American Amber Ale | Rogue Ales

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1,444 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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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -19.4%
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 -10.9%
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 -38%
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 -20.9%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -6.2%
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 +12.9%
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 -14.2%
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 -2.3%
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 -8.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -24.5%
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 -2.1%
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 -6.2%
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 -10.6%
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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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep red amber color with a thick creamy tan foam that leaves some lacing.

S- Hoppy floral nose with citrus scents. Some caramel malt hints as well.

T- Slight bitter hop flavor initially but quickly balanced by a strong malt backbone. It seems as though the hops and malt came to a virtual stalemate after wrestling for a few seconds on my palate. The finish is a smooth and balanced mix of floral hops and caramel malt.

M- Medium bodied smooth and good carbonation.

D- Refreshing and balanced making for an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of abar22
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Looks fantastic. Browns, reds, and golds appear when held to the light. The real kicker is the head. White, big, and takes on big peaks and valleys. I honestly wonder if this thing would ever settle if I left it alone. As it is it settled into a nice cap after 10 or so minutes. The initial lacing is great as well. Solid white stripe of lacing all the way around the glass.
The smell is less impressive though still not bad. It has something in it that reminds me of other Rogue beers. Nutty, malty, and earthy hops round it out.
The taste is in line with the smell. Smooth nutty malts start it out and earthy hops finish it. No fruits in this for me unless it is fruits I've never tried before. I also find this beer fairly bitter considering that it isn't a hop bomb. I'm not sure what to think of the aftertaste. It's not a bad beer type taste but I don't dig it either way.
The mouth is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A couple go down easy but then it is time to move on.

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Photo of Voonder
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks TATURBO for this one!
Pours nice deep amber colour with big off-white head. Smell - very roasty, very malty with some hoppy character and a hint of caramel. Taste - hoppy bitterness kiks in first followed by roasted malts. It has some citrusy notes there as well. It is pretty balanced, rich and smooth but has a bite in it. Interestin amber ale. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of drink1121
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pured a nice amber color into a pint glass.
Great lacing and also great head retention, both all the way down. The smell is really really good. DEf. a ton of caramel with light hops.
Taste, not so much. Tastes more like a ESB than an amber ale. Not a fan.
Easy to drink, could have a few in one night. I could smell this beer all night though.

EDIT: A ton better as it warms. The last few sips are less bitter and mor like the smell.

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Photo of Ivanthehero
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a huge Rogue fan which I think stems back to the first few experiences I had with their beers. But, living in a desolate beer town like Macon, Ga will give one motivation to revisit any new beer on the shelf with some clout. I'm glad I did. This is damn tasty.

A-Deep reddish/brownish amber. Poured into a tulip so of course the head was out and about. The head dissipates, but not completly; leaving just a micrometer of tiny bubbles on the surface. This is just an off hand observation, but it seems to me that every beer with this characteristic usually ends up being good.

S-Hoppy with a hint of caramel. A nice blend of fruit smells and caramel malt aromas.

T- The first sip is at the front nice and malty quickly followed by a bitter as hell kick. The bitterness mellows as you keep drinking.

M-Pretty creamy. Thicker than one would expect from an amber.

D-I'm torn here. It is very drinkable for about three bottles, but begins to weigh you down after that.

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

Picked this up in a bottle in Halifax, NS.

Poured into a pint glass as a dark amber ale with a moderate head. Slight caramel scent. Taste is also slightly sweet and caramel like, and ends with a slight bitter taste. Fairly smooth overall and something that I could relax and drink a few of.

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Photo of beermanWV
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured into pint glass with some head retention. Dark amber, and moderately cloudy.

Smell- Balanced smell with hops and toasted malt.

Taste- Well balanced hops and toasted malt at first. Aftertaste is still somewhat balanced but the hops predominate.

Drinkability- Drinkability is quite good. You could drink quite a few of these but still have plenty of different tastes and aromas.

A good balanced beer that also lets you get your hop fix. Not the best, but very respectable.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
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