Happy Amber
MadTree Brewing

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #74
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,208
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
220
From:
MadTree Brewing
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  66
SCORE
86
Very Good
Happy AmberHappy Amber
Notes: This dry-hopped ale combines carmel and biscuit malt flavors in happy equilibrium with late addition American hops. The approachable balance is intentional although the name is "hoppy accident."
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 220 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Madtree works better than reviewed here

A) Pours a cloudy orange body with ample creamy head and lace.
S) Smell is fruity, autumnal, with lots of hops this is happy, hoppy amber.
T) Ditto on flavor which is bursting, autumnal. Love it.
F) Creamy, memorable.
O) Cincinatti and Dayton are super under-discovered brewtowns. Boating on Ohio also under-rated. Try it.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a cloudy orange hue.
Smell is fruity and a nice hint of the hops.
Taste is hops forward.
Feel is nice with a hint of carbonation.
Overall I’m liking this.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/15/2017. Gusher can upon opening. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a delicious American amber ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Balanced Cascade/Chinook hops with Crystal/Munich/Victory malts. A very enjoyable offering, and classic tasting style example.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this very much, had it with a nice Italian meal while visiting family in Cincinnati. Waitress did a great job of pouring it from a can into a British pint. Golden amber color with a beautiful fluffy head and great lacing. Nice sweet malty smell and taste. A bir earthy and just enough bitterness. Very good beer!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours muddy looking brown color with thick foamy off white head lots of lacing.

Aroma - Caramel lots of malt, light hop aroma grain. There is not much coming through.

Taste - Sweet caramel, biscuit, floral hops no flavor really stands out.

Feel - Medium bodied slightly higher than expected carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - A decent amber nothing really stands out for me.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a clear copper-gold color with a creamy white head and several fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Some toasted bread and grain, mixed with a strong floral hop. Not the most complex flavor.

T: Strong floral hop with a slightly piney hop bite, and a slightly nutty earthy malt below. The hop is a little too strong in this beer.

F: Medium body and a little prickly carbonation.

O: This is an ok amber, but the hops kinda overpower the rest.

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Photo of CAROLUS64
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an Amber that is rather hoppy and aromatic. It is a copper color with a nice thick head on top. Like most Madtree beers it has a thick aroma which drifts well out of the glass. I think some might find it a little more bitter than an average Amber but with it's heavier mouth-feel and maltiness, it is not out of balance. I had mine out of a can and into a old fashioned thick glass beer mug. I am not the best at describing the flavors a beer pulls out but this one is somewhat like roasted nuts or coffee with some strong citrus notes. I always keep a 6 pack in my fridge for myself and guests.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 8/15/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours an amber copper with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; chunky light khaki head that falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of orange along with some hints of caramel and toffee. Toasted malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. Solid bitterness with a decent malt backbone, but the malts don't seem to dominate. More orange and toffee. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice amber ale. It has a solid hop presence to it, but it doesn't come off as an IPA. It might feel like a pale ale at times, but there's no doubt it's an amber ale. The craftsmanship is on point. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate. I like it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shimmering brown-amber with a khaki foam head.

Nutty, toasty rug with pungent hops are on the nose with caramel and amaretto adding themselves to the palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a pale ale that's not too pale, a brown ale that's not too brown, or a red ale that's not too red, MadTree Brewing finds a happy medium with a happy American amber ale that even Bob Ross would find prideful.

We'll just put a Happy Amber over here with a medium bronze, deep amber and light brown hue. Hazy and frothy, the lacy ale trickles as a toasted sweetness rises to greet the nose. Hoppy with citrus and pine, the taste leads seamlessly into a toasty sweet taste of deeply caramelized grain, bread crust, medium toast and nutty pecan.

Across the middle, the beer shows a rapid dissolve of malt in order to prefer a drying palate to showcase hops. While the toasty, peppery and savory character of malt remains, its sweetness scampers while the hop's orange peel, grapefruit and light lime qualities shine. Growing into a bitter finish of toasted pinecone, resins and a ginger-like spice, the finish comes swiftly with the remnants of barley and a moderately deep hop bite.

Medium bodied and trending malty dry, the beer holds enough malt sweetness to resonate with its toasty edges but dry enough to facilitate a high rate of drinkability. Careful not to flirt with IPA territory, the hops show boldness yet restraint to keep the beer hop tilted but within balance. It's an ideal American style red ale that's a certain fan favorite with pizza, burgers or most varieties of wings.

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Photo of jp32
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice amber ale here. It pours orange/auburn in color, pretty close to the color of the can. Good head retention. It smells like an inviting, well-balaned blend of malts and hops. The flavor profile is a little hop forward for a beer of it's style, but it really plays nicely with the biscuity, caramel malt backbone.

One of my favorite amber ales. Very tasty and easy drinking to boot. I could drink this one everyday.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this tasty beer from Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured a slightly hazy amber with white head and nice lace. The scent has faint malt. The taste is sweet caramel malt that finish a touch bitter to come off pallet clean. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a very good amber.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that died down, but left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with hints of toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with hints of toasted and caramel malts. Although no bitterness is really perceptible, there are enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale has an interesting combination of biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts. While very malty, it's rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Namabiru
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Filled a howler at Incline Publice House and brought it home to drink. Used a standard Imperial Pint Glass (English Pint, not American.) and proceed to enjoy this lovely Amber Ale beer.

(A)ppearance came out a beatiful copper color, very clear with no haze. Head persisted and left quite a bit of lace clinging to the glass, even after a few minutes.
(S) mell wafted from the glass similar to grass, slightly piny from the hops, and a faint roasty aroma from the grains. Quite Pleasant.
(M)outhfeel played upon the palate with the slight bitterness tugging at your cheeks, but full of body and smoothness just waiting for the imbiber to complete the process and swallow, allowing the person to enjoy the taste in its entirety.
(T)aste gave a slightly bitter, but roasty malt flavor leaving the mouth for the stomach and lets you enjoy the rest of the tasty symphony of notes.
(O)verall the beer's smoothness and drink ability really lets the person relax, throw their feet up and enjoy the beer. Probably the best Amber beer I have drank in quite some time, better than Alaska Amber and Anderson Valley (IMHO). Enjoy!

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty one, a deep red-orange hue with lots of brightness and clarity with a big, fluffy but tight off-white head that settles to a thick layer which proceeds to lace the glass pretty heavily.
Hoppy but balanced, this beer's malt bill handles the nice heft of pine, flora, earth and perfume that the hops put up front. Ambers have never needed to be bland or boring, and this one follows the trend of putting some actual character into the style. It's remenicent of a very well-balanced traditional (think old school) IPA, the kind that existed before it was all and only hops and subtlety was lost. Malts are on the dry and somewhat danker end, but there is a nice brightness. Hops end up putting a little citrus into a lingering semi-dry finish.
A little bit of bite with crispness mingles with a good frontal smoothness and keeps it going pretty well. The body holds at a steady medium, and carbonation is well presented and consistent to the end.

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear amber color. Smooth, easy to drink. Smells of malt and pinnaple. Much more hops than a normal Amber. I appreciate the risk in doing something different.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can in Dublin Ohio.
Pours with a copper colored body and a good head.
Hoppy aroma for style. This partially carries over to the taste, especially in the mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: a hopped up Amber beer that leans strongly towards a pale ale.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned June 2, 2015 enjoyed July 25, 2015 in a tulip/snifter.

Look - Amber, orange body. Stone head with medium bubbles. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Hoppier than a normal amber. Pineapple. Malt.

Taste - Pine. Spice. Lemon. Orange. Malt. Dairy.

Feel - Medium. Between creamy and carbonated. Not a lot of alcohol taste.

Overall - MadTree mainstay. I have tried before but still not what I look for in the style. Try it for a change up from stouts and IPAs, but get a pretty hoppy beer anyway.

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Photo of denver10
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber red with a nice khaki head, which does a nice job sticking around. Aroma is toffee, a touch of roastiness, bread, and some pine. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied with some activity. Overall, I find 95% of amber ales fall in the boring category, so its always nice to find an amber ale that is good. And this one is more than good, one of the very best ambers going, IMO. Definitely a malty beer, but nice supporting hops going as well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As The CANQuest (tm) CANtinues to press on, I am giving my palate a rest and switching gears from the hoppy onslaught of APAs, AIPAs and DIPAs that has CANstituted the bulk of the past few days.

From the CAN: "Happy, Happier, Happiest ... In A CAN."; "This dry-hopped ale combines caramel and biscuit malt flavors in happy equilibrium with late addition American hops. The approachable balance is intentional although the name is a 'hoppy' accident."

The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so I employed a gentle Glug to be able to CANtrol potential overflow. I still netted a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention that left nice lacing as it fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with notes of raspberries and maple syrup. I swear! Or maybe I am losing my mind. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more towards maple syrup in terms of its flavor, although it was not as sweet as all that. I was definitely beginning to pick up the biscuity maltiness and the grassy hoppiness, but caramel did not not seem to be on the menu. The finish was semi-sweet and once more, I thought I tasted raspberries. How odd. I would drink this again, especially as an alternative to hoppy AIPAs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish, with 2 fingers of khaki colored head. Little effervescence visible. Head turns to 1/4" froth quickly. Pretty nice lacing.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Candied grapefruit, tropical/pineapple. Malty and sweet. A lot like Brown Shugga; I've been saying that a lot.

Taste: Dry, light arrival. Reminds me of Jackie O's Firefly, with its lightness, but with more hops. Hoppy mid-palate, easy slightly bitter end. A little salty with some alcohol. Medicinal bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent. Light feeling overall, modest carbonation.

Overall: Not my style. Too light for an amber, and way too medicinal. I like Sawtooth, Fat Tire, and Bell's way better. The aroma here is the best part. I gave this a second chance, and felt the same way the second time around. So far, this is the only MadTree beer I've tried that I haven't loved.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank it out of the can, so no real insight from me as far as looks are concerned. Smells a bit hoppy with some citrus notes. Tastes basically the same, unobtrusive. Feels light/medium in the mouth.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/07/2014. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit, citrus peel) and floral hops, and caramel and bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of orange noticeable too. Great balance between the hoppy and malty flavors. There's also a nice hoppy bitter finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, I might have to pick up a sixer of this soon. Got to try it at $1.67 a can, definitely worth picking up!

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant amber with copper tones and a frothy khaki head that dissipates to a thin foam.

Nutty, toasted, sweet caramel and biscuit malt dominates, with resin, floral hops, and grapefruit countering. There's a hint of onion.

Flavor reveals a nutty, deeply toasted backbone, slightly sweet, which finishes fairly bitter and a touch burnt. Grapefruit surfaces initially, but malt sweetness wins, carrying into s light resiny finish. There's a biscuity character up front, accompanied by light chocolate notes.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Fairly complex beer. The malt character is extremely varying, and the hops play against it well. It's somewhat of a mystery brew. Can't decide if I love it or not.

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crapturds (reddit) for this one.

Pours a nice foamy frothy 1 finger head that fades slowly with nice whispy lacing all over the place, hazy reddish orange chestnut color.

Nose has some decent hops, little grassy and floral, mild citrus and orange rind, little fruity, pretty big malt component with reddish caramel malts, little candy like malt, hint syrup and sweet.

Taste is semi sweet with more caramel malts, lots if reddish candy like malts but not too sweet or syrupy. Then plenty of hops but not too much, mild bitterness but nice floral fruity hops, little citrus, hint rind, mostly general fruit and floral characters. Finish is a little sticky sweet, more fair bitterness, little earthy component to the hops with touch more citrus.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, nothing too special, decent fairly enjoyable, not great any means though fairly average.

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Happy Amber from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 220 ratings