Amber Ale
Roscoe's Hop House

Amber AleAmber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,167
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #48,262
Avg:
3.16 | pDev: 16.46%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
64
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Roscoe's Hop House
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apr 13, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Sep 13, 2015
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droomyster from Virginia

3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Jul 13, 2014
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chris1919 from Florida

2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Mar 31, 2013
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aug 22, 2015
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Nov 11, 2014
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BryanCarey from Texas

2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Jun 23, 2014
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5thOhio from South Carolina

2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Oct 19, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada

3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Feb 15, 2013
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Aug 02, 2014
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rwrk42 from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Jan 09, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Aug 08, 2012
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dasunder from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Sep 26, 2012
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jeffjeff1 from California

3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Mar 13, 2011
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OldTime from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Jun 19, 2012
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Oct 21, 2013
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kjkinsey from Texas

3/5  rDev -5.1%

May 30, 2014
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Polycarp from Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Jul 09, 2011
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Bigtwin from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 14, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Sep 23, 2012
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bbb099 from California

2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, sickly, light copper color. Moderate amount of white colored head. Average retention.

S - Pale malt aroma. Mild breadiness.

T - Weakly caramel malt flavor accompanied by some unpleasant light tanginess that lingers in your mouth. Unlike the description, I tasted no "hint of hops".

M - Average carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Way too watery.

D - It is drinkable in the same way that bud light is drinkable: it tastes like a mildly flavored water. I would avoid drinking this beer unless the other option is a light beer.

Feb 17, 2011
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digitalflood from New York

2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Feb 12, 2014
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jun 18, 2011
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hopkrid from Florida

3.32/5  rDev +5.1%

Oct 22, 2014
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edfish from Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jul 04, 2013
Amber Ale from Roscoe's Hop House
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 64 ratings