Trouble Brewing Amber Ale | World Brews

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Trouble Brewing Amber AleTrouble Brewing Amber Ale

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 28
Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of spicy hops, adjunct, pale malt, grass, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, adjunct, hint of spicy hops, slight ,and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, decent feel, but body, blend, and aroma are dominated by adjunct.

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Photo of BoerBeer
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Of all these WallyWorld "craft" brews, this is the best, but that's not saying much. Taste like a huge brewer decided to make a craft beer. Lacks overall in every way. Still, better than bud,mill,coor's! Good for the price if you can't spend $9.99/ 6 pack.
12 pack of mixed was $12. And change.

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Photo of Radome
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12 oz can that was part of a Trouble Brewing mixed 12-pack.

Bright copper to light amber color is exceptionally clear. Head is off-white and virtually non-existent. Bready malt with some darkfruit and just a tiny hint of roasted grain in the aromas, with no hops or yeast character. Flavor are vaguely grainy with only a bit of graham cracker sweetness that seems to come from caramel malt. No hops or other flavors. Medium body; moderate to light carbonation; light hops bitterness.

Overall a drinkable but forgettable amber ale.

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

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

--Betrand Russell

Sun-splashed orange peel with butternut squash accents and a modest-sized lid that is somewhere between ecru and ivory in color. The featureless foam shrinks without fanfare, leaving the pint glass virtually untouched. Not a rousing start.

The aroma doesn't impress in either a positive or a negative direction. It features mildly sweetened toasted grains... and that's about it. Maybe the brewers should have added more than a 'hint of hops'.

Amber Ale is just about as exciting on the taste buds as its name would suggest. Not the Trouble Brewing part, but the Amber Ale part. No major missteps doesn't make up for an absence of positives. Looks like we might get average scores right down the line.

Even though there isn't an abundance of barley, the flavor profile is malt-dominant. Then again, what should one reasonably expect at only 4.7%. It tastes like the malts include pale, crystal and Munich. There's a balancing amount of hop flavor and bitterness, but the former isn't distinctive enough for guesses to be made. Nothing starting with 'C' though.

A cleaner yeast strain (or more talented brewers) and more hops would have helped. The mouthfeel is decent for the ABV. It doesn't descend into wateriness on the finish and the carbonation is neither too lazy nor too boisterous.

The trouble with Trouble Brewing Amber Ale is not that the negative side of the ledger only has a few entries, it's that the positive side is... <crickets chirping>. Sorry, this World Brews brew is not worth your trouble. Not even at $1.50 for a single.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Marketed as a "craft beer" that uses "the choicest hops, cereal and the finest barley malt." A reminder that this is a beer, we guess.

Clear amber with some lacing from the active carbonation, an easy target for all. Added caramel in the nose? Crisp malt bite, thin up front start to finish, but the flavor is there. Dry, dusty husk and a quick splash of caramel that adds a sweet element. Aside from bitterness, the hops are set on mute. Clean with a light husky aftertaste.

For an easy-drinking, run-of-the-mill Amber Ale, the price points need to be there, mean- ing this has to be one of those $4.99 six-packs or the value won't be there.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle clear amber gold with half inch of rich off-white head.

Sweet malty aroma with light grain notes.

The taste is overly sweet malts and not much else.

Lighter bodied and we with a bland carbonation.

Nothing special here. Just your average amber.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.76/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like beer, smells like beer, tastes like beer...good!!

This is another "forgettable" but good ale to try. I wasn't disappointed by the head or the lacing..that stuff is low on my totem pole.
The smell is a little just didn't register much.
The taste is straight forward "ALE", nothing fancy or exotic. Having a case of these waiting to be drunk would constitute no sort of a burden on my part, believe me.
I think this is good beer.

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Photo of biggred1
2.3/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear, golden with a fizzy, dirty white head that quickly shrinks to a skim and leaves a few blobs of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet green apple and herbal hop notes. This is a lame excuse for a "small batch craft beer" as denoted on the label..pretty much what I would expect from a Sam's club/Wal-mart house brand. Sweet and adjuncty with green apple skin, buttery popcorn and faint herbal hop bitterness. Watery and highly carbonated. This is a pretty bad beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured light amber/red with one-two fingers of off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose started with trace of sweet malt. Taste was overly sweet, malty, off-balanced with very little hop. The whole beverage was off. I found it hard to finish.

Purchased as an 18 pack at a wholesale club purely based on 'a something different' whim. Bad decision. I still have 12 bottles as my friends will accept no more.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light amber color with a thin head and nil lace. I only smell the sweet malts and some light earthiness. taste of sweet malts and light hops ending a little to sweet for my palate. Mouthfeel is medium - light with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, just a little rich for my palate to be a session

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Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not real good. I get some earthy hops as well as some grain notes. The flavor is grain and earthy hops. The beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clearish red tinted hue with a fizzy two-finger head that died quickly and left no lace. The smell has hints of sweet malt but there is a sharp, almost pungent hopiness that is a little off. Unfortunately, the taste is no better. There was some mild sweetness but it had a burnt edge to it and was very bready to the point that it was husky and dry. Coupled with barely there hops this beer is off balanced and just off. It is worthy of its price but not a red I will want to try again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Seems this is a Sam's Club exclusive, as a buddy's wife picked up a half case. 12 oz bottle pours a very clear dark golden color with a thick cap of white head. Retention is above average and lacing is plentiful. Decent looking beer, but a bit light in color.

Smell is a bit of sweet caramely malts, but surprisingly sparse. There is quite a bit of melted butter on the nose and not even the faintest whiff of hops.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side without much hop balancing. Creamed corn and butter flavors are abound. Has a bit of a creamy feel to it, similar to Genesee cream ale. Has a few hints of caramel and burnt toast. This is just not a very good beer, I would not recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This case of beer caught my eye at Sam's Club because of it's low cost and the fact the beer is advertised as a small batch craft brew. I love trying new craft beers, so I thought "why not"!

Color - The beer poured crystal clear with a very light amber tone. Medium off-white head dissolved quickly with no lacing.

Aroma - Sweet malty scent with a hint of light hops.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavily carbonated. Crisp and very easy to drink.

Flavor - Pretty light inital taste. Sweet but watery. The flavor really kicks in once it hits the back of your pallet. Malty brown sugar is present, along with a very mild trace of hops.

For an amber, this beer is very easy to drink. It's a bit light for my taste, at least if I was in the mood for an amber. Although it tastes like an amber, it drinks like a red lager. Will do well on a hot day.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of amber colored, but almost more of a blush color; kinda wimpy looking for the style; no real head formation and certainly no retention

A little sweet but also kind of DME-y--vegetal smell I get off macro lagers

Taste & Mouthfeel
Light and clean beer; not a whole lot of flavor through front and mid-palate, some flavor comes in the finish of sweetness kind of like light brown sugar or honey or light syrup; just the faintest touch of hops; crisp texture and light body; goes down easily

An extremely light amber ale. Good intro beer for beginners and could be really enjoyable on a hot day, but a little too light for my liking.

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Photo of matjack85
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a contract brewed beer made exclusively for Sam's Club. I've only seen it in cases of 18 12oz bottles for $18.99 a case, so they basically run about $1.05 per bottle.

The beer pours a perfectly clear light brown amber color that makes about a 1½ finger off-white head that fizzes down to nothing in about 30 seconds. Mine left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer has a light malt and sweet brown sugar smell to it and not much else.

Sweet, malty flavor, maybe caramel malt, but nothing else. It's really light but highly carbonated. Overall it's a pretty simple beer. Very easy to drink with mild alcohol (just 4.7%), but nothing to get excited about.

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Trouble Brewing Amber Ale from World Brews
2.91 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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