Sunset Amber Ale | Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Sunset Amber AleSunset Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gavage on 07-02-2009

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 89
Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A can was bought for me during a round of golf back in mid-November. Unfortunately we ran out of holes before I could pop this one. Looks like there is a best by 2-2-15 date.

Beer poured semi-flat with a weak head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of sweet biscuity malts.

Taste is surprisingly good and balanced. Bready and biscuity, slightly sweet yet there is enough hop action to balance this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and as lacking carbonation.

Overall I like the recipe as this is very tasty. GCBC needs to maybe work out a carbonation issue to make this more appealing.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Look: A nice reddish bronze color with a real light brownish head that receded quickly. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Amber ales always have a nice malt and yeast aroma to them for me always reminding me of freshly baked bread and this is no different. No real hops come to be noticed.

Taste: Slightly malty, slightly yeasty. Very drinkable. Amber ales are my favorite. Even the taste reminds me of fresh bread.

Feel: Really coats the mouth well, slightly carbonated but not over whelming. Really refreshing and doesn't finish dry.

Overall: A lovely beer. Really refreshing. Really sessionable. Will pick up again. Not my favorite amber ale, but very good.

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Photo of farrago
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Yields a very meager head, barely coats the surface, no surprise that it doesn’t leave much lacing behind. The liquid is certainly a dark amber color, more towards red than orange, clear on the whole but up close you can see a fair amount of particulate floating about, no visible bubbles. The nose is all malted milk balls, chocolate and scone and pastry flakes, more of a metallic presence than fruity, something like corn syrup in there too. Medium-bodied, kind of sluggish with low carbonation and a general flat feel. The high level of sweetness also adds to the sappy texture. Cocoa, chocolate, toffee, there is a burnt edge as well, like bitter chocolate or roasted coffee. More of that breadiness, nutty as well, roasted and dappled in honey. Again, curious about the lack of fruit, some peach or apricot notes at best. The metallic, earthy stuff drops a notch or two here. Its blockish finish prevents a refreshing appeal. It’s basically alright, that’s kinda it.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

I had one of these at Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Colorado River, halfway through a backpack to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back to the top. At that place, in those circumstances, this is a great beer. What can be more fun than drinking a cold cold ale, labelled "Grand Canyon", while you're down in the Grand Canyon?

But you're probably not going to be there, so if you're up in civilization, GC's Sunset Amber Ale is a good beer, not a great one. It's a very middle of the road amber, on the lighter side, with decent flavor, but nothing remarkable. If you can, take the overnight to Phantom Ranch!

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Photo of bambam2517
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a cpl on tap in Payson, AZ during a daytrip, paired with jalapeno peppers and prime rib.

A - On the lighter side of craft beers, even for an amber. Garnet reddish body with a watery ring of bubbles that dissipates away to nothing.

S - Nothing stands out really, theres some hops there and some nutty smells but it all washes together, no prominence at all.

T - Surprisingly nice. Lacks any real showcase but its mildness lends itself to pairing with foods well and theres just enough of a nice mix of piney/nutty so you dont get bored.

M - A bit on the watery side, but nothing offensive about it and it doesnt wear you out.

O - Love have alot of these on hand next time I'm hanging around the campground in warm weather.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a plastic glass
A: Clean amber color with a one-finger head
S: Lightly toasted grain, not much else going on
T: Lightly toasted grain again, a hint of caramel. Simple but nice
M: Light-medium bodied, crisp
O: Not very complex but pleasant & easy to drink; would make a nice session beer

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber caramel color with a small light tan head that quickly settles into a pretty decent lacing.

Sweet roasted-toasted caramel grain malts that is very noticeable and pleasant.

Lightly roasted caramel grain malts dominate a sweetish light amber beer taste.

A light toasted caramel malt aftertaste that has a light sweetness to it on this medium bodied beer.

A decent lighter amber ale that is more my style amber with the totally overbearing caramel malt taste yet it has a very drinkable and present taste.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy amber with slightly burnt orange highlights. Very little carbonation rises to the one finger, off-white head. Head falls apart about half way down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing on the lower portion of the glass.

S - Mostly toasted caramel malt with a hint of dark rum and chocolate.

T - Caramel malt sweetness upfront. The body is a nice combination of toasty carmel malt, dark rum and a light red apple fruitiness. More red apple and rum as the beer passes over the back of the tongue gives way to a toasted caramel apple finish.

M - On the weaker side of medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Felt lackluster overall.

Sunset amber is a middle of the road amber ale that has a somewhat interesting and complex flavor profile, but the boring mouthfeel belays any attempt to bring this brew much above average. I probably would't get this again except for a laugh the next time I visit the Grand Canyon. Still it's drinkable enough to satisfy your average macro tourist....

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Photo of dbraz45
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly one to try. The appearance is indicative of the style, amber with mild carbonation, and a thick white head. The aroma is a fusion of malts. This leaves a strong stream of lacing on the glass as this is consumed. The taste is somewhat mild when compared to the aroma, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer is a gorgeous reddish-brown in color with an awesome, full, brownish-white head that left nice clumps of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell - The darkish, caramel malts come out big at the nose and have some light toasty notes. The hops are AWOL in this malt monster.

Taste - The burnt caramel comes out nicely on the tongue and the raw sugar is very light, not cloying.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied if not bigger with a smooth texture and no bitterness.

Drinkability - This is a biq but quaffable beer that lacks balance but tastes great.

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Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack at AJ's to split. This amber is malty and hoppy, but too sweet. Sweet and biting hops does not feel pleasant. The barley has a nutty caramel character and the hops are lemony and a little grassy, like Cascade hops. But the body is too thick and cloying. I like that there's a pleasant hop flavor, but I'll pass. No thanks.

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Photo of ccrida
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall tumbler, Sunset Amber is amber with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is very sweet malt, a little bread dough. Candied, it's too much.

Taste is also pretty sweet, it's malt forward, but tempered, barely, with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, dry, a little sticky.

Drinkability is so-so, it's a pretty generic amber, too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with about half a finger of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - a bit malty, with a caramel aroma. Also a little worty-smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very good "amber" taste. Tastes a bit caramel-roasted. Reminds me of a good English lager. A little musky on the palate, with just a slight tinge of bitterness that fades quickly. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not terribly fascinating, but still very good-tasting and fun to drink.

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Photo of Jinholic
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear amber like the name a little carbonation visible, got no head at all and I even poured rough.

Smell - Caramel and malts and nothing else rather simple.

Taste - Sweet malts with the hops on the back end but the after taste is a tad metallic despite coming in a bottle. Everything I'm getting is so mild I wish there was to grab hold of.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but very thin and a bit watery ,light dryness on the finish.

Overall - Not the best amber/red ale out there though its not the worst I would not recommend this to anyone as its so mild its no fun.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was given to me by a friends who went on vacation to Arizona and brought home a 6 pack. This is an average Amber Ale to say the least. The color was a nice deep red, the head faded within a few minutes. The smell was mostly hops which I enjoyed, The mouthfeel was well carbonated, and medium bodied. The flavors reminded me of a Killian's Irish Red. It was mostly hoppy and had some sweetness to it but not much. Good to try but wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of dstc
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby copper color with a tan head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Nice caramel malt aroma. Smells a bit sweet.

Same taste. Sweet caramel malts. Hops come through in the end with a slight bitterness. Bit of a metallic finish.

Medium bodied and biting on the tongue.

Decent enough. Not crazy about the aftertaste.

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Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured from the tap and into my pint glass a nice-looking deep auburn, clear, with a fluffy head of light khaki that recedes more quickly than you'd expect, leaving a filmy oil slick along with a persistent ring.

Smell: sweet almonds and cashews, buttered breakfast biscuits, ritz crackers. Slightly sweet and slightly toasty, with an odd soapiness in the background.

Taste: bubble gum, peanuts, toasted biscuits and a light, earthy hoppiness. The soapiness emerges again, faintly calling from the background.

Feel: thin. Fizzy, medium-low carbonation and a somewhat light, watery body.

Drink: insubstantial body aside, this is a pretty tasty amber. Pleasantly nutty, nicely balanced and good-looking. Boost up the body a notch or two and we're in business.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in the Grand Canyon National Park. Had lots of good craft brews in the General Store, this one was a new rate for me so I picked it up.

A: Nice amber pour with an average off white head.

S: Aromas of candy malt, mostly caramel with tones of brown sugar. No real hops at all.

T: Nice and sweet. Nutty toffee and caramel malt. Very light grassy tones as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with okay carbonation.

D: Just okay. Glad to have tried this one. Even more glad that I made it to the Grand Canyon to purchase it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle poured into a plastic cup, it is 10.30 on Sunday Morning (Mothers Day) on the Grand Canyon Railway (Williams to the South Rim).

The beer was a deep dark amber, clear and clean looking. The head was a light tan colour, deep and steady throughout the tasting.

The smell and taste were very simular, malty, sweet and with hints of caramel. The beer wasn't over sweet, but it wasn't a hop heavy beer in any form.

I thought it a bit thin, but more than drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thickness of a lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a bright red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red color that is certainly evocative of an Arizona sunset. The aroma is malt dominated with caramelized malt notes followed by some pale-toasted / biscuit-like grain notes. It has a certain whole grain quality to it that adds a touch of wholesomeness. While sweet and malty, I don't get any hop contributions to the nose.

Starts out with a hint of hop bitterness and dry as it first hits the palate, but as it rolls across the tongue it picks up quite a bit of fruity, caramelized malt sweetness. There is perhaps a touch of oral-nasal herbal character from the hops, but this beer is certainly dominated by the malt side of the spectrum. Toothsome whole grain flavors lurk just beneath the caramelized malt sugars; browned biscuit flavors, toasted whole grain cracker notes, a hint of sweet tea and even a touch of something that seems like it is derived from a darker, roasted grain. The body has enough richness to compliment the malt, but doesn't keep this from being a beer to drink a couple pints of.

Not bad, and this is the first beer I have had from them that seems like the style was called out correctly on the label. Definitely a beer to try for the lovers of malt out there; this isn't too cloying and the malt character doesn't come off as too crystal malt focused. I find myself quite enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: mainly caramel sweetness with a hint of ripe fruits in the background.

Taste: nice caramel profile with some red apples and red grape sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer. This is one you can have all afternoon long.

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Sunset Amber Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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