Amber Ale
Hilliard's Beer

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Hilliard's Beer
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.18%
Ratings:
50
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 31, 2015
Added:
Nov 07, 2011
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  4
SCORE
81
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3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Dec 31, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AcetheBathound from Massachusetts

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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAdvocate from California

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
 
 
3.5 by Stigh from Norway on Feb 14, 2015
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4.68/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by jamespage79 from Sweden

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
 
3.28 by Alex-Alkis from Sweden on Jan 03, 2015
 
3.33 by JamFuel from Sweden on Jan 01, 2015
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2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
by bark from Sweden

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
 
2.88 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 22, 2014
 
3 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 12, 2014
 
3.9 by ZachT from Canada (BC) on Aug 28, 2014
 
3.25 by Donkster46 from Washington on Aug 09, 2014
 
3.5 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Jul 28, 2014
 
3.5 by HoppySeb from Washington on Jun 09, 2014
 
4 by BrewtalHonesty from Oregon on Jun 08, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ssteakley from Washington

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 brewery...you know very techy, kind of sterile or something.

Jan 27, 2014
 
2.5 by cherche from Washington on Jan 21, 2014
 
4 by powdersoldier from Washington on Dec 25, 2013
 
3.5 by karmachief from Washington on Nov 15, 2013
 
3.5 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Oct 16, 2013
 
4 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Oct 08, 2013
 
3.5 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Oct 04, 2013
 
3.5 by twelveinches from Washington on Sep 25, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by blackie from Oregon

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
 
3.75 by KStark from Canada (BC) on Jul 19, 2013
 
3.75 by ayatsato from Washington on Jul 18, 2013
 
3.75 by PhatAtUT from Texas on Jun 20, 2013
 
3 by Kerfluffel from Washington on Jun 14, 2013
 
3.5 by Telestic from Washington on Jun 10, 2013
 
3.25 by magnusdave from New York on May 31, 2013
 
3.25 by Kevlee722 from Washington on May 28, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by barleywinefiend from Washington

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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2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by sam_bliss from Washington

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
 
3.5 by Lordkrystic from Washington on Sep 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by hmph from Virginia

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
 
3.75 by jmccraney from Washington on Aug 25, 2012
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3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Mora2000 from Texas

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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3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by woemad from Washington

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
 
4.25 by BeerNDoggerel from Illinois on Jul 08, 2012
Amber Ale from Hilliard's Beer
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 50 ratings