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:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-24-2001

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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of battlekow
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Brewfan in a trade. It has the longitude and latitude of the brewery on the neck band--neat. Pours a pretty, but not outstanding amber, with a modest head. Good lacing, though. "Pretty but not outstanding" sums up this beer well, as the smell is pleasant but indistinct. The flavor, as I suppose it should be, is the most noticeable aspect of this brew; it's smooth as hell with a little bit of pleasant, lingering bitterness. While neither is extremely prominent, the upfront sweetness and the subsequent hoppiness complement each other well. A very easy drink.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice ruby-amber pour with a decent amount of head and good retention. The aroma was fairly dull. Well-balanced, but nothing going on. Slight hop character in the taste with some caramel malts. I thought it tasted good, but not a whole lot of oomph. Drinkable nonetheless, and easy on the palate. I would order this again, but it's nothing that would drive me crazy.

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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 BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date. Brewed in Portland ME.
It pours a tannish amber with a fading off-white head and some patchy and trailing lacing.
A light smell of barley malt is noticed right off the bat. The aroma fades rather fast.
This Amber has a sweet caramel and fresh baked bread malt character.
The hop flavors of citrus and peppers are subdued and lie just under the sweet maltiness.
The body is rounded and almost buttery and nectar-like.
This is a good gulpable session brew!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small, light cream colored head never amounted to much. Streams bubbles rise through the transparent, dark copper colored beer. Mildly sweet toasted malt aroma. Mildly sweet toasted malt and caramel in the flavor mix with a dose of floral hops towards the end. Nice tasty finish. Body is thick enough to carry the flavors. Easy drinking, tasty beer.

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Photo of rousee
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color--bronze or copper shade. Good head retention-thick lace clings to sides of glass. Astringent, coppery smell that is kind of bleach-like- not too uncommon on some of the smaller brewpubs/breweries. I have noticed it from BBW so why wouldn't I from Offshore?

Taste-wise it is dead-on or spot -on for what it is trying to be. Dry mild amber ale. Buttery character but dry and clean-there is some malt which is much more evident than any hops. Dry. Mouthfeel is dry and pleasant but dry. Not exactly my favorite style but clearly a good example of what its trying to be and quite smooth. I cant think of too many Ambers I would favor over this one.

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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 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 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 MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to get out to the islands and try this on tap. I have a feeling it'd knock me off my kilter. It poured out of the bottle a nice amber (a la and American amber), with just enough head to ring the edges of the glass to form a spotty-stringy combo lace. Dried fruit aroma... I noticed apple and apricots. The flavor is well-balanced in the hops with floral tongue-tones. The finish is a bit citrusy. This would be a great beer to crack open in the summer... too bad it's January. Alas, I must wait 6 months to see if I am right.

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

Nice guy CSS hooked me up with a six pack.

Serving Type:Bottle poured into a pint glass, it had a copper tinged body with an off white head, it smells delish.

I can taste the malty goodness, with subtle hints of caramel, not overly sweet. Pleasant throughout serving.

This was an enjoyable brew to drink while I watched the Patriots toy with the Browns on a early December afternoon. I think it would be a great dinner beer, as it doesn't overpower my palate. I've had a few Offshore Ambers now and appreciate each one more than the previous one.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Poured a clear burned amber in color. Lots of yeast left in the bottle. Semi-thick and frothy layer of offish-white head. Aromas are malty sweet with twinges of juicy-fruit in the background. Flavor reminds me of a hoppy sweet tea. Finish is fruity-sweet. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkable. Aftertaste is clean and on the dry side. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, clear copper with signs of a nice amount of carbonation. Little off-white head (kinda like mine :-( haha), that goes away quickly leaving little lacing. Smells fruit and flowery, with a nice malt background. Tastes nice and floral with an interesting hop flavor (according to the bottle - it's british). Feels a little juciy and light in the mouth, but not too carbonated. All in all, a standard but solid and tasty ale. I could definitly put a few of these back without thinking twice.

Got to thank Dave for sending me one of these.

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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 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 ybnorml
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean amber colored ale with a light beige head. A soft malty sort of biscuit aroma rises from the glass. The malty presence dominates the begining of the mouthful followed by some bitterness and then a nice smooth finish. Definitely a good session beer . It was refreshing while I cooked burgers on a grill for a cookout.

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Photo of scottum
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful amber color with a wonderful fluffy white head. This is what a beer should look like! Malty, but not sweet. Mouthsmackingly chewy and bold. Well balanced, but not hoppy. Overall, a well crafted beer. Thankss to kona for the sixpack to sample. I'll pickup some more when I'm in the area.

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

Pours a dark amber with copper highlights, topped with a two finger light tan head.
Earthy aroma, toasted malt, bready, citrus (lemon/lime).
Full of hop flavor for an amber (without the bitterness), caramel, toasted fruit, a sort of burnt wood note, sweet and "juicy".
Light - Medium bodied.

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

I met konabrewer (the brewer at Offshore Ales) at a tasting he was hosting at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA. Great guy, talked a lot of beer and had a sample of his excellent amber. I picked up a six pack to go and I'm reviewing from one of the bottles therein. No freshness date evident, but I was assured the beer was right off the bottling line.

Appearance is (ahem) amber, with a thin white head. Nose is full of tart malt and some hops. Taste is more bready tart malt with a dry but not very bitter finish. Simple but very satisfying taste - extremely refreshing. Mouthfeel is light but not nonexistent with a decent amount of carbonation. My tastes run more to hoppier beers, but this is a near-perfect session brew. A great beer to bring to a party and advocate with.

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

I do believe this beer is new to the Boston area. Pours out a cloudy, almost home brew like, tan color. Very small head that doesn't seem to last. Smell is sweet and malty all the way. A touch of citrus is also mixed in. The taste starts off great as it appears malty and very complex. The middle and end seem a bit unbalanced. More like the homebrew that I mentioned before. Overall a solid NE brew that I will look for again. My next mission is to try this on tap.

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Offshore Amber Ale from Offshore Ale Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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