American Amber Ale | Rogue Ales

American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale
1,451 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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Ratings: 1,451 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of Thiestru
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my usual pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a good almond-colored two-finger head.

Smell: Smells like hops! That's the first thing that jumps out at me, and remains the dominating scent throughout.

Taste: Very pleasant hoppy bitterness, mellowed by the sweeter malt flavor. This is very well balanced and would make a good session beer. Hops prevail in this beer, but not enough to make it jarring. The finish is pleasantly bitter; the sweetness dies pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not insubstantial; it's very refreshing.

Drinkability: As I said earlier, this would make a good session beer. There is enough nuance here that I wouldn't get bored drinking more than one, and it's subdued enough that I wouldn't feel overwhelmed.

Damned good!

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Photo of theghost3
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy dark amber/copper. It smells like honey with citrus and hops. The taste is sweet at first, then bitter. There is presence of coffeesque toasted malts along with citrus. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp with little acidity. Overall, a very drinkable ale but is surprisingly bitter.

As a side note, these Rogue bombers are a little pricey. What is essentially two glasses of beer costs almost as much as a six-pack of some other decent micros.

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

Has a cloudy , hazy , orange , copper, light brown color.
When poured has a nice thick of white head that will last pretty long. Nice spotty lace down glass.

Aroma was hard to pick up. not a lot there to find. some sweetness from the malt , a little grassy or earthy , hops ?

taste was sweet , caramel . A little bitter on sides of tongue but not lasting , or over powering.

good finish , a little sweet , very drinkable .

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Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American Amber pours an orangey-amber color with a slight fog to it, and a large,tight, delishiously fuzzy, light sandy-orange tinted lid.

Smells slide in slightly sweet of caramel and apricots. Toasted munichs and fresh oranges with bitter peels included join lightly spicy grassy hops.

Medium body with a lot of purring fuzz to it, feels real nice. Flavors come in just like they smell, with a solid bitterness from toasted munichs and citrus peel / grassy hops.

Very tasty, very drinkable.

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

A: Pours a deep orangish-amber with a lightly tan, orange tinted head that retains decently and leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Light sweet malts (brown sugar, light molasses) combined with some citric hop aromas. Less hop fragrance than the St. Rogue Red, but increased balance between malt and hops is still in line with the style.

T&M: Light caramel malt at first that gives way to balance and bittering from citrus hops midway through. The finish is balanced nicely between the sweet malts and rich citrus hops, which is on-point for the style. This amber is medium bodied with a light amount of tingling carbonation that works well with the mild hop flavors that emerge late.

D: This one is a bit too sweet for my tastes--I'd much prefer to session with the dry-hopped St. Rogue Red for an example of the same style from the same brewery.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my trusty ol Rogue Dead Guy pint glass. Look is a beautiful dark red with a nice clumpy white head on top. Smell is of caramel malts with a hopiness in the back. This brew is really balanced beautifully! Nice sweet malts combined with a hop bitterness. Crispy up front, but sweet and smooth to the finish. A little bit darker than a traditional amber, but what the hell. Once again Rogue fails to disappoint. Easy to drink, and i'm a sucker for the malt smoothness.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this growler at a local liquor store.

Appearance - dark reddish amber, nice foamy off-white head

Smell - pleasant sweetness

Taste - sugary sweet, malty, slight bitterness, nice hoppiness

Mouthfeel - nice lively carbonation

Drinkability - yummy, had the growler all to myself

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Photo of bobquick
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA's. This is an IPA drinker's amber.

Enough hops to be bitter, enough malt to be very drinkable.

Pours easy, looks great in the glass, and tastes like another.

Translucent amber color, smells earthy (must be the hops), with a medium head.

There will be a little leftover yeast in the bottom of the bottle if you are pouring into a glass.

Another great offering from a darn good brewery.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I'm not all that partial to reds, but this is a nice, easy-drinking beer.

It's amber in color with a smallish head. Smells nice, little hops, little malt, little this, little that.

Tastes smooth, with just a touch of malt & something else.

This is a beer that begs not to be analyzed, just to be consumed in decent quantities. Tasty, goes down nicely. A very well done beer without being extreme or standoutish in any way.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two finger off-white head. Great retention with nice lacing. Slightly hazed amber body.

S: Citric and floral hops and some roasted malt. Could be stronger, but overall pretty nice.

T: Rich toasted and caramel malts stand up well to the wonderfully citric and bitter hops. Well done.

M: Medium body with adequate carbonation. Somwehat smooth. Slightly dry finish with a lasting hoppy aftertaste.

D: Good flavor, good balance, good mouthfeel, good aroma - good all around. Would make a great session beer. God bless America.

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

Poured an orange hued amber with a slight off white head that sticks around. Clear body. Some lacing looks pretty good.

Smells of caramel and northwest citrusy hops.

Tastes matches what I smell with less sweetnesss. The malt flavor gets matched and slightly overtaken by the hops.

Overall a great beer that could go well with just about anything.

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Photo of baos
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Whole hand of light tan head atop a reddish brown body with good clarity. Very nice lacing and head retention.

S: Toasty malts, a bit of a maple syrup oatmeal aroma, and that orange-zest-beeswax zing I get from all the rouges. I believe that to be the Cascade hops, please correct me if I'm wrong.

T: Bit of caramel but not sweet at all. Burnt caramel maybe. That orange-zest-beeswax zing I get from all the rouges. Very refreshing and nicely bitter. Ends very dry and crisp.

M: Light to medium goes well with the refreshing aspect of the beer this would be a good summer beer I think.

D: The tang and metal sour hop taste kept it from a four but this is a good fucking beer. Try one on for size. Fits like a peanut-butter sandwich.

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Photo of praufs01
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy ice tea looking brew with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Straw and hay.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Clean and refreshing with a good balance of malt and hop.

Final thoughts - Has an earthy tea like quality. Very nice brew.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue American Amber Ale pours a finger of
tan foam over a cloudy amber brew- there are
many suspended particles in evidence. The
nose is molasses and sharp herbal hop. Up
front is sweetish malt, with notes of molasses
and fruit, and a sharp firm herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is round with a good deal of
crispness due to all those hops. If you are
accustomed to ambers with a more subtle
hoppiness, as in Fat Tire (or Fat Squirrel),
you're in for a surprise, but not an unpleasant
one. Definately a west coast brew.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into an English pint glass and it has a nice big head, and it has a dark amber colour. The head goes away because of the carbonation. The beer smells of hops, and it's hints of malts that come thought behind the hops. It's quite pleasing to the nose.

The beer is very hoppy, which can be different than some amber ales. I was a bit worried that the beer would be overly malty which can turn out iffy. This beer is very balanced, but is mostly hopped. The beer really reminds of an American Pale Ale. The taste in the back ground is slightly watery but has a sweetness that is almost tart, and I taste some dark fruits like plums. This beer is quite good, and very enjoyable. Their is a complexity to the beer that is subtle, which makes me keep drinking. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with a nice bite from the carbonation.

I could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You really never know which direction a brewer is going to take an amber ale. Will it be hoppy or malty. This is a very hoppy take on the style to where it tastes like an APA. This is not a bad thing as this beer is big and full flavoured( which is what Rogue do best). The hops are anchored by a nice malt backbone. This is a great Rogue brew.

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Photo of kensuthe
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown 22oz bottle with a man in a hat giving the Rogue fist pump superimposed in front of an American flag stylization, image silkscreened onto the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. A rich, full amber color with a decent amount of carbonation in the glass, capped by a two to three inch white-ish head with some staying power.

Smell: A sweet, hoppy aroma with lingering notes of caramel malt and some kind of nut.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A slightly bitter but also citrusy flavor of hops leads to a strong, smooth and sweet malt middle, and then finishes off with a strong and, again, slightly bitter hop tone. The mouthfeel is smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation to let you feel it in your mouth without being too much to swallow easily.

Drinkability: This beer is good for sipping over time or for swallowing in bigger mouthfuls. It is a little strong for an amber, but it is extremely enjoyable in its own rights.

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Huge rocky head that nearly spills over the top. Large peaks form in the head as the beer settles in the glass and the carbonation rises to the top. Lacing is incredible - huge chunks clinging to the glass as it goes down..

Dark amber in color, slightly hazy. Bitter hops smell with slight malt and dark fruit scent in the background.

Amazing flavor. This is how an amber ale should taste. Strong hop character with a good dose of caramel malts.

Perfect amount of carbonation - not too light and not too heavy, giving this amber a remarkable body.


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Photo of davidchollar
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark cinnamon color with a thick, light beige head. Decent retention. The last amber ale I had was Santa's Private Reserve, around Christmas time, so it's been a while. But after taking one whiff, I recognize and remember the style well. Such an amazing balance! It's hard to say what exactly I smell first. The crisp citrus hoppiness and the smooth caramel maltiness blend beautifully.

The taste is a little more bitter than I expected, but overall it matches the smell in its great balance. I would describe this beer as having a unique but totally accessible flavor that even the uninitiated should appreciate. Nice, medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable. I haven't had a bad Rogue beer! I'll definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of burtonbe
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in appearance, with a very nice tan head that just won't leave.

Chocolaty, malty profile in the aroma. This smells like it has loads of malt in it.

Taste is full-flavored, malty, complex, somewhat chocolate. Did I mention full-flavored? Honestly the only thing holding me back from giving this one a 5 on the taste is that it falls a bit outside of the style guidelines. It's too over-the-top IMO for an amber ale.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Chewy and smooth. Silky. Carbonation is right on the money.

Not very drinkable for an amber. Again, a bit too much for the style.

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Photo of JamesS
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark opaque copper, with great head and nice lacing. Very sweet scent, a little tart/sour, like an Irish red. Nice balanced taste, begins with a nice malt and ends with a great hop finish. Goes down extremely smooth! Very good beer.

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Photo of csmiley
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a 12 oz. bottle in to my trusty nonic. Color was mostly brown with some red hidden in there. Head was good at an inch. Retention was good while lacing was excellent.

S - Aroma is primarily caramel. That quickly gives way to a citrus hop aroma. The (very distant) background is made up of bread and nuts.

T - Once again caramel comes through as a primary player in the taste. That starts to meld with a citrus hop flavor pretty quick. Once those fade, there is a bread flavor to finish it up. Can't help but notice a slight metallic taste that comes through on occasion.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly dry.

D - Drinkability is good given the low abv. I could easily have several of these in one sitting. Worth a try.

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

American Amber Ale pitches a rich, cloudy amber with three fingers of light tan froth resting atop. Ample lacing adorns the trusty ol' DAB mug; excellent. The nose exudes more hops than I expected for an amber, quite nice. Some fruit and certainly brown sugar follow in tow. Hops are also more preeminent in the taste than I expected, though I shouldn't have since Rogue usually hop things up. Orange peel and tangerine are present, and the sugary sweetness nicely offsets the hops. I wouldn't mind a little more body, but that's little surprise for this style, and Rogue's version is no slouch. The late stages of this have an iced-tea taste that's an interesting, unexpected twist.

Good carbonation and a hopped-up finish help make this a really good pick. Really good stuff, another fine offering from Rogue.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one ontap at The Summit in Bend. They also had Dead Guy, not a bad pair of Rogues to have in my opinion.

Was a clear amber brown.
Caramel malt and a nice floral pacnw hop aroma.

Grassy hops come in right after the sweet malt opening. Finish is abrupt and crisp. The aftertaste has you wanting another sip right away.

One of, if not the most drinkable Rogues out there. Super smooth and really good medium body.

I have gotten cases of this (from Costco), during the summer, it's really great on a camping trip or as a session sipper.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brownish orange wood-like color.

The smell was sweet and citrusy, with little bitterness.

The taste, however, was much more bitter. Not too bitter, just more than I expected. There's a strong spicy hop flavor in there which usually bothers me, but it worked pretty well here. I also got some roasted and caramel flavors, giving the taste a fuller feel. Finished a little bitter with some citrus and apple flavors.

Rogue is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This may be my least favorite of their beers, and yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,451 ratings
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