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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Ratings: 1,464 |  Reviews: 728
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This style is all over the place and this is a good beer in this open house category. I expected something on the hoppy side and was surprised by the toasted malt and barley, smooth creamy flavour. Had to drink it all. Lovin' the only 5.6% sessioness. Amber colour, a bit cloudy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like this amber, although it is not at all an adventurous beer for these guys. pours a fluffy headed dusty brick color. aroma of toasted nuts and american barley. no sweetness at all in the taste, which i absolutely love. just good balanced and complex malts. nicely carbonated mouthfeel with an awesome bright finish. as ambers go, this is one of my favorites, although ive head its much better in the bottle than on tap.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger frothy head with excellent retention. amber and hazy.

S: caramelized malt mostly. Not too much of a hop presence.

T: Bitter and a little piney. Malt in the background. This is a very different american amber from what I am used too. Unfortunately it is a little watery in the finish.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly unique. I like the more IPA notes of this amber ale which maintains its amber roots.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber/copper color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing is present.

S - Smells of sweet malts and faint hops.

T - Sweet malts up front followed by a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a dry finish. Somewhat creamy.

D - Very good beer that I could see myself picking up as a routine buy.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that notes of orange citrus are more prominent and there are hints of grassy hops. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because it isn't as malty compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, at the Pourhouse on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, soapy and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves an array of sudsy arched lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, an edgy orange and grapefruit citrus fruitiness, over-steeped black tea, a mild oily nuttiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more heady caramel malt, hints of a heavier molasses sweetness, muddled citrus rind, sharp tea tannins, and herbal, ethereally piney, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is kind of on the high and frothy side, the body a decent enough medium weight, and plainly smooth, with a touch of banal creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the punchy malt and a lesser bit of the musty citrus hops hanging around, waiting for a place to happen.

A pleasantly drinkable rendition of an American amber ale, nothing really standing out to make it particularly memorable, but that's a style limitation, for the most part. This is the sixer that you lug to a summer BBQ, hoping that someone else brings something equal or better for tradesies, yet you remain smugly satisfied if they don't.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy copper amber color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a nice malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I appreciate about this beer is that it has a lot of depth with the malts. They are not overly sweet, but contain a lot of boldness and character: nutty, fruity, molassas. This is balanced with big American hop additions. What I don't much care for is the schitzophrenic nature that the hops play against the malts. There are basically two beers in one--an IPA and an Amber. Though neat, it's a little muddy to me. The tap version seems to let the carbonation and keg-sized volume to polish off of the harsh hop edges, add creaminess, and blend the beer better. This takes away some of the competition between the hops and malts. Better beer on tap!

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a bubbly, fizzy, off-white, small head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee, citrus and hints of floral notes.

T - It tasted of rich malty flavors, caramel and toffee. It had a mild citrus hoppy quality.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a good bite. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. Very easy to grab one, then another, then another...

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, cloudy body with a small head that dissipates to a ringlet; hardly any lacing

Smell: Nice caramel malt nose with a touch of aromatic hops

Taste: After a quick flash of the malt, the bitter, grassy hops make a statement; slowly, the caramel flavors re-assert themselves to a nice, well-balanced finish with a bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant drinking amber although I was hoping for a bit more in the malk department

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a murky brown color ale with a dirty white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with some noticeable hops. Taste is also noticeable by the large presence of caramel malt as well as some bitter hops. I also appreciated the low level of filtration as well as the full creamy body it offered. By no mean is this a great beer but it is surly one of the best amber ale I have had the chance to drink.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American Amber pours a predictable dark amber color with a short, creamy, light brown head. The aroma of this beer is amazing. Deep, roasted malt smells pervade and are wonderfully rich and complex. Distinct nutty smell is prevalent too. The taste of AAA is also dead-on. Flavor has toffee notes, mixed with some nuttiness. Hops didn't seem as strong as other reviewers indicated, and seemed mainly to help balance the flavor profile. The finish is sweet and lingers in my mouth. I love this beer, and feel that I could drink it in large amounts. Wish this were cheaper and available in sixers.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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