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 chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep copper color with a large, durable, creamy, bone-colored head.

Aroma: hops and malts in about equal measure.

Flavor: Sweet and medium roasted malts dominate all the way through to the finish. Excellent, near even, sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy ruddy brown with what starts as a decent amount of creamy white head but quickly settles down to mostly a ring. The aroma is very mild but what is noticeable is malty, with dark fruit and bread. The taste is much the same but a little bit washed out on the malts but there is a nice sharp hops addition. The body is smooth from start to finish and has a nice weight to it.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As always rogue hit it out of the park. Didn't pour it but it smelled and tasted of yeast and bread. Subtle hop characters added to its greatness. Feel iris smooth, outstanding for an amber ale. Overall I highly recommend this beer. It's delicious and refreshing. Easily quaffable and enjoyable. Will be trying it again soon

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fairly quickly leveling a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a caramel and lightly toasted smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a light bready and somewhat fruity smell with apricot and pear as well as a hint of nuttiness.

Taste – The taste begins with a toasted malt flavor mixed with some lighter caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is also a decent level of a more herbal and earthy hop upfront. These two hop flavors fade however, with them being replaced by more sweet caramel and brown sugar tastes. While much of the hop fades, other hops do end up taking their place, with a bit of a grassy hop joining the flavor profile. With a little bit of a fruity flavor of pear and plum joining the flavor at the end, one is left with a pleasant and somewhat smooth malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and slightly more watery side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly more appropriate for the caramel and brown sugar mixed with the toasted taste, but overall the feel was alright and did a decent job for the brews tastes.

Overall – A rather easy drinking brew overall with a good flavor. Nothing too spectacular, but a very easy drinker and a good go to for beer drinkers of varying taste preferences.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Wait, didn't I just pour a Rogue beer a few minutes ago? Oh yeah, I did. Ah well, here goes nothing...

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is a finger high, with a pale yellow shade. The texture is very thick (even for an amber ale), though the retention isn't the best. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: The aroma is redolent of your typical amber ale. Light Cascade hoppiness (flowers, lime, and minor grapefruit) is balanced by the healthy caramel-laden backbone. Really, it doesn't smell bad at all, just a bit unexciting. Just like I said, it's a standard (albeit well-done) amber ale. (3.25)

Taste: Again, no surprises here. It starts off with light hints of grapefruit and piny hops, while the finish is fairly malty. I'm getting vague vanilla cream flavors on the back end that are pretty nice. These elements strike a nice balance, though personally I could use a bit more hoppiness. Rogue's sometimes problematic yeast strain does a good job of staying in the background here. Nothing special, but it works acceptably. (3)

Mouthfeel: I don't think this is dry enough - while the hop/malt balance in the taste is nice, some of the maltiness lingers far too strongly. Ergo, it's not terribly easy to drink. Carbonation is slightly on the low side, making it seem a tad syrupy. (2.75)

Overall: Before drinking this, I had Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA...incidentally, it tasted exactly like eating yellow snow, so I dumped it. This, though, is far superior. Sure, it's just another average amber ale, but I'd gladly drink the whole bottle of this over just a couple ounces of the aptly named former beer., good job, Rogue. (3)

3.06/5: Just another average amber ale

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Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

US Pint Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
I was quite disappointed with this one after expecting a lot more from it given the reviews it gets here & the fact that it is a Rogue beer but it failed to deliver for me with the taste being a particular let down. There was a decent enough malt taste to the beer but I had been expecting more hops to it as well & just more flavour really. At first I feared the can was past its best but when I checked the date it was a mere couple of months old so that doesn't seem to be the problem, it just seems like this beer wasn't for me and its not one I'll go back to I'm afraid.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%

My very first Rogue beer.

Serving style : 16 oz pint can poured into glass.

Appearance (3.75) : A very tightly knit, bubbly on top, two fingered head with a burnt copper/orange body. Opacity is about 60%.

Aroma (4) : Honey, ginger, and planty hop character out front. Bouquet is loud and boisterous. Some roasted wheat in the background. Pretty decent.

Taste (3.75) : A very malty body with a distinct mixed hop finish. Some wheat and red bean with citrus hop notes. I can taste the heads of barley in the malt, as well as some cracker. The hop is fresh, plant-like, faintly citrus. Both malt and hop are exquisitely mixed here and play their parts respectively.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Medium bodied, with some prickly carbonation. Creamy, ends smooth. Drinkability is a bit heavy. Overall, average, nothing special.

Overall (3.66) : Yes, a good brew. I don't know if I'll finish the pint because it's a bit of a chore to drink, however the taste is there and so is the aroma. After awhile it gets bothersome and I did end up pouring half of it out as I was eating and it wasn't mixing well. I'd recommend you try this one at least to see what you think.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, you are right. That can did reach me by way of the legendary woodychandler. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, a bit of caramel. Taste is mild, a bit of hop bitterness, some light malts, easy drinking but a bit subdued. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Dare * Risk * Dream”; “Dedicated to Our Armed Forces”; “Tawny amber in color with a coffee aroma and a tight head. A dedicated flavor with a roasted malt accent, generous use of hops and a smooth finish.”; “Made in the USA”; “100% Pure Rogue”. The CAN depicts a hand grenade!

I pulled the pin with a loud Crack! on this pineapple and when I realized that it was far from a dud or an inert round, I initiated an inverted Glug! A quick pseudo-cascade formed a fizzy finger of tawny head with limited retention. Time was ticking away so I held it up to the light to gauge my options. Color was a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light coffee scent, slightly malty, not as rich as MY coffee and I am a US Navy veteran, but maybe other services like a weaker blend. I opened the hatch and Bombs away! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was lightly hoppy and slightly bitter with a slight biscuit malt sweetness as a counterbalance. This seemed like the Amber Ales of yore, back in the early days of commercial microbrewing, when Ambers were the standard. It was not bad, but my tastes have wildly evolved since then. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but overall, a one-and-done.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Translucent amber color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Caramel, nutty, a bit of freshly baked bread
T: Again bready, nutty, a bit of caramel, just the slightest kiss of hops
M: Medium-bodied, fairly crisp
O: Solid overall, balanced, just a touch simple

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Photo of justintcoons
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1 finger of creamy head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, apricot, and pear.

Caramel and bread with touches of brown sugar and toffee. Suggestions of apricot, grapefruit, and pear. Touches of earthy hops.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

Extremely balanced and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- hints of malt and caramel Appearance- Dark brown with a small white head Taste- Malt with a caramel backdrop Palate- Medium bodied, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, mild carbonation Overall- Not a bad amber ale but for the price you can do a lot better

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I absolutely love the color of this amber with its bright brassy highlights and sturdy hue. It loses points, though, with an unimpressive head of this thin fleeting fizz and a ton of clinging carbonation bubbles.

The nose is malty, nutty, maybe pecans and a bit of grain. There's hints of roast and a bit of tea leaf.

The flavors are more roasted, more nutty, and filled with pecans. The roasted flavor is dry and the malts are filled with barley, tea leaf and grain.

The feel is exceptionally dry but also thin and watery.

This is a good example of the style with all the profile pieces I want in an Amber. My only regret, and it's small, is that the thin watery feel doesn't allow the flavor to truly blossom.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.

It pours a deep chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head that lingers.

The aroma is malty and sweet. There are notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses with low to no hop notes.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste is incredibly malt forward with the sweetness of sugar, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, and molasses. The hop bitterness is mild but more noticeable in the taste than on the nose.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear amber color with off-white soapy head that left some chunky lace.

S- Lighter aroma of bready and sweet caramel notes.

T- Nice bready and caramel backbone with a bold hop character of citrus and herbal notes. Moderate level of bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, smooth, dry, medium body, and goes down very easy.

O- This amber has really nice hop flavors and bitterness, but also has a sturdy backbone to make it a highly enjoyable and balanced amber ale.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a frosted pint glass. Burnt amber/copper in color, malty with a crisp yet slightly sweet finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this easy drinking beer. My second favorite Rougue beer to Hazlenut brown. Paired with anything BBQ'ed. Only thing to make this brew better would #1 for my local stores to carry it (had to buy directly from Rougue website,also got one from Bevmo site) #2 for it to come is 12oz bottles which IMO would make it a little more user friendly.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 2 finger fluffy beige head, that fades to a thin sticky lace.
Smell of toasted white bread, caramel, sweet oranges and pineapple.
Taste of toasted grains and bread crust, burnt sugar and hints of nuttiness, with orange zest in the back from start to finish. Mild dark spicy feel. Grapefruit and hop resin in the finish, and a lingering black tea more than mild bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat chewy.
Nicely malt/hops balanced amber ale, pretty cheap also.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rouge American Amber Ale has a thin (shelf glass), cream-colored head, a very hazy, deep amber appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, medium-roasted barley malt, medium-roast coffee, citrus, and hop resin. Taste is of those elements, but of tea, rather than coffee. The hop bitterness is noticeable, but not harsh. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Rouge American Amber Ale finishes semi-dry and easy going. Overall, it’s one to check out.


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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy copper amber color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a nice malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a hand glass.

A: Dark amber. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown white head. Craters slowly, but not completely. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Malt, tea, hazelnut, and a little molasses.

T: Bready, accentuated, with pecan shell, and tea leaf.

M: Grainy and gritty feel. Slightly bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Great head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is malty and a little sweet. Grainy and bready, kind of cardboard-ish, with a little bit a bitter tone. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Burnt amber color, the vanilla colored head recedes to a soapy film. Foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, and a bit of cherry.

Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness, a good amount of piny, woody hops. A little bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp.

Overall: Very good. It's not a malt bomb, so the balance is well noticed.

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Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle &gt; Pint Glass

A - Pours a reddish brown color, with almost a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Big caramel and toffee malt smell with some lighter earthy hop tones.
T - Much more of the hops come out in the flavor, nice bitter bite that smooths out with the malt on the end.
M - A little thin but still a tad chewy.
O - A very good amber, mildly complex, and still refreshing with a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pored 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark oak amber with a nice 2 finger off white head. Fades into a thick collar around glass and splotchy lacing appears.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. A bit of citrus and cascade hops.

T - Sweet roasted malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Slowly builds into a hoppy bitter with a nice citrus from the Cascade hops.

M - Thin with a watery feel. Carbonation is decent. Leaves a nice citrus bitter aftertaste.

D - Nice quaffable Amber Ale with a decent hop profile. Reminds me of Ale Asylum Ambergeddon.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted this as a new deuce-deuce at local liquor store, and at a lower price than I last recall for Rogue this size, so why not?

Blurry brownish-red pour into mug, white creamy head peaks at a half inch then collapses to surface cling. Smell is primarily caramel & fresh bread, with a bit of citrus. Comes through even with the fan on behind me, so that's pretty prominent. Taste is as advertized by scent, though shades towards butterscotch, plus somewhat more bitterness than usually obtained through Cascade (for all I know). Calm with the carbonation, don't even acknowledge it except on swallow, yet there's enough to hold up texture.

A nice casual ale. Thought popped in my head that it'd pair well with fish, then I glance at the bottle & there's a little picture of a fish -- Rogue read my mind here.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance was, well, amber colored, with slight haziness. Decent head, creamy colored, which retained very well.

smell was sweet, with whiffs of caramel

Taste was....slightly disappointing. Pretty bland in fact. Some decent malt taste, but...not much to get excited about

Mouth was okay, not overly full.

Overall, a pretty average beer, I thought, not something I would reccomend or likely try again.

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American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,440 ratings.
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