Amber Apparition | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Amber ApparitionAmber Apparition

Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amber Apparition
an American Amber Ale - rich and enjoyable with its caramel and toffee sweetness that is balanced by a subtle aroma and a complimentary flavor of hops. Amber Apparition pairs well with delicate seafood's, poultry dishes and salads.
5.2% Alcohol, 32 IBU's

Added by puboflyons on 01-26-2013

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A friend picked this up from the brewery for me. Hazy amber-mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is very malt forward with tons of caramel and brown bread along with hints of brown sugar, and nuts. The taste mirrors the nose with caramel malts totally dominating. Hints of brown bread, toffee, nuts, brown sugar, and subtle hoppiness. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly creamy with medium carbonation and great drinkability. Overall, this reminds me a lot of some of my favorite German Altbiers, specifically Uerige, although not as hoppy. A solid beer.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A = Slightly cloudy, rusty orange color, short-lived head that leaves moderate lacing.

S = I can definitely smell caramel and malt and hops.

T = Somewhat caramel (they also say toffee on the label, I'm guessing referring to a buttery quality to the caramel, but all's I taste is caramel). The hops are stronger than the sweetness in the end, so that's what's most memorable to me. Sweet up front, hoppy at the end.

M = The label calls this an "American Amber Ale," and I would say that it's on the light side of an ale for mouthfeel. Kind of a beer/ale mix to me.

O = This is unique in my tasting experience. Kind of a 70% amber beer / 30% IPA combination. I like it for what it is, but not sure if I'd revisit. As far as food pairings, the label suggests it accompanies "delicate seafoods, poultry dishes, and salads," to which I would counter with flavorful seafoods such as salmon or swordfish, perhaps a clams casino (bacon!) but nothing delicate (e.g. filet of sole), definitely poultry dishes, especially those prepared with herbs, winter salads only with pickled root veggies/blue cheese/walnuts/spicy greens, and maybe a nice lamb chop! Good stuff...give it a try!

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Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ben1313
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a dark rusty amber/red colored body with a one and a half fingered white foamy head that lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body, some light speckled lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell has some earthy caramel malts and light bitter hops that round out a nice sweet aroma with some toffee coming through. The taste has mainly a sweetness running through the caramel malts. There is some toffee that comes through with a light nuttiness to it with a light caramel/nutty aftertaste and a dry sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium in the body with a decent enough sessionable aspect to it that could assist in going with its respected food. Carbonation is somewhat smooth but still there’s a decent harshness to subside the palate a bit longer as there’s the element of a slight creaminess rolling over the mouth and tongue. Overall, I would say this is a nice American Amber/Red Ale easy to come back to.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 25, 2013.

It really looks nice with its medium amber to mahogany tone and modest short-lived head that settles to a ring.

The aroma is a mix of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts, which are typical of the style.

The body is medium.

As far as ambers go, this really emulates the style to a tee but it does not go beyond that. While I like the sweet maltiness and low hop bitterness at the end there are many similar beers that taste like this one. But it is an easy to drink beer and one that I would gladly try again.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of nebula1999
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Mike
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Mmcdonald79
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper color. Thin but sticky head.

I sniffed the bottle before pouring and it smelled just like a bottle of V8 Juice. Still smells like V8 Juice in my glass though slightly less so. This is so going to ruin my beer, once just doesn’t ignore V8 Juice. A fruit juice hop and caramel aroma emerges from the vegetable medley once it warms up. Odd first impression though.

Thankfully does not taste like V8. Tastes like some juicy bubble gum hops as a matter of fact, with light crystal malts to boot. I don’t get any caramel or toffee suggested by the label but just general crystal/caramel maltiness. There’s a bread crust and herbal Ricola belch in back which is almost as unappealing as the tomato juice. Very light bodied but I’ll sacrifice a little body for a 5.2% as I’m not the drinker I used to be.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, citrus and other fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of NH1911
1.87/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had 12 oz cans from 2 different sixpax... off smell of gassy ether. Tasted the same. Maybe bad batch? Could hardly stomach the nasaly grossness by holding my breath and not breathing through my nose after. My buddy had to dump em...

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Photo of Rlhj
4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what I want in an amber ale. It doesn't try to be an IPA, but neither does it try to be a lager.

It doesn't try to look like a Guinness, and it doesn't look like Bud Light.

A solid, solid beer.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bouchard101
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear ruby/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine nose, flavor is a balance of caramel and pine hops. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord. NH.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kdivers
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep garnet brown color with a smallish khaki head that that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of caramel and toffee with a hint of earthy citrus hops. The flavor is English inspired with a lightly chalky sulfur and caramel toffee maltiness with hints of earthy spicy hops that barely provide balance. Is that a bitter butterscotch I am getting in the flavor? Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. A new NH brewery and I sooo wanted to be blown away. This one is OK, but really nothing special.

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Photo of Brianedonovan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

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Amber Apparition from Henniker Brewing Co.
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