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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2002

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by nathi:
Photo of nathi
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber with a fluffy slightly tan head. Very thick head with good retention.

Nice carmamel malt aroma with slight yeastyness characteristic of the scottish style.

Flavor is rich and earth malt. Excellent complexity, nice caramel with a hint of roast and a nice nutty aftertaste Reminds me of Belhavens. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Not much hops, but the slight roast provides enough bal;ance not to be cloying. This is an excellent scottish style ale. Not big or in your face, just a great, malty, and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Herze
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitzer
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eruthos
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcbeers
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
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

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Photo of KYGunner
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Beejay
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.

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Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guppy314
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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 JasonTaverner
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
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.

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Photo of Riff
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.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.4/5  rDev -31%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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