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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and some fruitiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, tea and some citrus. There’s a decent hops character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is nice ordinary beer that is well-worth drinking for a long time.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, yet bright amber in color, with slim white suds atop.
Aroma, sweet and fruit, prodigious malt.
taste: good intial hop nibble, then all is smoothness, bright and rosy, vinous, even, if I may, full of fruit character, peach and melon, cherry.
Light bodied and cheery, light finish, very breezy, but enjoyable. i can see this as an excellent session brew, something to drink when you're just drinking.
Nice, enjoyable amber ale, no frills, just good.

And cheers to BeerResearcher for gettin' it to me!

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Yesterday's in Newport.

Amber/red body with ashort white head, leaves a little lacing. Smells of sweet amber malts. Taste is a touch fruity and finishes with well-balanced hops. Somewhat comples malts in the middle. It was hard to put this one down. Just a very nice session beer and an excellent amber.

All in all, a somewhat underrated amber. Give it a try, you'll like it.

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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 Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled due to Brewfan's efforts.

Pours a cold hazed amber color almost red, nice pale tan head.

Smell is malty and spicy with a bit of a herbal edge. Bread dough scent with a good toasted edge to it. Faint chocolate and coffee odors.

Taste is malty and toasted whole-wheat bread at the beginning. Good full grain flavors continue through the experience of enjoying this. Hops are herbal in nature and are matched just right with the malt level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pleasant super drinkable ale here. Flavorful and mild with a medium alcohol level make this a natural session beer.

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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 ppoitras
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a clear glass pint mug, formed a 1/2" light beige head on top of a slightly orangey-amber hued brew, which quickly faded to a layer of bubbles. Nose is slightly nutty malts, with hops apparent. Taste is initially the nutty malt from the nose, but is quickly overcome by a combination of citrus and hops crispness. Interesting, was not expecting that from the aroma, almost like amber meets summer ale or something. Mouthfeel great, and the crispness throws it into the summertime thirst-quencher arena, in my book, where only the highly drinkable dwell. Wish I could try more of their brews without having to ride the Authority, never been to the islands...

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of light hop aroma and sweet malt underneath. Standard issue aroma.

Taste is decent with sweet malt, light hop bitterness and a bit of smoke in the taste. Seems alright in the mouth. Nothing fancy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoke, sweet malt and not much hop bitterness. Predictable.

Not bad. Average but it's easy to drink and would fit well on a hot day. Certainly more tasty than a light beer.

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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 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 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 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 UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

This amber ale poured a clear, amber color with good carbonation and creamy, off-white foam that lingered and clung to the glass. The smell was malty with some notes of caramel. The taste was malty and a bit tangy with a light touch of caramel and some nutty flavors. It was mildly hoppy. And there was a very faint sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but dry with medium body and good carbonation. Overall the feel was just a tad thin. The flavors lingered on the palate. This was a good amber ale.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to Brewfan. Pours a chill hazed amber body with a skimpy offwhite head that quickly falls into film and collar lacing. Aroma is subdued, but features buttery toffee mingling with a note of floral hops and juicy apple peel. Mouthfeel is ok, but not remarkable, with tingly carbonation and a light medium body. Lively carbonation enhances the flavors, which echo the aromas. Buttery caramel(diacetyl), appleskins, and bittering floral hops work well together. A touch of pine cone adds a finishing touch of bitterness. Carbonation is rather high, and works very well here. Pleasantly drinkable, and very good for style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew comes to me from my buddy Lucas.
A chilled bottle poured into a pint glass.
The brew pours a clear copper color with a small beige head foaming up and fading quickly to a surface layer.
Aroma is caramel and toffee with some grassy hops mixed in.
The beer has an average body with prickly carbonation.
The flavor is malty sweet up front with caramel and toffee dominant, this gives way to a quick grassy hop hit then allows for a malty finish with some chocolate flavor on my palate. The beer is smooth and easy to drink and went well with my Fantasy Football draft.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish-copper color with moderate slightly off-white creamy head.
Smell is very mild, with a slight mal-fruitiness detectable.
Taste is nicely fruity, and extraordinarily refreshing.
A bit thin at the finish, but some mild bitterness is present.
Great session beer.. Would go well with most foods.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a quite hazy uniformly translucent, bright, rusty amber hue. Pours with a 1/2 finger or so soapy white head with great retention. Traces of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very mild and offers what a typical amber ale has. A hint of citrus, some earthy hops, and a hint of malty sweetness.

T- Flavor profile is mild as well. Herbal and earthy hops seem to come through the most but a sugary sweetness and some malt come through as well. The finish is sweeter than the initial flavor and a vegetable like sweetness lingers for a little bit.

M- This is where the folks at Offshore really did a great job. Moderate tingly carbonation and a very smooth medium weight body.

D-This meets the standard and presents as a decent overall amber ale. The mouthfeel is exceptional and it is a good looking brew-but other than that it really doesn't offer anything exciting. The flavor is certainly unoffensive and this is a drinkable amber ale.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed dark amber with a 2 finger white head. Good retention leaves droopy lace stuck hither and thither.

Lightl floral aroma with honey sweetness over a heavier caramel underneath. Toasted malt like syrup covered waffles. Taste is similar 2 layered sweetness that produces sort of candy fruit ester with a perfect amount of hop spice in back. Successfully walks the fine line between juicey and malty, albiet barely. Effervescent carbonation seems to work here.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Offshore- Amber

On tap at the brewpub.

A- Deep amber red with a good sticky head.
S- Strong sweet caramelized malt with a heavy cracked grain aroma.
T- Sweet sugary malt with hints of caramel and cherry licorice. Nice dry grains like sunflower seeds, seseme, oat, and bran.
M- Very sweet and malty throughout with a dry hoppy finish.

Overall- Excellent amber and quite a good beer to start off my day! I see its offered in bottle form but on tap at the brewpub is truly the way to go!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a clearish, amber color with red hues. Quarter inch head which dissipated quickly, leaving behind little lacing.

Smell - toffee, buttery, sweet malts, butterscotch, caramel

Taste - best part of the beer. caramel/toffee/sweet & toasty maltiness up front which ends very clean with a hint of yeast. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel - good body, good carbonation. what more do ya want?

Drinkability - I could take several of these down throughout the night. Several, meaning all night. Great session beer. Highly enjoyable and a great representation of the style.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber brew with a choppy head that sticks around for a while.

Decent malty aroma with some fruit.

Flavor is malty, fruity, with some hops in there somewhere.

Not heavy at all - nice medium bodied brew.

Well, a nice surprise. Very drinkable, with some nice malt and decent balance. Decent with food, or alone -- thirst quencher or a sipper -- a pretty decent brew.

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