Original Amber Ale | Cody Brewing Company

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Original Amber AleOriginal Amber Ale
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Original Amber AleOriginal Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Cody Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by johnnnniee on 04-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by KarlosT:
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer at a wine tsating benefit, where the brew masters from Cody's were serving the attendees from Growlers. Very down to earth, and forth coming about their methods and love of brewing beer.

They had several beers available for trying. I really favored this amber beer, which had a hoppiness similar to an IPA (but more milder). I found the flavor rich, some hoppiness, not too bitter ... just right for me.

Ended up buying a case !! Just as good at home in the bottles as from the growlers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

From a bottle. Sampled at a tasting on June 17, 2012. The color is medium amber with a soft and silky tan head that sticks around. The aroma is pleasantly balanced with a decent caramel malt note, light hops, and quite fresh. The body falls into the medium range but it is also smooth on the tongue. A short and sweet upfront malty character leads off the tasting experience with a moderate hop bite finishing things off. All told this is a decent amber ale and one that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very cloudy like reddish brown swamp water. Impressive band of lace left by hearty retention. I like the classic style bottle art.

Smells toasty with a little crystal sweetness. Nutty up front with a hefty earthy bitter in back. The 40 IBUs aren't wasted and this is almost like a clean, American ESB. Some chocolate malt dark bread in back.

I bought this beer in the mindset of if this is as bad as their infected banana bread dunkel I give up on Cody. A pleasant surprise.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer overall but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white colored fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head, that fades semi slowly, nice high water mark lacing, the color is darker than expected, hazy dark mahogany caramel colored brownish beer with barely any light coming through, hardly an amber/red color.

Nose is just as unusual, a fruity like aroma going on, something from the yeast no doubt, almost lager like fruity but not quite, before moving quickly into malts, plenty of caramel and little toasty malt, even a hint of a grainy almost straw like aroma, a little corn stalk slightly wet cardboard thing but it's not really oxidation... then nutty malts and toffee, then light grassy slightly spicy and earthy herbal hop like aromas.

Taste brings more uniqueness, starting with the malts, a little grainy corn husky thing and straw, nutty toffee and some caramel, as well as a little toasty malty sweetness, and just a touch syrupy. Hops are fairly bitter, slightly spicy but earthy and herbal hops, and a touch oily and vegetal. It does bring a slightly yeasty flavor that comes through with the husky flavor. Bitterness ramps as it goes, and finishes pretty bitter, spicy earthy herbal bitterness, fairly dry but a little sticky remnants, light grainy brown malt flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall... I'm not really sure where to go with this. It wasn't very good, as the "amber" ale flavors are muted and barely there, it has too much of the toffee nutty flavors, hops are not really where I expected them to go, and on top of all that the husky vegetal flavors and yeast additions just don't jive well. However, I really have a feeling these unnice flavors are pertinent to the transformation from draft to bottle. So I really hope to try this again on draft sometime. I like the Wheelers Brown much more... and I remember having an IPA or Pale ale on draft at Amesbury Alehouse once and it was much better.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with nearly no head (in fact, it looked like soda). But the head that is there leaves a lot of lace. Shocking and confusing. The beer is cloudy and has a dark amber/light brown color.

Starchy and caramel aroma, complete with earthy tones. Hop comes at the end, more as a spice than a distinctive smell.

Pretty good balance on the tongue considering the smell. Complex dark malts and some brown sugar-like flavor up front. The finish strong hop with any subtlety--just bitterness which lasts a long time after the swallow. Overall, a very nice and surprising beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the shelf for the first time tonight and couldn't resist taking it home with me. Odd label which is generic in nature with the name of the beer (Amber Ale) and the batch number (1) written on it in red marker. Price was right at 4.99.
Pours a really clear red amber color with a medium sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipate quickly to a thin cap on top. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and raisins mixed with earthy floral hops. Nicely balanced aroma on this beer. Taste is sweet and malty with an earthy hop edge that barely keeps this from being cloying. Lots of caramel and darker sugars, melanoids, raisins and prunes. The hops take over and leave their earthy/resinous bitterness in a long lingering finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. Clean crisp refreshing brew. Maybe a little sweet but certainly nothing objectionable here.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Batch 0. Looks like this place is pretty new. Dad bought this Growler so not sure how fresh or where from but should be interesting.

Pours a nice rusty amber, pretty big head that lasts and leaves some rings.

Taste is full flavored. Some nice bready malts. Some honey/syrupy sweetness up front followed by a fairly pronounced hop bitterness. A nice balance/combo of flavors but I found it a bit over malted.

Extremely sessionable, and relatively light, a good beer to pair with some food.

Decent offering, more hops than the style typical entails, yet i thought they could have eased up on the malt character if that makes sense.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of getgetgettleman
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 4/30/11. I picked this up at Kappys Liquor on Rt. 1.

Batch 1

A = Brown amber color. Nut brown ale in appearence. Visible carbonation. 2 finger froth with big bubbles that dissipated quickly. Drippy lace.

S = Hops, sweet roasted nuts, and minor caramel.

T = Noticeable hops, nut, milk weed, and mild caramel sweetness. Uncomplicated.

M = Strong carbonization with clover/flower note on the front end. Dry pithy finish.

O = A decent drinker, but I was hoping for more in terms of flavor. Glad I tried this. Always ready to support a local craft brewer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber at Beverage Baron in Barre Vermont on my way home from the Lawson's 6th anniversary Beer Lovers Market April 21st. It was out for $1 so I figured I'd take a shot that it would at least not be awful.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip glass.

a: Translucent dark amber with a finger thick light tan head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and tiny bits of lacing.

s: A curious cleaning-fluidish aroma subsides after while.

t: Slight mustiness over medium malt. Some hop bite. Bitterish finish all over the tongue mellows later.

m: Light to moderate, lots of carbonation tingle on the tongue. Apparently plenty of carbonation remained unreleased by the straight-down pour,.

o: Drinkable but the persistent mustiness is initially annoying. However eventually that fades to a pretty nice caramel malt-dominated brew. No visible bottling date info, although it says the brewery was founded in Amesbury Mass. in 2005 and this is their flagship brew made since 2006 at Mercury Brewing of Ipswich Mass. (where some very good brews are made for Ipswich Brewing and others). Wouldn't be too surprised to find it was actually bottled in 2006. But then it only cost me $1, so I don't feel cheated or anything. It was still way better than most mainstream big company beers.

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Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" tan head. Held to the light it's a thick auburn amber body with tiny slow moving bubbles. Smell has rich malt. Taste has malt and medium hops, almost like a milder IPA. There's a medium bitter finish from the hops. Really their original is pretty good, giving a nice show, decent taste but not overdone on the hops, and being bold and thick enough one is enough but mild enough you could repeat if you wanted.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mattycasey
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark brown color showing reddish highlights, with a small head. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell reminded me a bit of fresh carrot cake. Nice roasted malt flavor, along with a pronounced hop profile at the finish. Mouthfeel was great for an amber, as it was almost as thick as some porters I've tried. Good to finally be able to grab a bottle of Cody's brew and sit down with a pint to review. Pretty decent beer.

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Original Amber Ale from Cody Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 24 ratings