Dark Horse Amber Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Amber AleDark Horse Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 08-10-2002

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - apple, fruit, alcohol, light hop aroma

T - apple, pear, all esters

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather disappointing beer. It's simple and relies heavily on esters and alefruit. The nice side is that this is easily drinkable and unoffensive. In the end this isn't a beer that I'm looking to have again.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Jimmys
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. no bottled on date.

A: very hazy looking brew, not sure if this was bottle conditioned or unfiltered. copper in hue. head is on the reddish side of white, but is rather unimpressive. limited retention and lacing.

S: ripe fruit. bananas and toffee. lots of toffee. slightly nutty, bready as well. pumpernickel.

T: rich and malty. caramel is strong. maybe a little bit of butterscotch. crystal malts gives plenty of twang, then dries things out and leaves plenty of fruity yeast flavors.

M: subtle. wouldn't hate a touch more fizz. medium bodied flavor.

D: for a style that I am certainly not very attached too, this is a pretty drinkable amber. decent complexity on the nose and body, worth trying if you are a fan of ambers.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear, amber color with a very small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled floral and biscuity.

T - Good hoppy bitterness with some burnt toast maltiness. Nice caramel and toffee backbone.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This tasted way better than the aroma had me expecting.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that slowly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of bananas and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of malty sweetness. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad beer, but it smelled and tasted completely different than what I was initially expecting; it is only an "amber ale" in the name and appearance. The aromas and flavors of bananas, sweetness and yeast seem to have more resemblance to a lighter version of a Belgian tripel. Nevertheless, it is definitely a unique beer.

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Dark Horse Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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