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 buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark amber to burnt orange in color. A little too aggressive of a pour led to three inches of beige head and growing.

S - I get caramel malt and some floral hops. I also smell some orange tea.

T - I taste some sweet caramel malt balanced by a moderate dose of hops. It is very well balanced.

M - Moderate

O - As far as amber ales go, it is a good example. It is well balanced with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep semi-hazed auburn color with about 2 fingers of faded caramel colored head. Smells of caramel, roasted malt, piney hops and undertones of fruit.

Alot going on for a simple amber.Big body is broken up just enough by the carbonation giving a full mouthfeel. Sweet toasted grainy bread up front, lightly buttered, with sugar free jam. Caramel with a touch of raisin. Some apple flavors and roasted malt on the finish. Piney hops come into balance and complicate flavors. Very very good and very complex with tons of layers. Even though it's released in the summer this is definitely a winter brew to me due to the flavor profile and heartiness of this beer. Good show from rogue.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a huge, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, bread, some faint citrusy aromas

T - baked apple, caramel, citrus

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent amber but simple. The apple and sweet caramel notes are overdone. The hop character is citrusy and blend with the sweetness rather than offer balance. Ultimately, there is nothing here to seperate this one from the pack. I'll pass in the future.

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

Out of the bomber and into my pint glass:

A: amber colored body that leaves a half finger white head, lasts for about thirty seconds and then dies. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing was seen at all.

S: roasty hops combined very nicely with some caramels and coffee.

T: bitter hops coming out a bit stronger and giving a quick bite and allows a slow flavor of the coffee and caramel coming out.

M: medium with nothing obscure on the tongue, just an overall basic good feel.

O: I like this and would have it again.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber body, ever so slightly clouded. Jets of tiny bubbles. Nice light beige head.

S: Caramel and fruit. Quite sickly.

T: The nose doesn't deliver. Sweetness is overcompensated for by too much bitterness and while slightly fruity, it's not American grapefruit juice fruity. It's a bit like Smithwicks but, er, fruitier and more bitter. A pleasant spicy earthiness. Nice aftertaste.

O: Nice beer but nothing to write home about. I'd enjoy it more in a pub. Not quite special enough for home drinking.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt amber mahogany on draught with a quickly fading off white head.

Floral hop smell with malty undertone

Tastes of hop, burnt malt, and a bitter finish is present

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacking.

Overall, this is a fine draught beer. But, I will try it from the bottle when I get a chance. Great beer, from a great brewery!

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange color with a 1 finger beige creamy head that faded quickly and left great spotty lacing along the glass, and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, floral hops and light wheat or yeast; nose was sweet and malty with caramel and toffee notes peeking through.

Tastes of sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, floral hops, light wheat or yeast, toffee, brown sugar, syrup and wheat bread; toasted malt lingers in the semi-dry finish that is creamy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very little to no carbonation, a medium body and a very smooth overall feel. Really easy to drink and quite tasty, this is a very good amber ale that I will seek out again.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Tap House in SF

A - Dark copper to brown, tan orange and leathery almost no head or activity or lacing

S - Fruity sweet malts

T - Sweet fruit cut wonderfully with spicy North West hops, balance balance balance

M - Did I mention balance? Super clean on the tongue makes it very easy to take a few of these down

O - Really good. Very complex without being overpowering

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Photo of Maxwell
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a light tan head. The color reminds me slightly of syrup. There is also a light nice carbonation

Smell: Smells heavy with carmely malts and bready wafting.

Taste: Tastes very bready like the smell with some nice malty bits, and a bitter tongue tingling on the aftertaste. The sweat caramel maltiness is also there in the front taste and in some of the initial aftertaste. The hops are only really present in after taste, but they run a strong back bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thickly watery with a good back bite from the bitters. The tingle is harsh on the tongue when it is left to sit.

Overall: This is a nice bready ale with some cool malts and an interesting back bite. It includes all of the essentials of a beer; yeast, hops, malts. Yet it still only seems like only a mildly good beer in the end. Not amazing, but a good drink.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy opaque amber, with a huge head of rich and sudsy, tan bubbles. Lace is thick and loopy, but erratic.

Nose is biscuity and toasty, with a hint of caramel.

Taste is similarly toasty and bready, and pretty well typical of an American amber ale. Overall, a solid, if unremarkable amber.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep and clear golden amber. Head is finger width, decent retention, and the resulting lace is thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Classic Rogue malt aroma, with notes of peppery spice, and a good amount of citrus hop to round it out.

Taste - Wonderful balance. Caramel and peppery spice, interwoven with a slightly bitter citrus hop. A slight metallic tinge completes the flavor. It all comes to a point in the aftertaste, then fades.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth down the throat, with a good amount of carbonation that tingles the lips and bites at the tongue.

Overall - Entirely drinkable amber with just enough punchy flavor to keep it lively and interesting.

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

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber color, produced a light tannish head, excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of caramel, toffee and piney hops. Medium in body, this American Amber Ale is smooth, has a foundation of malted grain, highlights caramel malt, roasted malt and bitter hops. Excellent example of an American Amber ale, one of the best that I have had of its kind.

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Photo of Merkur
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark copper color with a slight amount of white foamy head.

Beer smells very sweet and malty. Very faint hoppy smell, but not too much going on here.

Taste is very malty. Hints of grapefruit hops as well. Not as flavorful as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel was a tad thick and not enough carbonation for my liking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue American Amber is a decent amber ale. The beer poured a clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a decent lace. The smell is rather bland...some sweet malt scent, but overall not the best amber I have smelled. The taste is solid with hints of sweet malt, but there is a dry bitterness to the beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid amber, but not the best balanced amber i have had.

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Photo of denver10
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber with a white head that quickly dropped. A floral resin with some sweet caramel malt hits your nose, though maybe I should have said that in reverse order. Flavor starts sweet from the caramel malt and closes out with the floral hops and a dry finish. Good balance to this one. Carbonated and and light. A nice take on an amber, easy to drink and sessionable. The dry finish to this thing rubs me the wrong way just a bit, not sure it suits the style for me.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: pours a dark amber color with a off white head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet Malt floral hops and hit of citrus

T: follows the nose, lots of sweet malt almost carmel, plenty of pine/citrus hoppy notes. annddd thats about it

M: pretty light, good carbonation

O: good session beer. very drink able.

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Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, full two finger head of orange-tinted tan, almost all microfoam with an even surface and delicate to the touch, the lacing is not overpowering but where it sticks it sticks in thick streaks. The liquid is a cloudy, glowing, opaque amber red, every bit true to the category, equal parts brown and orange rust, hordes of loose bubbles scattered throughout. The nose seems to take pains to play down the malt side of the equation, all pine, peat, salt and pepper, unprocessed grains and dry earth before allowing room for any butterscotch, caramel hard candy or cocoa accents, does not display discernible fruit nor citrus notes, lasts well without being showy. Medium-bodied, outsized carbonation fluffs it up big time in the mouth, at times you feel like its gonna escape your pursed lips. While there is an underlying astringency, here you get a lot more caramel, toffee, creamed coffee as well as cocoa roast. The grains turn towards country style bread and biscuits, less herbal. Here you get a splash of grapefruit and sour orange alongside the more saline aspect. Stains the palate deeply, you can taste it fully long after you’ve swallowed. Well-crafted and unique in subtle ways.

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

Rich amber, decent initial head, lacing doesn't really last

Smells malty, pine hop note vaguely there, not a ton of smell.

Sweet malt highlighted by major blast of grapefruit hops. Luscious. Surprisingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel rich and bubbly carbonation.

Very flavorful, quite drinkable. Took me awhile to get to this one because I thought it wouldn't be very interesting. I was wrong.

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Photo of Hawkeye1113
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on 1/3/12 out of a 12oz bottle. No production date was on bottle.

A- Pours a reddish-brown/copper color. About an inch of head that dissipates slowly. Clear.

S- Slightly hoppy, floral notes. Slightly malty notes with a hint of spice.

T- Quite malty/malt foward. Hint of butterscotch on back-end with a bit of spice. Bit of a hoppy/bitter finish.

M-Medium, bitter, low carbonation. Low carbonation may be from sitting on the shelf for awhile.

O- Overall I found this to be a decent Amber. Heavier/thicker than some that I've had, which is a plus, but less hoppiness than others is a let down. Other than that, I find this one mildly refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-red with a short half-finger white head, generous amount of lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Roasted malts, mild hops, mild spices.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong taste of roasted malts followed by floral hops, with a hint of prunes or raisins. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation, but still what I'd consider crisp and refreshing. A definite non-sipper for me.

Overall: This is a really great amber ale, a beer that I could drink any time of year. I love Yuengling, which is probably the most widely distributed American Red Ale, but this American Amber/Red Ale blows it out of the water!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange/tan body, 2 finger head,
fine lacing

S: big malt, pine, hint of nuts and coffee

T: sweet nuts/caramel malt, grain, english
biscuit bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles,
BUT Rogue pulls it off with class.
Any Fat Tire loving fan will love this


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Photo of billyzoom666
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 oz into a mug

This pours a very light brown, almost an amber, with very little head to it. This has a great initial smell. It's malt heavy, but not overly sweet. There's just a hint of something darker in the smell, maybe coffee? "Damn!" That's the first word out of my mouth when I took a sip. It tingles the taste buds in a good way. Just enough hop edge to remind you you're drinking a beer. Very tasty! Although a great one off, this doesn't go down hot and heavy. A good sipper to have on hand when needed.

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Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle poured a clear, dark, reddish brown with a slowly receding off-white head.
The aroma had a very nice, inviting biscuity malt presence that lingers a bit before some faint hop aroma surfaced - somewhat restrained.

The initial flavor profile would indicate a solidly malt forward amber as the sweet and slightly butterscotch like flavor dominates before a refreshing, sharp bitterness comes forth and lingers on the back of the tongue before the malty flavor returns. Overall, rather balanced though the hop profile can be deceiving.

The body is solidly medium with a nice, bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is perhaps a little too high but overall keeps this amber refreshing.

When at the liquor store, I often pass up Rogue because of the cost and refusal to use freshness dating. This ale tasted fresh; maybe those "oxygen-absorbing" caps advertised by Rogue are the difference. Rogue's American Amber is a good representative of the style

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one in a glass stein.

Appearance- The body is slightly cloudy, amber-red with maple highlights. The head is two-fingers of white foam that is very chunky. There are lots of bubbles in the cap. It leaves behind sporadic bits of equally chunky lace.

Smell- There is some crystal malt and grassy hops. Aaaand...that's about it.

Taste- The hop bitterness is really big in this amber, which I certainly can dig. The resin and grassy hops feel really good. There is also a sweeter malt character at the back end. Some earthiness is also coming through.

The malt is more biscuit like on the palate, thankfully. As the drink warms up, there is a little bit of wheaty taste too. This beer is very straight forward with the flavors used, but I would not want to drink it any less because of that.

Mouth feel- It is a little fizzy, but not overly so. The body is a dead ringer for medium. There is decent coating too, but again, it should be creamier.

Although honestly, I am nitpicking. The feel is great for this style. And especially so when you consider how hoppy this beer is.

Overall- This very hoppy red is worth a try. The biggest flaw it has is that it did not go big enough. If it was going for hoppy, they could have pushed the envelope so much further.

And if they wanted more balance, more sweeter malt should have been noticed.

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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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