Amber Ale | Durango Brewing

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81
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35 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Amber AleAmber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States
durangobrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alexgash on 04-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.84%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of firkingroovin
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J_BeeCave
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BeerFanDurango
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty amber. Nice red taste that is very smooth and drinkable. I bought mine from a local liquor store and it tasted very fresh. One of the better reds I have tasted. If you are a fan of Ambers this is a beer you have to try. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of binx
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of intensify
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick and creamy 2 finger head which stuck around for an impressive amount of time. Copper like color with medium visibility. A hint of hops on the nose, honey, and caramel which blends together to create a very smooth and drinkable beer. Medium mouthfeel with a clean refreshing finish. This beer is both refreshing and satisfying those cravings of a good beer one gets at times. I can't see one reason why I wont have one of these in my fridge at all times. Solid brew by the Duranco Brewing Co.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, bubble top

SMELL: Caramel, toasted grain, herbal hop, vague fruit, yeast, vegtal

TASTE: Caramel, toasty, buttery, grainy, yeast, raisins, hop bite, earthy, herbal, peppery

An all around solid Amber Ale, nothing that is going to wake the dead but not every beer needs to be that kind of beer. Good drinking.

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Photo of JimKal
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. No date.

Appearance - Light tan/off-white head. Clear, deep amber body.

Smell - Faint chocolate malt. Even fainter hop presence. Mild and mostly scentless.

Taste - Bland. Watery. Vague hop and malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Light. Some stickiness.

Overall Drinkability - Balanced. Too mild. Too boring. Might be a decent session brew for newbies, though.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very aggressively into a tumbler

Appearance-Extremely aggressive pour and still only yielded about a 2 finger white head and a copper body. Carbonation slowly coming up to the top.

Smell-Caramel malts, pretty sweet. Some subtle floral hops. Smells like a year old malty IPA.

Taste-Sweet caramel malts, bready as well. Very weak in flavor. Barely get any hops at all. Some subtle chocolate. It's missing a little kick to it

Mouthfeel-Drinkable, but just really thin and bland. Flavors instantly go away after a sip. Carbonation is pretty high.

Overall-A few months ago I may have given this a higher grade, but I've been drinking some Ambers lately, and this one doesn't really hold up to any of them.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this date at the Corner Mkt. in Laurel, MS.
Head exploaded when pored into glass. Avery hazy amber in color. Head must have been 4 full fingers, and I only poured half the beer. Slowly settled, leaving some abundant side laceing.
I get some lemon scent with some faint citrus orange. Getting some maple brown sugar but not really picking up the caramel that others on this beer review take note of.
Taste, not what I had hoped for but not bad. Maltiness come in to play and balance aromatic hops
Mouthfeel is fizzy and on the thin side.
Not great but it is worthy.

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Photo of ubermick
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Colour's spot on - nice clarity, and a nice finger thick head, which receded quickly.

S: Candy. Sweet roasted malts, almost a caramel-like scent. Hops are somewhat noticeable, pleasantly so.

T: It's an amber. No more, no less. Malty backbone that was a little too much for me, but that's personal taste. (I like a little more bite)

MF: A little thicker than expected, nicely carbed.

O: As I said, its an amber. If someone handed you one, you'd drink it, but you probably wouldn't make a point of noting it down and seeking it out at the store.

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Photo of MWinterweb
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Great amber color. Pours with about 1/4-1/2 off white, slightly tanish head.

S - I get a toasted malty sent. Definitely not off putting.

T - A rush of malty flavors at the beginning fallowed closely by a slightly sweet taste then a lime hoppy taste, finishing slightly toasty (with strong hops). Lingers for a while.

M - Small amount of carbination. medium body.

D - could drink a six pack in one night.

Overall, Its a good amber ale, Nothing really stands out to me though, making it a slightly above average beer for me.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and clear with a slight amount of carbonation. Light beige head with below average retention. Malted caramel aroma. Faint hop oiliness. Slight amount of bitterness up front with the caramel coming through in the middle and end. Mild hop bitterness after the finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Reminds me of a less malty version of what Bass Ale use to be like.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one bought for my son's bottle collection. Pours from the 12 ounce bottle a clear amber color with a rocky tan head. Sweet malt on the nose, along with a little caramel and some floral hops. Fairly sweet on the palate as well, with brown sugar and some balancing hoppiness. Wasn't expecting much here, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a medium sized off white head.
Lacing has nice staying power through out drinking a 12 oz bottles worth.
The smell and taste of this amber ale is stock roasted caramel malts with hints of citrus and maybe some light hops sticking around.
A light dry caramelish aftertaste with staying power.
The standard amber ale you won't be disappointed and I wasn't really excited either, It's a beer you'll definitely finish if you like ambers.

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