Angel Creek Amber Ale | Ruby Mountain Brewing

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Angel Creek Amber AleAngel Creek Amber Ale
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Angel Creek Amber AleAngel Creek Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Ruby Mountain Brewing
Nevada, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reddish copper in color, our Amber is brewed with a blend of Pale, Crystal and Munich malts. The slightly weet, roasted flavor of the malts is balanced with ample additions of Cascad and Centennial hops, producing a classic American style Amber Ale.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-21-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Split between Wisemen Nick and Zach; poured into two separate pint glasses.

Appearance: Didn't realize there would be yeast in the bottom of this one, so one glass has a clear body and the other has a cloudy one. A thin, sticky halo sits on top and drags spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, citrus and other fruits (orange, passion fruit, and tangerine), bready yeast, spice, and hops. A fairly complex aroma for an amber, but a very sugary one as well (a little over-the-top IMO).

Taste: Brief caramel and other malt flavors are quickly followed by a tart, fruity twang. Finishes crisp and a bit hoppy. Big malt backbone reestablishes itself in the aftertaste. Kind of an odd progression, with not a whole lot of continuity.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin feel with some good malt chewiness and a crisp finish. Carbonation is kinda low. Too watery.

Drinkability: Easy to drink for sure, but overall boring. Pretty sweet too, but not to a point where it's difficult to finish. A decent starter amber, but definitely not special.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: What a great looking head off of this brew, nice sticky lace as well. Mild chill haze in the reddish amber hue.

Smell: Good malting in the nose, hints of caramel and toasted grain with a faint hoppy and estery aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slick malty mouth feel, moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Quite malty with a lightly astringent caramel malt flavour throughout. An oily hop flavour and bitterness is a bit meek on the palate, more toasted grain comes through middle to end with a semi-sweet finish.

Notes: A decent American amber ale, a good candidate for a session style brew. Worth the try if you are an amber ale junkie.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of CWVegas
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin head that was quickly non-existent on top of a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is faint with lemon and pine.
The taste is moderately lemon bitter with a touch of malt sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An average ale, but at ABV 5% it's something you could have a few of.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of charlesw
2.11/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours clear enough, but I'm going to call the color muddy anyway. If that bothers you, well, great. Success!
Anyway, it pours this muddy orange color with a medium, off white and verra, verra dense head. Still, a couple of minutes and it's easing back into the glass. Dinged for the orange tinge and the lightness of the color.
It smells grand. A nice fall day (somewhere that the trees lose their leaves - it's about 50 degrees out and clear. Just a touch of wind) with maybe a touch of a wheat field on a hot, dry day thrown in.
I'm glad I gave it good points for smell before tasting it. Blech. Apricot juice, or something like it, and a really bitter middle of the tongue bite. Finishes quickly (thankfully!) and evenly. Dinged for the horrible flavor.
It's a bit thin in the mouth - a bit much carbonation.
As for drinkability, well, I'm dumping it out!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up first this afternoon is another new Nevada beer for me. This one from an all together new brewer as well. I like a good amber ale in the afternoon so I went straight at this one. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2009.

The pour was straight forward. Dark amber, with a hint of brown on the sides. Nice clarity with some carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent head of white across the top faded quickly leaving it bare with no side lacing.

The aroma was nice. Sweet bready malts, hints of light grain and a touch of an earthy, grass like hop note. Nothing terribly complex, but not terrible either. Smooth flavor here, clean, crisp, almost refreshing save for the medium feel that kept it from being too light. Simple bready malt flavor with a somewhat disguised hop profile that gave it only a touch of bitter in the finish. Still, rather easy to drink and not a bad beer at all.

I would have no issue again with this one were it local. Seemed to be a solid amber ale, definitely above average.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

The pour left me with very little head, pretty much non-existant. What little head was left quickly collected on the outer rim of the glass. This amber ale had a rusty, orange color to it and also had some haze to it. The smell of hops is very evident; plenty of citrus accents the aroma. I couldn't detect much malt at first, but after a few whiffs I picked up quite a bit more. This beer had very little flavor to it. It tastes like a watered-down version of most other ambers. I can't get this beer in my area, but even if I could I doubt I could see myself drinking it often. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, but there are so many better alternatives.

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Photo of st9647v3
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of crashtech
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm new at this and poorly qualified to write a detailed review, but I keep coming back to this amber. For those who like the malt to be slightly out in front of the hops, this is a good easy to drink choice along the lines of Fat Tire, but a bit more sessionable. Goes well with barbecue and the smell of sagebrush.

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Photo of tar
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the six pack I purchased in Ely Nevada following a few weeks of field work (collecting fossils and rocks) in Utah and Nevada. My review, as recorded in my notes, may be slightly effected by heat, heavy packs, and a lack of beer other than Tecate, PBR, and Keystone for about two weeks. The Angel Creek Amber poured a nice amber/brown-red color with a thick foamy head. Some lacing persisted on the glass throughout consumption. A sweet malty aroma was present and was very inviting (but keep in mind the above disclaimer). The taste was somewhat malty with a hint of hops. The sweetness in the aroma was present in the taste as well--not sickly sweet, but very pleasant. A buttery flavor also came through, especially in the finish. This beer went down very smooth and was very drinkable. Overall a very nice beer and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of KoG
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper body and a pretty dense head that fades away and lightly laces.

Smell is flowery hops and some light malt backend.

Tastes piney and citric with a light caramel malt finish atop a grainy canvas.

Goes down alright though a bit astringent, not my choice of Amber Ale but I'll give it another go in the future.

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Photo of wertperch
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink this amber with hummingbirds. Not that they will drink much, but you may. It pours a red-gold with a finger of creamy head that slowly settles into lace.

The nose is a sweet malty front, with a little citrus fruit at the back edge, so to speak. It's a refreshing smell without overpowering the senses, a precursor to a neat malty medium-bodied ale, that couples sweet, mild and malty with a little fruity bitterness. The hummingbirds might enjoy the faint floral notes that accompany the first draught, although I enjoyed the refreshing flavour, medium body and pleasantly challenging session ale, down to the last drop.

The brewery were good enough to inform me that the ABV is 5%, making it not only tasty and refreshing, but enjoyable over a few bottles.

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Photo of RLaurel
4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased 2 growlers in April for an eastward sojourn to Philadelphia beer week. I had tasted it at the brewery & felt it would be a hit I'm Philadelphia. I was correct!

It pours clear an the amber coloring is clear all the way through.

It has the taste of a light hop but without a bitter taste afterward. Very smooth.

Although the craft brew aficionados in Philadelphia is primarily a group who have greater appreciation for smoother & sweeter brews, (quads, mai bocks, doubles, vintage ales, and to some extent triples), those who do appreciate the light taste of cascade hops in a brew, loved this one!

I would recommend you try this one! It is a great brew from the watershed of the the Nevada Humbolt Mountains! In my opinion, it is sorely under appreciated for the quality of this beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and slightly hazy amber color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of faint malts, cereal grains, and a brewed tea like smell.

Taste is crisp, slight sweet, grain like, with a light brewed tea flavor. Finish is clean, with a dry earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A nice easy to drink amber ale. Quite sessionable.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the tap at the brewery.

A-Copper with a medium tan head.

S-Nice hints of caramel malt and a slight hoppy nose.

T-Malty up front followed by a slick wave of hops. A bit sweet on the backside.

M-Medium body with a nice lingering bitterness

D-A decent beer almost worthy of a session brew. Not just a malty m'eh amber. Nice hop kick saves this from blandom!

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Photo of Lsmith316
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of dbauer
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head that leaves copious amounts of lace as it descends

Smell: Well-balanced aromatics combining the caramel malt with some earthy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with growing caramel elements that blend with the earthy bitter hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hop flavors add some pith that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad amber at all, though I find the style rather uninteresting

Thanks, jh1982, for the opportunity

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Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of jh1982, poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy beige head that shows great staying power and sticks to the glass well.

The aroma is fairly run-of-the-mill for an amber with lightly toasted caramel malts taking the forefront with a fairly big citrus hop presence that brings a fruity sweetness to the nose.

The taste is much like the aroma and is dominated by light caramel malts and toasted grains. There are hints of hops in the finish, grassy with some citrus, and a slight bitterness through the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and with plenty of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable amber that doesn't bring much unexpected or complex to the table. Not a bad beer, but not a great beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, twist off cap, no freshness date.

This amber ale poured a hazy red amber color with creamy tan (light brown) foam that settled slowly but left some coating and a touch of lace. The smell was pleasant but mild: a touch of caramel malt and some oaky hop aromas. The taste was malty with a bit of caramel, though not sweet, and a hint of chocolate. The hops were balanced, and came through mostly in the finish, and were more prominent as the beer warmed in the glass. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and dry. The body was medium to medium light with modest carbonation feel. There was a pleasant hoppy and malty, dry lingering flavor. This was a very decent amber ale and was very easy to drink. I picked this beer up in Las Vegas without any knowledge about it, but I was attracted by the packaging which noted that this ale had won a silver medal at the 1996 GABF

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Angel Creek Amber Ale from Ruby Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 37 ratings