Ornery Amber | Tommyknocker Brewery

Ornery AmberOrnery Amber
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Krishob
4.32/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer has a nice clear & as the name states amber color. Not a lot of head, but it does retinas a small amount across the top. It is not thick by any means but it does tend to cling to the edge of the glass. It looks light and lively.

Smell - The nose on this beer is very nice. There is a toasty, biscuity smell from the malts, but the hops are great. They give a slight spicy/citrusy smell but very clean. It is at a really good balance.

Taste - There is a very slight floral taste from the hops & yeast. The hops are defiantly stronger and are still in balance with the other ingredients. It has a very clean taste all the way from the when it first touches your palate till it exits.

Mouthfeel - The flavor of this beer coats your palate and as you swallow it there is still a wonderful coating fact left on your palate. It is not a thick feel, but a comforting feel since it seems to just give a sense of warmth & comfort. The carbonation from this was spot on, you could still feel the carbonation inside your mouth but did not feel like over powering.

Drinkability - This is a well made beer. Good body that is filling but still light and refreshing. Would definitely have another and would hopefully get to share more with some good friends.

Serving type - Bottle poured into glass

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is very light, with only a bit of sweet fruit to be found. Taste presents a firm sweet maltiness that is exceptionally pleasnt. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Finish is light and very refreshing. Very drinkable, however the flavor begins to fade as more of the glass in consumed.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of christy13
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a dark red amber with good carbonation. The Head is 2 fingers off white foam that fades to a nice lacing.

The Smell is a little odd at first, maybe even fishy, a clear sniff reveals lightly toasted sweet Carmel malt.

The taste follows better. Nice sweet and toasty malt, slightly sweet with a nice hoppy tone that really works well. Very good balance to this brew.

The mouthfeel is not bad, nothing offensive, quite common, carbonation and body are good, feels like a good quality beer going down.

The drinkability is good. I really like the toasty Carmel notes, I would buy this again. MK

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, slight hops, some fruity aromas, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, some earthy malt comes through as well, a good hop background, some pine notes come through faintly, and a slight dryness is present in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent beer with a good blend of flavors; the appearance is lacking, though. Worth a try and definitely deserves a better rep than it has received so far.

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Photo of beace
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am fond of the orange haze of this amber ale. The head was small and disappeared quickly. Bands of lace slowly descend down the glass. The fruity malt nose reminds me of oranges pears and fresh baked bread.

There is plethora of fruit flavors going on. Rasins, plums, orange rinds, and sour cherries. The hop bitterness is comforting and intermingles with the malt. Caramel, almond and earth balance out the fruit and spicy hop tones.

I could enjoy a few of these back to back. Nothing offensive and plenty to enjoy and ponder. An ale that not only stimulates the palate but also the brewing lobe in all of us.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Label notched best within 4 months of Aug05. Oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly depletes to a swirly film, with a group of big bubbles in one area, with average to good lacing. Aroma is grain pellet, with a touch of tart fruit. Taste is the same, well-balanced, sedate. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, maybe a bit chalky, and drinkability is very high. Didn't have too high of hopes for this brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your average lager! It was hard to ascertain the color since I drank it from a brown bottle, but the head is fairly thick and frothy. Aroma is strong and pleasant, much better than that of most lagers I have sampled. The taste is strong, not complex but pleasant, with some surprising hoppy overtones. Smooth and zesty, this is a good party brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.91/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Trail mix 6'er. 12oz bottle. Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a limpid head with a firm pour. Minimal to absent lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Nose opens up with some herbal hops, some nutty amber, crystal, and munich malts, orange peel, toast, grain husk, and rotten strawberries. Not too shabby...better than the other TK's I've had. Mouthfeel is soft and chewy with a medium body. Taste is a recap of the nose...opens with a big hazelnut and toast flavor. Mild bitterness. Finish is herbal with a touch of roasted orange peel and yeast. Grain husk and toast aftertaste. Precariously verges on the brink of the almost-too-sweet-gonna-get-a-cavity taste.

Not too shabby. This is one of the better TK brews I've had, which unfortunately doesn't say a whole lot. I could get blasted on this at a pub but wouldn't drink it for pleasure. The reality TV of beers...entertaining, but entirely forgettable.

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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 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 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 tjd112
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's nonic

Appearance - True to form amber, but the big draw is the large 1 finger, well-retained white head. As I type this two minutes later, I can already see that lacing will be good

Smell - A faint maltiness, nothing special at all

Taste - A bit of caramel and honey

Mouthfeel - Medium to light with smooth finish

Drinkability - Hell yes!

Overall - One of my faves in the genre

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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 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 WesWes
3.82/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful crystal malt scent along with some light hops and a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, yet dry caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent amber lager. The aroma is great, but the flavor falls short of expectations. Overall, a good drinker.

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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 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 Brent
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cetainly deserves to be tagged an "American" version of an amber. A surpisingly aggressive hops bite jumps out at the gate. Some rough hops-oil flavors add a slightly grating edge to the hops that is not unpleasant, so long as you like your hops on the rugged side. Nicely paired with a caramel malt, but the beer was weighted just a tad too much in favor of the hops. Finish was blunt with bittersweetness.

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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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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber glow with a small cap of dusty tanned, firm foam. Fluffy lacing in sporatic sheeting leaving some inky strings along the way.

Aroma is malt tilted with a bready warmth and slight toastyness. Small hints to some woodish hops and a tender little sweet underlay of dull apple.

Flavors are mirrored from the smell as it stands mostly frontward with some malt tones that are fairly mild and tender. Slightly toasted and sweet, getting more sweet as it flows towards the finish. Has a dull apple-y flavor under some skimpy wood hop notes. Its not all that complex, but has a decent malt base that keeps it interesting.

Feel is fairly bold, clean, and well-rounded within a medium body. Again, the malts are what's making this amber worth anything and its not bad. I suppose a bit more hoppyness could help add some complexity and balance. Otherwise this is a fairly easy going amber thats easy enought to have a couple more of before boredom may set in. Thanks to Justin my 2nd Cuz on my wifes side for the samples!

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Ornery Amber from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 8.8% out of 100 with 228 ratings
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