Liquid Amber | Prescott Brewing Company

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Liquid AmberLiquid Amber

Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Flagwanderbrew86
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A malty, flavorful but clean finishing medium-bodied amber ale. It's an amber, what more do you want?
Approachable, full-flavored, and in CANS! Solid beer from N AZ.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very true amber hue—replete with fairly vivacious, medium-sized effervescent—prove, along with its liquid nature, that this beer is at the very least aptly-named. The aroma is extremely malt, and surprisingly potent, even from the mouth of a can; it smells of grains fields and mills, a sitting-around-a-bit sweetness, and subtle hints of both the yeast's work and its output. The appearance and odor are quite nice: the best aspect of the ale, for sure.

Once Liquid Amber hits the mouth, however, the results—while hardly offensive—are decidedly less nice: it's very robustly malty, as one might expect, with a heavy milled-grain valence that's at least offset well-enough by the effervescent activity and with a mild bitterness imparted from light-handed early-boil hopping. It's definitely quite drinkable, as such: but "drinkable" in that way that it's also very forgettable, unremarkable, and otherwise unimpressive.

It's a big step-up from, say, Michelob's Amber Bock, in the slam-an-amber arena; but, while it's in the upper echelons of that arena, it's still within it. If you're in Yavapai County and want a canned six-pack of something mild that's really local (instead of just local to Arizona), you could do worse—generously, it's an alright, "unpretentious" amber. One can, however, also do better in the valleys south of Flagstaff (Oak Creek, if one is willing to buy bottles; THAT Brewery, if you're packing growlers), so there's that—though I hold out hope Prescott Brewing's other offerings rise above mere decency.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

As Prescott Brewing best-selling beer, I'm expecting good things to come. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Forming a half-inch thick and creamy is the head, while below is a liquid that looks burnt orange amber. Head retention is mediocre, dropping to a think lace. The aroma is malt forward, sweet and doughy with a line of diacetyl/buttered popcorn that slowly becomes more involved into the beer's aroma.

I'm not wildly impressed by the flavor. There's a little fruity ester twang with toasted grain, a slap of butter, and a note of clean hops. The somewhat crisp mouthful helps clean up the taste and attempts to lift the overall flavor, which is on the lighter side. Not that's a particularly warming flavor to begin with.

Mediocrity from a can. At least it's somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Prescott Brewing in Prescott.
Crystal clear amber with a durable off-white head. The glass is left nicely coated after each sip.

Aroma: Sweet and delicate with light malts and herbal hops but no strong malt note.

Flavor: clean and delicate, with less malt flavor than usual. Some Hops come out in the finish and aftertaste

Feel: Near medium body and medium carbonation,

O: pleasant, easy-drinking but light version of this style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very small, maybe an half inch of light tan head quickly settles into a decent lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel malt with a light sweetness fill the light aroma of this Arizona made drink.

Light almost sweet caramel taste of lightly roasted caramelized malted barley.

A light aftertaste with barely any dryness and just a bit of the caramel malts taste left behind with this medium bodied beer.

A lighter tasting amber taste with no other drawbacks other than a lighter taste, sometimes you find amber with a light burnt taste or a slight weird taste to them, not this one. But, having said that it would be nice if the taste of this beer was just a bit more full or bolder.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to James for this AZ beer!

A: Pours a hazy orange with a bit of brown to it. Small off-white head with minimal retention, quickly reducing to a thin ring on top. Not really any lacing.

S: Very bready with a mix of molasses, honey, and caramel.

T: The initial taste is quite malty with some bread and molasses with a bit of caramel in the middle and a candy sweet finish. Has a slight iced tea like flavor to it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely a malty amber ale, not bad at all. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on a slightly hazy, golden brown body. The head fades away quickly and leaves little lace.

S - bread, light caramel, and some spicy character.

T - thick, sweet malt up front. Some toffee in the middle with caramel and light, spicy hops in the finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - a nicely balanced, if somewhat bland amber ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prescott Brewing : Liquid Amber Ale

Pours amber with a chill haze and fizzy foam that bubbles to the surface. Aroma of creamy malt, cereal grains, honey and distant hops. In the taste, sweet malt, green apple fruityness, toffee, and mild husk flavors. Little to no perceivable hop character.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lingering apple sweetness.
Overall, an American Amber ale without any bitterness, as advertised. Could appeal to those not fond of bitters or just looking for an easy drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another CAN from bennetj17 and I will be in touch soon as I have discovered more ArizonCANs that I am interested in acquiring for The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Liquid Amber Ale is Prescott Brewing Company's best selling beer. With a copper to light brown color and medium malty flavor, Liquid Amber is never bitter. Brewed with added caramel malt for that rich character, and lightly hopped with Pacific Northwest hops to help round out this flavorful beer."

The auditory portion of tonight's program, otherwise known as the Crack & Glug, was once more a success. I ended up with two thick, full fingers of tawny head with excellent retention. Its color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a red raspberry sweetness that was unexpected along with a nutty quality and the whole package reminded me of one of those breakfast bars to be eaten on the go. Mouthfeel was medium and the berry flavor was prevalent on the tongue. It may seem odd that I am going to like that flavor, but as opposed to its being a malt bomb as so many of the style are, I found it to be a welcome change. Finish was fruity, smooth and very pleasant to drink. One or two might be plenty, but it might make a nice alternative.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber to copper. Generous head at first, but dissipates somewhat rapidly to a thin layer. Nose has some caramel and adjunct-lager-like notes in there. Palate has a notable smooth body, a caramel that is nicely balanced with modest hops. Easy drinking, easy pleasing for a wide audience, and a pleasure to have in the can. Nice session beer.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter, it shone a dark honey-amber color with golden-copper highlights peeking through the slightly murky/cloudy liquid. The off-white head gradually built to an inch thick at the rate I poured the beer, and just as gradually dissipated to a thin ring. There was quite a bit of initial carbonation sticking in rings around the glass under the liquid, but as the beer sat, it quickly disappeared. There was little head retention and little to no lacing left behind.

Sticking my nose in the glass, I immediately came away with something woody, but nothing I could put my finger on. The overall smell of the Liquid Amber was quite subtle and it took me a few good sniffs to pick out everything confidently, but as the beer warmed, the different aromas became prominent enough to attend to. There were some burnt caramel and honey notes smothering a lightly sweet malt at the forefront, closely followed by caramelized brown sugar mixed into a thick molasses. Hiding way in the back, something reminiscent of a wet, earthy bran brought up the rear and dismissed anything that might have resembled hops. Only after a bit of research did I find out that this beer is supposedly brewed with Tettnang hops, which are an original noble aroma hop from the Tettnang region of Germany that provide a light spicy, woody nose and soft bitterness to the flavor that is normally ideal for lagers and wheat beers.

My first taste of this brew was utter shock at the thin and watery texture. Before I could knock it down for mouthfeel, I realized my mouth felt like it had been coated in a slick, wet film that lasted for a good while after each swallow - keeping the beer very smooth with very little dryness. The taste was just as subtle as the smell, even with the liquid backing it up, and I had to take two or three swigs before I really tasted anything. I found that letting it warm a little enhanced the flavors and mouthfeel as well as the smells, and it turned out to be much more enjoyable when it wasn't fresh from the fridge. At the beginning of each sip, I enjoyed a quick tingly zest right at the back of the roof of my mouth for a short second before my tongue was flooded with the slightly oily, wet wave of caramel and honey. I'm not sure what kinds of malts were used in this brew, but I found light hints of sweet bran and maybe a touch of rye leaking through the early caramel.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Craft beer from a can, here we go....

Pours a light amber body with no head and very, almost not even noticable carbonation.

Smell of malt and caramel no hop aroma noticed.

Very easy drinking wished it was cabonated more to bring out more body in the beer. Refreshing on a 105 deg Arizona day.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark golden in color with about a half inch of head adoring the pour. Some red and yellow hues come out in the light and I'd have to say this looks like a pretty delicious beer.

Aroma - brown bread with honey, molasses, caramel treats and bran muffins. This is a malt lovers dream.

Taste - the first thing this beer reminds me of is raisin bran cereal. It has a lot of that bran malty flavor along with some raisin sweetness. If you love malty brews than I think you'll be happy with this one. There is a lot of caramel taste to this as well as dark bread and butter and the overall taste of a brewery. It may sound strange but all of that comes together to form one nice, yet very malty, beer.

Overall - if you love caramel flavors and big maltiness then this brew is sure to satisfy. There is a lot of sweet malty flavors and aromas associated with this amber ale so if you're a malt head you'll love it. Personally I liked it for all those reasons and found it very smooth and tasty.

Would I buy more of it? - I might actually as this would be a good brew to have while sitting around the campfire or in the backyard around the fire pit.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to SmellsofStout for this one.

A: Pours a vibrant orangish amber hue with very very thin fizzy head. No retention or lace.

S: Rather subtle. What I do pick up is very sweet though. It smells like candy apples mixed with brown sugar.

T: I like it. Nice candy sweetness up front. Caramel and powered sugar come to mind. Hints of molasses peek through along with some yeasty bread. The finsih has a touch of citrus. Not bitter, more like sweetened ruby red grapefruit juice.

M: Thin, Thin, Thin, with very low carbonation.

D: This is not hoppy at all. Wish it had a dose of bittering hops to be honest. It also needs more carbonation to carry the flavor. Now for the flavor, even without the bitter I really like it. Wonderful malt sweetness, with a splash of citrus that keeps me coming back for drink after drink. If you love malty sweetness this may be for you. Extra points since it comes in a can.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a substantial head that stuck around very well. Smell is subtle caramel malt and moist basement. The taste is Goldilocks, just right with a sublime balance of hearty malt and a nice hop tingle. Mouthfeel is velety, and the beer drank itself.

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Photo of UberWasser
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter

The mouth of the bottle, once opened, releases an attractive beer. Reddish orange in color, with just enough murkiness to provide a bit of mystery, and just enough fizz for some pleasent eye-candy. A thin layer and halo of bright white bubbles graces the beer for some while afterwards.

Taking a sniff I find myself tempted towards a taste. An earthy grain and caramel smell touches the nose first, followed quickly by a clean sweetness, but both are quickly swept away by a tight, crisp orange citrus.

The flavor is mostly dominated by the earthy grain and caramel tastes. It covers the tongue and remains in the aftertaste for some time. The citrus only makes itself present at the back of the tongue in the form of a quick zap of bitterness that rapidly changes into a pronounced dry finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, clings to the palate just long enough, then slides away to let the dryness come forward.

Overall, a very drinkable, pleasntly balanced amber ale. Just like this brewer's Lodgepole pale ale, this is something I would love to drink on a hot Arizona afternoon.

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Liquid Amber from Prescott Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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