Amber Ridge
Burlington Beer Co.

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Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
American Brown Ale
4 | pDev: 9%
Jul 07, 2019
Jan 25, 2015
Very Good
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage... poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy caramel brown pour. 2 fingers of fizzy off-white head... modest lacing.

S: Caramel, sugar, and vanilla.

T.F: Toasted malts and grains up front... sweet maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Brown sugar and caramel... a bit of hopping for balance, but this one is sweet and boozy. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue. More brown sugar and toffee at the finish.

O: A decent barrel aged brown... different, and the maple syrup sets it off a bit. Solid brew... a bomber is the perfect size for a share.
Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

May 23, 2018
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage. This is a Barleywine.
Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by flaskman from New York

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Well I just shared a bottle that I had stashed for over a year with big Mike in his barn. We had it after a BCBS because I wanted him to taste the best first. Honestly it was tough to decide which was the best. Poured deep amber into a 16 ounce glass. Moderate head with not much lacing. It tasted exactly what the bottle described. A very good brown ale with obvious maple syrup flavor and a great bourbon kick. It was sweet and delicious. Very well balanced. Much better that I had anticipated. I purchased it at Hunger Mountain Cooperative in Vermont last year. When I am looking for something new I often look for the empty spots on the shelves to see what I missed. This bottle was the last one and if I wasn't 6 foot 2 with long arms I would not had found it. A great beer from and obscure place. I loved it!
Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
righteous beer right here, 2017 edition despite the listing, its the same exact beer from what i can gather. they are calling a robust maple amber on the label not a brown ale, but it sure looks brown in the glass. i think this is incredible stuff, being a big maple guy. this has a ton of maple syrup in it, and is aged in bourbon barrels and with sugar maple staves, pretty awesome way to incorporate a more complete maple profile. super sweet on the nose, heavy maple syrup, very authentic so quite sweet, but also woody and malty, rich for sure, and with quite a lot of the whiskey and the wood in the nose too. so much happening in the flavor, fresh maple for days, brown sugar notes from the malt, slight cocoa and chocolate, a hint of smoke and char, lots of vanilla and honey from the bourbon, even the corn element of it comes out for me. its sugary for sure, and the alcohol is exposed at this strength, but i like it a lot, and it really makes sense. almost a maple brown ale really, lots going on, and just really well done. cool these guys are packaging (they look sharp!) and taking on such ambitious brews, and a huge thanks to my buddy for bringing this back for me from his vermont trip! excellent use of maple in a very unique woody strong ale. shared this with some close friends and everyone really dug it! im sure it will age amazingly well too if you have the patience, but if it says maple on it, its hard for me to not give in to temptation!
Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 16, 2017
Rated: 3 by emottram from Massachusetts

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Jun 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Treated as an imperial brown ale, this was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a brown color with some red hues along the sides of the glass. The aroma had some maple sweetness with some big sweet nutty malts flowing forward into some milk chocolate and a light vanilla. Some tobacco. Then some earthy and grassy hops. The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the malts and some light booziness. Aftertaste blended tobacco to sweet vanilla and then earthy tones slide in very nicely. Finish is dry and smooth with a clean tobacco intake. The feel was medium bodied with a great sipping quality about it. Carbonation had fallen off a little bit, but the ABV felt perhaps just a tad under. Very malty smooth all around. Overall, well, other than this being a little bit aged, it came out very well in all departments. Glad I sent the other bottle of this to a friend, hope she likes it as much as I do.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by chippo33 from Vermont

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by jbeervt from Vermont

Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by earlholman from Maryland

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by tobelerone from New Jersey

May 31, 2016
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Rated by zotzot from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Alcohol is well hidden
May 27, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by jtk21351 from California

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by redbarnbikes from New York

May 13, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by klanzit from Vermont

May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by jkeranen from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Drank a bomber out of a tulip. Quite sweet, lots of maple, bourbon touch is really nice, definitely want to share with a friend. The alcohol is hidden very well. Mouthfeel keeps you coming back for more, nice carbonation. Could be the teensiest bit hoppier but now we are splitting hairs. After trying this and their Triumphant Belgian Strong Ale really looking forward to more from Burlington Beer Company. That's a good thing because I live in VT.
May 04, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Apr 07, 2016
Amber Ridge from Burlington Beer Co.
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