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

Bought as part of a sample-sixer called "Trail Mix," I think. I've been through most of them by now, and I may generalize by calling all those I've tried as "average." The Ornery Amber Lager is up next; here's what I think.

It pours a medium copper tint in my Sam Smith pint glass. Almost no head formed, and I really tried! There was a bit of foaming, but it just sort of trickled around the surface.

The aroma is slightly sour-ish, with notes of citrus, caramel, and a light toasted malt. It's not very strong, and the alcohol gives it a little antiseptic quality. (I don't mean that in a derogatory way; it just smells fresh and clean.)

I detect flavors of hops, bright citrus, some caramel, and a hint of grapefruit. It's certainly not an overwhelming amount of flavor! Quite light and mildly enjoyable, but it isn't the sort of thing I'd choose again. Any aftertaste is mainly of hops bitterness.

The mouthfeel is lean and watery with medium carbonation. Swallows very easily.

It's not the sort of thing I'll choose to drink again.

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Photo of hanco005
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that says its was bottled on Sept 4, 2006 so it is very, very fresh, poured into a pint glass

A---clear amberish ornage with a thin off white head that dies instantly, no lacing is produced

S—some fruit tones, some caramel tones, some sour notes as well, almost has a dubbel type smell to it

T—roasted malts, mild caramel, tastes a bit sour, wheat flavors come out, some tangy citrus, too…not really liking it much.

M—a bit tart, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—I don’t really care for it and would not have it again.

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

Appearance - cloudy reddish amber color w/ foamy head that subsides fairly quick.

Smell - Some caramel scents to this one.

Taste - You can taste the caramel slightly, some sour notes there as well.

Mouthfeel - average, mild carbonation

Drinkability - Not terrible. I probably won't buy another pack of the Tommyknockers beer. This came in the 12 pack sample and is one of the better one's, but still not great.

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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 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 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 dfried
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color, with an off white head that lasts as a ring. Fruity aroma, like apple peels and white grapes, with fresh grains, a caramel malt, and a little musty hops. The taste is fruity as well, the apple peel and grapes are there, but also some ripe orange and a hint of grapefruit. A sloid caramel malt that is a bit grainy flavor, with a little yeasty flavor. Some grassy and musty hops come through a bit more in the finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little flat, it sticks the the mouth a bit, average carbonation, but nothing bad about it. The drinkability is actually pretty good. I wouldn't call it a premium beer, but well crafted none the less, I could easily have more than a couple.

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

12oz, part of the Mother Load sampler pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched. Notched 10 July 06. Drank on 8/16/06.
Pours a clear, well, amber. Thin (but not too thin) head of off tan bubbles. Aroma is a light sweet caramel. Taste is lightly nutty, a touch of sweet malt, but very faint. The aftertaste brings out the hops. Distinctly English noble hops in the finish, but don’t really come out in other areas. As the beer warms a bit, the floral English hops start to come out in the aroma. Not bad. The malt comes out more as it warms as well.

Don’t drink this one too cold as it mutes a lot of the character. I was disappointed cold, but it was good a bit warmer.

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

Pours a shade darker than apricot. Head is minimal with virtually no retention.

Smell is caramel malt with mild of fruity yeastiness. Hints of floral hop.

Taste is once again caramel malty, but with an interesting dry woody or nutty mustiness. Finish is rather dry with lingering fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Interesting malt profile makes this a decent amber. would make a good session beer. I found the mustiness interesting and unexpected. Worth a try.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Max's. Poured a bit more orange than amber. Faint caramel and citrus hops aroma. Big caramel and malty flavored beverage finished with a dose of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is pretty light, leading to a more sessionable beverage. Finishes slightly sweet.

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

A: Light amber color, bit more on the orange side. Fairly clean, bit chilled. Head came and gone, off white head just standing guard around the edge of the glass at this point.

S: Smells of dried apples, liquid soap and European malts

T: Better than I expected, to be honest with you. Quick sour apple twang right of the bat...nothing deterring to the common beer drinker though. Rounds with light malted grains and bit of caramel. Sort of a Tang aftertaste.

M: Bit thin and carbonation doesn't necessarily help. Not a deal breaker though.

D: I must have got a good bottle because I thought it wasn't bad. I wouldn't hunt it down but I'd certainly drink it again if presented to me.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, “Enjoy within 4 months of Feb ‘06”

Hazy copper with golden highlights. Big bubbled, antique white head of steadily wilting foam that became a skim coat. No carbonation streams and no lacing. Light fresh grain with a soft spicy lemon zest component. Light grain notes up front that give way to the gentle spicy hops which carry through the finish. The finish is brief and the palate is clean. The carbonation is sufficient to lift the medium body. Passable, but still left room for improvement. Perhaps being one month past the “brewery fresh taste” date was the culprit.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of arguemaniac
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a creamy head that never really disappears. The sweet aroma features a slight hoppiness. The flavor is a smooth, well-blended mix of caramel, grain, toasted toffee, a mild honey note and some citrusy hop flavor. Grain and toffee dominate the finish. A somewhat watery mouthfeel with mellow carbonation.

Not bad, very smooth toffee and grain flavors. It is a wee bit on the thin side, but still tasty enough and reasonably drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as a brewery mixed six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The pours a chill hazed amber. No head was present on the beer.

Smell: The beer has a ok caramel malty smell. There is a bit of floral hops present.

Taste: The beer is sweetly malty. The hops provide a brief floral back bite.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the thin side. This is a very easy to drink beer. I wont be particularly upset if I never drink this one again.

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

06 15 Freshness notch on the label.

Pours with a crystal clear amber hue topped with a frothy cap of lace inducing traces.

Aromas of dairy notes and toasted malt. Honeyish with a fruity ester in there too.

First swigs: Slightly red apple fruity and grainy with a soft plain yogurt creaminess. A slight vegetal carrot not with the malty aspect.

Feel is a bit thick and fuller bodied for an amber lager.

Last swigs: Tastes like an amber lager with an ale yeast.

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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 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 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 karengarys
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice hazy amber, leaving a bit of a head but not much.

Smell is just a slight bit of sweet hops.

Taste is... let me see... I pick up a sharp sourness. Sour, that's it. Sour, and a slight hop tinge. But it is mostly sour.

Mouthfeel is just fair, not too foamy, somewhat wet/flat.

Drinkable? I guess, I just don't want another.

To me, this is one avoidable brew. The sourness is just too much.

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