American Amber Ale
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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #57
Ranked #20,597
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
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Reviews by KVNBGRY:
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Aug 09, 2012
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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
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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
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TexIndy from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. The color was a rich amber with good carb and lacing. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly whittled down to a constant foam cap. The aroma was mostly floral hops with citrus in there as well. The taste was very good. Had a nice hop bite to go with the good base flavor. Good bitterness that fades perfectly before the next pull. Mouthfeel was solid and creamy. Overall, it's another solid effort from Rogue and highly recommend. I can see this one getting a call from the dugout every so often. (Occasional rotation)

Jan 04, 2008
KALIKGOLD from South Carolina

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

Pours nice dark ruby color into my pilsner glass with a nice thick head. Smells malty and Taste malty and hoppy with a tad of caramel. Nice mouthfeel and with good cabonation. Really good beer and is expected from to be from this great brewery. I enjoyed this beer with a kielbasa sausage. It was great for some reason.

Dec 11, 2005
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changeup45 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good, very drinkable beer. Pours an amber color with a medium foamy off-white head. A little lacing. The aroma is subtle with traces of hops and some malt. Slight roasted malt flavor with caramel, some hops and a bitter finish. Nice all around beer.

Aug 24, 2008
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wpreynolds from New Jersey

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

Nov 19, 2011
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anon from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 10, 2013
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bvcapllonch from Puerto Rico

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2015
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oelergud from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dim maple syrup body with lots of carbonation. Creamy light tan with pretty good retention and lace.
Spiced hop scent with a firm underlying malt base. Very inviting and fresh.
What a balance and still a distinct hop and malt profile. Grass, flower, sharp licorice root and herbs again rolling along on an ocean of malt. Smoky and pungent aftertaste, sweet and sharp. A Good simcoe like flavor comes through very clearly though none are in this brew.
Medium body and a crisp finish.
Highly drinkable and an excellent session beer.


Feb 01, 2007
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dmamiano from West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with a big head that is actually rocky and looks like whipped cream.
Reddish like in apearance.
Smells of maltsdried fruit and mostly ripened.
Taste is cready and caramel with a pretty bitter onslaught that drys out the palate.
Pretty good beer by my account. May have another.

Nov 30, 2008
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thisisshsas from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a deep red color that is a great change of pace after so many golden beers. No haze evident. Did not have an over powering aroma or taste. Tasted a little bit piny, and was relatively full bodied. After taste was much more bitter than anticipated. Not a session beer, but a great change of pace beer for a person trying to drink a different kind of ale.

Jul 05, 2008
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FunkyAbsinthe from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Aug 01, 2012
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 21, 2015
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cretemixer from Indiana

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

Dark red-oak in color with a tan , creamy, dense head. Fades to almost nothing leaving a fine lace. Hop bitterness on the nose with coffee scents. Roasted malts too. I taste hops first off, then a hint of tannins give it a iced tea character. Malts give it a pretty good balance. A taste of currants is also present. This sample got more complex towards the finish. Overall quite good.

Jan 07, 2003
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MSchae1017 from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 650mL bottle.

The beer is an amber-brown color and a little cloudy. It pours a decent off-white head that holds moderatly well and laces a little. It smells sweet and hoppy. The taste starts out sweet but finished with a distinct bitterness from the hops. There is a good thickness about this beer complimented by ample carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer to drink with a meal or just sitting around. I enjoyed it very much

Dec 15, 2005
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Blitzstyle from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murkey amberish color. Good head and head retention. Laces the glass nicely when swirlled around.

Some toasty malt notes in the smell floral hop notes as well.

Got a really strong caramell taste, and some nice bitterness from the hops.

Very creamy mouth feel to it with a bit to much carbination.

A good drinkable beer. Not the best but solid

Oct 19, 2009
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GossageBrewery from Missouri

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

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber color, produced a light tannish head, excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of caramel, toffee and piney hops. Medium in body, this American Amber Ale is smooth, has a foundation of malted grain, highlights caramel malt, roasted malt and bitter hops. Excellent example of an American Amber ale, one of the best that I have had of its kind.

Apr 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Aug 01, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

Oct 11, 2014
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winomark from Missouri

3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opening the bottle resulted in an 6 inch geyser of foam that gobbled up about 1/3 of the bomber and ruined my Sunday newspaper! Has a nice amber hue with a substantial head.

Good malty tones. Some smoke and coffee present. Mild hops noticable. Nice.

Lots of malty richness. Hops definately control the finish, which is slightly tannic. Sweetness shows up in the front.

Quite light throughout. Dry and tannic throughout. Mild finish. Needs more body, IMO.

A good quaffable brew. Nothign special, yet a good session beer to keep on hand. No need to seek this one out, but try it if you come across it.

Feb 16, 2004
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Butch from Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11 January 2007, purchased same day

They call it an ‘amber’, but it is dark, almost murky with a touch of orange. Like a very dark brewed sweet tea. Head is thick, brownish and dense. Nice lacing on the glass, but nothing extraordinary. Faded a bit at the end, but I did take my time drinking it.

The aroma is…hops. Lots and lots of hops. Sorry, but that is all I get. It is a Rogue after all.

Mouth feel is thicker than anticipated for the style.

Taste is still hoppy. Maybe a bit harsh. Bitter, kind of …sharp? Something is a bit different…

Love it. Like an amber ale with extra hops. My kind of amber ale.


Jan 14, 2007
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: small carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, mahogany

Smell: toasted malt and caramel--fairly weak for a smell

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, tea, and small hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, lightly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Rogue, but this is not as complex an amber as I am used to. It just did not leave that big an impression. In the future, I will pass on this for the price.

Jun 10, 2009
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jwps214 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jun 29, 2014
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