Annie's Amber Ale | High Noon Saloon & Brewery

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Annie's Amber AleAnnie's Amber Ale

Brewed by:
High Noon Saloon & Brewery
Kansas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first beer produced here, and it’s still a favorite! A smooth, malty amber taste highlighted with caramel notes and just the right amount of hops.

Added by beernut7 on 10-15-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
3.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt with a touch of hops.

Taste- Caramel malt with a strong hop presence. More hop flavor than I am used to from an amber beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall- I've had better amber ales. This one has too much hop bitterness and not enough of a malt presence for me to enjoy.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly clouds rusty, copper color, with a thick and fluffy tan head. The head fades pretty slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer smells of sweet toffee malt, with some caramel. I can also detect a biscuit aroma to it. Some spicy hop aroma is present also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Toffee up front with some caramel and biscuit flavor. Spicy, and slightly citrusy hop flavors mix in.

This beer is light. The carbonation is lower than I would have expected. Toffee aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. Lower alcohol, and mild flavor make it easy to drink.

Overall: A big thanks goes out to monsterfat for this beer. It was part of the 2009 Great BIF race. Go Spring! This beer was ok. Not anything to go crazy about, but also not a bad beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a medium sized tan head above a rich golden honey colored beer including the fact that it's more opaque than one would think.

Lightly roasted rich caramel malt aroma with just a bit of sourness included within.

The taste still has the caramel malt forefront with different tastes not present in the aroma. Such as an almost burnt taste and feel from the malts and a sourness from the hops that seem to be a light citrus lemony fruit quality lacing in each drink.

A light dry caramelish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A liked the look of this beer from the first beer, but the more a drank the more I liked the look of it and not the taste.

The light burnt quality of the malts kinda wore on me a little, if they had been a more roasted quality I think this could ahve been a real decent amber.

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Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery-bronze amber in hue, clear… I think. My pint glass is heavily frosted; I hate nothing more when Brewpubs do this! Slightly off-white head, the bubbles were one finger tall. Head retention was decent, the foam faded to a thin cap. There was no subsequent lacing. I really like the liquid’s color; otherwise this is a decent looking beer.

Through the bitter cold I can smell caramel malts with biscuit hints. I get hints of earthy hops. The potency is low and it’s not saying much. The bouquet is not offensive but it is not inviting either.

The palate is mild… cold, limp, with agreeable undercurrents of caramel, biscuit malts. Sadly there are hints of metal. Earthy hops, light bitterness at the end; slightly fruity at times, clean finish. This beer has potential but if falls short of being “really good.” At best I’d call the flavor profile decent. Okay, maybe just acceptable.

Medium light in body, watery mouthfeel, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is uneventful. It is as weak as the palate, in some regards.

Easy to drink but forgettable, it is a bit “off” as it warms. I’ve had much better Amber Ales. No matter, I am glad I finally a beer from High Noon. Sampled at the brewpub. One was enough.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light brownish/tan color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, on the sweet side. Taste is malts up front, some hops kicking in, even some notes of citrus. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can pours a hazy copper color with a sticky, cream hued cap of nice looking head. Some nice lacing is left behind as it slowly fades.

Nose is fruity with a balanced smell of hops and sweet caramel malts.

Nutty and earthy malts with a slight touch of herbal hoppiness that accentuates the earthy feel of Annie's Amber. Some fruity yeast esters are in the taste, as they were in the nose, but maybe not quite as strong. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but the carbonation is adequate. This is a slightly below average amber ale here, but with a few tweaks here and there (lower fruit esters and fuller malt backbone) High Noon could have a pretty decent beer here.

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Photo of Syracuse12
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of marc77
3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny bronze hue. Persistent cream white head leaves sparse lace. Sweetly herbal, leafy tea and citrus hop nose along with non descript medium lovbond caramel malt. Tame in aroma. Lighter carastan like crystal sweetness persists in flavor, and is overlayed with sugared citrus rind. Bready tones augment as it warms, but no true complexity is gained. Soft hop bitterness. Passably fluid mouthfeel that lacks any firm dextrins. Finishes with a toasty malt and sweet biscuit combination. Annie's Amber has decent balance, but is borderline prosaic. Not quite savorable.

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Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CAN you believe that the CANQuest achieves # 200 with this beer? It comes from CANsas, Leavenworth to be precise, which is second only to CANada as far as I am concerned. Onward!

From the CAN: "Brewed & CANned by High Noon Saloon & Brewery in Historic Leavenworth, Kansas"; "An English Pub Style Ale Brewed with Munich & Caramel Malts"; "Quality Beer Brewed in Kansas".

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of foamy ecru head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Remember, clarity is overrated! Wow, the nose was really hoppy for an amber! Someone's notes mention Columbus and Willamette hops and I CANnot disagree. I did also get a light caramel sweetness underlying the pine scent, but the hops were prevalent on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a lots of hops on the palate. It was a pleasant surprise for this self- avowed hophead to get this much hoppiness in an amber and from CANsas, no less, where hops were an afterthought at many places that I visited. Perhaps I need to head back out that way again. Finish had a light caramel sweetness, which I actually might have preferred more of in an amber, but am I going to complain? Heck, no! Decent lacing throughout.

Interesting reading my original CANview. Today is M, 18 April 2016 & I have another CAN to open. Ooh, Annie's showing her age. It really fought me on the Crack! and even a gentle Glug raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. It was past its prime at this point, so I will stop here, leaving my initial scores in place.

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Photo of Jalacey85
2.29/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, caramel malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of yeast, hint of floral, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent beer with the best quality being the body.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of zeff80
2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, orange/amber color with a huge pillowy, light tan head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, biscuity malt and some grasses.

T - First sip was a little vegetal - like green beans. That flavor dissipates someshat and sweet caramel emerges with a touch of spicy/grassy hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This in an okay amber ale. The odd vegetal flavor was not good.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of gofacethecraftcooler
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would call this a gateway amber ale for those who've never had it. A slight haze in a ruby, light brown pour. Soapy white head, little lacing.
Aroma is sweet, but not too sweet. I've had some ambers that are just loaded with sweet malt and caramel-ness. This is a lighter version and suits me fine. As far as the style goes, though it might miss the bus.
Thin caramel taste, sweet grain and quick hints of pine and hops. Nicely balanced. Easy drinking. Had this when it was 2 degrees outside, probably would have been better if a tad warmer.

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Photo of beernut7
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this brew is a light golden amber with no head. The aroma is malty with a bit of hop spice. The flavor as well is quite spicy and the malt profile is dry like the others at High Noon. More like an APA with a bit of darker malt thrown in. Not great.

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Photo of kansasjohn
1.58/5  rDev -47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I really wanted to like this beer. Advertised as an English pub style ale, it definitely has the "look" of Newcastle Brown Ale. The taste, however, was unexpectedly bad, especially for the price.

I bought a six pack at Myer's in Topeka on January 2, 2010. After pouring the first one and taking a sample, I begrudgingly, but honestly, told my wife, "I think I made a mistake." The beer, which looked so wonderful, had the smell and taste as if a cigarette had been slipped into an otherwise perfectly good beer, contrary to any attempts at quality control. A kind description would be that the beer had the essence of burnt charcoal.

To be fair, I opened a second beer and it was a poor man's Newcastle. No complaints. Unfortunately, the third was a repeat of the first and I had to pour it out.

The next day, Sunday, I played Russian roulette with the remaining three cans. My choice was . . . unwise. I had to dump another beer. I sampled the remaining two beers on Monday, again reliving the experience associated with beers 1, 3 and 4.

I am not sure if I got an odd or old batch. The tops of the cans were dirty, so perhaps my review is in the minority. I would like to stop by the High Noon Saloon And Brewery to see whether I experienced an aberation, which I hope is the case. Again, one beer was good, but not the lot.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can (with one of the more-appealing label designs I've found), poured to a pint. A much-appreciated extra added by travlnlt (thanks, Geoff).

A: Poured a lighter copper-amber until, in the final ounce, a silty sediment escaped the can mouth and darkened/clouded things considerably. Weird, almost like the last yeasty swirl of a hefeweizen... Now the requisite brownish-amber hue and slightly hazed, decent rising carbonation ascends to a thick/creamy ivory head, about 1.5-fingers. Nice lace, hanging in long rippled sheets.

S: Mundane aroma: a light nutty roast, honey/graham cracker, little hop distinction.

T: After the fairly bland aroma, a surprisingly spicy and flavorful punch of green/piney hops with a gritty malt huskiness. Deeper roast - caramel, nuts and cereal grains - with a lively citrus twist. Decent balance, lasting roast bitterness.

M: A bit harsh at first, not so much due to carbonation (which is fairly tame), but to a brasher bitterness and hop tang. Once I move on, there's more of an oily slickness and a clingy citrus that sits heavily on the center-back of my tongue (curl/salivate/repeat).

D: Not a bad little brew...nothing revolutionary, but a good 'everyday' kind of amber ale. Earlier reviews called this a 'starter' amber, which has it's negative connotations...I felt Annie's was a solid choice, flavorful and worth having again. And I like the can, did I mention that? Retro-cowgirl is a plus...

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Photo of Koufax21
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours an amber orange color. Super sweet on the nose. Caramel malt seems to dominate the backbone. Taste is not good. Sweet ... Overly sweet. Too much carbonation. I still haven't had a decent beer from Kansas. I've had bad experiences with both beers from this brewery.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

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