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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +13%

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 beertunes
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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 twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cherche
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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)

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of ZachT
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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