Wavemaker Amber Ale
Big Storm Brewing Company - Odessa

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Big Storm Brewing Company - Odessa
Florida, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #272
Ranked #26,498
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Jan 05, 2022
Oct 20, 2013
Wavemaker Amber AleWavemaker Amber Ale
Notes: Big Storm’s very first brew was this amber ale. It presents a wave of flavor with two row Canadian barley coupled with Munich and chocolate malts. Wavemaker Amber Ale is malt centric and highly drinkable year round with minimal hop bitterness.
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3 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Jan 05, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a grip shaped goblet - color is amber, transparent, head is off white/light tan, presents thin and dissipates to nothing with a thin ring along the glass sides.

Smell is is light caramel, hint of toast, biscuit, maybe some yeast, might be the highlight of the beer.

Taste is malty, clean, nice and not overly sweet or hoppy, a true amber ale - some toast, biscuit, yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, maybe some lingering bite on the tongue.

Overall - simple amber ale, amazingly something hard to come by in the current packaged beer state, but well nice looking, pleasant aroma, and solid amber ale flavor. Its not overly malty or hoppy or strong but a nice amber ale.

Apr 18, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: reddish brown or very dark amber, with a thick off-white head

Aroma: toasted bread

Flavor: The flavor is caramel, toasted bread and a grassy and tart bitterness towards the end, somewhat untypical for an Amber Ale, but nice.

Body/Overall: medium body, not my favorite but nice and inexpensive.

Feb 27, 2021
3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
3.75 by Eamartin88 from Texas on May 21, 2020
3.75 by ovaltine from Indiana on Jan 29, 2020
3.78 by HabaJohn from Illinois on May 05, 2019
3.08 by Photoncounter from Massachusetts on Apr 29, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by chinchill from South Carolina

16 oz can from FL with an 18 December 2018 date stamp.
Pours with a fine looking red-brown body that is topped by a decent tan head.
The flavor and aroma are just OK, but leave an aftertaste that is better than expected.
Medium body and near medium carbonation.

Apr 17, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by robotic_being from Florida

The only thing Amber about this beer is the color. Tastes like water. Blah :/

Feb 08, 2019
3.68 by BKotch from Texas on Nov 11, 2018
3.24 by AD17 from New Jersey on May 24, 2018
3.23 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Apr 21, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ordybill from Georgia

poured from the tap into a 22 OZ mug at Chili's in Clearwater, FL. The appearance is a dark golden amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is yeast and hops. The taste is fairly strong with hops and yeast leading the charge. A decent local beer.

Mar 19, 2018
3.28 by CobraDC23 from Florida on Nov 17, 2017
3.28 by wjbent from Florida on Sep 25, 2017
3.94 by Z-man from Michigan on May 09, 2017
3.58 by BeerTest from Florida on May 03, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by The_Snow_Bird from Florida

Pours a dark golden color with a white head on top that goes away quickly. The smell had a light grain to it. Has that grainy lager taste with a hint of coffee.

Mar 25, 2017
3.88 by Billolick from New York on Mar 25, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

My 1st Big Storm (and a second will have to wait until I return to southwest Florida.)
A decent amber. Nice color and lace. Sweetish malt (some caramel) and delicate hops in the nose. Tastes balanced also. And the finish is full and, favorable to me, not as hoppy as typical nowadays.
Good, but not great. I had it without food and would again.

Feb 16, 2017
3.68 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Jan 02, 2017
3.76 by MJSFS from Florida on Sep 04, 2016
3.03 by sendbeer from Georgia on Jul 17, 2016
3.32 by gjoker321 from Florida on Jun 28, 2016
3.75 by antman27 from New York on Jun 03, 2016
3.53 by 4thFloyd from Indiana on May 04, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

My local, in-person trader makes annual forays southward for the winter, returning with a whole buncha new CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm). This is one such beer. Hooray!

From the CAN: "100% ChANce of Killer Beer!"; "Batten down the hatches! Wavemaker Amber Ale is rolling in and ready to crash along a shore near you. With caramel malt flavors, subtle floral notes and pleasant hop bitterness, seasoned craft beer drinkers and dabblers alike [CAN] enjoy this well-balanced ale all year round."; "Beer flows from the eye of the storm"; "Keep & Serve Cold as Hail!"; "Florida's Craft Beer Forecast"; "Born & Raised Pasco County, FL".

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent, so I gave it some calming time to allow the storm to blow over. Once it abated, I could see that it was due to its being a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tab to go. I then performed a gentle Glug which raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The CAN identifies it as precisely 17 SRM, FWIW. Nose was very caramel-malty underlain with light pine hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of effervescence on the tongue. The taste was quite sweet, more like a throwback to the early days of craft/microbrewing when an Amber Ale was the standard. The more modern version relies more heavily on hops, but this was a pleasant, if sweet, quaff. Finish was semi-sweet with a nuttiness to accompany both the caramel and pine flavors noted before. Not bad, but just not my cuppa tea.

Apr 04, 2016
4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2016
3.25 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 26, 2016
3 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2016
3.25 by Scott_McCool from Florida on Feb 25, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by beerjerk666 from Florida

Had on draft at our local Gator's Dockside.

Look: Dark amber body with a thick white head, plenty of lacing left inside the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel with some nice hops shining through.

Taste: Yep, plenty of sweet caramel malts and a pretty decent amount of hops to balance out the sweetness. Easy to drink; reminiscent of a good summer time beer!

Feel: Medium mouth feel.

Overall: Decent beer easy to drink, a little on the sweet side, but still easy to drink and a great summer and/or beach beer.

Feb 24, 2016
3.68 by CreekyJarls from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2016
3.63 by forrestmoons from Florida on Jan 22, 2016
3.69 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jan 18, 2016
4.21 by sjh207 from Idaho on Jan 11, 2016
3.82 by coopdog1000 from Florida on Dec 07, 2015
3.71 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 24, 2015
3.48 by Jason_cs from Florida on Nov 19, 2015
Wavemaker Amber Ale from Big Storm Brewing Company - Odessa
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 129 ratings