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 DBIII
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

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 mmmbeer
1.89/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date. Damn you Mike's Mart! Anyway, it looks quite nice. Pours into the pilsner glass a hazy chestnut with lots of carbonation and a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lace. Lots of sediment in the bottle after the pour. Caramel and almost cloyingly sweet malts in the nose. Taste is.... sour, and very bad. I taste dill pickles. Seriously. It's bad. I tasted several gulps to make sure it was that bad. I could barely hold it in my mouth long enough to judge the mouthfeel, which was average I guess. This is the first time I've dumped a beer I'm reviewing down the drain. The other beers from the mixed 12 aren't bad... perhaps it was never good in the first place.

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Photo of SilentSabre
1.98/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not paying any attention to the label, I did not realise until I opened it that it was a lager. A rather poor lager. Pour was condusive with the style. Clear orange red with a quickly vanishing head. I can sum this whole thing up by saying it lacked character, depth, flavour, and a whole host of other things. This was reddish brown carbonated water. This is hardly even a beer.

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Photo of Braudog
2/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured an amber color, alright. Average head. Caramel aroma with a slight flowery hoppiness. Very bready character, almost milky. Bit dry. Very light maltiness and an even lighter hop mustiness. OK, but did nothing to really grab my attention. (#2664, 1/22/07)

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Disappointing. I've yet to have a really good Tommyknocker beer, or one that offers hop, roasty, fruity, or anything other than than malty. And this beer is no exception...mildly malty in both aroma and flavor, but virtually nothing else here. Mouthfeel is not worthy of comment, for better or for worse. There are so many other beers of similar styles that are so much better...is this a dark lager? Than do yourself a favor and try a Furthermore Oscura or Sprecher Black. Is this an amber ale? Than try a McTarnahan's. Either way, you'll be much happier than if you drink this beer.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this beer on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs.

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Photo of bataround
2.06/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer looked good in color. It poured with little to no head. The smell wasn't very prevalent. Everything else about this beer was bland and boring. The taste I was expecting was nonexistent. I think the packaging probably does more for this beer than the taste. I did buy 2 bottles to give it a fair chance.

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Photo of sevopie
2.08/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Well, this one is what it says. Caramel Amber with a quickly fading white head.

Smell - Corny, bitter, and sweet. Caramel can be picked out as well as toffee and a faint alcohol smell.

Taste - Very light in the taste department. I taste a slight bit of caramel malt as well as an almost cardboard flavor. Definitely not something I want in my beer.

Mouthfeel - This is the one area where this beer has some solidity. Semi-solid amount of carbonation, however maybe light on the weight.

Drinkability - Truly nothing to keep me interested here. Nothing (other than the cardboard taste) really turns me off, but nothing gets me excited at all. Will not get again.

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Photo of mattyblazer
2.12/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer poured out with a decent look, macro type head similar to a masproduced American lager,but after that it was no big deal. If I had paid for it I would have been disapointed it just seemed to fall short of something?, rather ordinary. whith some really incredible offerings out there this was kind of dull!

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Photo of mynie
2.2/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours kind of tepid, like iced tea. Almost no head, and I was really trying to put one on it. No fizz, no haze.

Smells--ehh. Tommyknocker brews use a fairly intense, fruity yeast. Sometimes, this serves as a decent background (as in their above-average Pick Axe Pale Ale). But here, when the yeast takes center stage in the odor of Onery Amber, the smell is cidery and, as it is unbalanced by any malt or hop, too intense to enjoy,

The taste is very much the same. A sour yeast and a kick of malt. It's not the most horrible thing I've ever tasted, and it's not infected with bacteria. It's just not very good.

This beer straddles the fine line between bland and offensive, with blandness (thankfully) winning out, albeit slightly. The yeast ain't good enough to be the star of the show, and nothing else comes to its rescue.

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Photo of petermethot
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of tugdriver7
2.37/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my variety pack. After the enjoyable Glacier and the downright tasty Butthead, I had high hopes for the amber. Unfortunately, it was my least favorite in the box. Light brown/gray color in the glass; no real smell (good or bad); thin, rather spritzy mouthfeel. Worst of all, the taste was like Coors (almost tasteless malt) with a buttery smooth blandness and a strange metallic aftertaste. I didn't even finish the glass (gasp) because it was just that bad. With so many fanatastic amber lagers out there among American craft brewers, this was a disappointment. The only caramel in the thing is the coloring.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.37/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date indicates the beverage should be consumed within four months of Feb 07; June is the fourth month. Pours a color reminiscent or ice tea with minimal head and zero lacing. The head looks like one one would find on ice tea. Very little carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is full of red apples with minimal hop aroma. Fruity esters as well. Slight caramel and maybe some toffee but otherwise, just apple cider and blah.

Taste was decent. Phenolic, plastic taste with some caramel backbone. Slight tones of dark chocolate.

Overall, a pretty poor example of an amber lager. Hell, Yuengling is better than this. I bought a mixed sixer so luckily, I have only one of these to drink. Pass this one by going 70mph.

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Photo of smcolw
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thick, dome head that leaves a solid blanket of lace. The color is a neutral amber. Clear.

The smell reminds me of freshly opened beef stew. Not appealing.

The taste is an improvement from the smell. It's creamy and more malty, but there's a modest level of hop bitterness. Decent body with a light level of carbonation. Leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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Photo of philbe311
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - No real head to speak of off of a standard pour, just a fizzy layer of pure white fizzy bubbles that recedes slightly leaving a cloudy lacing... Loads of rapid carbonation race to the top... A murky yellowish brown color...

S - The aroma is completely subdued... Nothing really stands out... Just an odd mix of random aromas... An ever so faint hint of Pear... An ever so faint hint of raspberry... A very thin layer of caramel malt...

T - Bready malts... A touch of caramel... An artificial fruitiness... Eucalyptus...

M - Medium bodied... Thin... Just a very faint bite of carbonation... Slightly dry... Mildly salty...

D - Nothing too impressive going on here... The appearance is average at best and teeters on slightly off putting... The aroma and taste are an incoherent mix of scents and flavors... I hate to be overly harsh on craft offerings, but this one is sub par all the way around and drifted far from style guidelines... This was my first Tommy Knocker offering, and while I won't discriminate in the future, it won't be a brewery that I eagerly seek out...

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Photo of cubedbee
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best within four months of July 2006, pours a slightly hazy copper with a finger of white head that quickly subsides to a thin ring of lace. Nose is a slightly toasty malt with a caramel note, rather light. Taste has a light malty sweetness overlaid with a slight grassy hops, the whole thing giving way to a bad sour fruit aftertaste. Thin bodied, watered down, this beer is a mess. Between the water-like body and the horrible aftertaste, this beer is a drainpour.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
2.47/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- opaque ruby red w/ thin head

S - smells decent, caramel malts, slight biscuity yeast, and faint almost non-existent hops

T - what a let down, basically a way weaker and watered down version of what i smelled, again, not a bad flavor, just not very much of it

MF - thin, watered down... bad

D - easy to pound them back if you are just looking for fuel to get hammered, and not for flavor.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber, with flecks of floaty yeast in suspension. A thin head that quickly dies out to a slim collar.
Smells malty and a bit buttery. Not exactly clean or lager-like at all.
Sweet malt flavor, with some band-aid phenols and a bit of a green apple tang. Finishes with an odd watermelon fruitiness. Medium bodied, with mid-level carbonation. On the sweet side overall, with negligible hop presence. Finishes fairly dry. Nothing I'd want again, but I can finish a glass. Inoffensive.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Somewhat hazy, light amber with very little head. Ample carbonation for the type.

The main scent coming off the surface is caramel, with maybe a tad of vanilla. Not much to write about though.

Sweet caramel dominates the taste as well. It's not light and/or fizzy enough to offset this sweetness. Some maltiness jumps on the pile to offset the balance even more. The ABV isn't listed, but I'd say it is on the upper end of the scale. That's good here, because it takes the focus away from the stickiness.
I sound harsh. Keep in mind this sweet taste is actually pretty tasty. I just think it could use more complexity and balance.

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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 coasterfreak75
2.61/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour was a coppery/amber with a half inch head that all too quickly dissapated to a light white ring.

The smell was almost Killians' like, a sweet malt with caramel overtones.

The taste started almost water-like, very little taste at the start. In the middle it got a malt sweet kick, and then finished with more malt and left a light caramel aftertaste.

This beer wasn't terrible by any means, I was just expecting alot more. It is quite refreshing, but I personally wouldn't put it much above a good lawnmower beer.

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