Ornery Amber | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Ornery AmberOrnery Amber

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 228
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange and brown appearance. Bready malt, mild hop impingement.

Taste was standard stuff, amber levels of roasting of the malt, mid 30-40 ibu territory. Easy to drink, leans more smooth than bitter.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I actually like this beer a lot, but apparently I'm in the minority, as I don't see it around much any more. Oh well. Update: looks like Mountain City Amber is the replacement for this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out equal parts orange and amber, maybe a little brown thrown in to round things out. Aroma was a nice sweet lightly bready malt aroma, with the slightest hop tickle, pretty nice, especially considering the usual way to get me to rate aroma higher on an amber is to just dump a bunch of dry hops in.

Taste, back to ordinary, no off flavors, no depth, but pretty standard crystal and caramel malt presence. Hopping is average and fair. Easy enough to drink, but not going to impress your hardcore beer nerd friends, this one is more geared towards others, maybe waiting to make the leap.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured unto a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear transparent amber, white head comes off the body maybe 1/10".

Smell: Smells like light malts and NOTHING. It is really a weak smell and doesn't really push off as you would expect.

Taste: Much more magnified comes off little sweet and slightly hoppy.

Mouth: Light-medium carbonation, thank god this beer is tasty or I would rate this lower.

Overall: Much better drink than my previous Tommyknocker beer....I definitely would drink this again but not my first choice considering what other lagers are available. Hope you all enjoy this one and cheers to all!

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Photo of Kromes
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice clear copper/amber color with a finger's width off-white head. Nice laces on the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt and caramel.

T: Sweet malt and a little bit of caramel with an herbal hop flavor in the background. There is an off mineral flavor in the finish.

M: A little bit thin with higher carbonation. The high carbonation is refreshing and gives the beer a peppery feel.

O: I think it's a pretty good little amber lager. A sweet malt flavor with some subtle hop. The only thing keeping from being better is the slight mineral flavor.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber color. Huge 3 finger pillowy tan head. 4.5

S: Slightly alcoholic tiny bit of malt. 3

T: Not really malty. Kinda watery. Slight nutty flavor at the end. 3

M: Thin and watery. 2.5

O: It was ok. I'd pass on buying more but certainly wouldn't turn down a free pint or 2 of it. 3

*Paired with Turkey Burgers with sharp provolone and avocados.

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Photo of Luigi
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a crystal clear amber color with a white one finger head.
Head retention is decent but little lacing.

The aroma is mildy hoped an full of caremal malts.

The flavor is mildy hoped and full of toasted malt. Well balanced finished clean with a dry hop bitterness lingering.

Medium bodied lightly carbonated.

Over all this is a decent lager but there is nothing real distinctive on the flavor. I enjoyed the brew but there are better versions of the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A tight foamy light caramel head is formed with about two fingers in size. Body is a light and cloudy amber very doppelbock looking. Some decent lacing on places also.

Looks like a doppelbock, smells like one. Toffee sticky malts, and small banana with a fruity estery sense also. Kind of unexpected sort of a red lager/doppelbock mix.

Taste is lacking in some sort of direction. Wet malt presence, and watery toffee. Then a weak grain sense reminiscent of an Irish Ale but without the grass kick. Taste improves a bit as the beer settles and warms up slightly.

Overall this is a beer that is just a mess and smacks of having an identity crisis. I don't get this beers angle at all. Where is the basic malt presence, it smacks of both doppelbock and Irish red ale only to give no justice to those styles. Kind of a lost cause here not impressed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, amber in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: deep caramel malt and sugar

Taste: caramel, toffee, toasted malt, and small earthy hops in the back

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with small bitterness in the back

Overall: A good malty amber that is not too different from others I have but is balanced well. A solid amber that I could session.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color; hazy with a 1+ finger off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pleasing. As expected, it features light and medium malt but with a touch of spicy hops. The promise of hops is mostly unfulfilled in tasting, where we have an unflawed but rather tame and mediocre amber lager that could pass for a good macro-brew.

O - aroma borders on 4 but taste falls short.

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Photo of rel
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this vigorously and didn't get much head out of it. Deep and rich red/copper hues and some lacing.

Some faint floral hops on the nose, followed by heavy molasses and malts.

The taste is beer is very pleasing. A fruity first impression was quite unexpected. I'm not much of a fruit person, but it tasted like a watermelon sour patch if that does anything for you. It's not a fruity beer though. Lots of sweet malts blended with the right amount of hops.

It definitely has a lager feel. Quite simple and light carbonated.

If you like ambers, this is something different to try.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: cloudy orange, 2-finger head (dissipates quickly), decent carb.
S: sweet--all malt; persists
T: brown sugar, honey, malt, toasted grains; a much darker flavor than one expects in an amber, with a touch more hops, spice; I like the flavor quite a bit, but can see how those expecting a true amber would be disappointed.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-brown/dark amber color. Head tries to stay but it just doesn't quite have the power. No lacing.
S- Smells is malty sweet. There is a bit of toasted bread, a good bit of toffee and caramel.
T- Initially it's a toasted bread flavor but it sweetens up quickly and then leaves the impression of caramel and toffee. It's lightly nutty but too sweet to truly be called nutty. Almost like a glazed almond flavor.
M- Medium body for style. Carbonation is a bit too low for me. Finish is dry though.
O- Well, there aren't too many in this style that impress me. This one didn't impress but I found it to be above average for the style. Probably wouldn't choose to drink again, but if it were given to me at a barbeque or something, I wouldn't mind.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears nice and clear with a dark orange color and a bubbly white head that did not stick around for more than a sip or two.

The aroma was of toffee and caramel with a little bit of buttered biscuit

The beer tasted of toffee and caramel with a medium body and maybe a little biscuit taste, no hops were detectable.

The finish is clean and sweet.

Overall the beer is okay, kind or plain without much depth.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber brown with a bit of head that turns to a slight ring of lace.

S - Smells of a typical amber lager. Some sweet malts and caramel. Nothing too exciting.

T - Sweet but on the reverse side of of neutral with no bitterness from grains or hops. Pretty good though.

M - Light to medium, pretty easy drinking.

Overall I have three more and they are not that offensive but not that exciting either. Pretty standard amber lager.

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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber/orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramel and some citrus/hops in the nose as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice caramelized malts, hints of some orange, and then some more citrus hop flavors to finish. Nice taste to it.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, kind of sweet and refreshing.
D: Overall a decent amber, nice mix of the flavors, maybe a bit too sweet for me, but it was decent nonetheless.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.82/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with a decent size white head. Very little lacing.

S: Some caramel and malts, but not a lot of hops in the aroma. Citrus (I want to say orange) is also present.

T: Malty with caramel overtones are the main flavors. The citrus is also present in the flavor of this beer and balances out the malts and the sweet caramel quite nicely. All in all, a good balance between the different flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight citrusy aftertaste on the tongue.

O: This is a decent Amber Lager that goes down smooth and is enjoyable. The caramel malts, typical for this style, are roughly where they should be, and the citrus flavors balances things out. I bought this as a part of a 12-pack that has six different beers from TommyKnocker Brewery & Pub, LLC. So far, the two that I have sampled have been OK, but not exceptional, by any means. I like the two bottles per style consept versus 12-packs that have four different beers, three each. The third one seems to always end up lost somewhere in the fridge, since I like to drink my beers from a tall beer glass that can accomodate two 12oz. botlles at a time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable malty beer.

Dark amber in the glass. Decent head and pleasant, fairly rich mouth feel. Nice nose of roasted malt and caramel. Fairly sweet at first sip, and the malty mouthful stays with you. Fruity hops give a nice edge and make the aftertasted fairly bitter.

On tap at Icelantic Skis party on a Santa Fe Drive art Friday in Denver.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another choice from the Tommyknocker mixed "Trail Pack". Pours a cloudy medium amber with a tiny beige cap of a head. Nose is heavy on the sweet caramel flavors to the exclusion of almost everything else.

Satisfying early with a strong but relatively balanced malt backbone of caramel and biscuit persuasion. The late sweetness cloys the finish a bit but the aftertaste retains a touch of bitterness and more or less redeems this one. The texture is crisp and easy to quaff.

The pointless late sweetness is a drag but overall this is a little better than I expected, and slightly above average for the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a light copper, just past amber, with a touch of haze to it. A strong white crown just over one finger tall rests dense and fluffy on top, retaining its form well and leaving good lacing on the glass.
Aroma is a mix of malts and hops, not complex but sturdy and safe. Breads and yeast pull through underneath.
The flavor is odd, certainly an amber base but a touch metallic and, with a bit too much carbonation, a little like an orange soda due to strong citrus character. Swirling it around in my mouth brings out more of the malt character, a touch of caramel and breads, and hops are light but present. It does turn a little sour in the finish.
The mouthfeel is too thin, a light body that should be medium forming the base with too much carbonation, making it spritzy. Not heinously thin or light-bodied, but not better than average.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light amber color in body. The head disappeared quickly. Sporadic bubbles.

Very faint caramel and grass. Not much else. No big in-your-face aromas really popping out.

Taste is caramel, faint nuttiness, toasted bread and very light in hops. Not bad but nothing good either.

Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling dry. Really blah on the mouth feel.

I'm not really into this lager at all. It really is lacking in a lot. I won't be seeking this again. One big blahhhh...

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommykocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. Its been a long day so I could use a beer to quench my first. Bottled on February 28th, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- Another corny looking label from Tommyknocker. This beer poured a clear copper color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed the rest of the time and left a little bit of spotty lacing.

S- At first I pick up some nice slightly sweet caramel malts. I get a good mix of citrus and earthy hops in the aroma and I can also pick up some orange peel. Fruitier on the nose then most ambers.

T- The caramel malts dominate the flavor of this brew and they come off a little too sweet. The orange peel i picked up in the aroma is just as noticeable and works well with the hops that lean more towards the citrus side then the earthy side. There was a slight bit of subtle bitterness at the end that helped tone down the sweetness a little.

M- Medium light bodied, smooth, and good carbonation.

Overall this was a ok amber. The caramel malts were about where they should be for this style but all in all they come off sweeter then I would like and that hurts the drinkablity. I like the fruitier notes of this beer and the orange peel flavor and aroma worked really well with this beer. I liked most things about this beer but in the end it is just to sweet for an amber. I don't think I would buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle notched 9/21/10. Consumed 2/19/11.

A: Orange cherry with a fair clarity reveals a moderate effervese of micro-bubbles clumped tightly together. On top lied a finger high tan head of moderate retention that left but a thin sticky ring for lace. Average regards here because it neither tempted me nor discouraged.

S: Fruity nose of fresh oranges, and cherries. Underlying notes of sweet toasted caramel syrup along with a light alcohol detection that was similar to cough syrup. Having trouble trying to relate to what exact style this is suppose to represent but once again a bit sweet with cherry juice.

T: The flavor was as sweet, if not more so, then the nose, almost to the point of being unbearable. Fruity with dry mandarin oranges, cherries and a trail of tropical fruitiness (mangos). More tropical and fruity like a juice you would enjoy at a beach resort rather then what one envisions as a beer. Some spicy sweet hopping that finishes off with a bit of pink grapefruit juice and citrus.

M: Light bodied, near thin, smooth with a slippery feel and a soft carbonation factor. Finishes off the tongue with a tropical fruitiness.

D: Fruity and sweet, dare I say a girlie drink?, more suited for the beaches of cancun then on the seat of a bar. Ones fine, hold the seconds, way to sweet and wouldn't waste my time or money on a repurchase.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Ornery Amber was amber in color and hazy with some sediment floating about. It had a small white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was sweet crystal malt with a bit of floral hops. The taste was crystal malt and hops with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was average with a medium-light body and medium-light carbonation. Drinkability was about average. This is a pretty basic amber lager.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of white head that dissappears quickly.

The scent is dominant of earthy hops, notes of grains.

The taste is also of dominant hops, citrus, roasted malt, and grain.

Light bodied, crisp and pretty smooth, high carbonation.

I though this was a pretty good amber lager, much more hop presence than I would expect from this style. Very easy to drink, I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Ornery Amber from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.15 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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