Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #839
Ranked #43,603
3.52 | pDev: 12.22%
Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States
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AcetheBathound from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this one! I had this on the brewery tour and I'm in love. Probably my favorite from this brewery (which is a must visit if you're in Seattle) it's super tasty and I could drink it all day!

Nov 06, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus, Caramel, Bitter, Bready

A bold Amber Ale that has a whole lot of malt backbone, needed as this one is hopped similar to an IPA. Our palates have a great time wading through the toffee maltiness and rind-like hoppiness. Juicy fruit, very bitter, dense herbal tone, toasted bread. Very enjoyable.

STYLE: American Amber Ale | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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jamespage79 from Sweden

4.68/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've never written a review before but feel compelled to after getting steadily hooked on this beer over the last few weeks. Usualy I only ever want to drink one or two beers when they are this hoppy but Hillard's Amber Ale is one that I can easily sink a few of. It's a bit annoying because I was quite happy with the cheap generic Swedish lagers but they don't cut it anymore, and Hillard's beers are about twice the price and come in smaller cans.

Jan 13, 2015
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bark from Sweden

2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

The colour is dark amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is compact and off-white; it sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is hoppy and a little sour-bitter. Red fruits and berries, hints of rye bread and earth.

The taste is smooth and balanced: Red malts, clean bitterness, and floral hops. Some rose-hips and red apples. Medium body. In the aftertaste, the bitterness becomes rather sour, harsh and almost metallic. Rye bread and lemon-lime juice. The finish is metallic and a bit dense.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small smooth bubbles creates a foam in my mouth. The liquid is smooth.

The sour-bitter-metalic flavours ruins this beer for me.

Dec 26, 2014
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ssteakley from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not to many Amber Ales are this full of taste, at least the ones I have tried anyway. I have tries all of Hilliards beers and this is their best one I think. There is something very High Tech about all their brews though, not your conventional Craft Style beers. These are all very fresh and crisp tasting. I have no way of knowing this but it seems like a group of dudes from Google, Microsoft, and or Amazon got together to start a know very techy, kind of sterile or something.

Jan 27, 2014
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blackie from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

can sent by dirtylou from the brewery

a: can into a hilliards can glass, the beer is an unfiltered hazy amber brown in color, capped with a layer of khaki carbonation, average retention

s: nicely malted - toasted sugars, pleasant bready yeast, browned loaves, woody/herbal hops

m: carbonation ranging around the low end of moderate, body around medium

t: amber malt brings early toasty sugars and browned bread, some yeast, mild woody or dried herb hop flavor with a delicate balancing bitterness

o: a tasty amber with a nice range of character, best enjoyed in proximity to a glacier

Sep 01, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : Poured a lightly clouded reddish amber with a nice tan cap. Moderate head retention leaves standing bubbles, light lacing after a sip or few.

S : I felt the nose was rather mute. Some biscuits, herbal notes, grass and pine.

T : Sordove of full biscuity presence upfront with a unique yet pungent hop kick or twang, some pine, sordove Earthy, sordove something different for this style. A good dose of bittering on this one as well. The finish is somewhat satisfying I suppose but the blend of vegal, biscuit, pine, grass and hint of caramel just threw me off. While the taste is not what I wanted I can't say it was a bad beer.

M: Medium bodied, biscuits, Eartht, hops and bitterness sordove linger and cling onto the mouth. Well carbonated, no major issues here.

O: Not my "sort" of amber, I like fuller, sweeter and less hop forward I suppose. Perhaps it was the choice of hops that did me in. Not a bad beer but not among my favorites for the style.

Jan 29, 2013
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sam_bliss from Washington

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into pint glass

A- Amber colored, reddish dark translucent hue. Big yellowy white head to trap in the volatiles.

S- Some cedar and some toasty bread malts. Not super strong smelling; hope are present in the background.

T- Very typical amber taste. Some bitterness but mostly smoky grain malts and fresh grains. Some "redness" (my palate is not yet refined enough to know what to call these notes.) Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. Less sweet than most brews of this style.

M- Medium carbonation. The malts don't overpower, and definitely don't leave a mark on the mouth. The aftertaste is pleasant.

D- This is an amber that can be downed by the 6-pack, if that's your fancy. I prefer a heavier, fuller tasting amber ale, even if it means I'm only having one.

This beer stays true to the style, but it's somewhat cheaply made. The corners cut in the brewing process show up via the nose and tongue. As someone who prefers ales to lagers, I'd say this is a solid party beer if the need to buy tons of cans arises. I recommend this to accompany a winter vegetarian dinner or something gamey.

Nov 12, 2012
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hmph from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one I received from Lordkrystic, seriously this box never ends...

Poured from can to pint glass.

A - a very nice orangish brown , I'd hate to call it amber, but its pretty close, a bit on the lighter side though, nice thick head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles

S - very biscuit, toffee , some nut brown ale reminiscent smells, with a grassy lemon/pine hop mingled in

T - Big in the malts, very much like the smell, the sweet biscuit malt comes through with the lemon grass hope bitterness near the middle to end of the taste, it finishes clean with only slight lingering bitterness

O - Not bad at all, its a very clean clear tasting beer with a high drinkability, its slightly more hoppy than most Amber/Red ales but pulls it off very well, If it was available I'd likely keep a few around

Sep 27, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours an amber color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is fairly straightforward with a lot of biscuit and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of sweet toffee and caramel, as well as a little bit of bitterness from the grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Aug 05, 2012
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woemad from Washington

3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased for $2.59 at Main Market Co-Op in Spokane. I’ve seen beers from this brewery nowhere else.

Pours a dark, iced tea-like color that takes on a very dark amber shade when held up to light. Big, big, creamy beige head that took it’s time dropping.

The nose is one of mild, biscuity malts and a little bit of earthy grain. There’s also a wee bit of herbal hop scent.

The taste starts out with the mild malts, then there’s a tea-like herbal hop flavor, with a mildly dry fadeout. Not a flavor bomb but decent enough.

Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation, about right for the style.

Not a terribly interesting beer, but not a bad one either. The worst you can say is that it’s a bit bland. I could drink several of these if there was nothing more interesting available.

Jul 29, 2012
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a clear, dark amber color with well over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and medium-lite lacing.

The aroma was mostly nice malts, with a nice graininess, and a bit of yeasty spice in the background. the taste started out with some basic malt and grain, then a bit farther back hints of leather and tobacco came across. Finally there was just a enough of that yeasty spice to make the finish interesting.

The body was very good, smooth, even, clean, crisp and had a dry finish. Drinkability was very good as well, 2 16oz cans slid down with barely a notice. Overall, a very god take on the style. A very nice beer that would be a great choice for a lot of situations. Worth seeking out.

Mar 20, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a murky medium dark reddish brown. Massive three finger fine, light brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt, light piney hops. Flavor is dry, lightly toasted biscuit malt, a hint of light fruit and a moderately bitter slightly herbal hop finish. Medium bodied. Understated, but pleasant amber ale.

Mar 18, 2012
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Bookseeb from Washington

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance from a 16 oz. can pours a dark amber supporting a thin but healthy head that dissipates leaving spotty lace. Smell is rich in malt with a nice balance of the hops with a nice light fruitiness. Taste focuses on the malt with a higher hop flavor, but not overpowering, having a light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Although a bit higher in the hops, it's not overpowering still making for a nice amber ale.

Mar 02, 2012
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Mages64 from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

chilled 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Common's "the corner" playing in the background.
A: translucent off brown/amber/mahogany with noticeable carbonation. Appears filtered. large bubbles with an off-white head that leaves intermittent lacing, about half an inch head that dissipates quickly probably because i'm drinking it quickly.
S: strong smells of biscuits and oranges and grapefruits. tangelos too. bready and all fruit smells are over-ripe. Not the best nose.
T: Nothing like the smell. Really sweet english tea biscuit overtones with a pale ale strength hop presence that hits in undertones of fruit flavors instead of bitterness. the mid and back pallet are really dry. It tastes more like an alt beer than any amber/red i've had but a hoppy alt.
M: This is why i can't stop drinking it. Wonderful bitter coating with extremely pleasant carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a long bitter finish. medium bodied.
O: I can drink this all year round. I normally dislike ambers because of the annoying inbalance or mediocrity but this is an amber/alt/red/brown/ipa thing/beer that I enjoy. Reminds me of Zoe from Maine Beer Co. although not as hoppy perhaps.

Feb 02, 2012
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Flightoficarus from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky amber with a large, foamy tan head. Retention and lacing is superb.

S - Smell is of nuts, floral hops, biscuits, and hints of caramel.

T - Taste is of toasted, biscuity malts, berries, caramel, and plenty of piney hops, but still well balanced enough. Definitely PNW-style.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly slick feel from hop oils. If I had to guess the ABV of this one (since I can't seem to find it), I'd say it's probably around 5.5-6%

O - Overall, it's a decent contender in a competitive beer category. Worth a shot if you see it, especially if you like your ambers bordering into IPA territory.

Nov 23, 2011
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trevorjn06 from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an offwhite head hat persists. Slight haze.

Aroma is tons of pungent hops, very oniony and a bit catty. There is some malty/biscuit character in the background but hops dominate.

Flavor is well balanced. A hop forward beer with malt, light toast/caramel and some pungent hop flavor. Finish is dry with assertive hop bitterness and slight lingering malt.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall an intersting beer, the hop character is unique. Well made. If you like Oscar Blues Gubna, you'll probably like this (though the volume is turned down on this beer).

Nov 11, 2011
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flagmantho from Washington

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky amber-brown hue with a thin but creamy head of ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: dry, biscuity aroma with a little bit of nuttiness and some earthy hops. Decent but not particularly outstanding.

Taste: dry and biscuity, like the aroma, with a decently strong bitterness. The earthy hops work here, and the overall effect is very autumnal. I like it well enough, but it simply doesn't tickle my fancy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with quite a good level of carbonation. Creamy and satisfying!

Overall: this is a middle of the road amber ale with a good autumnal feel to it, but I think it goes a little overboard on the dryness and biscuity flavors for me. Other than that, it's a well-crafted brew.

Nov 07, 2011
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