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 u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Amber in color. Pours with a big bubble frothy head and slowly settles. Lacing is tight and fairly sticky.
S) Caramel. Very light hop notes. Some earthiness.
T) Hints of anise. Toffee. Caramel. A light hop finish not too sharp or bitter.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium bodied.
D) I nice amber. I definitely would have another.

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

Appearance- Pours a rich, deep amber with a great big four finger head. Gobs of spiderweb lacing everywhere. Slight chill haze.

Smell- Big hops and malts, with a phenolic, steely character. Metal.

Taste- Brisk and gripping, a great summer quaffer. The minute you swallow it, it's *gone*... save for a fleeting bitterness. The malts are obvious in the beginning, then they vanish quickly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mellow and unassuming in the mouth, but the ease in which this beer can be enjoyed alone or with food gives it high overall drinkability marks. Thanks go out to Dave Triolo for bringing this along for me to sample.

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Photo of beerbrains
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle dark copper almost brown. It's topped with an everlasting head that when it finally begins to disapate leaves sticky lacing.
Smell is predominatly cascade hops with malty undertones. Some citrus and cedar in there as well.
Taste, as others have written, is toasty malts followed by bitter hops.
The mouthfeel is clean with a crisp finish. A great drinking beer.
This would be great with smoked porkchops with a side of lima beans.

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Photo of samie85
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- I would say this looks like more like a brown color than amber, but what do I know? Decent head.

S- Hops upfront with a malty backbone, very nice.

T- Reverse of aromas. Malty upfront with a nice, but not overpowering hop bitterness near the end.

M- Great Mouth feel. Very smooth and not over-carbonated. It's not too thin as ambers can sometimes be.

D- Pretty good considering alcohol and taste factors. I would worry about filling up on this beer, though. It's happened with other Rogues as well.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost brandy like color with tiny little pieces of sediment dancing around. Small, thin head that is gone instantly leaving thin, coating lacing.

I get fresh coffee beans and a grassy hop aroma right away. Something in there smells sort of medicinal, and phenolic.

The taste is very even and nothing is overdone. Light toasty malts shine first and then take a backseat to a strange diacetyl butterscotch flavor. Some herbal hops and then a tiny dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is light, but suits the brew nicely. Coats your mouth well and is not too heavy.

Overall, very unmemorable. Good solid brew, a little less expensive and I could see myself drinking more.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber poured into a Brooklyn pint
glass, offering a substantial and stamina
filled head. The carbonation was wildly

S: Sweet caramel malts and mild undertones of
hop and alcohol. The overall aromas of
malt blended with sugar was quite satisfying
in itself.

T: Wow! Never had such a comlex amber. The hop,
malt, alcohol, balance is fantastic. The
sweetness stays with the pallet throughout
while the hop bitterness is held exclusively
for the end. The malty flavors are caramel
sugary with a little roast/burnt flavor in

M/D: I drank a growler by myself. F'n great.
Smooth and interesting in all of its
characteritics. A best buy of this summer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish burnt orange with what appears to be a solid chill haze, or maybe this is just a cloudy ale. some golden highlights at the bottom of the glass. i like the hazy appearance. big foamy wrinkled biscuit dough head. as always with these guys, the foam has remarkable retention and lace.

S- smells like free range coastal waters! unmistakable cascade aroma, fresh and citrusy, orange, grapefruit, banana, pasta gone sour, figs, mango, pine, and a generous amount of toasty and caramelized grains. great balance between hops and malt sweetness. chocolate and cedar undertones.

T- hop explosion. kaboom! metallic, chocolate, zesty and herbal. grapefruit flavors are burnt and wicked and intense. passionfruit, motor oil, pine sap, and a bitterness that is put in check about half way through. toasty and caramelized without much sweetness, this leans on the dry side but with plenty of fresh grain flavor. woodsy and acidic with some tobacco flavor. finishes nicely balanced with a lean on the hops and a burnt citrus peel aftertaste.

MF- juicy and medicinal, under medium carbonation, and rock solid when it comes to hop oil deposition, could easily fall into the ipa category with a little more alcohol. after 30 seconds or so the palate is clean with no stickiness film, just a dry feeling on the cheeks and the lingering flavor of earthy english hops and... pacman yeast. maybe.

D- a few years older and having tried almost every style out there, i don't crave 6-packs of hoppy ales the way i used to. that being said, one or two is enough for me as i move on to something that will quench my summer thirst.

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed and somewhat murky, ruddy orange colored with a thick and finely bubble head of beige foam.

Inviting and rich aroma of ripe fruit, honey, citrus, floral notes, and bready notes.

Flavor is a good balance of honied doughey malt and citrusy pithy hops. A slight metallic tinge detracts for me, but for the most part this is a well rounded and balaced beer.

Creamy and full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a murky amber color that is standard for the style. Has several inches of off-white head that quickly recedes into a few light bubbles and a thin collar around the brew. A few scattered clumps of lacing down the glass, mostly remnants from the head.

S: Mostly caramel malt, some nuts and bread underneath. A light earthy hop note toward the end.

T: A slight caramel malt on the initial taste, then BAM! Bitter, earthy hops that dominate the flavor. They pull through to the end, which starts to develop a bready flavor and slighty nut-toffee-caramel blend that produces a sweet finish. Still, the aftertaste brings back that earthy hop flavor and a slight metallicity. Surprisingly hoppy for an amber.

M: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. More of a bitter aftertaste than I expect from a red.

D: Unimpressed.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the classic amber color of the style with a small, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing

S: Sweet nose, malts, caramel, floral hops, and a bready note

T: I was a little put off by the flavor...the nose is very misleading because the brew is hoppier than I thought it would be. Kind of plain to be honest...little malts, little hops, and a lingering metallic note

MF/D: A little carbonated for my liking, very light, and finishes bone dry

Probably my least favorite beer from Rogue so far, but that doesn't say much, worth a try

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Photo of rbennett0
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a 6-pack the other day. I consider myself a hophead. I really enjoy the floral and citrus notes (i.e.: racer 5) from the hops and I enjoy my share of bitterness (i.e.: ruination) but this beer was not very good.

It has a standard amber appearance.

The taste begins with bitterness, and not in a good way, it was sharp bitterness lacking any floral/citrus notes. It does present a decent malty backbone which I enjoyed.

As far as mouthfeel goes, it was average. nothing bad, nothing great either.

I am glad I tried this beer. I generally like Rogue, I love amber beers and I love hoppiness but not the strait bitterness with no other redeeming characteristics that this beer presented.

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: small carbonation, 1/2 inch head, clear, mahogany

Smell: toasted malt and caramel--fairly weak for a smell

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, tea, and small hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, lightly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Rogue, but this is not as complex an amber as I am used to. It just did not leave that big an impression. In the future, I will pass on this for the price.

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Photo of drcarver
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber color with an off-white head that is small and fades quickly

S - Sweet, caramel malt with a bit of hop at the end

T - The aroma and sweetness carries directly into the flavor. The bitter bite waits until the end to grab the back corners of the tongue.

M - Medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy.

D - Very drinkable. Has a lot of flavor, but that doesn't detract from the drinkability.


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

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Clear amber brown brew under two fingers white head, slow dissipation. A real nice balance of malt and hops in the nose, with the same balance present on the taste buds with a bit of a hop hit on the back end, but not overwhelming. Not the most popular of the Rogue line, but certainly one of the most tasty.

I started my craft brew journey with Full Sail Amber, which after being through the knockdown drag-out IPA education, doesn't quite taste the same (are they using as much chocolate malt as before?) The beer brought back very pleasant memories of those early days. I would most certainly recommend this as an entry beer for craft newbies, very tasty and very sessionable.

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

Poured from the 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Poured a reddish amber color with a high white foam. Good retention and lacing.

Slightly sweet malty smell. Minimal fruit evidence. Bready.

Taste is malty with a very present hop that holds throughout and controls the finish. Modestly caramel tasting. Less carbonated in the mouth - more of a water feel (but not watery or diluted).

A very drinkable amber ale. The 22oz container is an added bonus. 2 of these would not be hard to finish.

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Photo of kflorence
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful copper, amber color with a great, thick and fluffy white head. Head lasts for quite a long time. Lacing is left around the glass edge as you drink.

S: Very lovely aroma of bread, nuts, hops, malts, caramel; overall sweet and pleasant.

T: Hops are definitely present, followed by caramelized malts, nuts, some bread or yeast. Alcohol presence is low, but still lingering in the background.

M: Fairly light body, almost medium, some chewiness to it. On the tongue it feels light and watery, but leaves a slightly syrupy residue behind.

D: While this is a very nice beer, and not overly heavy, the fairly high hop presence and complex flavors make it hard to drink many of these. I wouldn't consider this a session beer unless you're a hardcore drinker. Just more good stuff from Rogue, try it out!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had one in about 2 years and had one again tonight and really glad I did. Had it with dinner poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I normally advocate for drinking beer out of a glass, and this one is no exception, you're cheating yourself trying to drink this out of the bottle. Poured with a nice cream colored head with a nice dark amber color (hence the name) and very clean and clear. It has a very strong sweet caramel malt type smell. It has a nice hearty taste too it, sweet and smooth, not very hoppy, but very malty. Feels heavy for an ale or lager, but makes up for it with everything else. A very good beer, I really hope to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma - Awesome aroma of malt and hops. Probably too hoppy a beer just from the aroma for me.

Appearance - Cloudy red with a decent amount of carbonation supporting a thin tan head.

Taste - Not what I would call balanced. Not much malt in the profile to help the out this level of hops. Definitely a higher level hop amber than I would have preferred.

Mouthfeel - Really good mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability - It's OK just too much hop for my tastes.

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Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a UK-based beer shop; coming in a 355ml bottle, BB 08/09, served mildly-chilled in a straight pint-size glass.

A: pours a lightly translucent reddish amber hue, coming with mild carbonation featuring sporadic large bubbles and a thick but fluffy light beige head to settle down gradually.
S: initially the aroma comes dense and pleasant on the side of caramely malts and lychee-flowery US hops, but soon the nose is overtaken by some rustic as well as flat sugary notes, sweetened black tea, and sweet citrus. While a swirl would still give rise to the deeper flowery hop alongside creamy malts, these seem to dissipate just as quickly.
T: the bitter-sweet caramely and burned-sugary malts upfront are followed by a rough-textured hop bitterness of aromatic citrus-fruits and lightly roasted tea-leafy aroma. The relatively simple caramely malt profile is consistently backed and balanced by the bitter hops that highlight pretty much the major part of the tasting, while the citric and a lightly dried longan-fruit edge in the mixture gives the hoppy theme a nice edge to remain refreshing as well as aromatic. The finish carries plentiful hop "tannins" to render a cheerfully chewy palate.
M&D: the texture comes rather soothing and never OTT on carbonation, while the body remains also moderate to go smoothly with the overall flavour. All in all, this is a likeable and truly drinkable ale, not far from a hoppy example of English Premium Bitter, albeit with a bit more hop aroma in dominance and thus less harmony or complexity.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - very nice and clear orangey/amber. With and off white head about 1.5in that disappeared pretty quick.

S - nice hops initially and then smooth and sweet malty smell. Some citrusy hints as well. Hops are definitely there and smell very inviting. The nose really gets me excited for this beer.

T - Taste is of hops right off the bat but some maltyness and nuttiness as well. IT doesn't last very long though.

M - Slightly dispapointed byt this rouge offering. I absolutley love most of theri stuff especially teh dead guy ale. THis one doesnt do it for me a bit sour and mettalic tasting.

D - Refreshing and well balanced but once again taste isn't my favorite

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

The color is a dark amber. The head retains well and leaves light lacing.
Caramel and brown sugar mingle with citrus hops on the nose.
There's an interesting balance between malt and hops; neither overpowers the other. Caramel and toasted flavors of pure malt mix with hops bitterness. This is the first time I've witnessed this strength of play in a beer. First the malt dominates, then the hops come in just as strong. Hops bitterness and roasty sweetness linger in the finish.
This brew is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.
This is definitely one to try and pretty sessionable.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out in an opaque amber or light brown color. White foam head that dissipates to a mild foam with a little lacing. The nose emits some hops and malt notes in a manner that is similar to a holiday beer. The nose is probably the highlight of this beer for me. I think that I expect to be impressed by everything from Rogue, and this one just came across as pretty standard and average for me. The attack was pretty clean with a touch of sour and growing bitters in the middle of the flavor. Those two traits intensify as the beer nears its finish and leaves one wanting to describe it as sour and bitter. Not necessarily a bad thing, but that is the description I have.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red with a small cream-colored head that dissipates into a thick coating of foam.

The aroma is citric and floral hops alongside some indistinct sweetness.

Creamy and malty with hints of caramel/chocolate/toffee and an astringent, woodsy bitterness on the finish.The flavors don't mesh all that well, as the sweetness hits the palate without any balance from the hops; only later do the hops take the stage, and then only to flip the the scale entirely, leaving the brew tasting too bitter. Relatively, at least--it's not actually that bitter.

While I'm bothered a bit by the sudden change, it's still quite tasty, and it's an extremely drinkable American Amber.

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Photo of blaje
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/red in colour and clear without yeast in glass. Little white head that disappear quickly. Nice bitterness.
Taste: A bit of candied sugar, lemon zest. I also note faint toffee or caramel. Very little coffee.
Aftertatse is bitter and last longer then average. this beer need to be served not to cold to express itself completelyin flavor and nose.
Overall, it's a good beer but not an impressive brew.

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Photo of Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and amber in color. The off-white creamy head left sticky lace all down the glass.

Smell was earthy and flora. Crackers.

Taste was Rogue yeastiness. Crackers and hops oils linger. Drying. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation and body. Solid choice.

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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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