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Empire East Coast Amber | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States
empirebrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 08-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,924
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
85
pDev:
13.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Red orange amber hue with a finger or twos worth of off-white head that sticks around. Nice lacing too.

S - Not a lot in the nose. Slightly malty sweet and some hints of fruit.

T - Biscuits and toast. A subtle and complex malt body. Goes in with a slight caramel sweetness and down with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Crisp and extremely drinkable.

O - An excellent amber ale. I've been disappointed with this style lately. I feel that many are over hopped which retracts from malty complexities that should be most prominent. This beer is to style and also to my specific taste as it is more toasty and less sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

oddly enough this was on tap at smokey bones near great northern. the pours is clear and very light red for an amber, no dark caramel color or anything, an inch of white foam rests on top. the nose is really quite boring, a little malt sweetness, generic and plain, but not much more. the flavor is good though, balanced, with a little hop kick on both the front and back, a very american style amber. the malt profile is as light as it lookes, subtle and semisweet, with some toffee and biscuit notes on the finish. feel works well, light as hell in body, would like to see more, especially in the winter months, but the carbonation is ample and the finish is delicate and quick in a quiet way. overall better than average but not the first choice when at the brewery. a servicable amber, but not a good illustration of what empire can do.

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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the dutch poured into a cheater pint. Amber hue capped by a foamy slight off white head. Head has little retention, very light lacing cap. Nose was clean with very light hints of caramel, slight pine. Taste was caramel and malt centric pretty well balanced by light flower and citrus. Hint of slight chalkiness. Mouth is medium bodied and compliments the chili I am it pairing with. Overall not a bad choice, If given the Empire IPA I would surely choose that over this. Cheers!

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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With deeper caramel and malt sweetness than a pale ale, this amber ale tilts away from hop balance to showcase a bit more richness and sweetness.

Empire's amber ale pours a medium amber/copper color with moderate carbonation, a sturdy off-white head and moderate lace. A light haze suggests late addition hops for balance and aroma.

The nose portrays a caramel and toffee rich tone with a background note of grass or pine from hops. Low on fruity and spicy notes, the beer's objectives are obvious: malt first, hops a distant second, and that's it.

Flavors are malty sweet with caramel and light toffee that govern the taste from initial sip until deep in finish. A timid attempt to balance is met with a grassy, piney, and almost minty taste that develops into clean but understated bitterness late. Crisp, clean, and malt balanced throughout, still with spicy or fruity flavors at bay.

Medium, rich, and creamy, the mouthfeel seems a bit full from the carbonation and malty sweetness. As carbonation falls, hop bitterness rises a bit, and the malts fade, the beer finishes malty-dry in a semi-dry state.

Typical of amber ales, Empire's is quite simplistic and somewhat one-dimentional with the caramel malt flavor dominating. But with clean brewing and fermenting practices, the beer is relatively error free. It just needs a stamp that gives it identity.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty malt, caramel and an herbal hop spice.

The taste offered round malts, some caramel and a balancing drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical ho hum amber ale here. Serviceable.

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Empire East Coast Amber from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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