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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Reviews: 721 | Ratings: 1,441
Photo of acoatley
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Thick frothy milk shake like head, translucent amber with slight hayze

Aroma: Heavenly sweet malt hits you like a semi-truck, light citriusy hops, oh and did I mention sweet malt?

Mouth: Crisper than I expected, dry finish, and chewey

Taste: Did I mention sweet malt? medium high hop bitterness, with a combination of citrus and floral hop aromas for flavvour oooh sooo good

Drinkability: This is my favorite beer. if I could afford to drink it all the time I would.

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Photo of nortmand
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is now the amber by which I judge all others. Nearly perfect.
Pours crisply clear amber-red. Beautiful.
Kind of a lighty, fruit hoppy with a deep caramel scent. Maybe some biscuit as well. An ever so slight metallic tinge on the end.
Delicious, smooth maltiness when it first touches the tongue. This is followed by a broader, crisp bitterness and a bit os astringency. Very, very tasty.
Well carbonated, per the expectations of an amber, but supported by the silky-smooth malt character.
Very, very drinkable. Thank goodness this isn't cheap, or I'd be poor in the heat of the summer.
A very nicely done brew. Sure, I ranked it awfully high, but this is easily the truest and best amber I've ever had. I highly doubt that any other commercial brewers are doing such a solid amber. Damn!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brownish color and has a huge tan head. Impressive! It has a nice malty aroma with subdued hops on the nose. The flavor is superb... there is a nuttiness that is followed by a terrific hop bite. I think I am in love. It looks like a brown ale, smells like a brown ale and it certainly tastes like a top notch brown ale, but it is called a amber ale... go figure. All I know is that I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of chaosmaster
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dry hopping is the key to its success. Not only did I taste the dry hopping but also smelled it as soon as I pour it into a glass. The body is beautiful, love rubby red color when put it under the light. as I have said, the dry hopping gives this beer so many characters to review, but they are all beyond my words. Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

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Photo of oelergud
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.


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Photo of ellisdee97
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz. painted label bomber poured into a pint glass

A:Pours a dark amber with a thick head which quickly dissipated to a wisp around the edge of the pint. Abeautiful looking beer.

S:Thick sweet malt with a nice citrusy hop balance. Caramel and coffee with a resinous hop aroma.

T:Almost syrupy with a refreshing hop bite and clean water. Deep roast coffee hits the back of the throat.

M:Being my favorite beer style this is bliss. A dry hop bite with a deep malt sweetness.

D:Good for one or two but not all night. Definetely a treat. Pick some up ASAP.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from the Rogue stable. This brew hits the bottom of the glass with utter royalty. Its rich amber color is followed by a tannish red head of pure frothy bounty. The beer gives off a definite malt nose with some faint hop aroma and a caramel sweetness. The tast is great. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness are well balanced and help to complete the brew. Overall, a wonderful example of an amber ale .As always, that Pacman yeast plays a big role in the Rogue mistic.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 22 oz bomber from Martignetti's

Appearance = great looking deep, murky amber, looks almost dark brown at first glance. Really good lacing and decent head retention. Looks beautiful.

Smell = Good balance between malt and hops as both come through in the aroma. Smells a little more malty with caramel , syrupy toasted grain but floral hops are also present.

Taste = Darn tasty. Nothing too complex here. Just a well crafted ale that's extremely balanced and delicious on all fronts. Taste goes with the smell, carmel malt and floral hops that compliment each other perfectly.

Overall = Drinkablility is exceptional on this one. This is one tasty ale that I'd sit down to any time. Another great brew from Rogue.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
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 ArrogantDeadGuy
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber poured into a Brooklyn pint
glass, offering a substantial and stamina
filled head. The carbonation was wildly

S: Sweet caramel malts and mild undertones of
hop and alcohol. The overall aromas of
malt blended with sugar was quite satisfying
in itself.

T: Wow! Never had such a comlex amber. The hop,
malt, alcohol, balance is fantastic. The
sweetness stays with the pallet throughout
while the hop bitterness is held exclusively
for the end. The malty flavors are caramel
sugary with a little roast/burnt flavor in

M/D: I drank a growler by myself. F'n great.
Smooth and interesting in all of its
characteritics. A best buy of this summer.

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Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smooth and tremendously drinkable. I was surprised at how much flavor the hops had, relative to the moderate degree of bittering. The label referenced a coffee aroma, but I got none. Either a very hoppy amber, or a very amber pale ale. Energizer bunny head (kept going and going and . . . ). Quality from start to finish.

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Photo of Lukie
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark golden syrup with a slightly red hue to it. The head was thick and bubbly, even sticky, and clung to the glass well, with great retention.

Aroma is some sweet honey and caramel, with some slight bready notes. There is a pungeant amount of hop which is evident in all three Rogues I have had thus far. Hop Hop Hop = American Craft?
Slightly candyish aswell from the malts.

A nice rich sweetness, almost like date buscuit cakes (yeah...), caramel, hints of mocha and sugar end with a nice balanced hoppy note. The hops leave that bitter quality with some hints of coffee bean. Very good.

Maybe the best of the three I have had so far. The taste is sensational with a massive blend of a lot of different flavours. The mouthfeel is great and very easy drinking.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown-orange color with a medium sized head. Smells like a traditional Rogue Brown ale, with the nuttiness that comes with it. The taste was terrific. I am not usually a fan of brown ales, but this one is a terrific synthesis of a fruity brown and a lager. Initial taste is of a brown, but the after taste is a deluge of amber that is very pleasant. One of the best browns I have ever tasted.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice Amber ale from one of my favorite breweries. Richly colored, robust aroma, delcious flavor loaded with toasty malts and hoppy freshness, flowery perfume, fruit, some bitterness, complex, medium body for good quaffing. 3D = Delicious, drinkable, draft (I wish this bottle were).

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Photo of Stunner97
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- cloudy brown beer with nice soft white head, moderate to low carbonation, lot going on

Smell- Sweet malts really shining through, caramel and other sweet notes are ripping through the smell,

taste- Lots of sweetness and malts and caramel up front, but the hops shine through at the end leaving long lasting good bitter finish, this is an interestingly well rounded beer, it really grew on me more and more,

Mouthfeel-- its was light bodied with medium carbonation, good soft feeling brew

Drinkability- really highly drinkable, one i would love to have again though hard to find for me at times, good quality session beer that could easily make nice night out of, pretty good well balanced long finishing beer

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Photo of cjgator3
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amberish red color with a huge creamy off white head. The aroma is a really nice sweet and malty aroma with a bit of caramel and toffee and a good dose of hops. First thing that comes to mind after the initial taste is how incredibly balanced this brew is. The sweet toasty malt is nicely balanced by a perfect amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a wonderfully crafted brew that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will surely purchase this again in the future. Recommended!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really exceptional brew from Rogue. The beer poured with a somewhat murky amber color, creamier and creamier lacing as I sipped and a nice thinned, patchy head. Great roasted malt aromas and some citrus attributes. Medium on hops. The taste was great: slight bitter finish to a warmly sweet, but not too sweet, flavors. Very dry and crisp; good carbonation that leaves an awesome finish at the end. Overall, Rogue does it again.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of amber, I hope for a beer that tastes like this

A- Dark amber brown-red color. Transparent body and a nice fluffy head with amazing sticky lacing

S- Bold cascade hops on top of some sweet, sugary malt

T- Amazing balance of hops and malts. If you look for malts, you get a mouth-full of sweet pale malts. If you look for hops, you get a bitter citric bite. All goes together well with the clean water and Rogue Pacman yeast

M- Smooth, clean body with silky carbonation.

D- Goes great with just about all food due to a great malt/hops balance

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have the Sea Otter variety here. This beer pours a nice deep slightly brown amber color wtih a 3 finger head that falls slowly to give a very healthy coat over the beer. The nose is nice, with lots of sweet caramel and sweet citrus hops. It really smells nice. The flavor is fantastic. The caramel sweetness is dominant, but the light citrus sweet hop plays very nicely in the background. The feel is just a bit more than moderate, with a very smooth feel to it. Rogue has done well with this beer. I like it.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We drank a wide range of beers last night for our MCD meeting and this one was up among the favorites for everyone involved. Poured red, almost crimson with a white head. looks beautiful. Hoppy odor, smells fruity and tasty. Taste is bitter, hoppy, some citrusy tones, almost biscuity. very good amber. drinkability is great. i will buy another of these on my next trip to the store.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich dark mahogany color, with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of bubbles on the edges at the glass. Rich malt--roasted coffee--in the nose and the same in the mouth. But not bitterly so. Actually a very enjoyable taste. Mostly rich malt with hops flavors of various types that, rather than meld into a single spice or fruity flavor, actually pop in and out, almost as if changing along the way down the glass. The complexity of flavors is most welcome and enjoyable. One obvious hop note adds a strange, "hot" spice that I can't quite place. It was present in some swallows and didn't seem to be evident in others. Regardless, extremely flavorful and something that would never be boring.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber color. Smallish head with just a few faint wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong aroma of citrusy/pine hoppiness. Some malty aroma, but it's getting beat up by the hops.

T: Initial burst of a slightly biting hop flavor. Very solid malt base keeps this one from turning into a dark IPA. Hops have a touch of a peppery/spicy note to them. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Fairly high level of CO2. Alcohol is nicely warming. Has a bit of a mouth coating feel that keeps the bitter hops from being to much of a pucker factor.

D&N: A very nice amber ale, quite aggressively hopped. Nice balance here that definitely tends toward the hops. Quite drinkable and a solid recommendation.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy amber with paler/clearer hues along the bottom of the glass. Nice head, slightly tan and a little creamy on top. Excellent head retention with minimal lacing.

S: Great hoppy nose with apparent sweet maltiness. Very impressive nose. Piney and earthy hops. Some hints of grapefruit.

T: Good sweetness up front, balanced out by a nice hop bitter finish. Some roasted flavor, really a lot going on for an amber ale, but great balance.

M/D: Slightly high on carbonation but incredibly drinkable. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - served chilled. Pours a nice ruby/garnet color with a thin off-white head. Smells nutty with hops and rich malts. The taste has this plus coffee, a hint of chocolate, and floral/citric hops that have a good bitterness and linger nicely. It has a medium body and is overall quite tasty.

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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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