American Amber Ale
Rogue Ales

American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #58
Ranked #22,212
3.85 | pDev: 10.91%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale
Notes: American Amber Ale is the second-ever beer created by Rogue’s brewmaster John Maier. This tawny amber brew with a toffee aroma, delicate roasted malt notes and smooth finish displays what beer judges call the “perfect embodiment of an American Amber Ale."

Ingredients: C40, C150, 2-Row & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

53 IBU
73.1 AA
23º Lovibond
Reviews: 730 | Ratings: 1,470 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle, as Rogue American Amber Ale, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. The beer starts pouring out of the bottle by its own will. Dark amber colour, moderate beige head. Malty and bready aroma, notes of bakery and caramel, also some fruity hops, hints of spices. The flavour is malty and earthy with caramel and toffee, decent hops in the finish.

Dec 06, 2020
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours two fingers of barely off white head into a concave water glass. Pretty normal looking, with a little soapiness as the head starts to fade. Head retention is a little above average, a pretty good film still lingers, and good initial lacing. Body looks more like a dark burnt orange than an amber. Visibility is low, looks cloudy. Looks like a medium amount of bubbles coming up. Looks very nice so far.

Nose is not amazing. Kinda has a characterless bitterness, with a one dimensional pale malt aroma. Almost extracty aroma. Not really any caramel or bread notes going on. It doesn't smell all too great.

Flavor is better than the nose thankfully. Medium amount of hops are here, which is an appropriate amount. The malt profile overall is a pretty good deep flavor, with a little rough spot at the end, but that's ok. Not getting too much extract flavor, which is good. Pretty well balanced. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Body and carbonation are about medium. Bitterness is appropriate and doesn't linger. Sugars do not stick, and it's sessionable. Nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very good. It's a well balanced beer that isn't too heavy.

The appearance turned out decent. Spotty lacing, but not terrible. Pretty good initial pour and retention.

Overall an interesting revisit to this beer. The nose was way off, but the flavor was about what I remembered it to be. One of the better beers from Rogue's flagship line, not quite as stellar this time around, but still a good flavor.

Note: Couldn't initially find a bottling date, but on further inspection I could make out a bottling date of 4 months ago. In an amber, I feel like that shouldn't make a huge difference. But maybe it was slightly oxidized, and that explains the nose? Regardless, I bought this from the brewery, and they should not be selling old product.

Jan 04, 2019
Photo of rickyjreyes
rickyjreyes from California

4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer!!! Granted, I had it fresh at the brewery in Oregon. I love Rogue beers and highly advise going to their brewery. It's small, quaint, and feels like the quintessential essence of nature. Not too strong and not too light, it's the perfect medium beer! I wish they would sell it at a large scale because I live in Cali and can never find it.

Apr 17, 2018
Photo of sloggettstrength
sloggettstrength from Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Look: a dark amber/copper color with a very small layer of head that leaves quickly.

Smell: Aroma of malt and grassy hops.

Taste: Quite a bite of hops at first then the caramel malt hits ya.

Feel: Medium bodied, nothing out of the ordinary.

A good beer, not my favorite amber; but would have again.

Aug 12, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
josanguapo from Spain

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Games of Thrones 7x01. Well executed standard american amber, without displeasing notes but a bit watery body

Jul 25, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a amber colored body that leaves a half finger white head, lasts for about thirty seconds and then dies. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing was seen at all. The smell has some roasty hops combined very nicely with some caramels and coffee. The taste has some bitter hops coming out a bit stronger and giving a quick bite and allows a slow flavor of the coffee and caramel coming out. On the palate, she sits about a medium with nothing obscure on the tongue, just an overall basic good feel. Overall, I like this and would have it again.

Jun 25, 2017
Photo of Red5StandingBy
Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into USS Ronald Reagan standard pint glass. No bottling or freshness date to be found.

L: Hazy amber with a thin khaki head that fades into an island of bubbles and a nice ring.

S: Caramel and toffee with a fruity hop note.

T: Again caramel and toffee with some citrusy hop notes more prevalent than in a normal Amber. Quite good!

F: Medium body, smooth feel, good carbonation and a clean finish.

O: A different Amber and a good one too.

Jun 18, 2017
Photo of q33jeff
q33jeff from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 13, 2017
Photo of Libeertarian
Libeertarian from Montana

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Apr 06, 2016
Photo of _drummer_
_drummer_ from China

4.62/5  rDev +20%
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.

Feb 08, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Jan 28, 2016
Photo of BeerWithMike
BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jan 25, 2016
Photo of PatrickCT
PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Dec 28, 2015
Photo of stevoj
stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 29, 2015
Photo of dbl_delta
dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Oct 13, 2015
Photo of puck1225
puck1225 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Oct 09, 2015
Photo of Urk1127
Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber, brownish. Tan head
Smell of citrus. Toast. Bread crust. Pine. Taste is the same. Pretty hoppy.
Feel is frothy. Semi light.

Would drink if handed.

Oct 03, 2015
Photo of MrBrach
MrBrach from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Sep 17, 2015
Photo of chinchill
chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Aug 18, 2015
Photo of delta490
delta490 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Jul 12, 2015
Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
Grant_Satterthwaite from Alaska

4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Jun 30, 2015
Photo of Darkmagus82
Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Nov 30, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -20%
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

Nov 23, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
flyingpig from Scotland

3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Nov 10, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
EmperorBevis from England

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Oct 08, 2014
American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1470 ratings