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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: 1,453 |  Reviews: 727
Photo of bark
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is deep brown-amber; the foam is compact and pale beige. However, it sinks down to a thin lid, leaving no lacing.

The smell is very fruity with strong notes of grapefruit and bitter oranges. There are also some aromatic flavours of musk and toffee.

The taste is fruity and dry with perfumed notes of bitter citric fruits, butterscotch, somewhat burned malt, sweet notes and a lemon-like balanced bitterness. The aftertaste is very bitter with notes of musk perfume and green grapes.

The carbonation is strong, perhaps a little bit too strong. Small, sharp bubbles.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy ruby-tinted amber with a generous sticky foam head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Caramelly malts and some grassy hop aromas.

Taste: Big, piney, grassy hop flavors well balanced by the caramel malts in the background. Nice, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with relatively high carbonation, but not overpowering or detracting from the flavor.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. Despite it's rich flavor, it goes down easy.

This is a nice, honest brew from Rogue. It's nothing fancy, but it delivers some rich hoppy flavors with a nicely balanced malty backbone.

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

Purchased this twenty two ounce bottle from my local beverage center in Ronkonkama. I always like the colorful, original bottles from Rogue.
Phenomenal dark copper color topped by instantly disappearing head. Also a superamped nose with fruit, malt, and hops forming a bountiful melange.
This is a very strong tasting beer with a multitude of different layers to the flavor. Initially a rush of bitter, crisp hoppiness followed by a mellowing from the malt and a fruity edge and smooth chocolate and caramel finish. I don't often use the word exquisite but this beer isn't far off.
This is an excellent and aggressive beer with a perfect mixture of quality ingredients and sage brewing, good stuff from Rogue.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yet anothe winner from rogue,

pours a deep amber with a big head, aroma is faint, taste is bold spice and nice toasty malt, almost peppery, delicious.

mouthfeel is pefect as seems to be the case with all rogue brews. drinkability is very high.

a superb amber ale, right up there with Red Rocket Ale in my opionion, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy dark red amber, some carbonation. Lot's of lacing which I see is very common for Rogue brew's. Scents of hops, malts. and caramel. Very nice taste for an amber hoppy, sweet caramel throughout. Medium body. This is not a strong amber, but very drinkable, many can be had. Another excellent brew from Rogue's.

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

Creamy off-white head over an amber-ruby body. Moderate head retention and beautiful bands of lace. Aroma of floral hops with a hint of malty goodness poking through. Well balanced taste—nothing jumps out but it is by no means bland. Roasted malts and hop bitterness in a combination that is quite complex for an American amber ale. Crisp in the mouth but a smooth finish with mild lingering hop bitterness.

The rather big hop aromas are not overdone in the flavor or bitterness of the beer. A well crafted, well-balanced and eminently drinkable brew. Rogue does it again!

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

Brown bottle with no noticable date.

A - Poured a satisfying hazy, dark red brown and developed a decent head, that slowly settled down to a respectable lace. the lace stuck around all the way down the glass.

S - Strong malts and hops. Sweet with a toasty malt nose and a touch of honey.

T - This had a strong malt and hop tug of war going on in the flavor. Neither would back down, they continued to growl at each other all the way through the after taste. This is respectably bitter ale, it reminds me of some IPA's I've had, though without having as strong a floral hop flavor and having more toasted malt. This has that strong salty taste that always seems to come with heavily hopped ales.

M - All good here. There's a very nice balance of body and carbonation. This is a solid ale. Not too thick and not too thin.

D - This is an enjoyable ale, but the heft and the bitterness constrain this to no more than three a sitting for me. But those three will always be enjoyed.

Keep on rocking Rogue, this one's a winner.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in colour with an off white head. Aromas of roasted malts and both citrus and earthy hops. Full and satisfying mouthfeel. Surprisingly malty (perhaps Munich malts?) up-front with a late hop kick. Pretty standard stuff fare from this brewery, but Rogue's standards are high. Good stuff!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You just have to love the labels on their bottles. Poured a deep reddish-brown hazy color with moderate tannish head that was easily rejuvenated upon swirling. Aroma is mainly a piney hop , with some maltiness suggested. The taste displays a nice balance of toasted malt sweetness and hops bitterness, done in just the right perportions to yield an excellent tasting beer. Finishes ion the same way with the hops winning over the malt in a seductive fashion. An excellent beer. Will definitely try again.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an amber (duh) color, heavy on the red. The beer was a bit cloudy for some reason. There was a nice citrus hop aroma with hints of malt underneath, and overall was very clean. It was almost IPA-like, the absence of fruitiness being a main difference from that style (well the English ones anyway). The beer was full-flavored with some hop notes upfront and strongly bitter. The malt notes were a touch on the sweet side, but good overall.

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Photo of Stingray5
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear crimson with a sizzling off white head that dissapates quickly to a large, thin island. Unexpected fresh hop bite in the aroma. Heavier side of medium mouthful leads to a bitter taste with spices and the smallest bit of smokiness. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.

Very nice amber with a big hop profile. Would go well with bbq.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great dark amber ale,but the head is a little small.The taste is a clear crisp hoppy,malty flavor.You can taste some mixture of spices,but it's not an overpowering taste.Its a very creamy ale,but not the best Rogue produces.Still,it's better than most ales.

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

Pours a lightly hazy amber with a dense khaki head. Somme light lacing. Smells of mild yet fruity hops.

Taste is of fruity malt with strident hops cutting through the malt. Nice bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and aftertaste in the lingering low level hops. Rinse and repeat. Not complex, just tasty. Really drinkable amber with a decent hops profile. You won't find too many amber ales more enjoyable than this one.

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

Rogue American Amber Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an amber red color on top with hazy orange highlights on the bottom of the pint. Fluffy off white colored head with great sticky lacings all over the glass.

Caramel malt aromas in the nose with a spicy hop profile as well.

Thick, juicy malts are well balanced with biting hop bites on the finish. Very smooth and slick going down. Gets a little better as it warms up in the glass.

This could be one monster of a session beer. Another good beer from Rogue.

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

Deep ruby red, slightly hazy. Small tight head - short lasting. Light bubbly lacing. Buttery caramel smell, bready malts, hints of coffee. Tastes of sweet malts and hops - kind of a roasted character - well balanced. Smooth and rich, dry, and rather full bodied. Mildly bitter finish.

This beer definately grows on you. Not your average amber ale for sure - another unique twist by Rogue. Solid.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasty and toasty. Pours brown amber with a tan creamy head. Nice color, head fades into a thin layer. Smells heavily malty; caramel, butter, some nut, bits of bitter roasty coffee. Some surrounding dry fruit comes through. Taste is of roasted caramel and toffee that weaves back and forth from bitter to sweet and then dry. Fruitiness is apparent in taste too and balances the malty back. Medium to full body and easy to drink. Tastes real good and is positively interesting to me.

I bet this will be very nice in late Fall season, and I'd definitely like to get it on tap sometime.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Papago in early July for $4.95.

Nice looking deep red amber that poured a nice head with good head retention. Nose is a distinctive malty,earthy tone. Taste is of caramel malts and look out for the unusual for the style hop finish. Mouthfeel is typical of the brewery nice and full and chewy! Overall drinkability is very good. I would recommend trying this red.

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

*I purchased the "Rogue Sea Otter Amber Ale" in a 22oz bottle. Supposedly the Sea Otter Ale & the American Amber are the same thing, as when I went to review the S.O.A.A., I was directed to the American Amber page.*

Wow, this is a damn fine amber ale. The bottle text describes it as a "spicy, playful ale with a distinct character." I don't know about 'playful,' but I will agree with spicy & distinct.

Hops are very prevalent in this amber ale. That kind of took me off guard, since I have never really had an overly hoppy amber ale. I love all hops big & small, though, so extra points for that aspect. I would have to say the hops were more of the flavoring kind than the bittering kind. Very nice.

The Sea Otter Amber ale is very full and rich, much like all the other offerings I have had from Rogue. Lots of body & flavor. All 9 ingredients are actually listed on the side of the bottle, including cascade & kent golding hops, and top fermenting pacman yeast.

Possibly my favorite thing about Rogue Sea Otter Amber Ale is that proceeds from the sale of it "support the Oregon coast aquarium and its mission to expand our understanding of the oceans" (Quoted from the text on the bottle). Extra points for drinkability here, since doing so will benefit something besides your taste buds.

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, a little disappointed in the Rogue brew. Nice amber pour, tan head, good laces. Enticing malty, nutty, and a touch of coffee aroma. But the taste, hmmm, earthy and leathery, not enough malt – too hoppy of a finish. Somewhat gritty in the mouth. Just didn’t get excited with this one, kind of a bummer.

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

This beer when poured appears reddish amber in color and pours with a nice tan head, which disappears. The smell is sweet but not overpowering. It smells like sweet roasted malty goodness. Taste is of light citrus and carmel. The mouthfeel is sweet, rich, smooth and lightly carbonated. This is one good beer, and highly drinkable.

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

With a red, white and blue painting on the bottle, stars and stripes included, Rogue’s American Amber ale is a fine patriotic beer.
Pop open this bottle and pour the contents into a pint glass to find a nice head of tan foam, and a beautiful dark copper color. This beer has a delightful smell, hints of sweet citrus, and possibly sugar cane burst from the glass. A taste of bitter is noticed at the front and back of the mouth, with tangy hops in the throat. Some malt/caramel flavors arise later in the glass, but the beer is not as sweet as it smells. Light carbonation, full mouth feel, but not too thick. A solid beer from Rogue, possibly too intricate for a novice beer drinker.
Rogue's standards seem to hold up internationally, and their originals are unique and interesting, if not outstanding.


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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 JackStraw22
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no date

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark amber body. A half-inch of off-white head, retention was so-so.

Smell: Deep malty aroma, slightly bready. Interesting fruity aroma, somewhat like cherries.

Taste/Feel: This is a really good, balanced amber ale. Big malt flavor, nice crisp bitterness, but not too much. Slightly dry finish. Refreshing, yet still has a good amount of body behind it.

Great amber ale, try it if you have a chance

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a deep cherry red color with about 1/4 inch of tanish foam at first pour. There are only a few bubbles rising through the beer, but the head retains for quite some time anyway. There is a tad of lacing on the glass when the beer gets done.

Aroma: Citrusy hops are the first thing to greet you in the aroma. There is a bit of caramel lurking in the aroma also. As it warms, there is a bit of Chocolate &/or Roast that is making a subdued appearance.

Taste: There is a good bit of hops in the flavor also, but they are challenged by an assertive malt bill. There is an initial hoppiness that you notice at the beginning that starts to fade into a caramel/buttery sweetness that seems derived from British malts. Then when you think that this is your fate, the bittering hops kick in to leave you with a dry and almost astringent finish.

Opinion: Aside from their Chocolate Stout, I think that this is probably one of the best beers that I have had from Rogue. It has a lot of British character, while still sporting a generous amount of US hop varieties. This beer is really drinkable, but the entire presentation seems like it would benefit from having an imperial counterpart. I think that if you just brought the malt bill up by like 1/4 to 1/3, but leave the hops the same...that you would have a really nice American stock ale. Regardless, this beer is good on it's own merit.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,453 ratings
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