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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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber colour topped by an average white head that settles down quite fast.Aroma consists of malt and hops. Flavour is dominated by malts and hops with a bitter finish. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Worth tasting but not having it as a regular one

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Photo of Winter
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma conisted of malt and not much else. Thin body with a somewhat creamy, fizzy mouthfeel. Bready middle with a clean finish. This is an average amber ale that's very drinkable, but nothing about it really makes it stand out either.

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a glassy light gold to amber color with a commodious head and thick clinging sheets of lace of coat the glass. Malt dominates this beer, in the nose and the start, basically throughout the whole beer drinking experience. Finish is minimally carbonated, sparsely hopped, dry aftertaste, drinkable and a "fair to middlin" session beer.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

John Courage Amber pours a nice dark amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head went to over two fingers and was rocky, a mix of large and small bubbles that laced the glass well.

Nose has an unknown citrus note, I’ve had this beer before and this was not present at the time, leading me to belive the bottle that is before me now is a bit on the old side. When fresh, this beer has a pleasant butterscotch flavor and nose that is absent in this sample. This beer when fresh, should taste like a typical British brew, not a lot to write home about but not bad either.

A fairly good British beer that can’t and shouldn’t command a $10.00 a six pack price.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of pbrian
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little malty, a little bitter, clean dry finish. Better than the other US macros that were being offered at a party, but barely above average as far as better micro ESB's go. Uneventful and unoffensive at the same time.

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Photo of Jon
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

John Courage is labeled as an amber, but in acuality, it's an ESB. Either way, this is a pretty solid ale. It pours a orangish, light amber hue from the tap with a relatively creamy head. The smell is of nothing in particular, perhaps just a little malt and a slight hint of bittering hops. The taste is barely bitter with the malt profile taking priority. The mouthfeel is rather creamy and nice, and it's pretty easy to drink. Overall, a good ale that seems to be widely available.

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Photo of Murph
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightish amber color with a decent sized, somewhat fizzy, off-white head that fades too fast. Good smoothly biscuity malt aromas with some light fruitiness as well as a slight hop profile. Smooth biscuity malt profile dominates the flavor with the hops hanging in the background until the fairly bitter and somewhat fruity lingering finish. The brew is a little more carbonated than many of the style but remains very smooth across the tongue . The slightly thinner flavor profile makes this an impeccably drinkable brew.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color (go figure) with moderate, short-lived head. The smell was of nice aromatic hops and slghtly malty. The taste was very bland however. The hops were nowhere to be found, which is obviously not indicative of an ESB. The mouthfeel was watery and lacked flavor. It is above average in drinkability, just because you can throw alot back, similar to a macro.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color, decent head. Slightly malty aroma. On the palate hops come through with a nice sharp bitterness, touch of carmal malt in there as well. Overall not too exciting but not bad either...

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a little bitter, but it was very smooth and flavorful. nice amber color with a pleasant smell. i guess it all boils down to the fact that it was a little too bitter for me. besides that, it was a very drinkable brew

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, head is persistant at 1/4 inch with some ability to hold rockiness. A little lemon in the malty aroma. I was surprised at how fleeting the malt impression was. Hops are nice, though, bittering in the back taste. Lighter bodied and less persistant flavor than I anticipated. OK brew, I guess, not a big favorite.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the deep mahogany color to the nice creamy head this brew has a good look to it, not to mention the good lace as you drink it. Not much of an aroma to wet your appetite but is a very drinkable and very smooth beer...............CHEERS

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of psugrad98
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber in color with nice head and exceptional lace. Smooth easy drinking with slight carbonation and good blend of hops and malt, slightly dry and bitter hop finish.

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Photo of proc
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and very easy to drink. While not a hop and malt powerhouse, the taste of both seem very well balanced. A fine session beer. Drink your courage...

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color and almost lager - like in clarity. The head settles into a tight layer that leaves a sparse lace. Mild diacetyl, slight biscuit malt and a bit of cidery sweetness in aroma. Very lightly bodied, and highly carbonated for style... it lacks the smoothness that a good ESB should have. The flavor is comprises of light caramel malt notes, a bit of toasted malt flavors, but there's really not much else there. Caramel malt and redsidual sweetness is sufficiently balanced by the hop bitterness. The finish is dry, clean, and unremarkable. There's a definite lack of a malt foundation in this brew, but its cleanliness and balance give it good drinkability. If considered an ESB, John Courage is lacking all around, but is good, no frills session brew.

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Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the special beer for pint night at my bar. Not bad for a lager. I'm not really big on the "clean" taste in lagers, but this at least had a bit of malt presence. I'd say it was on the low side of medium for hop presence. Drinkable, but not overly impressive.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as an amber, does not taste like a strong bitter, smooth, good carbonation but head dissipates quickly. The ABV is 4.7%. Part of the Scottish & Newcastle group who brew McEwan's IPA - a much better choice.

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Photo of inebrius
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber with minimal head and no lace. Malty nose. Well balanced form slides nicely down the back of the throat making this a reasonably drinkable beer. I would spend my money on the McEwans IPA which is actually a better ESB than this one which is called an amber. I think Scottish Courage is just trying to confuse the hell out of everybody with their beer designations.

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John Courage Amber from The Caledonian Brewing Company
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