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

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Added by matjack85 on 01-02-2010

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Grocery Outlet in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 9, 2017
Consumed: Nov. 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American Amber / Red Ale
Misc.: No canned on date; Can read 4.5 pct. ABV

First time I’d ever seen this brewery in stores. The term brewery is used loosely as it is World Brews out of Novato, Calif., even though the can says Rochester, N.Y. (I know there is some relation there). Anyway, saw the Cat’s Away IPA for $2.99 for a 6-pack, then saw this variety 12-pack (also a pale ale, amber and witbier) for just $5.99. Had to pounce on it even though I knew each would probably be average. After the After Party Pale Ale (2.74), was onto this one called Red Flag Amber.

Poured an amber-to-medium amber clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled plum, caramel, honey, Cheerios, citrus zest, bready malts, toasty grain, hints of purple grape lightly toasted toffee and hints of menthol. Almost like an ESB, which I understand can be close. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste followed the nose. Honey Nut Cheerios, caramel, plum, toasty grain and light brown sugar. Not a lot going on, but really that’s OK here. (Taste - 3.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt clean finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was much better than I thought it would be for the style. Nothing too special, but entirely drinkable and just 50 cents per can. (Overall - 3.25)

3.32 | 76 | B-

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Photo of jettjon
2.54/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a can bought as a “Trouble Brewing” variety pack at Wal-Mart. Into a pint glass, pale amber/reddish gold color with small amount of precipitating carbonation fueling a thin white head that has good sticking power; slight lacing around edges. Nose of bready malt and not much else. In the mouth, caramel-buttery-bready flavor, pleasantly understated. Watery, slightly thin mouth feel. Overall, nothing spectacular, but fairly solid amber ale. Not as flavorful as some of the other “Trouble Brewing” selections in the variety pack. Would try again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can - part of variety pack:

Pours bright copper with a thin fizzy head. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of steely caramel with a light earthy tone. Mild.

The taste is of sweet caramel with some melon. The body is on the thin side. Abrupt finish with some fizz.

It's okay to decent. A mild, basic, malt-leaning amber ale with just enough balance to keep it from being too sweet.

It's very inexpensive. Picked it up at Walmart.

Not a bad basic cheap amber ale.

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Photo of Satorn
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev +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 anon
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Iamjeff6
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NastyNorseman
2.67/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BoerBeer
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jmg480
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Radome
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
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 zeff80
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bushwack
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of One1Asterisk
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sunshine
5/5  rDev +67.8%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -6.7%
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 +26.2%
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 -22.8%
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 -19.5%
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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