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 dutesanch
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a frosted pint glass. Burnt amber/copper in color, malty with a crisp yet slightly sweet finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this easy drinking beer. My second favorite Rougue beer to Hazlenut brown. Paired with anything BBQ'ed. Only thing to make this brew better would #1 for my local stores to carry it (had to buy directly from Rougue website,also got one from Bevmo site) #2 for it to come is 12oz bottles which IMO would make it a little more user friendly.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rouge American Amber Ale has a thin (shelf glass), cream-colored head, a very hazy, deep amber appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, medium-roasted barley malt, medium-roast coffee, citrus, and hop resin. Taste is of those elements, but of tea, rather than coffee. The hop bitterness is noticeable, but not harsh. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Rouge American Amber Ale finishes semi-dry and easy going. Overall, it’s one to check out.


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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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a hand glass.

A: Dark amber. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown white head. Craters slowly, but not completely. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Malt, tea, hazelnut, and a little molasses.

T: Bready, accentuated, with pecan shell, and tea leaf.

M: Grainy and gritty feel. Slightly bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Great head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is malty and a little sweet. Grainy and bready, kind of cardboard-ish, with a little bit a bitter tone. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Burnt amber color, the vanilla colored head recedes to a soapy film. Foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, and a bit of cherry.

Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness, a good amount of piny, woody hops. A little bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp.

Overall: Very good. It's not a malt bomb, so the balance is well noticed.

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Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a reddish brown color, with almost a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Big caramel and toffee malt smell with some lighter earthy hop tones.
T - Much more of the hops come out in the flavor, nice bitter bite that smooths out with the malt on the end.
M - A little thin but still a tad chewy.
O - A very good amber, mildly complex, and still refreshing with a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pored 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark oak amber with a nice 2 finger off white head. Fades into a thick collar around glass and splotchy lacing appears.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. A bit of citrus and cascade hops.

T - Sweet roasted malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Slowly builds into a hoppy bitter with a nice citrus from the Cascade hops.

M - Thin with a watery feel. Carbonation is decent. Leaves a nice citrus bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice quaffable Amber Ale with a decent hop profile. Reminds me of Ale Asylum Ambergeddon.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted this as a new deuce-deuce at local liquor store, and at a lower price than I last recall for Rogue this size, so why not?

Blurry brownish-red pour into mug, white creamy head peaks at a half inch then collapses to surface cling. Smell is primarily caramel & fresh bread, with a bit of citrus. Comes through even with the fan on behind me, so that's pretty prominent. Taste is as advertized by scent, though shades towards butterscotch, plus somewhat more bitterness than usually obtained through Cascade (for all I know). Calm with the carbonation, don't even acknowledge it except on swallow, yet there's enough to hold up texture.

A nice casual ale. Thought popped in my head that it'd pair well with fish, then I glance at the bottle & there's a little picture of a fish -- Rogue read my mind here.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance was, well, amber colored, with slight haziness. Decent head, creamy colored, which retained very well.

smell was sweet, with whiffs of caramel

Taste was....slightly disappointing. Pretty bland in fact. Some decent malt taste, but...not much to get excited about

Mouth was okay, not overly full.

Overall, a pretty average beer, I thought, not something I would reccomend or likely try again.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clean amber colour. Giant fluffy head. Awesome lacing.
S: Grapefruit with a little spicy/wood
T: Tons of grapefruit. Tiny bit of rich sweetened. Some biscuit/cookie. Firm clean bitterness.
M: Light bodies but it works in this beer. Good carbonation.
O: Very clean with great balance. Really good beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz pour on tap

look is a light amber straw color with minimal head and lacing. the smell is pale malts with some savory and roasted tones. taste is and extremely smooth medium feel with roasted and toasted grains and a very bitter piney hop aftertaste.

another surprisingly tasty amber

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real textbook looking amber. Perfect crystal copper amber body color with a nice red matching color. Head is large and nearly a fist full, with a giant light tan island of soapy and frothy consistency. Soapy lacing in rings all around the edges to match, with lively microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom. Great looking amber.

Bouquet is a lovely soft and sweet toasty aroma, it mixes with cream, cinnamon, slight caramel, and a light brown sugar. It's all there in a real nice package.

Mouthfeel is what I get on the first sip though, and it's quite watery a bit but not a complete loss. However, flavors still come out. An actually first flavor is the hop angle which has a mild pine like bitterness and is a surprise from the nose. Slight toasty and brown sugar flavors come on the aftertaste when swallowing. Some mild grapefruit like hop no the finish with interestingly enough the malts not really dominating which is sort of what I thought would happen after smelling this brew.

This is a much different amber than I expect and I put off reviewing this one for sometime, but I can't say I am disappointed by this at all.

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Photo of pkalix
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber, ambitious head . . . .
fruit smell (?) or am I buzzed? it's an amber. I smell malt, and . . . .
taste is . . . . malty and slightly sweet. nice ale flavor... a little light and thin but definitely drinkable. certainly sessionable and six-pack-able material...
overall, good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Banquet Night, AHA Philadelphia 6/29/2013 A touch of bready and caramel malt with hints of citrus and pine. Nice clean beer, but a bit dated.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a flat, semi-clear brownish red-orange with a lovely, slightly creamy beige head. Explodes when I open the bottle and stays just about where it should be size- and coverage-wise. Good retention; beautiful lacing.

The smell is the first thing that hit me as it overflowed all over my counter. Really great, complex smell overall. Tight, pungent hops balanced with really intense malt with notes of caramel and burnt sugar. Really fabulous aroma.

Thin and unoffensive on the whole. There is a really strong presence of both hops and malt here that is really showcased well in this beer. Flat, dry hop tastes hit you first but are closely accompanied by a slightly astringent malty finish. Neither flavor is too strong and, similarly, neither is really up front taste-wise.

Surprisingly light-bodied. Thin and dry with adequate carbonation. Good, I expected it to match its smell and appearance in being in-your-face, but it didn't. Either way, in some ways it is good to be so up front at first but really be a mellow, easy drinker.

Quite tasty. I know a lot of people that really like this beer but had never tried it. It is good. Smell-wise it is in a class of its own. It is beautiful to look at and enjoyable to drink. However, everything else kind of falls short. It IS a good beer and is well-balanced on the whole; but I had a nagging wish the whole time that it was all taken up a notch. I imagine on tap it would be delicious. Would have again. Would be a great session beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, dark red colored body.
The aroma is dry grain and little lemon.
The taste is complex with a nice malt side. Lemon bitter but the malt is the star; barnyardish taste but good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
It's certainly more flavorful and interesting than most amber ales.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber woody color with a nice thick off-white head with good retention.
Relatively light aroma (for a Rogue) but with a nice smell of citrus, pine and flowers and sweet bready malt.
Flavor is bolder, nice bitterness balanced by a semi-sweet citric taste. Spicy and strong orange notes.
Dry, bitter and citric aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
I could drink this all day. Very balanced and not extreme (which is good for a change) and still not dull.

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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 Act25
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown silk screen bottle into a .5 l cylinder glass.

Appearance : Pours three finger thick, tight head of off white color that slowly settles into persisting quarter thick layer. Deep amber brown in color with hazy not transparent appearance. Decent lacing on the glass. Light carbonation, almost looks a brown ale, but tastes an american red / amber ale.

Aroma: Caramel, bready, malt forward with delayed tones of hops. Earthy sweet aroma. Good winter earthiness.

Taste: Taste is masculine bitter not sweet. Little sweetness felt from the malts, which dominate the hops. It's a nice battle between the two: Malt major, hops minor. Citrus, dry finish. Easy drinking, a good winter beer due to the masculine bitterness, good with stews, was great with fish, shrimp, mashed potatoes this evening.

Mouth feel : Slightly light to medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Dry bitter finish.

I'd definitely try another. i like the smokey nature of the malt say compared with an Ellies Brown Ale from Avery. I'd call this a winter beer, and a brown amber american ale.

I am a fan of American Pale Ale / American Amber so this is one I would continue to compare with others. Well crafted and original.

I've enjoyed this often, and now it comes in cans. Great Amber Ale.

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Photo of screamking
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours a little lighter than copper, small off-white head,small amount of lacing down glass. 3.75

Aroma-Carmel, light roasted malts, orange, hint of brown sugar,very very light vanilla bean. 3.75

Taste-Carmel, light citrus hops, orange peel, brown sugar, taste follows smell constitantly. 3.25

Feel-light & watery, bitter & grainy, coats palate well but doesn't stick. 3.25

Overall-Slightly better than average. Nothing really stands out with this one, the flavors ate almost there but never quite develop. I would only buy this on close-out. Rogue does it again with a par beer. 3.25

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Photo of Samp01
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby red hue with a medium lasting off white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, sweet fruity esters and a bit of toffee and earthy pine hops fill the senses. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity flavors with some good earthy pine hops bitterness. Palalte is a medium body, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes with a combination of caramel malt, yeast some toffee and fruity notes followed by some good earthy piney hops for balance. Overall a very good, enjoyable, and solid all around amber ale, very nice.

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

Appearance : Pours with about one finger thick head of off white color that slowly disappears in to a thin layer. Deep amber in color with clear but not transparent appearance. Decent lacing on the snifter. Few bubbles seen.

Aroma: Caramel, bread like and heavily malt forward with slight tones of hops coming afterwards. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is slightly more bitter than the nose suggests. No sweetness felt from the malts. After taste is filled with bitterness but not very strong.

Mouth feel : Slightly light to medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation with slight hop derived astringency. Dry bitter finish.

Style Rate : 4
Personal Rate : 3.75

I won't have it again. Good to try but nothing out of ordinary.

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

Deep amber color, hazy. Lots of fine carbonation rising up to the top. Thick frothy head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Caramel, bready, some fresh hops.

I get lots of caramel malts up front, toasted, bready. Hop is juicy, floral, a little citrusy. Dry-bitter finish. Body is medium, juicy mouthfeel, a little dry, carbonation is low.

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

Served on tap into a pint glass.

This beer is a hazy amber color with a lingering white head. The nose matches the taste perfectly. At first I was caught off guard by the bitterness and citrusy profile. TO be honest I wouldn't be surprised if they used orange while brewing because oranges are strong in the flavor profile. This is borderline IPA in my opinion. There is also a fair share of toffee notes, breaddy flavors and smooth light caramel flavors. This beer is rounded out by a nice presence from Rogues signature yeast. A solid, fruity red ale.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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