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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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 170
Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
2.51/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with ample head with decent lacing.

The smell is faint. But what's there is malt, no hops apparent.

The flavor is smooth and very light, almost like drinking water with a little bit of hops flavor.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with just a little carbonation.

Very drinkable but not for the right reasons. It's so smooth and flavorless it goes down easy.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ornery Amber poured a red-orange-copper color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated to only a collar. Has a subtle malty nose with hints of caramel. It has a pretty mild taste to it - some maltiness with a slight metallic aftertaste. There is no hop taste to speak of here. As it warmed up, I noticed more caramel flavor and maybe some subtle fruitiness. It's a pretty smooth, drinkable beer. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of merlin48
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body with a skimpy offwhite head that endures for a few seconds before disappearing. No lacing.
Aroma is restrained, with a note of caramel malt and some slight orange citrus hops. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light bodied.
Taste is undistinguished, but well balanced. Some sweet caramel and citrus hops, but very understated.
Drinkability is good here. Taste is decent enough for a session amber, but there are many better choices.

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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 virinow
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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 ADR
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Bright transparent orange color, head of a little less than 1/2 an inch in a pint glass. Slipping ring laces. Brown sugar malt aroma, a bit of diacetyl, no real hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is slightly higher than average. Very consistent taste front to back, malted milk, a bit of vanilla, pleasant residual sugars. Not much of a snap to it. That's the good part, while easily quaffable, the beer is pretty thin and average in most flavor and body categories. Might be a good introductory Lager for someone who is looking for a malty easy drinker and wants to try some different things.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is glowing with an orange clouded amber body. Off white orange tinted khaki head forms nicely with sporadic hit and miss specks of lacing. Aroma a nice mix of sublte bready malts and a chalky mineral yeast character going on, not much hop zing. Flavor pretty much a weird brew up front sweetness hits with caramelized sugars and fresh bread tones with some mineral slighly metallic edges. Really not a bad flavor just a bit one dimensional, backing cluster hops come out with each sip but nothing other than to balance out the bready sweentess. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied no a watery beer definitely has some girth to it, no off flavors to be had. Carbonation is smooth and slightly creamy in texture. Drinkability overall was solid. Makes me not as scared of a mixed 12 pack from them as I used to be.

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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 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 scottblaze
3.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pour right down the middle didn't produce much of a head, maybe ΒΌ" , what little there was, gave some reasonable lacing, hazy amber. Distinct scent of Scotch Whiskey hit me in the nose at the first whiff, as it rested though, more floral and grassy hints came to the surface. Taste is a nice balance of light malty molasses flavors and hops, not bitter, vanilla, quite nice. Compellingly refreshing mouthfeel and drinkabilty.

A very good beer, one that I could keep coming back to.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tommyknocker- Ornery Amber

A- Light copper orange/ brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Faint sugary malt, corn syrup, light touch of grassy hops.
T- Light and sweet with a bland flat malt flavor. Slight touch of fizzled out grassy hops in the end.
M- Very watery and light. Sugar water sweetness with a dull finish.

Overall- Dull and boring. I'll drink the other bottle from my variety 12 pack but I won't turn to this beer again.

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Photo of weasbri
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the WaPo Beer Madness tourney.
Copper color with thin head and reasonable lacing (at least for the thin head).
Mainly malt aroma, tinge of hops thrown in.
Fairly unassuming flavor, but well-rounded nonetheless. Not too much sweetness from the malt before the hops take over and finish dryly.

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Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This one is a ruddy orange amber color, slightly hazy, and topped with a big solid head...four fingers of khaki cream that stays put for a long while. Lots of really nice lace is left clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Fruity mango, mandarin orange, orange marmalade, maple syrup, and some buttery diacetyl notes. This is well hopped for the style. I like this nose quite a bit.

T - No where near as tasty as it smells. There is an acrid note that I don't care for, but the fruitiness is still there. Slightly hoppy and underassertive...this isn't terrible, but it's nothing to get worked up about. There is a hint of what might be described as rotten apple...like you would find swarming with bees under an apple tree.

M - Light in body, this has a large amount of carbonation and a clean finish with a little touch of lingering fruit.

D - Eh. Not bad. Not good. Just an average amber lager really. This looks really nice and smells good too, but it falls short once you get the stuff into your mouth.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours an orange/amber red with little or no head. Nose is pleasantly fruity, citrusy and hoppy. Taste is a thick sweet citrus, with creamy malts and a hop bite. More medium-bodied than I had expected for this red. Highly carbonated - makes it more drinkable. Could see myself putting a few of these back, though I don't know if I'm enough of a red fan to come back for more. Not a bad beer though. Refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a thin, frothy head that drops readily to a big-bubble accented collar and leaves only spotty lace. The nose is mainly malty with a distinct note of caramel amidst its bready and lightly toasted Munich malt, with just a touch of background floral hops. The body is medium and it's fine, moderate carbonation leaves it gently crisp before warming to become slightly creamy and smooth across the palate. Everything suggested by the aroma is carried forth in the flavor with a round, gently toasted, nutty and caramelish malt that's accented by a slight floral hop flavor and a low-key bitterness. It finishes slightly sticky with malt sugars, but then dries quickly leaving the palate ready for another taste. Interestingly malty.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed deep orangish amber color with a ring of lacing around the side of the glass. Sweet caramel and toasted malt make up the nose. The flavor is pretty straighforward with a slightly toasted malt background and a faint hop presence in the finish. It seems there is just not enough malt, or hops for that matter. Overall, this is a decent at best brew that is not something I will purchase again.

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Photo of gkeefer72
1.8/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Taste is that of sweet butterscoth which suggests it may have been sitting too long on the shelf; bought it as part of the Trail Mix; other varieties lacking also; aroma was not impressive; finish was fair at best. Not a beer I would likely buy again.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is, well amber, but super clarity and a big fluffy head with nices bubbles. Head rentention is okay, no lace grabs the glass.

Smell: Sweet carmel maltiness and faint honey wiffs invites you to the glass.

Taste Caramel maltiness and light citrussy hops dance a somewhat delicate dance.

Good thick mouth feel.

All in all a good solid effort

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Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the easiest ambers to consume. A surprisingly enjoyable brew that I had the pleasure to pour for others at the Charlotte Oktoberfest as a volunteer. Right on par to the color and head retention, a bit on the malty side. Though nothing too exciting, it's qualities make it a popular choice at the o-fest for others, and myself.

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Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clean amber color with a thin soapy head.

Smell was very light bready malts.

The flavor is very light with a sourdough bread like malt taste with a touch of grassy hops and a bit of metallic tinnyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

A boring average amber, wouldn't bother with this one in the future.

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Ornery Amber from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 228 ratings