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Amber Ale | SLO Brewing Company

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
SLO Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a classic brownish-amber with a respectable head. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Potent aroma, plenty of malt along with some fruits, caramel and a bit of hops.

Medium body, rich carbonation. Plenty of malt but not too sweet. Caramel flavors jump out immediately and are backed up by what I would guess are Cascade hops. A light earthiness develops toward the end and leaves a light woody aftertaste.

Not a bad amber at all. I have certainly had better, but I could drink a few of these pretty easily.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a orangy brown...well I dont know color it is really but its not amber a thin quick to fade slight off white head atop.Caramel malt dominates the nose with some fruity notes as well I dont pick up much in the hop department really.Starts out with a little caramel sweetness with a touch of butteriness hops come thru in more of a herbalness with just a hint of citrus in the back end.Hmm its pretty good but seems a little rough around the edges the flavors dont seem to meld together real well though.

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Photo of Dmann
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My local grocery store just did an overhaul of it's beer isle and got this beer in the other day. This was a very good amber ale. It poured a deep amber color with a off white head that left some good lace down the glass. The smell was malty with a bit of fruityness in there too. The taste was very malty, but not overly sweet and was balanced out with just a little bite. My only gripe would be that the mouthfeel was quite thin. But all in all it is a very enjoyable beer and definantly good for sessions.

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Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown unfiltered offering with a good two finger thick, white foam lace. As it settles it leave a thin laced head.

Metallic, herbal, earthy, grainy, dry aroma.

Very smooth with a creamy carbonation feel. Body is dextriny, even and full. Malty, but not very sweet with a distinct raw-ish and tea-like flavour of toasty malts and herbal hops. Earth, some wood notes. Slight hop spice. Strange flat cola-like flavour in the background, with residual flavours fading into the finish.

A rather unusual amber ale, oddly tasty, but nothing all that exciting.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Hazy reddish amber with a thin light tan lace. Head retention lacks a little.

Smell: Big malty, fruity and hoppy aroma. Lots of toasted malt and mild caramel, fruity with a date like sweetness and hoppy with a veggie and herbal smell.

Taste: Medium body with a moderate carbonation, slick and smooth on the tongue. Soft toasted grainy flavours are sweet with hits of caramel. Maltiness is sizable but the hops have no problem balancing things out. Hops and grain get a little raw middle to end with a husky grain and herbal leafy hop flavour. Flavours thin out a bit in the finish that seems more on the sweet side.

Notes: Not a bad Amber Ale at all, an all around decent micro-brew. Nothing really jumps out at you, just an easy drinking ale with a raw side to it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating to be found. Pours a solid shade of orangy amber, slight cloudiness. Minimal white head, leaves scattered lacing. Nose is malty, caramel. This is a better then average amber, not the worlds most exciting style, but this one has some flavor notes and a solid mouthfeel and respectable body to rise above the same ole same ole. Malt/hops = balance and drinkability. Would go well with a burger, worth a try, IMHO

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed honey apricot colored with an oatmeal colored head of thin foam that rises up slowly and settles out to a flat cap.

Aroma of biscuit malt, some honey and fruit.

Flavor of doughey, bready malt upfront, met with mild offsetting bitterness. No hop flavors emerging, but the malt is pleasing. Tasty and round with nuances of toffee and semi-roasted graininess, hints of ripe fruit and mild spice.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, even and moderately carbed.

Good representation of the style, nice to see a solid malt experience with subtle flavors that don't try to knock you down. Very drinkable. Thanks to barleywinefiend for sending it my way.

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Photo of scottoale
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't seen this for some time, pour out of the 650ml bomber a darkish copper liquid with a frothy, almond colored head. Head sticks around leaving a healthy tell-tale lacing behind. Nice color and ample carbonation that keeps the head alive...looks like an American amber/red ale to me.

Smell is of semi-sweet roasted and caramel malts with a tart orange, citrus tone to a light hop finish. On the taste, exactly same as the smell with a medium, somewhat chewy, smooth and creamy finish. Pretty well balanced, seems a bit light on the hops, alcohol is not really detectable. After notes of lightly sweet orange peel remain until the next quaff.

Easy to drink, fairly mellow brew...nuthin spectacular for sure.

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Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of jcalabre
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 26 December 2002. Reviewing from notes. It has a cloudy amber color along with a very nice malty aroma w/ a good flavor & mouthfeel. Usually, ambers don't do much for me because they lack flavor & character. This one was very surprisingly enjoyable.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost ruby color.

Smell is a malty and hoppy brew with some fruitiness to it.

Taste is a big malty and hoppy beer with fruitiness and grain flavor. A big taste without going bitter.

Mouthfeel is heavier than you would expect.

Super drinkable, this is a local beer and one of my favorites.

It is even better on tap at their store/restaurant in Downtown San Luis Obispo! If you ever make it to SLO check it out!

It's here: 1119 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, California.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok purchased a single 12 oz long neck.
Not a bad looking Amber at all, clear amber coloured with a large creamy/frothy white head, nice carbonation,lashings of lace.
quite a pleasant malty and buttery aroma..very pleasant.

Very nice tasting amber..its smooth and almost like butterscotch to begin, then a a roughrer coffeeish malt taste ending up with a pleasant slow burning hoppiness.
Very nice and almost creamy on the palate.
Very drinkable ale..I will purchase a 12 pack right away.( it was on sale for $3.99 a six).

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Photo of Mustard
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "best by" or "bottled on" date; $6.99/6 pack from Whole Foods.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy orange-brown; respectable, off-white, 1/2" head; slight-to-moderate lacing; adequate head retention.

Aroma: Nice mix of caramel malt and Cascade hops.

Taste: As Todd (IMO) rightly points out, malty but not very sweet; moderate woody, earthy hop flavors; subtle hints of grapefruit.

Notes: Marginal. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but really just a so-so amber. Banal taste drags down drinkability for me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with some yellow highlights on the pint glass edge. One finger head falls apart relatively quickly.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness are tough to pull out of the glass.

Taste: caramel is the main flavor component. Some red apple and green grape sweetness are definitely secondary here, and the bitterness level is very mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied ale. Crisp throughout. Very brief caramel filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: a decent amber ale. A simple session ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of abcramer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JDV
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich amber color with a nice offwhite head. Smell was musky malt mostly, and nothing special. Taste was similar with a dirty malt taste. Not refreshing or crisp. Sort of boring, bland, sweaty thick malt flavor predominantly. Not very impressed, and although it wasn't offensive, it wasn't particularly good.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty ale might become a regular of mine if I didn’t have to go 3000 miles to get some. Pours with a nice deep golden color and sticky foamy lace on the glass. The aroma is roasted and chocolate with hints of toffee. The initial taste flavor of roasted malt and coffee gives way to a moderate growing bitterness that finishes off the brew boldly. Very roasted throughout and pleasantly malty.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

Pours a deep amber. Almost red. Splendid colored ale. Not much head and very little lacing. Plenty of carbonation, visibly and on the nose. The scents are average. Nothing stands out. A malty caramel. Some minor hop scents and a slight burnt wood chip smell.

The flavors are better than the scent. This is a mellow ale. Malts are very present with molassas but in some way this ale is not too sweet. It has very minor scotch ale qualities. A toasty quality seems to even this ale out.

There is a crispness in the back of the throat. It drinks very easy and is a very nice ale to have when one is in a quiet mood or reading a book.

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Photo of woemad
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased at Grocery Outlet for $3.99. No freshness date. Like the other SLO beer I've had, this was brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Poured dark copper color with a thick, sudsy white head that dropped quickly. Streaky lace.

Massive butterscotch aroma that totally dominates the nose. Not promising.

The butterscotchiness noted in the aroma is a little more toned down in the taste, but only just. A small amount of biscuity maltiness is able to get through, but this tastes like a beer with problems. Perhaps it wasn't so bad at one time, but I strongly suspect that time was a while ago.

Mouthfeel was average, but there's no reason to even give a crap about it, as this beer's other problems make it irrelevant.

This is drinkable, but barely so. I had luck with the extra pale ale purchased at the same place, but this is no good. Perhaps it can be stomached from the bottle, but put this beer in a glass and you'll be flirting with a drainpour.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a medium amber color with a small dirty white head, lighter with smoother more mellow body. Nose is butterscotch with a biscuity hint. Taste is nice mix of hops, malts, balanced and good. Butterscotch and bready tastes linger throughout the mouthfeel. Had a sherry like wine taste to it as well, very smooth and damn tasty.This brew I could drink all night long. Maybe this beer needed time to mature but after 6 months from my ast review of this beer it has done a 180.

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Photo of Myk
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ok first little disappointed. got a six pack of this amber from the local grocery store. got home found out one of the bottles was only one third filled. so i pissed and moaned and did nothing about it.
ok so this was an over all pretty good amber. as the name says it is amber in color with a small lacy tan head. the aroma is of raosted grains and sweet malt. carmel and small bit nose. the taste was malty, carmely. with a figgy fruitness to it. pretty thin mouthfeel, but not a porblem as it was very highly drinkable.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is reddish amber with a thin head that dissapates quickly. Smell has a caramel/honey sweetness with dark fruits. Taste of sweet malt, fruity with a slight metallic to it. Mouthfeel is medium - light that is smooth with good body. It has a good amount of carbonation making it a crisp drinker, nothing spectacular, but for the price, not bad.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Muddybuddy
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Honey colored with off-white head. Apparent good carbonation. Free-flowing slightly thicker than water contains "islands" if left to sit for 5 minutes.

Aroma: Sweet biscuit with clean hops aroma. Faint traces of diacetyl and acetaldehyde.

Flavor: Clean fermented with little sweetness, definite biscuit flavor, hops are of a low alpha variety with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is weak and overcarbonated (in my opinion) as it actually burns my lips and numbs my tongue. There is no alcoholic warmth.

Overall this is a decent beer but perhaps there are better ambers out there for my buck. It is important to note that my sample may have been mishandled as I bought it at a discount store and it may have been past its prime.

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Amber Ale from SLO Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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