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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 metter98
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 -5.7%
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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling eagle insignia.

A: Pours a thin, half-finger head that quickly recedes. Head is a medium cream color, while the body is a darkened amber that is quite opaque.

S: Strong amber scent. Darker and less creamy than many ambers, with faint hints of wood. A bit of bread and malt in the background as well.

T: Strong malt with some hop presence. Mildly sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A much stronger taste than the typical amber.

M: Moderate carbonation that sits well on the tongue.

D: A good beer overall, and I could probably have two or three in a sitting, but probably not a session beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark red color,poured well with nice retaining head.Smelled very malty sweet hith floral hop in there as well.Nice spicey malt flvor with a hop punch in the end.Probably my favorite of all the Rogue ales I have tried along with the Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly deep mahogany body with ruby/crimson highlights; capped by a creamy light tan head that holds well and leaves some minor lace. The nose displays grassy, floral, and lightly citrusy hops (Cascade and EKG?) over some toffee-ish malt. The body is medium; and combines with a very fine, median carbonation to leave it mildly crisp and then somewhat creamy in the mouth. The flavor showcases a rich, mildly sweet and lightly toasty caramel malt that's exquisitely balanced by bold hop bitterness and vibrant hop flavor. This beer is almost alive in your mouth! It finishes dry with a rousing flash of hop bitterness and some lingering malt and hop. Very nicely done! It's straight-forward, and not really complex; but fairly rich in flavor. This beer should be the touchstone of the style!

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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 Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, topped with a couple fingers of off-white foamy head. This sticks around with a frothy ½ finger, throwing a good bit of spotty froth up onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy and citric up front, but there is also a lot of roastiness and sweet caramel from those underlying notes that push through here as well. The more I sniff at this, the more I’m getting a rich smoky tanginess from that combo of malt and fruit in the nose.

The taste has a green citric bitterness to it that mostly controls the profile but this is well balanced by a liberal dose of caramel malts before a big flush of roast kicks into the backend of the profile, trailing a mix of toasty burnt malt and leftover bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness on the tongue that then eventually gets much more smooth and creamy along the sides and back of the feel. Just a light touch of warmth kisses the back of each sip.

This is a solid take on the American Amber style from Rogue, with an even mix of hops and sweetness, and then some more roasted character emerging to keep this interesting. This wasn’t the most full flavored example of the style that I’ve ever had but it got the job done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong caramelized malts, some fruity sweetness and a good hops background.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, tea, a little citrus and a nice strong hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to pick if you’re looking for a milder version of an American IPA. Even though on most nights I’d choose the IPA first, I could certainly drink quite a bit of this beer in an evening, if I were to select it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a dark, cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts mostly, bready, with a hint of piney hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, with nice toasty caramel malts, bready, and a mild hop bitterness following and lingering in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable; smooth and non-threatening to even the weak of heart.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.79 12oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours an opaque, deep amber body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted bread crusts with a sprinkling of coffee grounds. Hops impart a scent of spruce with a hint of fresh mint in there as well.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a good measure of roast and breadiness. Mild spruce character and only a reasonable, medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp. Faint mintiness shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent amber ale.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 2 finger fluffy beige head, that fades to a thin sticky lace.
Smell of toasted white bread, caramel, sweet oranges and pineapple.
Taste of toasted grains and bread crust, burnt sugar and hints of nuttiness, with orange zest in the back from start to finish. Mild dark spicy feel. Grapefruit and hop resin in the finish, and a lingering black tea more than mild bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat chewy.
Nicely malt/hops balanced amber ale, pretty cheap also.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous burnished copper that explodes with a red-orange radiance when held to my sunlit front window. The orangish beige head makes whipped cream feel inferior; chunky bits and broken sheets of lace stick like mad to the glass. This one is a looker, no two ways about it.

American Amber possesses an Anglo-American hop nose of sweet fruit (apricots, oranges) with light brown sugar accents that heighten the anticipation of the actual tasting. The nose could be a bit stronger, but it's wonderful without a doubt. The bottle says that the beer smells like coffee. What?

Damn, these guys can brew! Classic Rogue: flavor to burn, heavy on the hops. It isn't as hoppy as some of their line, but it's hoppy enough. The sturdy malt backbone contributes a mite too much caramel for my tastes, but that's nitpicking to some extent because this stuff tastes so damn good.

The hops are an equal mix of sweet citrus and orchard fruit with a tea leaf-like flavor and a snappy bitterness that dominates the long finish. Medium-full, infinitely smooth and slightly slick, the mouthfeel allows the beer to be consumed with ridiculous ease. As always, the wonderful flavor has a lot to do with the high degree of drinkability as well.

I'd have to say that I prefer St. Rogue Red (Chinook, Centennial) over American Amber (East Kent Goldings, Cascade) because of the hop varieties used. They're both excellent versions though and are further evidence--as if any more was needed--that Rogue is a world-class brewery. Thanks to WVbeergeek for this kicker to a great trade.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours caramel with a 1 finger deep sand colored head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Slight sweet malt & a little bit of hops as it warms

T: Sweet malt & herbal/piney hops up front. Some caramel sweetness sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes with a big piney hop smack & some dryness & fruittyness. Very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, medium, slightlty prickly carbonation with good blalance. Skews hoppy but approriate for the style IMO

Easy drinking amber that is nothing mind blowing, but a solid amber no the less

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice medium amber pour with a small head of white on top of the glass that settled down nicely into a light coating of lacing all around the edges of the glass. aroma is sweet with nice light bready malts, hints of caramel and a touch of light earthy hops. crisp and clean, the hops are a bit more prevelant in the taste as a nice touch of pine bites the tongue with a smooth, sweet finish that is slightly dry while retaining nice touches of sweetness throughout the flavor.

overall really nicely done, not a knockout but very drinkable and very sessionable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Below is my original review of the Amber ale. Here is my review of Jazz Guy Ale:

Great four-finger head with a slow settling rate. It leaves a lot of clumpy lace on the glass. This is a cloudy brew with an orange, dark amber hue.

Nicely balanced crystal malt with a muted fresh hop in the background.

Great mild crystal malt start that gives way to a strong hop pellet presence. The body is thinner than I would like. This reminds me of a very good homebrew, from the cloudy look to the yeasty flavor.


Impressive three-finger beige head, leaving spotty lace. the color is a cloudy orange-tan, similar to dark ESB or a light brown ale.

Strong caramel aromas; very sweet. Little hop aroma. This smells similar to barley wine with a lot of residual sugars present.

High amount of bittering hop. Average to full body, with a high level of carbonation. The malts feature crystal and (maybe) a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste is an excellent blend of smooth malty creaminess and strong bittering hop, which lingers longer than the former.

This is a full-flavored entry to the American ales. For that, it deserves praise. Virtually flawless, I would recommend it with any strongly flavored food, such as cheeses, BBQ or beef.

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

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark and tawny amber in colour with a light tan lace that does not want to recede.

Smell: Rich caramel and toffee aromas mingle with a whiff of pungent hop.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel and medium bodied with a battle between malt and hops. On one side is the malt with its deep caramel and roasted malt flavour from the highly kilned crystal malt. Then there is the hops ... a nice blend of Cascade and Kent Goldings to give this brew the ying for the yang in bitterness and flavour. The after taste is of fading roasted malt and some residual sweetness.

Notes: This brew could also be considered as a brown ale due to its deep colour and roasted flavours. Great cold season session brew with a hot pot of beef stew.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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