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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Added by bbb099 on 02-17-2011

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by 5thOhio:
Photo of 5thOhio
2.82/5  rDev -11%
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 -21.5%
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 nstroup
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
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 puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -5%
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 utvol
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyKemka
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of TeddyStriker
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jtyson
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Vlaminck
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of dasunder
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of beoirific
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hopkrid
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Bigtwin
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of smcolw
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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 GarthDanielson
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
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 fischerking
2.28/5  rDev -28.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Amber Ale from Roscoe's Hop House
Beer rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 64 ratings