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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very good Pale Ale. Smells lightly estery and spicy. Solid on the English hops and balanced nicely with barley malt aroma. Nicely toasty and earthy. Tastes medium malty with a good hop balance in flavor, bitter, and spiciness. Contatins mild yeast and grass flavors. Medium to the feel makes for a very easy drinker. Light tones of alcohol and carbonation plays on the toung. Finishes clean and crisp. No real flaws in this beer--just safe to the point of bordom.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an orange/amber color with a small, short-lived head. It leaves some lacing as you drink it.

S - It smells strongly of malt and some hops.

T - It tastes of malt and grasses with a bitter bite.

M - It is crisp and dry. Light to medium-bodied.

D - Very good beer. It's too bad that it is so hard to find.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew seems to be on tap at a few of the local watering holes that I go to I finally brokw down and ordered one the other day at Keegans Pub.Pours a copper/amber with not much head to speak of,aroma was lightly sweet and cider- like but pretty faint,malt accented to say the least I didnt get hardly a trace of any hop going on some caramel sweetness and some biscuity notes.Very average and lackluster but it is drinkable when socializing at the bar,my friend who was with me thought he was drinking a high falutin English ale, I let him think that.

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the bottle. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a foamy head that dissipated quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Somewhat fruity with a heavier dose of caramel malt and nuts.

T: Has a nice toasty flavor. Can taste a little bit of the alcohol. The nuts come through stronger in the flavor.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Has a slightly bitter finish. Overall it has some nice flavor with a nice finish, but the mouthfeel is a bit weak.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystalline tangerine-amber with a large, very light tan head that's respectably sticky, falls to a thick disk and leaves a few shreds of lace. The nose is so-so; mostly lightly toasted caramel malt with no real hop aroma to speak of.

The flavor follows the nose pretty directly. Toasted caramel malt dominates and, other than a mild bitterness, I don't appreciate any hops. A little nutty perhaps with a slightly metallic finish. Not much else happening on the palate. The body/mouthfeel is light-medium for the style.

I can't get too excited about John Courage Amber. It's okay I guess, but it does nothing to distinguish itself. Drinkable? Yeah, but there are so many better beers out there, why should I bother?

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Billolick
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, w/ no freshness dating. Pours clear, light amber in color. White medium bubble head. Cabadgy off flavor aroma detected. This is pretty middle of the road stuff. Not impressed. So so mouthfeel, bland flavor notes. Watery. Not much going on here. Tastes like a british macro with some off flavors tossed in. Lots of better stuff out there.

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2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper amber hue with an almost tan off white head. Though the head doesn't last very long it leaves a fairly uniform lace. A good amount of malt is present in the aroma with a tad of hop presence lurking, but definitely not trying to make an impact to kick me in the face. The sweetnes is mellow when it first touches the tip of the tongue, and it finishes sharp with a bitterness and a bite of alcohol has I gulped it down. I drank this beer paired with a DP Dough calzone, and it is a great beer for that kind of meal. The body is between medium and light bodied it falls with in the perimeter of it's style. For me I could drink quite a few in a session, but why would I put all of my efforts toward a decent overpriced beer when there are so many fine brews in the world. A sixer ran for around 8 bucks, and next time I will definitely opt for something else. I still love the name of this brew, John Courage, I think it works.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GClarkage
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/28/05- On tap at the Prince of Wales in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Served in a typical pint glass.

Appearance- 1/4 inch head that disipated quickly. Amber-golden coloring and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly of a sweet malt. Maybe a wee bit of hops, but very minimal.

Taste- Light malt taste and ultra light hop taste. Not much else going on here. No aftertaste whatsoever. A bit bitter in the end.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and watery. If you are used to drinking hoppy carbonated beers, this one will taste like drinking out of a water fountain.

Drinkability- Not horrible, but just ultra bland. Very boring. Nothing to excite me or to leave me wanting more.

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3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint glass looking slightly cloudy orange color. The head was 1" thick, and the aroma was of light malts. The flavor was of malt, bread, mild citrus, and some mild bitterness. No lacing developed during the drink.

This was a medium bodied brew with a smooth start and a short malty finish. Nice session brew, especially when paired with some British food like steak & kidney pie.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foam head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was all sweet malt. There was a definite caramel aroma as well.

The taste was nearly all sweet malt and caramel. A slight hop bitterness, but certainly not enough to stand up to the sweetness.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin despite the malty body. Average carbonation.

Certainly drinkable, but the one dimensional malt presence got a bit tiresome.

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3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malty scent with a dry, yet fruity yeast aroma. There are also some hops present. The taste is decent as well. It has a watery feel along with some malts. It goes down easy with a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation and a watery aftertaste. This is a good drinking beer despite it's flaws. It could use a few more malts and some boy, but that's just me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber beer.

Smell is the Standard English ale smell, Perfume and fruity with a grain backbone and a touch of malt.

Taste is malty and bready with a bit of hops. Taste too watery, like a diluted Bass.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is only average. A disappointing English ale.

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3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A brilliantly clear copper colored beer with gold notes to it. It is topped by a thick off white head. A sweet grainy aroma with perhaps a hint of hops contained in the nose. A little bit more hop oriented in the flavor, but it is still fairly subtle. The graininess is in the flavor as well. It finishes with a restrained hop bite. A pretty clean beer, seems like most of the flavor has been stripped out. Much better than a macro-lager but not enough flavor to get it much above mediocrity.

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