John Courage Amber | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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John Courage AmberJohn Courage Amber

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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5/5  rDev +47.5%

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5/5  rDev +47.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear deep amber coloration. The head was a fluffy honey coloration almost an inch thick. The staying power on the head was amazing. There was very thick sheets of lacing remaining behind on the beer glass.

Smell: The beer has a very well combined hoppy cloves combination with sweet caramel maltyness.

Taste: Wow! This beer has a very good sweet caramel maltyness fighting for dominance with hoppy cloves. This beer is very well balanced. This beer almost seems like a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very full bodied and nicely carbonated. This is a very well balanced beer treat.

Drinkability: This is just an awesome sessionable beer to me. Screw you very much New Castle for not continuing to export this beer to the USA.

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4.65/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer was the first import I tasted in college. It is still a treat to find it on tap. Clear feel in the mouth and strongly refreshing but the taste is brief, leaves the mouth at the swallow.

Good warm weather beer with just enough initial bite to refresh but in the colder days up north it lacks the body and lasting taste to keep you warm until spring.

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Scottish beer. If the Scots know one thing, it's how to make a mean beer. Copper color and rich head. Fruity taste, mixed with a light malty taste. Starts out strong, but ends out a little weaker but still smooth. It's a definate if you like ESB's.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light golden color; brought a decent head, but didn't last too long

S - almost fruity-malt smell with a little bit of hops...not overpowering at all

T - very impressed with the taste. at first, tasted more like a fruity golden beer than an amber, but the amber kicked in towards the end

M - good mouthfeel..little carbonation

D - I would definitely buy this beer again if there was nothing else new to try...

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4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long been a favorite of mine, but that has a lot to do with the fact that I live in Alabama where the beer laws are restrictive. It was the best ale you could easily find in the state, but I've heard it was pulled from distribution to the U.S.

Has an amber hue with a short head and a distinctive honey-carmel aroma. The taste is good with a sediment background that leaves a slightly woodsy feeling. Slightly more hops taste. The best part of this beer is its drinkability. It's very smooth and serves as a great introduction beer for newbs who might not be ready for something more complicated.

All in all, a very clean and solid ale to be so easy to find in the US. I'm going to miss it.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best session amber ever, IMO. Damn sad to see it is not available.

L: The perfect amber color, more red than copper. Clear and bright

S: Malt, not a lot of hops, medium nose, easy to smell

T: Medium maltiness, not bitter, a cross between an English straight pale and an American amber. A real session beer, enough to keep you interested through a long evening, not enough to keep you diestracted from your long evening.

F: Present. Not filling, not too satisfying, leaves you wanting a bit more. Very easy to drink, doesn't stick around in the mouth long. A drinking beer, not a pairing beer or a discussing beer.

O: Well made, nothing at all to complain about except it isn't made any more.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice "amber" colour with a small white head. The aromas were malty, and hoppy, with not much else going on. The taste was malty, and hoppy at the same time...with the malts fighting against the hops the whole time that this beer is in your mouth. When you finally swallow this stuff, and the war is over, it seems that the malt won the war, as it lingers on in the after-taste of this one. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability is great.



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3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

How do they do it, those Highlanders? Is it some secret-society, symbiotic, maltose relationship between Scotch whiskey and ale producers?

The color is regal. The butterSCOTCH/diacetyl notes are impeccable, and the malt......where do they get that malt?!

Old Jock, SkullSplitter, Black Douglas, Merlin, McEwan's, John Courage....MALT! Heavenly malt!!!

John Courage is a Non-F.U.B.A.R. iteration of the Scottish nectars, but it still has all those Duncan McCleod essentials.

There's beer....
And there's Scottish Ale.
Do not confuse!

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3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

As a beer that is a tribute, it does justice. John Courage-the dead heir to the European brewing fortune died in a firey car crash. Actually it was in a formula 1 car of the team he bought. For beer royalty who literally burnt to death where they sat, this beer is for them and is inarguably perfect based on what it is. Drink responsibly.

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3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer was quite a gusher but might have been knocked over in my fridge? The body is a warm tan-orange with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. IT has a nice creamy head of off-white foam that last a good while.

S- The smell of good lightly toasted malt comes through very nicely. There is a faint hop note but it is almost not there.

T- This beer has a fresh lightly toasted malt and fresh grain taste and good pale malt in the background. The finish is a nice bitter hop with some fizz to give it a little kick. The overall taste if very smooth and soft but it is very nice quality.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a bit of fizz that could be less noticeable.

D- This is a light smooth drinking EPA and even though the flavors are not huge they are very fresh and you can taste real malt and hop flavors. A great session beer.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color, with good head retentionas well as enjoyable, rich malty aroma. Hops hits on the first few sips, but seems to mellow out a bit as the beer warms. Sort of a nutty flavor as well- maybe some toasted malt. Loved this beer. So easy to drink- doesn't try to be something that it is not.

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John Courage Amber from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 172 ratings