American Amber Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
1,449 Ratings
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 dmamiano
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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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 ZimZamZoom
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foamed up big out of the bottle, fresh from the store. I finally poured it about 30 minutes later and got about half a pint glass worth of head. Wow. The head fades slowly and leaves a bunch of sticky lacing on the glass. The color is a very hazy amber.

Aroma of earthy hops and some caramel sweetness. Some citrus notes as well to the hops. The taste is a bit bitter all the way through, earthiness of the hops a bit more subtle. There is also a grainy character to this beer that is not entirely pleasant. Harsh bitter finish that lingers for some time.

There is not a lot of body here, thin and watery in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate.

Another over-priced six-pack from Rogue. Disappointing.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a cloudy dark copper colour with an orange tinge. A 3 centimetre off white head sits for a while but slowly falls away.
S - Nice caramel & bready malt aromas first followed by marmalade/orangey fruit notes & some floral hints.
T - The caramel and bready malt comes through at the front of the flavour as well. The fruity hop flavour blends quite well with the malt character.
M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. A clean, dry finish.
D - Something I could easily make regular if it was readily available at a cheaper price.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy orange-copper color with a fairly large, light tan head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Citric and floral hops, plus some sweet malts. Some biscuity aroma is detectable as well.

T: Aggressive, biting hop flavor and bitterness resembling grapefruit peel or orange zest. This is backed with a fairly sweet, bready malt flavor to add a bit of balance, but this is dominated by the hops.

M: Quite creamy and almost oily, with medium body and light carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

D: This is a bold, bitter offering for an amber ale. Loads of hop flavor and bitterness make this a very interesting and tasty brew, although it's probably not nearly as sessionable as some of its brethren as a result. Still, this is something I'd certainly drink again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Amber brown color. It seems like just about every Rogue beer has a thick, beautiful creamy head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Sweet caramel with just a hint of tropical fruit. Floral and citrus hops.

3.5 T: Thoroughly hopped, to say the least. There is plenty of malt character, but it doesn't quite balance out the hops. This seems like a slightly less hopped version of their Brutal Bitter. Roasted barley and plenty of crystal malt.

3.5 M: Medium body, a little over-carbonated and not as smooth as I'd prefer. Nonetheless, not bad.

3.5 D: If I want to drink a beer as bitter as this, I'd rather just go all the way and pick up a ESB.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark cloudy orange brown with a medium off white head that stays for a while and leaves a nice lace around the glass.

S - Malts. Very faint.

T - Rich flavor with a crisp bitterness. Strong malts with a stronger finish of hops. Good aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Nothing special but not an average beer.

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

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a pint glass. Beer pours a dark hazy amber color. Quickly forms a three finger head that settles to one finger head that leaves off-white lacing on the glass. Smell is dominated by hops. Cascade is prevalent with citrus and grassy notes. Taste is sweet for a moment, then the bitter hoppyness takes over. Grassy with lemon. In the mouth the beer is full bodied with a carbonation level that is just right. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of exlex
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Copper with a medium off white head

Aroma: Sweet caramel with plenty of floral hoppy notes

Taste: Subtle caramel and soft malt with a full almost overly hopped bitterness on the finish.

A great beer however I do find it to be overly hopped with the bitterness fully overpowering any residual sweetness from the malt. I would say this beer is too heavily hopped and unbalanced to be good as a session beer.

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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 mugglesandhops
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber Color Creamy off-white head, good lacing

S- Malty, citrusy

T- Citrus, you can taste the hops for sure in this one

M- Pretty full, sharp

D- I drank 3 12. oz bottles when i wrote this review and i have a fair "buzz", I could drink this beer everyday in moderation

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Photo of JRed
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent amber, mahogany color with nice lacing. A rich, deep aroma of fresh hops, floral notes, and cloves sifts through the air. Smooth, thick-bodied brew with a deep malty character that starts out with slight caramel sweetness, earth, spice, toffee and finishes hop dry. A great balance between the two creates a personality that makes this beer stand ahead of the rest. This should be the American staple beer: this is a beer that deserves to be guerilla advertised between Geico cavemen and Chevy truck commercials. A true American classic and the new working man's (women's) beer of choice.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 6.22.08 at home.

hazy copper color, nice tan head, stuck around a while. nice mild smell, a little hop nose, not much else.

good flavor, nice balance

overall, this is a pretty nice flavored and well balanced beer. decent on the palate and a beer I could have quite a few of.

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Photo of BeerMark
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue American Amber Ale pours a deep amber color with a nice creamy colored head. Not much smell to this one although the malt and hops are present. A medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Begins smooth with a nice malty flavor and finishes with some tasty hops(just the right amount for the style in my opinion). I like the balance of this beer a lot. Beers like this one are not overly sweet and do not slap your face with hops. I could drink this beer all night long. Rogue beers seem to have a unique flavor to them that I really like. This beer is one of their best and widely available across the U S of A.

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a modest off-white head. Good amount of lacings.

Aroma is malty.

Taste is sweet toated malts, biscuit, grassy, and moderately bitter hops. Bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very full for the style.

Drinkability is good although abv of 5.6% is a bit high for a session.

Overall a classic and tasty amber.

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Photo of bpwatl
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoed the color of the beer but oh the foam.

Appearance-Nice color but very foamy

Smell-You know it's hoppy but not too powerful

Taste-Not for everyone. Has its' share of hops in it.

Mouthfeel-Nice level of carbonation

Drinkability-That bottle was punished in minutes!

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

Very solid beer. A bit on the hoppy side and probably won;t be a crowd favorite, but I like it. It's just not my favorite red ale. It's a little strong, but has great flavor.

appearance - copper reddish

taste - solid, but a little strong

drinkability - good, but could be easier

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a glowing dark copper. The head is a full inch and clings to the walls of my glass. Great looking beer.

Smells of citrus hops, pine, caramel, and a hint of burnt sugar. Well hopped like any Rogue brew.

Taste is significantly less complex. The malt seems to take a brief doughy malt character before the hops takeover and come off as bitter, but without the citrus and pine qualities found in the nose. Slight hints of buttery diacetyl.

Well carbonated prickly mouthfeel that contributes to the bitter hops. Very drinkable, but the scent set me up for disappointment. Good introductory brew for the beer beginner.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a darker amber with a good bit of cloudiness and more golden on the edges. Head is an eggshell color with good retention and lacing.
S-Smells of toffee, caramel and a little bit of yeastiness. Kind of a bread dough scent to it with a trace of hops. A little understated on smell.
T-Starts out malty with an emphasis on toffee and carmel. Moves into a brief flare of hoppiness. Finishes with a yeast/dough taste. Overall, quite tasty. Taste becomes much much more powerful as beer warms slightly.
M- Carbonation and body were appropriate. Medium body and tended towards highly carbonated. Finished significantly dryer than expected.
D- Overall a very tasty beer. As sessionable of an amber as I've found.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jazz Guy label purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton,MD.

A- Good-looking beer. Hazy dark amber body that pours with a large off-white foamy head. Head fades to one finger and retains well from there. Lots of lacing left the entire way down.

S-Soft piny hops come through upfront along with a hint of earthy and citrus hops and a sweet malt backbone.

T-Mild earthy hop flavors upfront with a subtle malt backbone. Some citrusy sweetness and piny hop flavors come through for the finish. A mild bitter resiny hop flavor lingers along with some piny hop flavor.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and light-to-medium weight smooth body.

D- This is a pretty good amber ale. Mouthfeel is great and this one is easy to drink. Recommended if in the mood for a mild, hoppy, sessionable beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed under the Jazz Guy Ale label. Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a red ale with moderate carbonation that produces a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel malt. Hint of hops. Pretty basic.
T: Dry hoppy bitterness overpowers the rest of the beer...disappointing.
M: Oily, smooth. Acidic and bitter.
D: One of my least favorite beers from an otherwise quality brewer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a crystal clear deep orange. Nice large head resting comfortably on top. Good retention and excellent lacing sticking like glue.

Smell was pretty average. Sweet malt, floral, caramel and some fresh bread scents.

Very strong metallic taste with a bitter finish. Some spice of pepper. Mellows to a nice smooth brew as it warms. Slightly soapy? Good carbonation throughout. Not that drinkable for me, b/c I couldn't deal with that soapy metal taste for too long.

My first experience with Rogue, and I'm not that impressed. I'll have to try something else.

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Photo of jraycee
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark hazy amber with a small head that quickly disappears leaving hardly anything.
Smell is sweet candied fruits, pine sap, and bread.
Taste is sweet pizza crust like malt base fighting bitter pine needles. I wish the two could get along but the sweet malt comes up again in the finish leaving a muddled feeling.
Mouthfeel is the best thing this beer has going for it for my tastes. Nice carbonation up front, not slick and just a little sticky on the finish.
I thought this beer would be more drinkable. Nothing wrong here it just didn't work together for me. I'll have no problem finishing it, but I'll probably switch to something else after.

Edit: I had another bottle of this yesterday, and it was much better.

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Photo of jmalex
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle is the 'Jazz Guy' version. I grabbed this at Julio's Liquors in Massachusetts a few weeks back.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very clear ruddy amber into a shaker pint. A 2-finger, off-white head forms on top and drops to a full cap of foam. Lacing comes in solid sheets draping the entire height of the glass.

SMELL: Resinous, west-coast, citrusy hops stand out initially. They slightly overpower the malt base which is mostly clean but has a slight caramel note to it.

TASTE: The hops give a significant bitterness to the beer which is very apparent right away. Despite this, not a whole lot of hop flavor comes through. Flavor from the malt seems awfully lacking as well. The finish ends with only the lingering hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Seems a bit watery, but the lighter body is nice. Carbonation is at an average level and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: It seems like I can't taste anything. It drinks easy enough I suppose, but I'm not really wanting more.

I'll pass. Rogue has some nice beers, but this one is probably one that'd be okay to skip.

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Photo of dwpiercetx
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. Nice amber coloring, hence the name. It's got a nice aroma from pouring it into a chilled pint glass. Tasted a little bitter but as it got warmer, it bite wore off to more of a crisp taste. M/D was very pleasing, nice sipper or quite refreshing after an afternoon on the golf course. A little pricy but I've seen it less expensive at bigger stores.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,449 ratings.
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