Agate Pass Amber | Hood Canal Brewing

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Agate Pass AmberAgate Pass Amber

Brewed by:
Hood Canal Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2003

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Donkster46
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SeaAle
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of piclee
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a medium dark copper-amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and some lacing.

A mostly malt aroma greeted the nose, with just enough hops to spice things up a touch. The flavors were also nicely balanced, no one feature dominated. The body was nice, a bit fuller than normal for the style. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have several of these. Overall, a slightly better than average example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper in color with a 2" head that lasts forever. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: ripe fruit sweetness is the lone aroma you can pull from the glass.

Taste: big caramel profile. Ripe black plum and red apple sweetness. Bitterness is tame but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, much smoother towards the finish. Short fruity and caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: definite session ale that is easy to drink and full of big flavors. Worth giving this on a try.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had Agate Pass Amber on tap at the Flying Pig in Everett. My first brew ffrom this brewery. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a red/amber color and is clear, with a foamy beige head.

The smell is faint and malty.

Taste is a mildly bigter caramel taste with a little toasted bread flavor. Bit of an acerbic flavor and after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK. Full bodied and smooth.

A very drinkable amber, and very appropriate for the fall season. Agate Pass has a more robust flavor than the average amber.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle without freshness date into a standard ale glass.

A - Dark copper w/ a thin white head that leaves no lace residue.

S - Sweet creamy malt odors with a woody earthy scent.

M - Light and watery, slighty sweet

T - Rather bland with nutty flavors. Not a bad taste, just not much flavor. Kind of like tea that has steeped too long. It doesn't offend the taste buds, but it could use something- hops? malt?

D - I think this beer just missed the mark it was less carbonated than it should have been w/out head retention. It just left me unimpressed.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark for the style – nearly full blown brown – and unfiltered with a nice soft cap of light suds. The aroma is remote but gingerly steps forward with a flourish of fruity esters suggesting strawberry that are quickly subsumed beneath an onslaught of conflicted, grassy hop notes. The taste is equally conflicted with elements of yeast proteins and soupy, ill-defined bittering. A lingering aftertaste weighs firmly on the tongue.

I might suggest there’s nothing problematic with Agate Pass, but it held little appeal to my personal tastes.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took home a growler of this pretty, dark amber ale from by local brewpub. Poured into a pint glass, with very little head. This brew is low in carbonation, much like traditional English ales. Not much of a distinctive smell, but great taste from the first gulp - sweet caramel undertones and citrusy hoppiness. And wow, very drinkable, what with the low carbonation preventing any gastric pauses.

All in all a very, very solid amber ale. Hopefully I'll see more of this beer in my area soon!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A slightly darkened orange in the body with a moderate head. This was poured on-tap and almost to the top though so it’s hard to judge.

Smell – The strong orange peel and bitters came out big in the aroma, producing the classic Red Ale sharpness.

Taste – This is a very bitter beer indeed. The orange hoppy flavors came out wonderfully here. There’s also a small malt base.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied and extremely bitter. It will get your salivary glands working overtime.

Drinkability – This is a fine Red Ale and very drinkable by itself or with a meal.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a small persistent head. Very well carbonated with streams of tiny bubbles floating to the surface. Head clinged to the sides of the glass. Quite hoppy with a nice bitterness. Nutty character comes through on the front of the tongue along with a hint of sweetness on the sides. Finishes light-moderately bitter. A very nice beer.

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Agate Pass Amber from Hood Canal Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 13 ratings