Amber Ale | Hilliard's Beer

BA SCORE
82
good
50 Ratings
Amber AleAmber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States
hilliardsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by flagmantho on 11-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of bark
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sam_bliss
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamFuel
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcr8611
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of karmachief
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zach122
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Stigh
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lordkrystic
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Amber Ale from Hilliard's Beer
3.54 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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