Happy Amber
MadTree Brewing

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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #38
Ranked #17,866
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Jul 16, 2021
Apr 24, 2013
Very Good
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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."
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3.84 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jul 16, 2021
3.87 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jun 26, 2021
3.79 by smithj4 from New York on Jun 10, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HopHunterCL from Ohio

12 oz. can dated 3/16/21
Pours a deep copper orange color with a huge long lasting rocky head. Beautiful
Aroma is caramel malt, bread crust and orange peel. The can says “ If it weren’t for autocorrect you’d be drinking hoppy amber” Much more hop character in the taste than the nose. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, pine. Great caramel, bready backbone. Excellent brew. Would buy again

Apr 21, 2021
4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on Apr 19, 2021
3.83 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Aug 01, 2020
3.75 by Manta200 from Kentucky on May 15, 2020
4.3 by MEEK6382 from Ohio on Jan 09, 2020
4 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Dec 23, 2019
3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Dec 19, 2019
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Jun 17, 2019
3.73 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2019
3.83 by BJB13 from Maryland on Feb 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pathman from Ohio

11/29/18 draft @ BLU

Jan 02, 2019
3.87 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Dec 08, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

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.

Oct 21, 2018
3.71 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky on Aug 28, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

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.

Jul 23, 2018
3.83 by travelguy from Ohio on Jul 18, 2018
3.79 by jak from North Carolina on Jun 08, 2018
3.91 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 22, 2018
4.23 by Trboley from Ohio on May 12, 2018
4.12 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 03, 2018
3.51 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Jan 22, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Jan 13, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

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!

Dec 28, 2017
3.83 by EdFed from Illinois on Dec 17, 2017
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Dec 15, 2017
3.81 by _andrew_ from Ohio on Dec 06, 2017
3.79 by WDJersey from Colorado on Nov 23, 2017
3.66 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Nov 19, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Parmesan from Colorado

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.

Oct 17, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CAROLUS64 from Ohio

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.

Oct 06, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Sep 04, 2017
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3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Sep 02, 2017
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Aug 24, 2017
3.25 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Aug 12, 2017
3.86 by JoeLev from Ohio on Jul 22, 2017
4.3 by akopczyk from Ohio on Jul 14, 2017
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