Cascade Amber Ale | Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MJR on 08-04-2003

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by MJR:
Photo of MJR
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The body is mostly clear, with a bit of haze from being unfiltered. It's light tan head starts out well and quickly fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a lot of caramel sweetness balanced by a huge shot of grapefruity Cascade hops. Very nice nose on this one!

Taste: Well balanced between the caramelly sweet and bready malts, and Cascade hop bitterness and flavor. The hops add a slight spiciness, which carries through to the finish. Good firm bitterness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium in body, with a fairly low carbonation level which lends a rich mouthfeel. Pretty much the same as their Railyard Ale.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and a great version of an amber ale. Their heavy-handed use of Cascade hops make this much more interesting than most other amber/red ales. Tasty!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BrewAskew
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from visit to Colorado Springs 4/25/2008:

Look: Dark amber, tan head, looks great

Smell: muted malt and hop aromas, was expecting a bit more

Taste: intelligent balance of pale malt, crystal malt with citrusy American hops, tasty finish

Feel: medium body and CO2

Drink: very good sippin' and grinnin' beer

General Impression: An improvement on the Railyard amber, IMO.

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Photo of mcb4538
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of efhart
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Phantom Canyon Cascade Amber beats their Railyard Ale. There was some hop evident with the Cascade and it was drinkable. The amber color and head were appropriate and the nose was ok. This amber is one that some may wish to try, even though I don't rate the Cascade as superior to other Ambers I have tried.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and a wonderful Cascade hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a light malty flavor that holds true to the typical red ale style. It also has a wonderful bitter hop finish that is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew. It's maltier than the Railyard Ale. I love the use of Cascade hops.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery in Colorado Springs early last week. Poured light brown with a medium tan head. Aromas of caramel and hops and a light graininess. Medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of caramel, light brown sugar and light hops.

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pint glass arrived with a dark amber bodied beer sporting a light tan head. Good lacing and rings.

The smell was pretty subtle. Mostly light grass and citrus hop notes with a light malt character.

A spritely bitterness hits you right off, followed with a mild, sweet malt tone.

The beer was light-medium in body with some decent carbonation. Finished clean and crisp.

A very good beer overall. The great bitterness brought an ESB style of beer to my mind as opposed to an amber. But, it is advertised as a hoppy amber...

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Photo of rye726
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the tap at the brewery. It is definitely an amber as seen in the color which is amber. The nose is mellow and nothing to write home about even though I am writing about it right now! Mellow malts and hops. Similar flavor profile. Light body a bit over carbonated I think.

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Photo of walleye
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this in eary july while the family was in the springs for bieristguts wedding on the 2nd. from the tap. poured a nice amber with off white head that didn’t hang around for very long. aroma nice malt and hops come out with some caramel. flavor, those hops came right out there which I wasn’t expecting since most ambers I have had are not this hoppy, but since I do like hops I enjoyed this.did get some caramel

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Photo of alicejcw
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear amber as expected from an amber. Head was inimal and nose was rather, umm, boring. Some malts and thats about it.Nothing to distinctive. NW hops ummm no. I am a NW guy and there were none. This ber was average and another disappointment from a Colorado beer.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of palliko
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely the beer you order a pitcher of while shooting pool (and then take home a half-gallon!) A deep clear amber appearance; a beige foam with little lacing; the bouquet screaming grapefruit from those lovely Northwest hops is bracing! I too sensed caramel and bready malts, strong hops balanced with enough sweetness to make it very drinkable. Perfectly under-carbonated, gently full-bodied with a finish that is delicately bitter and nicely dry. You won’t be disappointed by this flavorful, very drinkable amber ale!

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's, well, amber. Fairly clear and on the reddish side if you look at it facing a light source. A ring of bubbles around the glass, but otherwise no head.

Sweet, almost like a kind of caramel candy. There's a tiny bit of hops bitterness in the background when you really take a whiff, but malt dominates for sure.

Semi-sweet, very much makes you think of something in the 50-60L crystal malt range. The malt flavor really dominates, with the hops subtly adding a slight bitterness and filling out the back end.

If you close your eyes, ignore the flavor, and just think about texture, the first thing to come to mind is milk. Not quite as thick as cream, but fuller than a standard ale.

Reasonable. I can certainly drink one of these, I could probably drink two, but the flavor is complex enough that I might need a break. Oddly enough, I feel like my break could be heavier as easily as it could be lighter.

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Photo of hollerined
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Tang07
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer came to me in a pint glass with an OK head and an orange/amber color. It looked very inticing.

The smell was malty with a touch of hop.

The taste was OK, it was well balanced with a nice bitter finish, but it lacked body and the finish was just a touch too light.

It is perhaps a beer that can be drank in quantity.

I'd order it again for $2 a pint.

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Cascade Amber Ale from Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 17 ratings