Amber Ale | Roscoe's Hop House

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Roscoe's Hop House
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of smcolw
2.86/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Small head that settles to a film of fine bubbles. Good lattice-like lace. Clear and neutrally amber.

For the smell, a cross between Malto, the Hispanic soft drink, and a lightly hopped Amber ale.

While I know this is a "honey" amber, it's way too sweet. It's as if the malt wasn't fermented. This is sweeter than most barley wines, but it doesn't have the alcoholic presence. I'm afraid that I'll be dumping this one.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to yankeepride for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly over average visible carbonation.

S: Sweet bready malts, honey sweetness, a touch fruity esters. There's something here that reminds me almost of a lager. Very clean.

T: Malty, bready, some honey, with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. I'm still getting a touch of fruity esters here. Residual sweetness in the hang.

M: Light-bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: There's not much here to get excited about. It's overall pretty sweet, and not a hop-forward amber at all. But I can't find any particular flaws, unless boring is a flaw. Nothing to refuse if offered, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber in color, crystal clear, with a white foamy head, that showed some sticky side glass lace, and decent but not great retention.
Aroma; Not much here. Cold metal and earth, and a scent of sweet honey.
Taste: a little bit of roasted malts, and bread. Sweet up front from the honey. Mild citrus hops are faint.

Decent thirst quencher.

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Photo of droomyster
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper body with a small head with good retention. Aromas of wheat bread, lots of toastiness, and sweet butterscotch. All of these notes come through on the palate, which is super sweet from start to finish. There's a bit of a dead leafy hoppiness but it does not sufficiently balance the malts to make me want to reach for a second bottle. The "amber" label suggested something less sweet and more balanced than this beer delivered.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light tan in color and with a honey- sweet, bready nose, this beer pours from its bottle with crystal clear clarity. The foam is okay at first, but plummets quickly. It still manages to leave a small amount of lace but the appearance is a little lackluster overall.

This beer has a flavor that follows its nose. There are tastes of honey, sweet grains, and some nuts. The hop component is difficult to pick out and the beer remains sweet from beginning to end. The taste keeps going back to that of honey and there is a certain adjunct flavor that cannot be dismissed.

Roscoe’s Hop House is a new brewery for me. I happen to catch a glimpse of a six pack at a local grocery store and, having never seen nor heard of this brand before, went ahead and grabbed a sixer. I’m a little torn on what I think of this beer because, while I like the taste of honey, there is an artificial character to this beer that I cannot shake off. I also feel that the filtering has been taken to extremes- the clarity is a little too much and I think it takes away from the beer’s potential.

Overall, this is an acceptable beer but not much more.

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Photo of digitalflood
2.57/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale (2013) - 5.5% ABV. Golden honey hue with very active carbonation. Good head upon pour that reduces to strong lacing and hardy retention. Good hoppy ale smell with breaded malt and honey. Light mouthfeel. Quick tanginess on the front palate. Light notes of malt and nutty bread. Faint honey mid-palate. Very wet. Very faint. Back palate very little pronouncement. Extremely light. A slight hop aftertaste with a little more honey and bread. Almost green tea and honey like-- very strange. No real bite or flavor. Fairly disappointing. Very drinkable, but only because it's like water and not because there's something of enjoyable substance. 2.5 out of 5. Poor. Not recommended.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 2-finger off-white head over a transparent body of amber, moderate to high amount of visible carbonation

S - faint grainy (corn?) smell with a slight honey sweetness

T - adjunct grainy flavor up front with a malty sweetness, a grassy bitterness cuts through, grass and honey for a balanced finish

M - medium body, average carbonation

O - The grassy bitter flavor in this one seems a little odd--something is off. Nothing special to see here; move on.

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Photo of edfish
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wondered if this was an off shoot of Genesee? Same place??
Got this because it was 8$ for a 12 pack. That alone is inviting enough!
Nice label
Not much to smell kinda faint bread almost a sweet smell.
Taste, Ah there are those biscuits, sweet almost syrupy biscuits. Definately a red amber.
Decent mouthfeel just average.
Decent beer best served colder I had one at 45 degrees and one about 38 and was much more paletable. Nothing special about this brew. But great for the price.

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Photo of chris1919
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Ambers aren't my favorite style but even for an amber the best word for this beer is bland. Drank it from a bottle but poured a bit out just to look at appearance. Even in the small glass I used there was barely a head. The best thing I can say about it is that I was able to drink it all down.
Had similar thoughts on this brewer's Pale Ale and Belgian White and I won't be drinking any of their stuff again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. One more in an unnecessarily long line of seemingly duplicated brews from Genesee Brewing Company, brought to we in Alberta in the most obfuscated manner by the Liquor Depot monopoly chain of mostly underwhelming booze emporia.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me the minor willies, only if there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

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Photo of fischerking
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale from Rochester, NY.

This beer had an extremely sweet finish with a taste of honey, not much carbonation. Sweet amber ale. Not a big fan of the taste.

I drank it out of a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/17/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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Photo of 5thOhio
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium copper color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing. A third of the way through the glass, there was absolutely no head residue or lacing.

Aroma was malt with some other note in the background that I couldn't quite make out since it faded quickly. Maybe bread?

Taste is malty with a mildly sweet unbalanced finish. Not much in the way of hop profile. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

I've had good Ambers, like Troegs Hopback, but this isn't one of them. Fortunately, this was given to me so I'm not out any money on it. I honestly wouldn't buy one and, if offered one, I'd ask if I had another choice. If you're not big into hops you might like it. Better than an American Adjunct Lager (aka BMC) is the best I can say about this beer.

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Photo of LongTrailer
2.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a foamy white 2 finger head that fades to a thin sheet within a few minutes. Some weak lacing sticks around until the head dies down.

S - Not much in the way of aroma, in fact it's nearly undetectable. Some light biscuity malts and a cooked corn aroma is all that comes through.

T - Basic sweet caramel maltiness with a lager-y adjunct flavor on the back end; no real hop or honey flavor. The taste is balanced fairly heavily on the malty side and the bitterness just barely registers.

M - Soft, medium-low carbonation. Medium-light body. Decent mouthfeel but a stronger carbonation would be nice and probably would help improve some other aspects of this beer.

O - For an amber ale, I'd say the only place this beer really shines is with it's looks. Perfect embodiment of that amber color, but the flavors just aren't cutting it enough to make this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a thin, light, bright, caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of floral, esthers, and a slight sugary sweetness. Not overly inviting. Flavors of sugary sweetness, slight toasting, and a tangy characteristic. Jumbled, watered down mess. Sweet and watery aftertaste, with a weak, slick finish. Not good.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle on August 7, 2012.

It pours a medium amber with a lot of carbonation but very little head emerging from those bubbles.

The aroma tends to be grainy, buttery, and maybe even including a little light honey. Hops are faint.

The body is thin and just a little better than watered down.

The taste also has a grainy character but the honey seems a tad more noticeable in the flavor. Hops are simmering around in the background.

It looked good but this was a weak amber ale in the long run.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this one - quite an average beer. By no means bad, it's easy to drink and moderately pleasant to the palate. It just doesn't stand out in any way. Also, for being a brewery called "Roscoe's Hop House," where are all the hops? This is a pretty malty, sweet amber. I don't have a problem with this, I was just expecting the Hop House to be a purveyor of all things hops.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: very clear yet hazy copper/brown colored body, a one finger white fizzy head appears for about a half minute before it dies. Initially, there is a ton of carbonation rising rapidly to the top. It eventually slows down. Some light spotty lacing speckles the glass.

S: some corn, and caramel and backed up back some malts. There isn't much else of anything.

T: basically the same.

M: very thin and crisp and also pretty harsh on the tongue.

O: this isn't a spectacular beer, but it is not a bad beer. I'll probably end up finishing off the six pack, pouring it into some brats to soak or maybe even hand off a couple to my friends to see what they think.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: A clear copper color with some nice head
Smell: Sweet caramel malt with some faint hops in the background
Taste: A sweet taste with some caramel maltiness and a bit of honey. Hops very faint and not very apparent. Light carbonation
An okay Amber Ale

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Photo of 4thmedbn
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very clear, pale copper. Little head whatsoever. Upon opening, I could tell there wasn't much pressure. Just a light hiss, which i would expect from an aged strong ale of some sort, but not from this style of beer.

S - Immediately felt that I was getting notes of corn or some other adjunct. Very little malt aroma. A really watery sort of character. Almost light lager-esque.

T - Again, light lager, corn, etc. Pretty light bodied in terms of flavor intensity. Starting to seem very much like a beer that was meant to be unnecessarily accessible to people who are used to more mass produced beers.

M - Very thin, and I finally notice that there is carbonation, despite all other indicators. Crisp, and reminiscent of numerous summer beers that I've come across.

O - Not crazy about it. It's just too light for something claiming to be an Amber Ale, and there are too many good examples of a beer in this range, that it's unnecessary to drink this stuff. If you're on a fishing trip in the middle of nowhere and this is the most premium beer you can find, it can pass, but otherwise, you're probably better off with any of your decent locally produced beers.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber red with a nice bumpy head that doesn't completely disappear.

S: Floral notes, some hops and bread

T: Caramel, citrus, tangy sweet pine. Clean yeast finish.

M: A little bit of airy carbonation which helps the flavors really come out. Not a thick brew. Easily drinkable.

O: A well balanced amber ale. A bit on the tangy sweet side, but overall very good.

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Photo of Polycarp
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber, light goes through it with no haziness, head began thick but dissipated quickly to nothing

Smell - sweet malt and piney hops

Taste - decently balanced, kinda caramelly with a bit of an oak flavor to it at the end, rounds out pretty well to a decent finish

Mouthfeel - Even, not too thin, a bit sticky on the finish

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Photo of NorCalBiker
4.63/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours out a darker yellow, with a full head.

S: Its aroma is a light,sweet honey, wisp of malt

T-M: The taste is very mild, refreshing; medium carbonation, a light sweetness, some very soft malts and finishes exceptionally well.No bitter after taste.

This is a very good Amber. I have offered this amber to friends who don't typically drink amber ales. All of them have enjoyed the great taste and soft finish provided by this amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark yellow, copper color with a fizzy head.

S: Its aroma is potent with sweet honey which is most welcome, but there’s little else.

T/M: The taste is similar; medium carbonation, honey sweetness, some lingering malts and a little bite in the finish.

It’s a lot like most ambers where this beer seems confused as to whether it’s a pale ale or some darker, but it has a nice honey sweetness that sets it apart from a lot of others. It’s probably the best amber I’ve ever had. That’s not saying much.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Meijer's for $7.99 a 6 pk or 13.99 a 12 pk

a very light amber color with a 1/2 head that disapates quickly

slightly yeasty odor

taste was breadish and slightly sweet

mouthfeel was soft and very drinkable, can easily down a 12 oz glass in 4 swollows.

overall slightly above average, good with a sandwich or pizza. Might be that the yeasty odor is disguised by the bread in the food. I try to keep a 6 pack around.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this at a Save Mart in Carson City.

Appearance- coppery, reddish color, thin head

Smell-sweet malt

Taste- malt, That's all I could taste.

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I would probably drink it again but I probably won't.

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