Satan's Pony Amber Ale
South Street Brewery

Satan's Pony Amber AleSatan's Pony Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #966
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,834
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 10.92%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
113
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South Street Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
80
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a mug, forming a ton of frothy off-white head that eventually faded to nothing. Definitely an amber color, mostly clear. Smell is a bit of malt and citrus. The taste follows with a pleasant mix of maltiness and a hint of citrus. The citrus becomes more clearly orange flavor as it warms. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant amber (one of my first), so I'll probably give more ambers a try after this.

Aug 10, 2020
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle. Ruby amber color. Minimal head. Malty flavors jump to the front. Hops minimal against the malts. Sweet tastings but not overly so.

Jul 11, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a shaker pint glass

Appears a medium dark amber color, with thin white head . Nice color. Mild caramel malt aroma with some toasty flavor as well. Similar taste, on the sweeter side. Not bad, just not a lot of complexity.

Nov 14, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well-integrated amber. Looks an average amber, clear though.
Smells mostly of malt, caramel comes to my nose.
Tastes have a gentle nuttiness and the malt-sweet is balanced with mild hops.
And then with a bit of flair, this amber finishes semi-dry... not easy to in what is a sweeter style in the American panoply.

My first from a brewpub now almost two decades old, its website indicated it was bought by another brewer I had recently, Blue Mountain. They keep the cash cows like this Amber and, in turn, have freshened up the menus and added new beers and preserved a hang-out in a college town. All good.

Apr 01, 2019
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RyskeeVA from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent amber ale. Easy to drink at first but the imperfections come out when it warms up. Dark copper with a light beige head that fades fast. Not impressive. Won’t ruin your night either

Jun 20, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on the way home from the West Coast not too long ago, never having anything from South Street before. Thought the name for this brew was a bit odd but at least the flavor and taste were relatively straightforward, even if I wasn't crazy about it throughout my session...

Needless to say, this appearance of this beer was Amber, bordering on hazelnut in hue. A light salmon head formed once I poured this out but it quickly and unevenly settled down. Only one ring of lacing remained in the middle of my pint glass as I worked my way through this, which wasn't hard given how thin this was. Lots of caramel, hazelnut, and almond in the nose with more of those in the taste. Between the light body and basic, bready malt, this reminded me of Yuengling even though that wasn't the same style as this was. A bit of blood orange emerged as this warmed up but with the light presence of carbonation, this didn't last in my pint glass for very long.

That's not to say that this beer was great. Sure, the alcohol was low which meant that this was something that I could pound for a while, had there been more than one bottle here. Basic in nature and with an "Enjoy by" date of 4/29, this was worth it once just to kick back with but there just wasn't enough going on to fully pull me in...

Jun 18, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from VA.
Pours with a hazy dark copper brown body topped with a weak beige head. This is a mild amber ale with some sweeteness up front and a mildly bitter finish in which some hops appear.

Sep 21, 2017
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark beer for an amber ale. I'll call it "dusk dark cherry". Head didn't play too long, as what head that pulled up settled out to a thin beige rim foam. Nose has two equally dominant aromas - nutty and dark fruit. Maybe even my dark cherry thing. Taste begins slightly bitter with swirls of vanilla, tobacco and that cherry thing. Finish is distorted with a club soda influence, as the menacing carbonation takes a toll on the overall enjoyment. This is a pretty solid beer, I just wish the carbonation wasn't so harsh.

Apr 01, 2017
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ikapaMK from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark red-brown, reminiscent of iced tea. There's little to no head, though

Smell is sweet and fruity reminiscent of dried apricots and raisins.

Taste (cold) is malty and sweet. Very focused, with a light breadiness, almost like a scone or biscuit. There is a very slight dried fruit flavour on the aftertaste
Taste (warmed) is a lot broader. It has greater breadiness and a slight toasted flavour that adds some small measure of bitterness

Mouthfeel (cold) is right where I expect an ale of this colour to be - it is crisp, but there's still a definite malty fullness to it that rounds out the beer as a whole.
Mouthfeel (warmed) feels a little fuller than before, but not by much

Overall, greater than the sum of its parts - definitely will buy again.

Dec 01, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Courthaus Social in Arlington, pours as light copper with a thin head that disappeared rapidly. Subtle sweet indistinct aromas. Tastes are light and sweet of malts and caramel. OK, it's fairly light fair, but it's also nicely executed.

Oct 15, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Amber Ale. Pours a clear dark amber color into a pint glass. Small light tan head with some streaks of lacing on the glass. Average head retention. Aroma and flavor are both dry biscuity malt. The flavor is quite pronounced and there is ls also a little bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is just a bit light. A lot of Red/Amber ales feature caramel malt and sweetness. Sometimes too much sweetness. This beer is fine without the caramel malt. If it had a bit more body, it would be quite good.

Oct 09, 2016
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beerqa from Virginia

3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass pours with medium red color and small head. Light almost fruity aroma. Taste and smell more like a lager. Taste did have a bit of tartness but the overall taste didn't linger. Nice body. Nice beer to go with food you don't want to overpower.

Jul 07, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap. A dark amber, brownish copper color. Smells of caramel and not much else. Taste is similar. Very sweet. Feels rather heavy for an amber and its ABV, but maybe that's just me. Overall it's good but not much to stand out from others in the style.

Jul 02, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Color is a reddish amber with about a fingers worth of head that very quickly dissipated away. Smells primarily of sweeter malts, breads, and a hint of caramel. Taste is sweet, a little bit of toffee, and sweet fruit kind of like the canned mincemeat fruits. Body is light and easy to drink, no carbonation. Overall a very easy to drink beer, lighter than I thought it would be. Summer BBQ is written all over this.

Jun 13, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Medium brown in color with a full light tan head.

S: Malt with bready and toasted grain notes, slight caramel in the background.

T: Sweeter than I thought it would be, with a touch of a very light tartness, some English flavors with a toffee thing going on.

M: Medium light to medium in body, carbonation seems a touch high.

O: A decent beer, but it's not amazing. Probably a safe beer for sharing at a bbq, but not something I am going to be getting time and time again.

Feb 17, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the growler, it pours a moderately dark amber with a small head, quickly dissipating into a thin film on top the beer. Very pleasant and easy to drink. Yum!

Feb 06, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I originally thought I was drinking a lager as it has an immensely easy drinking feel. Very light yet full bodied it is sweet malts, caramel, barley, nuttiness, pecan and cola nut.

Jan 25, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red, mostly clear, with a short lived and fizzy tan head. There isn't much of an aroma. The taste has a pleasant little fruit sweetness. The body has a nice weight to it, not too thick or thin, with just a hint of carbonation. With more flavor, this would be really good.

Jan 12, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer is clear and a deep red/amber in color with fast rising carbonation, carbonation bubbles being small in size. Head is very frothy and tall even with a light pour and dissipates moderately quickly although it levels off at a finger in height and does not shrink from that point. Head is off white and reminds me of milk froth used for cappuccino. 4/5

S - Somewhat citrus and floral despite this being an amber. I expected more malt and caramel on the nose. Aroma is somewhat muted. Aroma reminds me of a combination of oranges and apricots. Ever so slight sweetness along with a slight maltiness both make brief appearances. 3.25/5

T - Ever so slight bit of caramel and toasted white bread make up the very front of the tasting but this quickly transitions to a citrus and floral profile where I'm noticing some orange and apricot, with possibly even a little grapefruit and pine resin. Back end is filled with both floral and earthy hops (even a bit of leatheriness) and a lingering bitterness as well as a slight bit of green apple. 3.5/5

M - Moderate carbonation throughout the entire profile. Medium bodied with a lightness to it due to the amount of carbonation. Drying on the back end and dryness lingers in the mouth. 4/5

O - Not what I expected from an amber. This beer reminds me more of a session pale ale than an amber or red ale. Really like both the appearance and mouthfeel but the aroma is too muted for my liking. Good, but not one that I will revisit soon. 3.5/5

Nov 16, 2015
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is one of the popular ones at the brewery. At least for me. However, this rating is based on the bottled version that was purchased at Wintergreen. Kind of malty with a subtle sweetness. Worth a try if you are at the brewery or can buy it as a six pack.

Sep 22, 2015
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mralphabet from Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stopped by on the way out of Charlottesville VA before they opened. I was really bummed because I wanted to fill my growler but needed to head home as soon as possible. Well the bar keep saw me and invited me in, not only that but was nice enough to let me get 4oz sample all of the beers (on the house). Once I picked "The Pony" he filled my growler for free !!! SWEET.

A: Poured a deep dark amber color with a trace of red. Good 2 fingers worth of head the settle to a ring with just a touch of lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is malt, then more malt and a touch of honey, no real hops to speak of.

T: First thing I'm getting is a sweet malt with a touch of roasted caramel and honey and the sweetness keeps on coming.

M: Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Very nice.

D: Pretty straight up Red Amber, wishing it had just a little hops to balance out the sweetness but overall not a bad little Amber.

Aug 19, 2012
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billab914 from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. It poured a clear, deep amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top.

The aroma has a sweet, malty, toasted grain flavor with a good amount of caramel malts to it. The taste shows more of the caramel sweetness and toasted malts throughout.

The mouthfeel was light with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't an outstanding one of the style either. It just didn't really have much to it. Pretty easy drinking though.

Feb 20, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub in July 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin white head and not much lacing. The nose brings forward some really faint notes of caramel and some bread. The flavor doesn't produce much more, as there is really just some toasted bread and light caramel. Decent feel with adequate carbonation, but there really isn't much here to carry through.

Oct 26, 2010
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tempest from New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brewpub. Unsurprisingly, the beer was a clear amber with a white head. Like the brewer's description said, it's a balanced ale with equal shares of hops and malt. It reminded me a bit of a less-hoppy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The barley gives a mix of biscuit and mild toffe, while the hops are soft citrus bitterness. All in all a decent amber.

Mar 03, 2010
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear deep reddish golden amber. The white head was thin and receded quickly leaving a bit of foam but no real lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma soft and malty with little or no trace of hops (maybe citrus if there at all).

Taste: The flavor is predominantly sweet caramel malt with a touch, but a very gentle touch, of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was light to edium bodied with very light carbonation. The medium length finish was gently sweet to the end.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable but not particularly memorable beer. Worth trying once, but I'll not go out of my way to have another.

May 10, 2009
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