Amber Road Amber Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
136 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Amber Road Amber AleAmber Road Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malt-accented amber ale which features a rich toastiness and a balanced hop flavor that lingers through to the finish. This wickedly smooth beer refreshes year ’round. Amber Road is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; as well as 10 different malt varieties, 3 different hop varieties and a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. Drink up!

35 IBU

Added by indiapaleale on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of CA2670
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked great nice amber hue and clarity. Taste was very unremarkable. A bit flat. Like drinking a pale with out sweetness. Smelled of fresh cascade and Amarillo hops. Unfortunately that's were the bright notes ended. Mouthfeel was thin with a slight metalic note to it. Was expecting a really outstanding beer for this breweries third. Much like the x pale they are putting out only with caramel color.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of dasenebler
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz, canned on 11.8.11.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice off-white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

Aroma is a bit off, with hints of oxidation. Some woody hops.

Flavor is malty and toasty. Firmly bitter with a tea-like character. Notes of caramel, bread crusts, and spicy hops. Oxidation character comes through in the flavor as well-- kind of stale tasting, and a touch metallic. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated.

Shows potential, but not something I'd seek out. Seems every can from Baxter I've drank recently has some off-flavor going on. They'll need to get their act together if they're expecting beer drinkers like me to pay 9-10 bucks per six pack.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Cadebro
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured amber with two fingers of while head and a decent amount lacing.

S - Hard to get much from this beer, a hint of grain and hops.

T - Mild flavored and mildly hopped. I would imagine out of the can this would taste like and of the Big Three's offerings.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

O - The best thing about this beer was that it was served very cold. I doubt I will buy a can off this.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Baxter can shaped glass - hooray for uber appropriate glassware. Clear orange with an off-white head. There's a lil' stowaway hop leaf (at least I hope that's what it is) floating amongst the foam. Thin, amorphous skim retention.

Aroma is primarily crystal malt sweetness with a bit of chocolate biscotti. Some juicy grapefruit hard candy but certainly not 35 IBUs worth. Tastes like thin, mildly citrus sweetness with reserved hop balance.

A ho hum beer that could have been from any brewery. More Pamola than Stowaway if you know what I mean. Kinda bummed Baxter, my least favorite of your 3 beers.

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Photo of adjunctlager
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A bit hazy reddish brown amber body, with a nice light creamy off white and tan head. Forms about three fingers in size with some nice retention and some spider like lacing.

Nose is a soft toasty malt bill, a good malt sweetness to this also. A nice classic chewy bread sense. Very solid smelling amber.

Palate hits with a very watery body. Mouthfeel hints at malt density but doesn't carry over this lifeless feel. Finish comes and goes very quickly with a mild hop presence, but also there's even a very odd carbonation to this, with a strange odd bitter.

Overall this isn't really getting the job done.

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: red-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel and leather

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: An ok leathery brown. Of all Baxter's beers this is the one I am least likely to get again. Not a bad beer, just one that does not distinguish itself from others in the style.

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Amber Road Amber Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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