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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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 228
Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not quite clear orange-amber color with a good amount of white head, much of the head faded quickly but a little retained.

Smells of bready malts and citrus.

Taste was again bready malt and citrus, but the hops made their presence known as well.

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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 GregPearson33
3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep amber/caramel with a 1/8in head, or less, which dissipated after about 20 seconds. Smelled ridiculously carmelly.. almost like candy, definitely a nice malty sniff though. Mouthfeel was not thick at all, went down really easy. Definitely tasted the caramel tones that I smelled but it was a little watery to be honest. Mid-low carbonation, but could make it foam with a couple swishes in the mouth for sure. I'd say an alright beer, but definitely nothing special.

Too be honest, I hope I'm not too tainted by the shitty service I got when I swung through there on my way up to Winter Park, when the waiters a) seemed totally disinterested in my business and then b) overcharged me when they finally got around to ringing me up.

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Photo of Pencible
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear, dark copper with some tan head. It smelled like cultured yeast and whole wheat bread, with some brown sugar and apple butter. It tasted like fresh barley and wheat malt, with some brown sugar and sweet bready yeast, and a bit of copper hops. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a somewhat clean but basic taste, and the flavor elements seemed better on their own than mixed together in this beer. It had pretty good body, and was easy enough to drink. It wasn't offensive at all, but the beer didn't do anything to excite me. Just a very moderate and forgettable drink.

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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 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 stockingcpl
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This selection pours a medium amber color. The head was a little thin, but the color was appealing. Lacings were minimal to non-existant, but surface spiderwebbing was observed. Nothing overly special here.

Smell: Aroma was thin, but my selection was a little skunky. Not impressive at all. As a matter of fact, the aroma was a little unpleasant.

Taste: The flavor was malty with caramel overtones. A flowery presence with some hops present during the rather clipped sustain.

Mouthfeel: The hops finish well and this brew rolls on the tongue pretty well. Interesting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ths skunky presence of the aroma detracts from the overall desirability o this brew. As far as craft beers go, I don't feel that this selection is acceptable. This beer is rather forgetable.


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Photo of jjazz
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better beer than I was expecting, and definately better than many here have rated it. I'm wondering if it has changed since some of the worst reviews were posted.

The aroma has nice intensity with a lot of caramel, a bit of sulfur, and faint hops.

Taste is just sweet enough. Again, caramel dominates.

Really lacks body, and the mouthfeel isn't great.

Drinkability? Who knows. It certainly drinks easy, but I would pass up on it for many others.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Looked like a murky iced tea, without much head and no lacing.

Smelled like an apple cider sitting next to a loaf of rye bread, served in a musty barn.

Taste was pretty minimal - light cinnamon spice layered over a peach pie with a thick crust.

Very light carbonation, which made it smooth.

Drinkability was easy, but maybe too easy? Overall, I'd rate this as "nice" ... like that nice girl you took on one date but didn't get around to calling again.

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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 colts9016
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: An Amber color with hues of orange red. Had a lack of head.
Nose: Caramel malts, and citrus.
Taste: Malty on the front, yeast mingling in between with notes of hops on the end.
Body: Thin watery
Finish: Fast and not surprising. I was kinda disappointed in this beer.

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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 Rayek
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of the brewery's sampler six-pack.

A: Hazy orange amber color with minimal carbonation. The fluffy off-white head starts out nice, but quickly subsides to a thin film across the top of the beer. Left spots of lace.

S: Fruity, with scents of lemons, oranges and fresh cut grass. Malt comes through with a pleasant biscuit aroma.

T: The malt up front has a nice combination of biscuits and malt syrup sweetness. However, the overall experience is thin. Because of the thin malts, the hops provide most of this beer's flavor. Bitterness is mild, but the flavor of lemons and oranges is pleasant enough. Finishes dry, with a puckering tartness.

M: Medium body feels a bit grainy. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: OK as a session beer. Not terribly exciting, but not bad either.

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Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Hazy tangerine with soft brown at the edges. Ample 1-2 finger head and nice lattices ring the glass.

S: Active fruit-and-nut malt and musty, earthy hops aromas.

T: Unfortunately, the taste and feel of this beer leave a little to be desired. This beer is undermalted with a barely perceptible nutty and sweet malt flavor followed by a leathery, slightly spicy hops component.

M: The mouthfeel is definitely below average with its thinness and leathery aftertaste. The carbonation is low and thus the overall feel is kind of dead.

D: It's consumable but there's not a lot to suggest this TK offering.

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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 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 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 happygnome
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a copper orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving only a slight trace of lace.
s: caramel, toffee malts dominate the aroma but there is some balance offered by a touch of grassy hop bittering
t: similar to the nose this is a malt heavy beer, caramel and toffee sweet maltyness dominate the flavor, the grassy hop bitterness that is detectable in the nose really is not very present in the taste.
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this i believe would be a solid/good beer if there was some balance to the flavor

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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 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 matty
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored ale with a slowly fading head.Aroma is mainly caramel.Taste is caramel with a slight fruity twist.All in all a decent ale,something that I would drink again but not actively seek out.I would recommend to my buddies to try at least one time.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a nice, autumnal reddish amber with a thin cap of tight carbonation which left some decent lacing.

S: Smells of sweet, toasted caramel malts and other grains with a slight floral hop aroma.

T: Taste is sweet and malty from the get-go. There's a toasted biscuit and honey flavor with a good dose of caramel malts. The hopping is minimal and doesn't do a great job in the balancing act. Not bad, though.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a bit of stickiness to the feel and flavor.

D: One could session this read, but it's just not that great of a flavor. Decent look and clearly a sweet, malty lager, but it stops there.

A fairly unimpressive red ale flavor, whose saving grace is that there weren't any off flavors to it. Good to try, but not enough to be interesting.

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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 garcia2a
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color, has a whispy head that was sligtly retained with light carbonation.

The bouquet starts off with light malt and ends with nice flowery hops. This translated well to the taste as I get just a hint of light caramel with the hops. The hops provide a nice finish that has a slight sweet character.

This is an easy drinkin beer that has decent taste. The body was a bit lighter than I expected, but that actually helped make this a very drinkable brew.

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