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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

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

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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 228
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty typical of Ambers. A good, safe beer. Quite clear medium amber color with initial promising retention, then went flat. Smells pretty malty with a citrus hop aroma. Tastes moderately malty and lightly syrupy. Strong hops remind me of an American Pale Ale. Body is moderate with a light tacky feel. Finishes a bit sweet and bite-ey, maybe from over stressed grain. I'd like to try it again, but I'm not in any hurry.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of the six Tommyknocker beers I tried this was one of the better ones along with the Pale Ale. A very appealing red color in the glass and has a nice caramel malty taste to it. It was very well balanced and refreshing as well. I would not mind trying this guy again in the future.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness. Okay, but not much else.

M - It was smooth and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. Not bad for the style and quite sessionable.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a bright orange. There was little head with no retention or lace.

Smell is of a citrus with some malts and banana notes. The taste is very malty for a lager. There are some fruity notes. The smell was more pleasing than the taste.

Mouthfeel is slight bitter, but goes down smooth. A pretty clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very sessionable beer. There really wasn't anything to special about this beer, but it was worth a shot.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a smallish, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Restrained toffee maltiness with a touch of roast and toast. Some sliced pears. Minor yeast note.

Taste: Toasty toffee-tasting maltiness with a lesser bit of roast. Sugary pear fruitiness. Altogether mild floral hop character and bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes crisp with a light, lingering roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable amber lager, but that's not really saying all that much. Still though, I'll take a generic brew over an overpriced bottle of something gack-inducing and horrendous any day of the week.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rich rustic orange with the merest blush of red. The pale orangish ecru head isn't very large, even with a high altitude pour. Despite a rapid rate of bubble poppage, it still manages to last for quite a while. Unfortunately, very little lace finds its way to the glass.

The nose is average at best. It's sweet, somewhat caramel-like and a touch fruity. There isn't much here to praise and there isn't much to criticize. It certainly doesn't make me excited to take a drink.

The long, slow slide continues. Ornery Amber is undermalted and definitely underhopped. It has a watery constitution, a near complete lack of sweetness and lacks any flavor that might be attributed to barley malt. It also lacks hop flavor and bitterness. The only thing left is an unripe fruity sourness (peaches and apricots).

On second thought, I do pick up a little sweetness, but it's only noticeable on the back end as the sourness fades. As noted, the body/mouthfeel is light and is relatively lifeless thanks to a lack of carbonation.

Ornery Amber isn't ornery in the least. Its flavor is anything but aggressive or challenging (although it is a minor chore to get through the entire bottle). The limp mouthfeel brings a few other adjectives to mind, but ornery surely isn't among them. This is my first Tommyknocker beer and I am something less than impressed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a nice and very clear amber with the slightest of orange tint to it. A small maybe one inch high head of white foam graced the top and was replenished by chains of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Decent side glass lace.

S – Aroma was light and surprisingly hoppy with a nice bit of grain pushed up from the bottom. The blend was nice and light and had a good bright aroma. Some light fruit in the back as well.

T – A nice light flavor profile with a good amount of floral hops sitting in the finish. The initial flavor I picked up was that of a nice cereal grain with a touch of a light grass mixed in. This rolled into a nice light fruit with a touch of a pine like finish to it. It was a nice bitter finish and a surprisingly good hop profile.

M – Nice light body with a good amount of carbonation really gave it quite the pleasant feel. Nice crisp finish without a real lingering flavor, nice thirst quencher.

D – Very nice here. This was really quite drinkable as the flavor was light enough to not really distract, and the ample carbonation and light body led to something you could easily have a few of and not even think twice.

Overall this was a decent little amber. I won’t say anything really stood out to be fantastic about it but it was definitely decent and would say that it would probably be good in a pinch. Above average and you could definitely do worse then trying this one.

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

Thanks to BigDank for sending this bottle in my way. Finally getting around to typing up the review.

A: A pretty nice looking pour on this beer. A clear amber color with a thin layer of white head and some spotty lacing.

S: The smell has a citrusy sweetness and some caramel malt. Not much in the way of contrast as just about all the aromas are sweet.

T: Like the nose, this one is fairly sweet. A honey and toasted, biscuity malt flavor are present up front. The finish has a mild bitterness to it.

M: Nothing terribly exciting in terms of the body, and perhaps a bit watery. The carbonation is a bit on the low side for what I expect from a lager.

D: Definitely a more flavorful incarnation of an American lager, and for that I'm grateful. The flavor and nose are a bit one note, but certainly not bad.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 tone77
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a small head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A slightly amber color, maybe some orange tints mixed into the redness of the beer with a mountainous head that stayed a really long time. A good, heavy fruit smell with not just citric notes but some heavier, darker fruits and tropical fruits along with some malty sweetness (honey?). While there is a decent fruit taste to this beer it is not only dull but rather sour - overpowering if you will from hop bitterness or sour grapes or something. Fluffy from heavy carbonation, has a crisp, rather too sharp backbite that neutralized my taste buds. Just doesn't add up in the taste department; not my cup of beer.

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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 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 Haybeerman
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated. Very thin, broken lacing. Decanted continally

S: Citrus, cut grass and biscuity caramel malts.

T: Simialr to smell biscuit and caramel malts. Flavoring and bittering hops provide a more discernable flavor. Finishes dry, clearing the mild sweetness.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Dry, not quite crips.

D: Not exceptional on flavor, but nice balance gives is good drinkability.

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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 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 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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