Aberrant Amber
People's Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #140
Ranked #17,581
4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
People's Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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Photo of dmgeng
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the brewery since I typically like American amber ales.

A - Nice amber color. Strong egg-shell white head with moderate lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with some american hops. Has a predominant "ale" yeast character but could be due to the grain.

T - Strong malty sweetness with notes of caramel and light hops. Some of the green hops are there but is malt heavy. Not really a strong flavor component to the hops maybe a herbal character is the best descriptor but definitely not full citrus or floral. It is a decent representative of the style with the caramel sweetness but I really prefer the citrus hops jumping out and this doesn't really have that.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. Stronger mouth-feel holds the sweetness and overall flavors in place. Not a very clean drinking beer but not too cloying.

Overall, a good beer if you prefer Ambers over pale ales or darker beers. This is definitely not a go-to for me that the brewery but sometimes it could be a crave-able beer. The caramel tone is a desirable flavor and would be a very nice change of pace for anyone stuck in a rut.

Glass- Pint

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep red with slight head and good lacing.

S - Caramal malts and citrus/grapefruit.

T - Wow this is where this shines. Very bitter hops up front, mellowing out into nice caramel, bready tones and finishing with a nice dry bitter taste.

M - Decent thickness and well carbonated for the style.

D - I could (and have) put down multiple ones in one session. There are many different things going on this beer that the bitterness of the hops doesn't get too overpowering.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap....

A- Pours a deep crimson red color. One finger light tannish head shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts seem to give this aroma most of the underbody with light citrus and bitter hops come through in the backing. A simple aroma profile but it works very well for this beer.

T- Caramel malts upfront with hints of earthy tastes to it. The start of this is like a charged up red ale. I like it. Hops come through next with a light bitterness to them also packing a nice grapefruit like flavor. The ending of the beer is more caramel bready malts with a little something else to give off a light earthy flavor. Hops in the ending are bitter and a little in your face.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet malts bready malts left on the palate with hints of grapefruit. Aftertaste is light alcohol, sweet malts, and bitter hops. this beer is balanced actually very nicely. No off flavors were present whic lead to a more enjoyable mouthfeel. Medium-light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- A nice drinking red ale. While this is not one of my favorite styles I would go and pick this up if I could. Low ABV means drinking more than a pint of this is very likely.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes I just found

A - dark ruby red, about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing

S - some caramel malts, hops

T - pretty damn hoppy at front, some sweet malt in the middle, nice bitter finish.  The hopping is really good throughout, good shit.

M - good amount of carb, kinda chewy for an amber

D -very drinkable, I really enjoy the hops in it

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update 4/23/2011
People's aberrant amber is as close to an alpha king clone I've tasted. Just a tad sweeter, towards a Founder's Reds Rye-PA, well within the deep dark mahogany ales the Midwest is rocking and delivering as a regional specialty to rival the west coast IPA craze. Best of the people's products, and a dialed in recipe that shouldn't be tinkered with too much. Delectable, really, at 5.5%. This is either a slightly tweaked recipe from the one I reviewed in July or it was a fresher keg.

Original 7/30/2010 review
The Amber seems the most technically accurate and true to the style tradition of the beers I tried while at People's. The amber was, not surprising, red-brown and nicely bitter with three-quarters of an inch of tan/red tinged lingering head. There was a trace of lace in the glass, reflecting the spicy finish from the hops. Some trace of black pepper in the finish. Overall, a really welcome surprise and great addition to the local beer scene. No one nearby is brewing a competing amber/red. And I'd love to try a really hopped up version; perhaps something rye on the order of Founders Rye or Cain & Abel? Really nicely done.

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Photo of Brettster
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure what the tap room would be like at People's as I pulled up. To my surprise the bar was quite inviting.

Now on to the beer. People's Amber is excellent. Pours a very nice clear red with a short head, but nice lacing. Low to medium carbonation. Has a nice hop aroma. Has a tasty malty profile at the beginning and a great hop bite at the end.

These folks make some delicious beer. I would stop by a couple nights a week if I were only closer.

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

54 IBUs, brewed with Centennial, dry hopped (!) with Armarillo.

Growler poured at the brewery--but I should probably say a word or two about that.

This is a very, very charming operation these guys got going here. It's a brewery, not a brewpub, and so it's located in an industrial zone. (If you're local, it's right next to the Tick Tock restaurant, around the CityBus station, off of Greenbush and Canal. It's a split warehouse with the People's Brewing truck parked out front. They're on the side farthest from the Tick Tock.)

The place is *new*. It smells like Home Depot. There's no decor on the walls. That will all eventually change, but right now it lends a wonderful, scrappy ethos to the place. These guys--thank god--are primarily brewers, not restauranteers.

As for the beer itself, the only other dry-hopped amber I recall having is Rogue's Saint Rogue Red. Like Rogue's beer, this one's profile is less hazy and heady than your average red. It's also much more crimson.

Smells like a nice hop profile, but it's missing the earthy, rusty malt profile you get from smaller reds. The chinook overwhelms the centennial but that's okay since chinook is awesome.

Tastes much more complex and balanced, much reddier. Earthy malts up front, moving quickly into a bitterdry hop that picks up some nodes of grapefruit as it goes along before fading into a blend of peat and bread dough yeast. Very good.

An excellent beer, though Rogue's probably wins by a hair because of its superior yeast profile. At any rate, I now live in a town with a brewer whose beer can be fairly compared to Rogue's, and that's a dream come true.

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Aberrant Amber from People's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 11 ratings