Satan's Pony Amber Ale | South Street Brewery

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Satan's Pony Amber AleSatan's Pony Amber Ale

Brewed by:
South Street Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Kaapstadmk
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of beerqa
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Kubishark
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Riff
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of jbramley
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, this is a velvety smooth beer to drink. A highly sessionable beer, it finds itself more among the standard and average ambers. There was a good balance to the beer, not too malty and not too hoppy (not very hoppy at all, but not unpleasantly so). I could drink this beer on cask all night long. Yum!

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a little brewery tour down to Charlottesville, VA.

A - Poured a deep dark red. Little head that dissipated fairly quickly. Almost no lace at all.

S - Very malty. Not a lot of hops at all. Little honey at the end.

T - Very sweet. Almost to sweet for me. I also had no hops at all not even in the end. Honey, Malt, Roasted Caramel, not dry at the end either.

M - Very crisp. Medium in body. A little creaminess as well.

D - Definitely could have had a lot of these. A little to sweet though. Maybe in the summer and not on a rainy fall day.

Overall it was very enjoyable but again too sweet and not enough hops (any taste) for my liking.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with a minimal but persistent head. The nose was heavy pine with a little bit of malt sweetness. The palate was less interesting. There was a strange sweetness us front. I don't know how else to explain it. The beer was on cask, so it was warm and less carbonated, but the initial sweetness was a little off. There is a bitterness at the end. Overall a little light on flavor and somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A ruby, dark golden pour. Pretty much no head, which was a bit disappointing. There's not a whole lot going on here at all.

S: Very malty, sweet and fruity... a little cherry? Nice.

T: Mild, a little fruity, barley sweet, with a touch of hops. Reasonable balance, but the taste is a little lacking, as is mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright in the beginning and becomes a bit watery on the finish.

D: Alright, but a little unimpressive all in all, unfortunately.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a clear 16oz pint glass

A: Deep amber color with ruby tints and thin but lasting foamy head

S: Roasted malts, caramel, and a smidge of spice

T: Sweet and roasted malts with a dry hops finish. Not all that remarkable but solid.

M: A little thin for the style but otherwise pretty smooth.

D: Good flavor is hurt a little by the thinness but all in all a pretty solid offering, but not their best.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stopped by their brewery on a quick trip to Charlottesville, and the bartender said that of all their beers, the "must tries" were this and their JP Ale. This beer pours a dark amber color, and smells much like malts and little else. Very little carbonation, although this could be attributed to the poor-quality one-liter growler they use. Because of this, the beverage almost comes off as juice. The malts are not especially powerful, more on the sweet side. Not a bad beer, probably good if you're sitting at the bar, but not really one that I'd seek out.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brewpub. Served as a moderate amber brew with slight white head. Smell was slightly hoppy with some roasted undertones. taste is of caramel with a little nut-like taste. Mouthfeel is mild dryness but nothing excessive. Easy to drink.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a light amber color. The head was low and not long lasting, but laced the glass.

The aroma was slight caramel with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with caramel. There were some hop flavors and slight bittering, but not much of either.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter. The body was light, not quite medium light, and too little for the style. The drinkability is good.

On tap at the brewpub.

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