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

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with red highlights that showed themselves when the glass was held up to the light. A cream colored head rose up huge and stuck around for a long time, leaving a modest amount of lace. A thin layer of foam persisted for the entire drink.

Smell: The smell was composed mainly of caramel sweet aromas and cream. There was an occasional whiff of hops, but it was very light. Well into the pint, some sour notes emerged that I didn't enjoy and felt like didn't belong.

Mouthfeel: Medium-boded and semi-smooth, with a tingling bite on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Upfront, there were round flavors of sweet malt, caramel, and root beer float. A oily hops bitterness arose to balance this out. It lingered well into the finish, but was never close to overpowering.

A nice, well balanced brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

The head is a big, dense, bubbly, noisy cream-colored mousse. Sticky lacing finds a place on the glass and parks it for the evening. The beer is a clear dark ruby/brown showing some signs of carbonation.

The smell is sweet caramel, hops, toffee and grapes. The front is fresh toffee. The hops are impatient, showing up in the middle with some coffee, some chocolate and cream. The feel is foamy and full. The finish is super bitter and clean. The middle gets even creamier and the finish grainier as it warms. I love this beer. A little more toasty grains and it would be in contention for my favorite.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one sexy beer. It comes out looking great, thick red appearance with a nice creamy head. Good use of hops.The hint of coffee really makes this a nice drink. Wish i had another one but alas, its gone. The bottle is really cool looking too. Hell, a portion of the procedes even goes to charity, so drink up i say.

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

A good looking beer with a nice head that lingers. Urky tan brew that looks inviting. Smells nice & hoppy with a malt background. This beer is suprisingly hoppy, cosidering the other ambers i've tried, and a welcome change. Nice zing with some slight maltiness.
Well done. This amber ale is anything but average

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

Good stuff! This is different from most other amber ales I've tried. It's richer and uses darker malts....almost like a nut brown ale that has been highly hopped. It pours a dark, hazy mahogany with a cream colored head that maintains about 1/4 inch and leaves rings of lace down the glass, marking how long I take between sips. The aroma consists of strong caramel, some pleasant nuttiness, and spicy hops. The flavor is nicely balanced between dark caramel, toffeeish malts and some spicy and mildly citric hops. Hops bitterness lingers in the finish and the mouthfeel is rich and full for an amber.

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

Slightly hazy reddish brown in color. Big, creamy tan head that laces nicely.
Aroma of hops and roasted malt with a slight coffee note.

Well hopped. Hops intertwine with a roasted malt flavor that is nutty with a slight coffee taste.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.
Overall, another good one from Rogue, but not great.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from the Rogue stable. This brew hits the bottom of the glass with utter royalty. Its rich amber color is followed by a tannish red head of pure frothy bounty. The beer gives off a definite malt nose with some faint hop aroma and a caramel sweetness. The tast is great. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness are well balanced and help to complete the brew. Overall, a wonderful example of an amber ale .As always, that Pacman yeast plays a big role in the Rogue mistic.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/amber color with a large cream-colored head. The smell of burnt toasted malt and buttered baked biscuits bellow out of the long-lasting head. The taste mirrors part of the aroma with a repeat in the burnt toasted malt and bold bitter hops. It is a medium bodied brew and finishes with a wet bitter end. This is a nicely done beer. Although not my favorite offering from Rogue, I have never been disappointed in anything they do. Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark red color,poured well with nice retaining head.Smelled very malty sweet hith floral hop in there as well.Nice spicey malt flvor with a hop punch in the end.Probably my favorite of all the Rogue ales I have tried along with the Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours A deep cherry red with a monstrous head, that is frothy in texture, the color a light tan after the decay process has ended, it leaves a thick and clinging sheet of lace to cover the glass. Big malt nose hints of caramel, very slight floral tones also noticed, crisp and fresh and a pleasure to sniff. Malt front, the top is middling in feel, with a biting acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, aftertaste dry and slightly bitter.

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

It's a little suspicious that this beer has been around for so long, but I've only seen it on our Minnesota shelves lately, post Sept. 11, 2001, bedecked with Uncle Sam and American flag and all. I don't doubt the integrity of their feelings, or pride, or sympathy, it's know? A little too well-timed?
Nice, creamy, well-maintained head, above a fully coppery/near violet color. Aroma is delicious, full of spices, cinnamon?, cloves?, dry fruit, sweet, flowery, ..a little coppery. Dazzling hop profile, but it mellows out a bit. Great, smooth finish. Much hoppier, darker, and tastier than so many other "amber ales" I've tasted

"A portion of the proceeds go to charity..", says the label. Which charity, and why?

Who cares, for the beer is good. But am I supposed to drink to support widows, or fight terrorism, or what? I'm confused....

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber/light brown with a short lived light tan head. The smell was slightly malty and fruity. The taste was malty, with a very quick hop bite and a brief fruity hint. The aftertaste revealed nothing different from the smell and taste, it was a fine balance between the malts and hops. It’s a different tasting beer that a will more than likely be buying again

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky ruby in color, with a half-finger, very persistent creamy head. Aroma is dominated by caramel and toffee malt -- much sweeter than I expected, but with a aggressive and fairly unusual hop aroma -- rindy citrus and earthy. In the mouth, the beer is quite smooth and fairly creamy, on the full side of medium-bodied. Flavor starts off sweet, with crystal malt again dominating with toffee and caramel notes. Mid-way through the malt flavor becomes just a *bit* roasty, and then the Kent Goldings and Cascades kick in for a very bitter finish. This beer is balanced, I suppose, but in a very unusual way -- the malt completely dominates during the actual sip, but the aftertaste is so bitter that you almost have a hard time believing you ever tasted anything sweet in the beer. Anyway, whatever the balance, it's quite drinkable. A very nice beer and very easy to see why it's their flagship!

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

Dark red-oak in color with a tan , creamy, dense head. Fades to almost nothing leaving a fine lace. Hop bitterness on the nose with coffee scents. Roasted malts too. I taste hops first off, then a hint of tannins give it a iced tea character. Malts give it a pretty good balance. A taste of currants is also present. This sample got more complex towards the finish. Overall quite good.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly far from special....brimstone in color with a rocky tan head..good strong cascade hop aroma...taste is heavy on the hops end(which is expected with this style)...good hop flavor dominates, but it is relatively balanced...not a load of malt flavor...worth trying and some may love this, but being picky I'd like to see an even bigger malt profile...very good, just not special in my eyes...make that mouth...


Exact same recipe (IBU/Plato) asthe Sea Otter Ale...probably same recipe just different batches...good malt nose (caramel)..brownish amber color...this one doesn't have the dry hop bite Sea Otter had...more of a mellow maltiness wth some fresh hop accents..I like this beer (batch) a little better...might be aged a little more...a little more malt emerges in this one but the hops are great too...It's fun to look back at older reviews and see how your "buds" have matured....(or maybe the batches have varied)

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

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet color with a bit of chill haze. A light tan head starts medium-sized, but shrinks to a small cap. This is easily the darkest amber I've ever laid eyes on...

Smell: Pronounced grain aroma with a touch of hops. There's a bit of a fruity smell, as well as a slight roasted one.

Taste: Starts out with an assertive hop flavor and moves to a semi-sweet malt flavor, which finishes with a bit of fruit and caramel. There's a roasted flavor in there from start to finish. Interesting to taste this in an amber ale... The hops in this brew come across as flavor instead of bitterness...I like that.

Mouthfeel: Fairly strong carbonation leaves a dry, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Medium thickness.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Goes down smooth, and I could drink a few of these in a night. Not the ideal session beer, but still good.

Overall, a good beer. Not one of the best in the Rogue line-up, but a sturdy and respectable amber ale.

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

This beer poured into the glass a reddish brown color. The head was semi thick and a pale white color. The aroma was of roasted malt and hops, with slight hints of fruit. The taste was hoppy. It also had signs of light malt and a slight fruit taste.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy medium brown with very little foam. The smell was of malts, mixed with citrus and fruits. The taste was what you smelled, but with the hop's mixed in with this complex of flavors. It also has the right amount of bitterness to balance out this beer. I like it very much and will purchase it again!

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that I really love the red, white, and blue design on the bottle of this one. The beer inside was pretty nice as well. It pours a dark amber color with a very thin cream colored head. Nose is of roasted malts, fruit, and hops. The roasted malts really come through in the taste with notes of coffee and caramel along with a nice hop bitterness. At $3.49 for a 22oz bottle, I’ll definitely being buying more of this fine brew.

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

Another great looking 1 Pt. 6 fl.oz screen printed brown glass bottle “Bomber”, this time resplendent with a Red, White and Blue flagged frontage with what looks like a picture of the guy that played Jaws from the James Bond film Moonraker on the label doffing his Cap.
Amber Ale???!! Are you kidding? This beer is definitely NOT amber colored; it has a deep red copper color with an almost claret hue. A huge creamy head, that settles quickly to a tight ¼” collar. Aromas – WOW, fruity. Peach Melba, where do I get this? – Subliminal perhaps, but it’s definitely there. Nose initially reminded me of a mixed fruit salad; grapefruit, peaches, oranges…. Very fruity! Malt and Hops are also there lingering in the background. The taste starts with an initial sweetness that leads to a biscuity maltness. Hops then come shining through like the charge of the light brigade which whisk away the glory and lead to a bitter finish that is really nice. I love this beer.
Yet again another Rogue Beer that I would not even think twice about slipping into my Shopping Basket. A damn fine beer and a damn fine Brewery. They do no wrong for me.
Maybe not a Classic Amber Ale, but a great Amber Ale nonetheless.

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Photo of Mark
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, one of the darkest ambers I've had. Head was thick and left rings of lace.Nice earthy aromas wafted up from the glass. A nutritious quality was what came to mind as I was enjoying this with dinner. I'm getting in to Rogue ales and this was a nice offering from them. Darn good amber I say.

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Photo of putnam
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer would be candy-apple red if there weren't also a rich brown stain to it. Luxurious pale head. On the nose: pure hedonism. Peaches, cream and Madagascar vanilla. I detect no hops on the nose, but here is a little iron. Taking a drink feels like biting into a caramel muffin with baking soda leavening. It is a cake, not a beer. Beer cake! Fluffy, brown cake flavors, fried pastry and a breath of bitterness melt in your mouth. What could be better with pot roast or New England Boiled Dinner?

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

Deep, dark, amber brew with a thick, bubbly, tan head. Plenty of CO2 trails in the brew, but certainly not a 'fizzy' brew. Good head retention, but not as thick is I'd like. Still, keeps a continual lace on the top. Nice balanced aroma - roasted malt with plenty of hops. A bit of citrus and other fruit aromas present. Good, mellow flavor of lightly roasted caramel malt with plenty of hoppiness to balance it out. Finishes with a slightly oily, hoppy bitterness. Smooth, easy drinking brew. If I had more, this would be my choice for tonight's MNF.

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Photo of tang214
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent amber ale. This brew pours deep brown amber color with a thick head that sticks around for a while. The smell is refreshingly hoppy with a light fruit flavor. The taste is initially hoppy with a nice malty taste that kicks in shortly after. Decent mouthfeel and it goes down smooth leaving a hoppy/fruity aftertaste. I will defeniently get this one again.

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown amber, yellowish 1/4 inch head. Sense of hoppy grapefruit in the smell, along with an overall vanilla sense. Smooth and mysterious malt first impression attenuated by hop that starts big and end more floral. Sense of some nutmeg as well. The beer has a very good balance but is pretty reserved for a North American Ale, not a lot of distinction. As with many beers, nothing wrong here but I wonder if this beer will appeal to many, given that Rogue has such a stable of finer and more flavorful brews.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,442 ratings.
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