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Offshore Amber Ale | Offshore Ale Company

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Offshore Amber AleOffshore Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Offshore Ale Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 11-24-2001

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 101
Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves a good lace. Light golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy; starts on the hoppy side, finishes crisp and clean with some hoppy aftertaste. Actually brewed by Cottage City Brewing Co. according to the label. Very fresh, found at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA - $1.90 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" white head which quickly disspated to a trace. Slightly hazy amber color. Not a lot of smell other than ver mild malt. Taste is a BMC lager along with a slightly crisp bitter finish and a little malt. All in all a ver average beer, just slightly cool because it's from Martha's Vineyard.

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Photo of deereless
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A light to medium gold with some ruby hues, thin head on a hard pour - 3.00, S: Quite grainy on the nose, sweet corn soup, caramel malts and powdered milk -2.50, T: Though subtle - the hop bite is noticeable, there's a dry grain as well as some toastiness to the palate, also noticeable is a melon-like sweetness and grain husks - 3.00, M: The mouth feel seems to have a slight grittiness to it that lingers - 3.00, D: A pretty average amber - 2.75

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Photo of jlindros
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Partially clear with lots of sediment, amber brown orange color with 1 finger head

N: Very light with some malt and spices

T: Sweet malt and slight earthy marzen taste, its got an extract sweet taste that somewhat ruins the beer, slight nutty and spices, mostly slight malts and nuttiness

M: Mouth is semi light with decent head

F: Finishes pretty dry with some spice and malt, not much for bitterness, more of the extract sweetness

Final thoughts: Not much to this beer, lots of malts, not really any hops, some spices and nutty flavors, not bad for a session beer but the taste is so-so

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Photo of Stimack
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well for the past week we where in Cape Cod so I thought I would pick up a 6'r of this. Brew pours to a amber-golden color with a pretty thick slightly off white head that has good retention and left some nice lace. The aroma is fairly sweet, caramel and toffee. Not much in the way of hops as far as I can tell. The flavor is fair, it seems to be quite a bit sweeter than I like and than I think it should be. Possibly I got an old 6'r because again I am picking up no hops here and I think if they where there they would calm down the sweetness that I don't care for. I will try this brew again, made it through the 6 with out much problem but I will say that I am a little underwhelmed with this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber bodied ale with a foamy off-white head. Decent retention from a good size cap. Random spotty lace.

S- Mostly get a buttery nut brown caramel malt profile. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Mostly malty with toasted nut, butter and caramel hints. Some hops lending earthy and grassy notes. Some fruit flavors (apple). Definite grain and corn as well.

MF- A bit of a foamy, light watery feel with moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Not really what I was expecting but a decent amber ale. More malty than hoppy with some Brown Ale influence.

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Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears as a light amber, clear with a thin white head.

The aroma is pretty traditional for this style. Well-balanced hop/malt smells, however, the hop is not very flowery (like it was created from stale pellets).

The taste is really quite ordinary. Nothing special, nothing offensive--very middle of the road. The malt seems astringent without any of the complexity or fullness that is often present. The swallow is hoppy but quickly dies.

Nuttin' to write home about, but will do in a pinch.

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Photo of RocketFrog
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer poured from a cold bottle into a glass mug. It poured with a somewhat cloudy/hazy coppery color with a light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly but had decent lacing.
The aroma was malt and hops, but was somewhat subdued, even after the beer had warmed a bit. The flavor continued to have a hoppy, citrus aspect. I detected a somewhat bitter finish. This wasn't unpleasant, but gave it an almost brown ale kick.
Mouthfeel was good, not too rich, but full on the tongue.
While nothing really stood out to me about this beer, it was pleasant and complemented the steak I drank it with.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a light amber appearance with a small, but pretty thick, head and eventual lacing. Slightly smoked but minimal in power aromas of malt and spice were the main smells I could pick up. The taste had a surprising citrus taste to it, but it mostly had an average caramel-like spice kick to it. The body was good though; a solid medium body allowed it to be pretty refreshing. Overall, it had some promise but was a bit too average.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellowish-orange with a rocky, creme-colored head that slowly settles to a creamy cap and tight lace. Lightly sweet honey and cocoa. Sweetened hot chocolate, really. In the flavor the malt is dominant with a toffeeness and the hops offer a nutmeg-like spicing and earthy character. The finish has a surprising roasty bitter feel in the mouth like coffee. Medium body and carbonation. Decently drinkable.

Overall a respectable beer that seems to walk the tightrope of non-offensiveness. The flavor leaves something to be desired for me, but such is the norm for most amber ales.

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Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head along with some yeast floaters. The aroma is average. It has a light pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light and almost watery pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with a slight hop presence. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average amber/red ale. It has some malt taste, but nothing really impressive. It drinks well and finishes clean.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brewfan!

Pours a deep copper/amber. Fairly good, white head about 1/2" tall. Moderate retention. Looks like a decent beer.

Aroma is malty. Not huge. Some good roasted grain on the whiff. Light touches of fruit. Not really floral and no sign of hops.

Flavor is pretty good. Malty and sweet. Not much bitterness to speak about. A very drinkable beer. Nice and smooth on the palate and not offensive in any way. Not a bad beer after a long day.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown bronze nice one finger head leaving decent lacing.

S: Very light maly with some spice. Nothing too overpowering.

T: Sweet malt and hearty bread taste. Sweet taste linger and moves to more of a nutty taste to finish.

M: Medium body beer decent carbonation, well balanced.

O: Was an alright Amber, nothing special here good beer, nothing to go out and rush to purchase.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, an extra in a trade from brewfan

appearance: i like the little history lessons on the offshore bottles, cliche but interesting...pours into a sweetwater pint glass, body is a hazy orange-amber colour, constant bubbling, light cream lace left behind

smell: light and crisp, sweet toasted malt, light brittish hopping, light floral touch

taste: I should note that this bottle froze a little bit in the fridge somehow and then returned to normalcy...interesting amber - moderate bitterness, "a little salty", citrus euro-hops, toasted caramel malt...just like the IPA, this beer is odd, unfortunately not in as good of a way

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, odd salty feel, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clean amber color with slow carbonation and a nice white head that fills out the glass. Smells of sweet malts and floral hops - slightly doughy. Medium body in the mouth, malty with a dry hop bitterness - full flavored. Goes down without effort - smooth yet dry.

There's kind of a dry, chalkiness to this amber which keeps it from being great, but still there is enough flavor to make this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Ct River Brew Fest: This one poured an amber color with some off white head. The aroma was good. There was some malt sweetness, as well as a hint of floral to the nose. The taste is pretty good. Somewhat malty, with a touch of spiciness and a hint of dryness in the finish. A decent amber. This goes down well.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly basic, but tasty, amber ale overall. This one seems to be brewed for bottles just to get the name out there for the brewpub, and it works. I'm inclined to visit the place the next time I'm in the area to sample some fresh brews on tap. Anyway...

This one pours a nice amber colour with a medium sized creamy looking head.

The smell is a bit sweet, a bit hoppy and far maltier than I expected. There's a hint of a rubber-ish smell in there as well that I found to be a bit out of place, but couldn't deny its presence.

The flavour is more of the same from the smell. There's more of a European/British feel/flavour to this one as it is more malt than hop. A juicy sweetness is preseet in the front and finish of this one along with some caramel notes in the middle.

While maybe a touch thin, the body is just about right for the style.

Overall, this was a tasty brew that showed me this place could make solid brews, and enticed me to try some more of their stuff. Will it blow you away? Nope, but I don't think that's what they're going for. Its a safe, flavourful amber.

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Photo of IceAce
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze?) medium copper body with a full finger of creamy light tan foam. Head retention is very good and is aided by my beer-clean English-style pint glass with engraved nucleation pints on the bottom.

Nose is crisply malty...slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness. Entry is smooth with just-right carbonation caressing the tongue. Midtaste showcases the malt with an underlying biscuit flavor and a mouthfeel which comes across as just a tad thin.

The finish begins with a clean, crisp hop bite and a slow pale malt fade. Clean and easy drinking...a definite session brew.

Many thanks to brewfan for getting this little gem into my hands!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of PPoitras
Pours a light amber color with a huge (2-3 finger) off white head. Lacing is nice, but head retention is a little lacking.
Smell is a little fruity, some apple, citrus, are noticible. There is a bit of breadiness, and perhaps some caramel. There is a bit of hops as well.
Taste is very fruity, some hop bitterness, and a bit of breadiness. This could just be me, but his one is even a little bit (very little) sour. Which isn't a bad thing for this beer, I think it works.
Overall, a decent, quenching Amber ale.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep red amber color, almost warm brown, with nice head. Smell is overwhelming spice floral and fruit. Tastes very peppery dry with fruit. Very spiced and bittersweet. Interesting mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This beer is Fall.

Lots of flavor, but maybe a little to spiced for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with touches of white foam. Almost clearls completely.

Sweet caramel and toffee smell. Light sweet taste, sweet finish. Little to no hop back. Same in the taste.

Good carbonation. Nice easy drinking amber ale, unremarkable.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber with a tan head that all but dissappears pretty quickly. toasted and caramel faintly grainy malt aromas with a touch of herbal cut-grass hops. the taste mirrors the smell, with more pronounced caramel. medium body with pretty strong carbonation. drinkability is good, it would be a pleasure to knock back a few of these. i'm not a huge fan of the style, due to it's... sort of lack of distinctiveness, but this is a good beer and a good example of the style.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:


Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bubbly off white ocean froth head, sporadic stickage shows good retention as well. Bright and clean leathery amber color.

Smell: Malt sweetness, toasted husk. Faint fruitiness off of a pretty clean nose.

Taste: A tad juicy from the yeast, maltiness all around with only a single handed hop bitterness to try and swat the malt and keep it in check. Toasted grain and husk linger middle to finish. Ends semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body, a little slick on the tongue.

Notes: A decent run of the mill amber ale, I’d have no problem knocking back a few.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed by Cottage City Brewing Co. Oak Bluffs, MA under special agreement Portland, ME.

5251B - 119:17 inkjetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Pours vibrantly with a clouded copper body topped with a towering head of small and medium sand colored bubbles that left thick stands of lacing. Loads of active carbonation streams. The smell is slightly sweet and a bit fruity, soft mild hops are also there, but in the background. The taste is much of the same moderate malt sweetness up front with a gentle hop finish. There is a touch of nuttiness popping up. Medium bodied and with middling carbonation. Perfectly serviceable and enjoyable.

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Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rather nice amber witha decently thick off white head.

Aroma: Caramel malts, sublte brwon bread, bits of citrus eminating from the hops. Way in the back is a twinge of carob.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel with a light sticky texture. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, small amounts of citrus fruits. It's fairly malt forward the hops are simply there to give it a little bit of balance.

Notes: Tasty all the way around. Cheers.

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