Dark Horse Amber Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 08-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
439
Reviews:
200
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
15.47%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 200
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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stercomm
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Avery Brewing glass we picked up at the Avery Tap House.

A - Dark honey/amber in color, very hazy. Light white head that quickly recedes leaving just a slight white rim on the top, very little lacing.

S - Somewhat subdued, get some malts, a bit of citrus and a hint of banana.

T - Malty, biscuit taste on the front end, get some weaving in of banana and citrus, finish reveals a slight hoppy character but still getting a biscuity taste.

M - A bit weak for my taste, a bit watery, not a lot of carbonation.

O - Definitely a good session beer, good balance, nothing is really in your face.

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Photo of KevBearcat529
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Schneic8
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Has a dark amber color with an off white head and mild carbonation.

Smell: Strong smell, I got a good wiff once I opened the bottle. Has a floral hoppy smell.

Taste: Crisp, slightly sweet taste. Has a dry, fruity flavor that I wasn't expecting. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Has a somewhat thin feel. It has an initial crispness and finishes smooth.

Overall: Very good beer. The taste was a little different than I was expecting but it was a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This amber is a thick and cloudy dark orange color. A very light tan head reaches almost a finger and fades to a thick foam that leaves some lacing around the glass.
There's a good balance in the aroma evidencing a foundation of malts with a good hops presence adding mostly floral notes. Sweetness is on an even keel with a bit of earthiness. Light banana and bubble gum notes of Belgian yeast are also unexpectedly present. The flavor seems not to mesh well as first but melds as it sits, just needing to warm slightly from the fridge to work. Issues here are a touch of graininess and a bit of rubbing alcohol presence fading in and out.
The body is medium, as is the level of carbonation adding a brisk, nipping crispness. Smoothness comes up in the middle without ever losing that crisp bite.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BelgianDark86
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a slighty hazy orange to amber(imagine that!) With mimimal head and lacing.
S: a reminiscent of a Belgian. Some spicy notes along with citrus and fruit. Some biscuity notes too.
T: citrus notes at the front along with belgian notes I picked up on the nose. Bready malts give way to a crisp citrus finish.
M: watery, thin and not much body. Crisp finish and an okay aftertaste.
O: absolutely a sessionable beer and much different from other ambers and reds. It just lacks a little in appearance and mouthfeel. Definitely distinct.

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Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle date. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a small 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of big orange, banana, biscuit, clove, pear, toasted malt, caramel, apple, and yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas here; was not expecting this to be a Belgian style amber at all. Taste of banana, orange, caramel, biscuit, clove, pear, pepper, toasted malt, and herbal yeast spices. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, apple, banana, toasted malt, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian amber ale, with good complexity. Plenty of flavor and very smooth drinking. I would get this again.

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Photo of SHCC
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; no date

Pours a murky amber with a thin white film. Smell is earthy: corn, grains, and a tinge of grassy hop. Taste is sweet grain that evolves into an earthy/citrus hops offering that's reminiscent of Mountain Dew. A slight metallic tinge is the only problem here. Mouthfeel is simultaneously dry and watery (go figure).

My favorite amber to date.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NvMyBeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very hazy, Dark Horse Amber Ale pours an amber color with tints of copper, tangerine, and peach at the edges. I had to be careful with the pour, a large ecru head rose quickly from the glass, ultimately forming a frothy cap. It fades slowly but leaves layers of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma does not have much bite. Toasted grains and a bit of caramel malt come through with a lazy spicy or earthy note.

Taste: The flavor is soft and fairly uninteresting. There is a toasted grain presence, some woody notes, a bit of earthy spice, and some medicinal phenols on the back end.

Mouthfeel: The body has is quite light. The carbonation is crisp and bubbles on the tongue, but there is only a watery sensation left after. There is a gentle creaminess as well.

Overall: I am learning that Dark Horse is kind of hit or miss. I have had some very nice beers from them, but others do not seem to be executed very well.

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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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