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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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 121
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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Photo of danadeny
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this at The Brittish Brewing Co. in Hyannis, MA. Served to me with no head. An amber-brown colored brew with a very faint smell. CouldnÂ’t detect anything from the smell. The taste of floral hops are present, some of the roasted malt/caramel flavor, as well as a light bittery finish. The brew is smooth though lending to a high drinkability when coupled with the fact that this is an overall mild brew. No flavor is too strong that it might offend. Overall I would say this is like a mild IPA with the smoothness of a brown.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at "The Winking Lizard" in Columbus. Poured a average red that turned bright amber when hit with the overhead lamp at the table. The cap was small and dissappeared to quickly. As much as I tried this offering didn't send any aromas my way so it was slightly dissappointing. Bitter hops with a slight malt aftertaste this was a good pale, not the best but certainly maintained the style. Light lemon in the end put a decent touch on the bitterness but it never cleaned up. The hops and malt could have played a little better. The liquid left me feeling like it was never there. I may be able to have another but I doubt I'd pay for it. I got a nice mug out of this though.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely amber-colored pale ale with an inch of creamy head that subsided but never went away. It left rings on the glass as I drank.

The aroma was of caramel malt, a little bit of apple and pine thrown in, and traces of aromatic hops. A little fainter than I expected though.

The taste was bitter, yet crisp and clean, with a slight fruitiness and some pine notes thrown in. It was quite refreshing. The mouthfeel was a little thin, however. I expected a little more body to it.

A very drinkable beer, nonetheless. It went down easy.

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Photo of niknar
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review was transcribed from some notes I took while on vacation last week...

Pours out a copper color with a large head. Great head retention. Smells of spices and some floral notes. Taste is of smooth malt, finishes sweet and smooth with hints of hop bitterness. Not as big of a flavor as the smell led me to expect. As it warms however, there are some excellent complexities that emerge (but unfortunately I didn't describe them in my notes). Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but still very pleasant. Very drinkable beer, and I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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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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Photo of HochFliegen
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This amber pours a very light amber almost pale color.
The head is good with good carbonation.
Lacing is evident on the glass.
The smell is malty. Kinda bland. No hop smell at all. The malt smell was very mild as well.
The taste was mild as well. Mostly malt. A hint of carmel and a slight dough flavor.

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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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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, copper color with a tan colored head. The head dissipates to an 1/8th of an inch by mid glass, leaving spotted bits of lace. Taste has a bit of a wine-like taste with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of fruit on the aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this beer

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review in parts: the beer, the service, the aftermath.

Beer pours into the glass an amber brown color with minimal head. Lacing is poor. The nose had a barley and alcohol thing going. The taste is very plain. This is a very simple beer and I'm not against simplicity. However, it was so simple that I have a hard time describing it. It is very 'beer' flavored. By that I mean, there is a thinly diguised bitterness and alcohol covering up a watery textured and flavored beer. Still, I'd probably drink this beer over many others - so I can't give it a terrible rating.

A short note about bartenders and servers: when someone ordes an expensive beer, don't give them the 'wierdo' look when they ask for a glass. Actually, a glass is pretty normal. Just give us the glass and don't ask questions.

A helpful side note to beer drinking 'Playmaker' trivia players - review your beer during the breaks of the game or else suffer the humiliation of losing to some handle like 'Killa'.

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Photo of soper2000
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a local bar simply because i've never had it before. Pours a nice amber color but appears to be a little thin. Smell has some hints of malt and a general burnt finish. Taste... hmm not a lot of flavor in this one. Just small notes of malt. Maybe this is Scotland's Bud, but this beer is anything but offensive, i guess that's a plus. I don't think I'll will be buying this again.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber hue with a small and fizzy white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing, too. The nose is minerally and malty with a little bit of citrus hops in the finish. The taste is well-rounded with some interesting fruit and metal notes and a sweet, bready finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, much thinner than American ambers. Drinkability is decent, but the peculiar taste might lose its novelty after a couple of pints. Decent, and a refreshing change of pace.

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Photo of stirgy
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a deep and clear golden color with a healthy dose of spritzy carbonation and was topped with a lively head of white foam. Lemon grains, grassy, earthy and floral nose. Nice hopiness. The taste is light and tangy. Almost reminds me of a German Pilsner with some added esters and a touch of fruitiness. Light bodied and a bit watery, but has a nice grainy quality to it. Clean and crisp in the finish tat leaves a slight tang on the tongue. Enjoyable.

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

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours a light clear amber color with a medium beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is faintly malted with some hops as well. Thin-bodied with low levels of hops and malt flavor, and not much else. The finish is on the bitter side. Quite honestly I would not have tried this again if not for the logo glass that came with it, and even then I am wondering if it was worth it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold-amber color and off-white head, leaves a little foam lace on the glass. Smells weakly of malt, yeast esters and hops. The flavor is very weak to me: malt sweetness and yeast esters dominate with a slight alcohol warmth and hop bitterness/dryness in the finish. I think I must be spoiled by American breweries that over hop and put more punch in their malt flavors. This is OK beer but not my thing.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers which I enjoy after I get through the first couple of sips. The positives: the amber color and the smooth feel on my tongue as I drink multiple pints. The pour from the tap usually leaves very little head at the top of the pint. Which I prefer with a pale ale. However, when I take my first sip, I think it is the smell that kind of makes me wince/wrinkle my nose. But after 2 or 3 sips, that reaction goes away and I can drink away. The pub I usually order it at has better choices, but it matches the atmosphere of the place. (Odd, I know.)

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Photo of AeroBrew
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is rather disappointing. It has a deep amber glow, not crystal clear, but damned near it. Little to no head, lace is spotty around the glass, but holds on until the end.

Smells rather bland, no scents really stick out and grab you.

Tastes good though, smooth, hops contribute nicely to the bitterness at the finish, nice refreshing aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is weak, nothing holds it together except for the carbonation. The alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Smooth to drink.

Definately drinkable, acquire a buzz, then layoff, keep it going all night.

This is a good beer, not the best, not the worst. Worth trying, and would recommend to a first timer of the style.

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Photo of mschofield
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A red gold tinged amber, the pint was filled to the top, so the head consisted of a little white film.
Very malty aroma, earthy.
Toffee and butter in the malt dominated taste
Good bitterness in the taste, not an ESB level but good for a Pale, light feel, too thin bodied.
If it was a little thicker it would be a good session beer.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid straw color, with a tinge of read hiding a milky cloudiness. This one doesn't seem very red for and amber. Very little head but a makeshift isle of lacy foam in the middle and a collar around the edge. Subtle carb.

Not much smell. Malty and i could swear there is a hind of burntness, but not much. Not much in the way of hops either.

Taste seems pretty bland. malty with a bite of carb. mouth-feel is pretty watery and overall i would skip this beer in the future.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served at around 67 degrees F. Pours golden amber in color, slightly carbonation and a huge puffy head that dissipated pretty fast. This beer has a sweet malty nose with an odd metallic smell. As the beer warmed up the aroma got better and sweeter. The flavor was malty sweet, slightly flat, creamy, but it was boring. Not enough bittering hops in my opinion for that perfect balance. The flavor is on the weak side but the taste is okay. Aftertaste is good. Thin bodied, smooth and great malt make this beer very easy to drink. Overall this is a good beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
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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Photo of TastyTaste
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a little darker amber color. This beer was very average. A sweet balanced tasting beer that did not offen or intrigue. Still, I was thirsty and this was a beer that I had neve had at Old Chicago. I probably wouldn't get it again, but if I did, it'd be to give it a second chance.

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

Fairly unassuming. Mild, with caramel malt predominating. There was an odd, mineral aspect to the beer that hung in the background - not sure if this is a part of the flavor profile or if it has to do with the water used in the beer. Tended to skirt the border of a mild ale. Not a bad beer, but not very interesting, either.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looked so good. Nice amber color. Thick, frothy head which went down to a nice frothy lace. Went completely downhill after that. Very little flavor to speak of. Which only leaves the alcohol. Very astringent. Pass this one by and go onto other beers.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice off white head. Lace clings to the sides very nicely. Has sort of a burnt malty aroma. This is a full bodied beer that has a toasted (almost burnt) sort of caramel, buttery malt taste. There is little to no hop flavor and has moderation in the lines of bittering hops. Personally, it is a bit too sweet to me but seems to be a pretty decent amber ale true to style.

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