a decent job for the brews tastes.

Overall – A rather easy drinking brew overall with a good flavor. Nothing too spectacular, but a very easy drinker and a good go to for beer drinkers of varying taste preferences.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Wait, didn't I just pour a Rogue beer a few minutes ago? Oh yeah, I did. Ah well, here goes nothing...

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is a finger high, with a pale yellow shade. The texture is very thick (even for an amber ale), though the retention isn't the best. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: The aroma is redolent of your typical amber ale. Light Cascade hoppiness (flowers, lime, and minor grapefruit) is balanced by the healthy caramel-laden backbone. Really, it doesn't smell bad at all, just a bit unexciting. Just like I said, it's a standard (albeit well-done) amber ale. (3.25)

Taste: Again, no surprises here. It starts off with light hints of grapefruit and piny hops, while the finish is fairly malty. I'm getting vague vanilla cream flavors on the back end that are pretty nice. These elements strike a nice balance, though personally I could use a bit more hoppiness. Rogue's sometimes problematic yeast strain does a good job of staying in the background here. Nothing special, but it works acceptably. (3)

Mouthfeel: I don't think this is dry enough - while the hop/malt balance in the taste is nice, some of the maltiness lingers far too strongly. Ergo, it's not terribly easy to drink. Carbonation is slightly on the low side, making it seem a tad syrupy. (2.75)

Overall: Before drinking this, I had Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA...incidentally, it tasted exactly like eating yellow snow, so I dumped it. This, though, is far superior. Sure, it's just another average amber ale, but I'd gladly drink the whole bottle of this over just a couple ounces of the aptly named former beer., good job, Rogue. (3)

3.06/5: Just another average amber ale

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Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

US Pint Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
I was quite disappointed with this one after expecting a lot more from it given the reviews it gets here & the fact that it is a Rogue beer but it failed to deliver for me with the taste being a particular let down. There was a decent enough malt taste to the beer but I had been expecting more hops to it as well & just more flavour really. At first I feared the can was past its best but when I checked the date it was a mere couple of months old so that doesn't seem to be the problem, it just seems like this beer wasn't for me and its not one I'll go back to I'm afraid.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in a big bomber
Pours a rusty red body with big foaming off white head that pretty much sticks around
Some good complimentary subtle flavours
I like

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%

My very first Rogue beer.

Serving style : 16 oz pint can poured into glass.

Appearance (3.75) : A very tightly knit, bubbly on top, two fingered head with a burnt copper/orange body. Opacity is about 60%.

Aroma (4) : Honey, ginger, and planty hop character out front. Bouquet is loud and boisterous. Some roasted wheat in the background. Pretty decent.

Taste (3.75) : A very malty body with a distinct mixed hop finish. Some wheat and red bean with citrus hop notes. I can taste the heads of barley in the malt, as well as some cracker. The hop is fresh, plant-like, faintly citrus. Both malt and hop are exquisitely mixed here and play their parts respectively.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Medium bodied, with some prickly carbonation. Creamy, ends smooth. Drinkability is a bit heavy. Overall, average, nothing special.

Overall (3.66) : Yes, a good brew. I don't know if I'll finish the pint because it's a bit of a chore to drink, however the taste is there and so is the aroma. After awhile it gets bothersome and I did end up pouring half of it out as I was eating and it wasn't mixing well. I'd recommend you try this one at least to see what you think.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, you are right. That can did reach me by way of the legendary woodychandler. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, a bit of caramel. Taste is mild, a bit of hop bitterness, some light malts, easy drinking but a bit subdued. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Dare * Risk * Dream”; “Dedicated to Our Armed Forces”; “Tawny amber in color with a coffee aroma and a tight head. A dedicated flavor with a roasted malt accent, generous use of hops and a smooth finish.”; “Made in the USA”; “100% Pure Rogue”. The CAN depicts a hand grenade!

I pulled the pin with a loud Crack! on this pineapple and when I realized that it was far from a dud or an inert round, I initiated an inverted Glug! A quick pseudo-cascade formed a fizzy finger of tawny head with limited retention. Time was ticking away so I held it up to the light to gauge my options. Color was a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light coffee scent, slightly malty, not as rich as MY coffee and I am a US Navy veteran, but maybe other services like a weaker blend. I opened the hatch and Bombs away! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was lightly hoppy and slightly bitter with a slight biscuit malt sweetness as a counterbalance. This seemed like the Amber Ales of yore, back in the early days of commercial microbrewing, when Ambers were the standard. It was not bad, but my tastes have wildly evolved since then. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but overall, a one-and-done.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Translucent amber color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Caramel, nutty, a bit of freshly baked bread
T: Again bready, nutty, a bit of caramel, just the slightest kiss of hops
M: Medium-bodied, fairly crisp
O: Solid overall, balanced, just a touch simple

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Photo of justintcoons
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1 finger of creamy head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, apricot, and pear.

Caramel and bread with touches of brown sugar and toffee. Suggestions of apricot, grapefruit, and pear. Touches of earthy hops.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

Extremely balanced and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- hints of malt and caramel Appearance- Dark brown with a small white head Taste- Malt with a caramel backdrop Palate- Medium bodied, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, mild carbonation Overall- Not a bad amber ale but for the price you can do a lot better

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I absolutely love the color of this amber with its bright brassy highlights and sturdy hue. It loses points, though, with an unimpressive head of this thin fleeting fizz and a ton of clinging carbonation bubbles.

The nose is malty, nutty, maybe pecans and a bit of grain. There's hints of roast and a bit of tea leaf.

The flavors are more roasted, more nutty, and filled with pecans. The roasted flavor is dry and the malts are filled with barley, tea leaf and grain.

The feel is exceptionally dry but also thin and watery.

This is a good example of the style with all the profile pieces I want in an Amber. My only regret, and it's small, is that the thin watery feel doesn't allow the flavor to truly blossom.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.

It pours a deep chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head that lingers.

The aroma is malty and sweet. There are notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses with low to no hop notes.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste is incredibly malt forward with the sweetness of sugar, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, and molasses. The hop bitterness is mild but more noticeable in the taste than on the nose.

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