Amber Waves Ale | Capitol City Brewing

BA SCORE
34.3%
Liked This Beer
3.52 w/ 35 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capitol City Brewing
Virginia, United States
capcitybrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,660
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
35
Liked:
12
Avg:
3.52/5
pDev:
11.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by droomyster:
Photo of droomyster
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Thursday night's happy hour:

Poured off the tap a beautiful amber hue with a graggy, off-white head. Subdued aromas that I'm not willing to tease out with my nostrils with all of these people around. Taste was not at all what I expect from an Amber, but I love it: it has an almost smoky woodsiness with a burnt vegetable bitterness. A very round, medium-full body. Not a typical Amber by any means, but a good one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the downtown brewpub.
Malt forward. Looks very much like their Irish Red but the aroma and flavor are clearly different. This is a touch sweeter and less complex.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thicker shade of amber-orange. Aroma suggests lavender, substantial caramel malts and applewood. Tastes floral with a woodsy Cascade bitterness that mostly dominates. Sweet front with dry finish to aftertaste. I've had better Ambers, but this was isn't too bad.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Arlington location on 5/21/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, topped with a 1/2 finger of off-white foamy head. This stays creamy on the edges, with a moderately rich flareup on it that leave a good bit of frothy spotting behind. The aroma is floral, resinous, and spicy, with a flavorful smelling tang of bread, caramel, and citrus underneath it. This opens up nicely as it warms, with a good balance of sharp and sticky in the nose.

The taste starts with base of toasted caramel and bready sweetness, with a pleasantly strong bite of balancing hops, which leaves pine, spice, and bitter citrus lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, laying crisp on the tip of the tongue but then getting slick and creamy as it spreads out in the mouth. No alcohol detected here either, which combines with that feel to really keep this solidly drinkable.

This one really grew on me as I worked on the pint, with the hops quickly blooming as this warmed up, packing a well balanced and flavorful hop punch but still remaining readily easy feeling on the palate. A good little hoppy American Amber that took me a bit my surprise.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/12...served on tap in DC. Pours ruby amber color. Some foam. Toffee caramel nose. Light sweet taste, caramel, and breads. Modest carbonation. Classic amber taste. Good.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dukeandduke
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3/10/15 Draft (Capitol City Brewing Co. DC) - Nice red pour, minimal carbonation and head. Firm taste, a little bitter, pleasant to drink. Nice texture, thin pour. OK Beer.

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Photo of ECsurfattic
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rarbring
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light amber brew, an off-white head leaving little lacing, small curtains.

Weak fruit smell, nuts and hay.

Sweet bread taste, grape juice and peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and smooth with a long dry finish.

A nice clean ... I would say APA, not Amber.

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Photo of mkyer
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksolekjr
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Scarney321
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ClaytonCMathis
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluetrevian
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into pint glass at the downtown and Arlington locations. Pours a transparent copper orange with well-lacing, thin, off-white head. Sweet, grainy earthy caramel aroma has some faint hoppiness. Body starts with a touch of sweet toast malt, quickly fading into a more bitter, earthy, and dry finish. Needs more lingering malty sweetness.

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Photo of rjbrenn3
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of smcel371
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TBramel
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olafphysics
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of psdonnelly
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Trentt2
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Amber Waves Ale from Capitol City Brewing
Beer rating: 34.3% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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