Happy Amber | MadTree Brewing

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Happy AmberHappy Amber

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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -2.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +26.9%
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 -17%
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 -2.5%
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 +5.8%
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 +8.9%
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 -20.8%
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 -2.5%
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 +2%
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 -2.8%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to my buddy Richard for getting me this beer!

A: Orange amber with a hint of red, like Iced tea. There is a solid amount of off white head on top. The beer itself is fairly clear.

S: Hoppy, with light orange peel, and perhaps grapefruit and tangerine. There is almost a spiced bread thing going on that I like.

T: There is a nice hit from the hops.. touches of pine and orange. The sweet spice bread note continues into the taste. The hops certainly take the forefront in this brew. The finish is lingering hops, and perhaps a touch of toffee or coffee.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is lively, and mid range. The is a lingering bitterness that is somewhat drying in the finish.

O: Overall a fairly solid offering. I think this treads the line between IPA and Amber... But it is certainly tasty.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, caramel color with a bright white head

S: Hops! Malt! A balance of hops to malt is initially evident. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Caramel and bread come through too.

T: Once again that perfectly balanced hops to malt shine here. Some pine and earthy malt with a citrus kick. The caramel malt sweetens things up with hints of toasted bread. Lightly bitter finish.

M: Decent carbonation, springy.

O: This is another great offering from Madtree. An absolute session beer that you could drink and drink and drink. The malt is definitely there but the hops kick this bad boy up a notch. /90

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Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, red color with an off white head
S - Malty smell with hop notes, citrus.
T - Carmel Malt and a nice hoppy pine taste blending in. Smooth.
M -medium mouth feel, decent carbination level and very crisp. hop finish is a pleasant bitter.
O - Very solid, easy to drink and enjoyable to drink. I don't drink a lot of ambers or reds but this is done right and will be a go to when I crave the style.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the head billow nicely. the body is a bright amber color.
s - west coast hops with a hint of citrus and mint. caramel aromas too.
t - big piney hops with a spicy finish. amber is in the name but i wouldn't have guessed that style, it definitely leans more towards the imperial red side.
m - medium and coating.
o - very drinkable and solid beer from a fairly new brewery.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a 50W Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, translucent maroon color. Aggressive pours results an off white foamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing and settles with good retention.

S: Smell is hop forward with bready, biscuit malts. Sweet caramel malt is evident as well. Some citrus - oranges. The smell isn't bad, but slightly underwhelming.

T: Buttery. Definitely a strong hop character. Lots a breadiness. More clementine-like fruitiness than the smell led me to believe. Some lemon juice tastes. A good amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body. Prickly. Dry. High carbonation. Very sessionable. Crisp and refreshing. Goes down very easy.

O: Another solid offering from MadTree. This one could be dangerous, as it is goes down super easy. Nice hop character backed with some bready malts and sweetness. Very nice balance.

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Happy Amber from MadTree Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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