Archbishop Amber | St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant

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St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by botham on 09-14-2009

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A- Pours a bright mahogany brown with a thin white head. The body is somewhat clear ( As clear as a bear this color can be) and allows a decent amount of light penetration.

S- Somewhat bready and malty with a crisp clean hop nose. Slight graininess as well as a mild spiciness from the hop aroma. Just slightly skunky from the hops.

T- Some slightly bready malts with an overall hop profile that is rather mildly bitter. The graininess and slight sweetness from the flavor of the malts helps to tone down the hopiness to the point where I wouldn't say this is necessarily a hoppy bear however it is definitely a hop forward amber. Not sweet like a red ale, rather, think musty and hoppy from the graininess and overall weak amount of sweetness that the malts impart on the beer. There is a bit of an unpleasant mineral flavor to it as well.

M- Smooth with a light to medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat of a watery slickness to it.

O- An all around average beer and one that is somewhat unique in style. The hopiness seems slightly off in this amber giving it more of a mass produced feel rather than a fresh quality. Nowhere near my usual liking. Just somewhat bland. While I know for a fact this beer is a particular favorite of many of the patrons who frequent this brewery, I would have to guess that's because a lot of them aren't necessarily into craft, although I very well could be very wrong. Although the amber was the only one I ended up bringing home with me I also tried the stout and kolsch while I was there and both were much better.

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Photo of mentor
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger lightly-oranged head over a clear browned-copper liquid. Smells mild overall. Mostly hops with some grain astringency, alcohol, and esters. Hops are floral perfumey american tempered by some earthy tettnanger and peppery zip. A bit of drying baker's chocolate. I's surprised I get alcohol, but it's pretty clear (and clean).

Tastes astringent drying malt with some supporting esters and hop flavor to wetten it. Overall it's pretty powdery dry in the mouth. The malt comes across as metallic, lightly soured caramel, and a dash of chocolate. The dry and metal character is like you would get if the finish of an irish red were taken to an extreme. Md thick body and moderate slightly creamy carbonation. Not a pleasant beer to drink. So dry that the mineral shows.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice, light brown, rosey color
S: very little nose, hint of hops but not much malt
T: good balance of hops and malt, not over the top, but also not incredibly tastey, just a decent, well-made beer
M: decent, nothing outwardly wrong
D: easy drinking, session beer

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Photo of botham
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub in Saint Francis. pours amber with golden highlights and a half finger of tight white head that retains poorly and leaves light lacings.

aroma is very light with a bit of caramel and some floral hops. not much else in the nose.

taste is of light caramel malts with a soft sweetness and some floral hops in the background. understated, yet dignified in character. an amber with a drinkable and sessionale aura that goes down smooth.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and malty on the palate with a finish of residual slickness. not bad, but could be a bit more flavorful.

drinkability is decent. a very sessionable amber with a light profile and a drinkable aura. throw in some more malt character and this could be a great brew.

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Archbishop Amber from St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant
3.13 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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