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American Amber AleAmerican Amber Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,452 |  Reviews: 727
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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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -14.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +1%
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 +7.6%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of jgap
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle has some time on it, a few months I think. Pours a dark amber with a sizable off white head that fades to a nice lace. Very little smell. Slight nutty caramel malts but not much there. Taste has a nice balance of malt, hops, and alcohol. Initial taste is nutty malts fading to an easy hop bitterness then a slight alcohol burn. Pretty good beer- better than average. It's strength is definitely in the drinkability.

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Photo of Kromes
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a thick head that sat on top of the beer and laced the glass the whole way down. Good hoppy aroma with sweet toasted malts. Very good toasted malt flavor with a floral hoppiness followed by a bitter bite that slowly fades. The beer was a little bit watery.

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Photo of onehate02
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Stone Old Guardian Chalice.

Appears unfiltered, very amber and vibrant with head that quickly dissipates to a smooth subtle look.

Smells very earthy and fruity with a burst of honey and malts. Lots of grain and wheat.

Tastes rich in american flavors of fruits grain malts honey and spices. Definately complex for an amber ale.

Feels nice and heavy on the palate, very smooth then complex in the beginning followed by an abrupt hault of bitterness.

Could definately and will kill the entire bomber. May get old after 2.

Bump for a complex amber.

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Photo of selecter70
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How can you go wrong with Rogue? I grabbed this 1pt 6oz the other day, maybe hoping for a spring to come! A dark honey-brown pour sits with a full, beige 2-finger head and nice clinging lace throughout. Sweet hoppy aroma with hints of cinnamon along with lemon. A nicely balanced red ale with plenty of malts along with hops, hinting at a chocolate-red wine sweetness but not too sweet or tacky. Definitely an enjoyable ale!

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Photo of Tbn2
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour from bomber into pint glass that started the entire collection.

Looks: After a hard pour a thin, creamy off white head sits atop a hazy, golden body. Slightly laces as I drink this one away. The bottle I bought is labeled "Jazz Guy Ale." Very hip design with a fella playing a bass.

Smells: Has typical smell. A fair amount of pale malt and hop aromas like are typical of an American Amber; citrusy & flowery. I smell just a touch of honey.

Taste: At first you get a fair amount of malt then the real action begins. I get a lot of tropical fruit flavors that is mixed in with some citrusy and flowery hops. At the finish, I get a touch of honey and leaves you with a good after taste.

Enjoy this one...

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

Pours a hazy amber color with an apricot hue, minimal off white head, and has some action.

A rich bready caramel aroma with florals.

Caramel malt taste with strong Engish Tea, slight butter, and grapefruit hop flavors.

Medium bodied, resinous, with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable, there is a bitter background and finish with a twist of the mix.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- cloudy brown beer with nice soft white head, moderate to low carbonation, lot going on

Smell- Sweet malts really shining through, caramel and other sweet notes are ripping through the smell,

taste- Lots of sweetness and malts and caramel up front, but the hops shine through at the end leaving long lasting good bitter finish, this is an interestingly well rounded beer, it really grew on me more and more,

Mouthfeel-- its was light bodied with medium carbonation, good soft feeling brew

Drinkability- really highly drinkable, one i would love to have again though hard to find for me at times, good quality session beer that could easily make nice night out of, pretty good well balanced long finishing beer

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep caramel color ggod top l acing and a shallow cap. Nice looking beer.
Has a nice fresh malty smell with prominent sweetness.
Minimal carbonation and the malts keep this one smooth but a bit candy-like for my taste. These guys know what they're doing and this is a great choice for an amber ale if that's your thing. A little candy for me but I like and could session it no problem.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic. Like all Rogue beers, no indication of freshness/bottling date.

A- Deep amber appearance, and clear. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Ample lacing.

S- A balanced mix of citrus hops and caramel maltiness.

T- Just like the nose, an extremely solid balance between malty goodness and citrus hopiness. Bitterness is moderate. Caramel maltiness emerges more strongly as the drink warms slightly.

M- Crisp on the front, with moderate carbonation. Somewhat thin, and goes down smoothly.

D- Very high. Would likely make a solid session brew.

Future outlook: A doubtlessly solid, yet decidedly unspectacular offering. Would be happy to drink it again, but won't make any effort to seek it out.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber copper color with a thin off white head with decent lacing. The smell was hoppy and more full than other amber ales I have had. I got some nice roasted scent in my whiffs. This was a flavorful beer, great hop taste immediatley. Followed by some great caramel sweetness. I liked the aftertaste of this beer very much. Thicker mouthfeel than other ambers, good mouth coating, and smooth. I will be buying this again...and again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling eagle insignia.

A: Pours a thin, half-finger head that quickly recedes. Head is a medium cream color, while the body is a darkened amber that is quite opaque.

S: Strong amber scent. Darker and less creamy than many ambers, with faint hints of wood. A bit of bread and malt in the background as well.

T: Strong malt with some hop presence. Mildly sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A much stronger taste than the typical amber.

M: Moderate carbonation that sits well on the tongue.

D: A good beer overall, and I could probably have two or three in a sitting, but probably not a session beer.

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

A: amber with a touch of brown, slight haze. small head recedes quickly to ring

S:fresh coffee, some dark fruit and burnt brown sugar

T: roasted malt, caramel, citrus and a hint of nuts

M: medium body, crisp carbonation, somewhat dry with a nice bitter finish that lingers

D: very nice. will have again

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

Pours a medium brown color with a one finger head. Leaves a nice lacing as I drink. Smells kind of malty with a bit of a hop tinge, but not very strong nose. Tastes immediately malty. A bit nutty, a slight sweetness as well. Finishes with a good hop tang. A pretty drinkable beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is nice and hoppy upfront with a decent hint of malt sweetness in the nose.

Taste starts out with a bit of grassy hops and then gives way to sweet/smoky malt in the middle. Simple and tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness (with a bit of oxidation) and malt sweetness. Inoffensive. Seems to be as good as it's going to get.

Overall, not bad. Drinkable but leaves a bit more to be desired. Definitely still worth a try.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This frothy medium tan colored head. The body is a light amber color that allows no vision. Very nice lacing with this brew. The inside of my pint glass is covered with a sticky remnant of this amber.

S - Mild and soapy with a hint of hops.

T - Interesting hop flavor throughout. The malt in this brew is somewhat mild, which allows the hops to really come through from start to finish.

M - Smooth to start and finishes with a coarseness that is very becoming of any good amber.

~ I like it because it has a boldness to it that allow of other amber brews tend to flatten out in order to please a large audience. I think this amber is solid and will certainly try it again.

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Photo of argock
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from World Market for $4.99.

A: Delicious reddish-amber with oatmeal-colored 1-2 finger head with excellent retention and nice rings of lace.

S: Aroma of crystal and caramel malts, patented Pacman yeast, and leafy and floral hops.

T: Subdues but pleasant with a lot of sweet crystal and lightly toasted caramel malt flavor, sharp yeastiness to give a sourdough breadiness, and layered with floral Cascade hops.

M: Crisp yet smooth with medium body and active but even carbonation. Aftertaste is bready and moderately hoppy.

D: A nice drinkable amber ale, but not much of a value for the style. Any local amber ale will be as good if not better with much less injury to the wallet.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/20/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown/red color, very cloudy. Good sized head, somewhat lasting, frothy, good lacing. Appealing. Sweet hoppy aroma, tempered by maltiness too. Not too strong. Malty taste, hoppy aftertaste. A little acidc on the end, letting warm up a bit...Unbalanced dry & acidic. An okay malty ale.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,452 ratings
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