Stanley Park 1897 Amber | Stanley Park Brewery

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Stanley Park 1897 AmberStanley Park 1897 Amber

Brewed by:
Stanley Park Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1897 Amber is a naturally crafted, unpasteurized, Belgian style amber. Our hand selected Belgian Amber, French and Canadian malts are brewed with the finest English and European characteristic hops to produce a beer of nuance. The mellow toasted malt and even body is perfectly balanced with a soft bitterness and mild hop aroma.The resulting light bodied beer has a subtle flavour complexity and an exceptionally clean finish.

Added by canucklehead on 01-11-2010

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Al Porto, Gastown, Vancouver.
Pale orange. 3.75
Butterscotch. 3.25
Toffee apple with Werther’s End. 3.5
Light and fizzy. 3.5

Bad even as an entry-level amber. (And Belgian? Umm... OK.) Cloying, no snap, and no bright crystal. When Fat Tire is a breath of fresh air, you’ve got problems. 3.25

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Photo of HipCzech
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pinnacle Hotel, poured into a Stanley Park pint glass. Bright, clear, light amber gold. Good frothy head of white foam, some lace, and nice, visible carbonation. Aroma of mild caramel malt, husky grain and faint ale yeast. Malty body, toasted grains, some toffee sweetness and slight bitterness. Medium to light mouthfeel and carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing after a long flight, if not too interesting.

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Photo of phatmasterc
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is alright. Wouldn't buy this again. It's nothing out of the ordinary. You can tell effort went into balancing the malt/hops. There's slight caramel flavour with a mild sweet honey kick. I find this beer to be a beer that isn't appealing unless it's thirst quenching cold, after that...meh.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Overall, well, meh...Don't get me wrong - this is a decent beer. It's much better than any of the mass produced adjunct lagers you could purchase. As far Belgian Pale Ale, this beer has a long way to go. It has a nice amber colour and slight head that disappears quickly. There are notes of caramel and honey, but this brew does not really fill your mouth with flavour. It is well suited for summer patios and washing down pub food, but lacks the complexity I would expect from this style of beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Color on the light side of amber-brown, somewhere between bronze and gold with a quick-breaking whitish head that condenses down into around a half-inch of more persistent bubbles. Aroma begins with a surprisingly bright English-type hop note that rapidly gives way to a honeyed caramel sweetness. Palate features more of the same, honey, caramels, and a little toasted grain. Quite fizzy, moderate body and finishes with more "old world" hops, somewhat fruity and tannic and perhaps oxidized. Not a particularly complex or otherwise inspiring brew, but drinkable, sweet, and with some decent hop flavor. Almost devoid of true Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- This pours a very clear, orange-y hued color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head is actually quite pleasant to see, with plenty of soap like fluffiness showing upon the pour and the retention is rather impressive. Unfortunately, the lacing does not accompany the foamy head, as nothing really likes to stick to my glass as I drink this down.

S- Sweet malt dominates, with reminders of toffee and/or caramel. This beer even carries aromas similar to a honey brown ale, and also some slight fruitiness....bananas come to mind. It has an overall cleanliness about it, as there doesn't seem to be any strong aromas in general.

T- Overall, the flavors are weak, but it doesn't taste bad. This is malty sweet, with honeyed notes, and some fruit....perhaps some banana and apple qualities. The main setback with this one is the aftertaste...there is mild bitterness, which would be nice if this was slightly stronger, but it actually has some metallic astringency to it that cheapens the product.

M- Reasonably thin mouthfeel and the carbonation is actually quite smooth, as opposed to what I thought it would be like. It is sweeter and dessert like....not exactly thirst quenching but it isn't cloying either.

O- I enjoy this on tap better...I don't mind it bottled but I don't find it as full and characteristic of what I've come to expect. I would drink this again, yet I probably wont go out of my way to purchase it again in a sixer....with this all said though, this is a better than average brew and is most definitely a step up from basic lagers and is suitable for those that like the honey browns....I don't find this to be among the worlds most complex Belgian Amber beers, as is proudly on the neck label....good for the price though.

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Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft pint, served in a Stanley Park logo pint glass.
This beer is clear, bronze amber color, with a soap bubble head. Foam quickly falls, some sticky lace bubbles.
It smells of caramel malt, a bit cracker or bready, some slightly sour fruit, and earthy hops.
The taste starts malty, maybe some honey-like sweetness, and finishes with the herbal, earthy hops.
The carbonation is low, more flat than smooth, light to medium body, sweet after taste.
A bit above average, kind of a generic amber ale. My opinion, ok for an amber, low marks as a Belgian Pale (their description, not mine).

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Photo of Snatchomcfly
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable amber ale. Dark copper in the glass with good foamy head. Scents of citrus and some honey notes. Very smooth and good mouthfeel with a very solid finish. A good representation of an amble ale even though my experience is limited. Will purchase again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in White Rock B.C. From notes.

A - Dark copper. Bright with no visible carbonation. One finger of white head and no lace with just a film of retention.

S - Honey, caramel, citrus.

T - Honey, sweet malt, toffee.

M - Good carbonation, light body, sweet finish.

O/D - A little boring. Not bad and easy to drink, but just pretty standard.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden copper, slight cloudiness, nice creamy head.

Smell- Biscuity with a hint of citrus.

Taste- Light flavours of wheat and honey. Slight bitterness at the end but doesn't leave a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body feel. A nice, smooth ale that has easy drinkability.

Overall- A nice amber ale. Flavours balance well and isn't too heavy. A good beer to enjoy with a meal or relaxing with friends. Hope to see more varieties from this brewing company.

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Photo of Tford
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a dark amber colour; it is very opaque compared to other beers of the type.

S: It smells most prominently of toffee and fruits, but hops are also noticeable

T: Initially it tastes of toffee and weak fruits, then the hops and malts of the ale take over to give it a nice bitter aftertaste.

M: This has a medium body with medium carbonation; it is smooth and quite dry.

O: This is pretty good, definitely the best out of Hell’s Gate. It has a nice balance between the traditional flavours (hops and malts) with non-traditional (toffee and fruits).

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden amber, 2 finger head dissipated to a consistent cover
S - toasted bread and fresh cut grass
T - some bready malt and grassy hops, some metallic, but a little bland
M - pretty thin with a light dry and metallic feel
D - some flavour but generally bland, a very average beer

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Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears to have gone under a number of different alias' (incl. Hell Gate Brewery, Turning Point Brewery and now Stanley Park Brewery). It seems the latest re-branding is one that promotes the 'sustainability' of the brewery by using wind power generation to power their production process. I'm not overly concerned with how they brew their beer, what I am concerned with is how it tastes!

A - Pours a nice golden amber colour, finger of head with mild retention settling to small islands and leaving some sporatic lacing.

S - Corny breaded malt scent, mild caramel and some light leafy green hops. Bit of a sour lemon pepper scent on the finish as well.

T - Flavours are fairly mild with leafy greens, sweet corn, caramel and breaded malts on the finish. A bitter dry bread malt lingers on the tongue.

M - Nothing wrong in this department, medium bodied with a full carbonation feel on the tongue. Goes down smooth and leaves a slightly dry feel on the finish.

D - Overall a tasty amber with a nice balance of malts and hops. I've had some more flavourful amber offerings, but this one is worthy.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

20 oz. draft at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar in Vancouver. Clear dark amber with no carbonation. Head retention similar to carbonated soft drinks. Swirled my half-full glass only to see the head build up and disappear in the same moment. Caramel-toffee aroma. Light-medium caramel malt sweetness up front, continued in the middle with a hint of earthy hop bitterness, finishing with a more of the same. Medium mouthfeel. Not enough to hold my interest after the first half glass and I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 20oz pint from a nice downtown Kelowna pub, of which there seems to be more than a few.

This beer appears a crystal clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, moderately foamy, and soapy off-white head, which renders some rings of thinly layered lace around the glass as it promptly falls away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, semi-sweet pastry dough, sour, indistinct orchard fruit, citrusy honey, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is fairly sweet bready caramel malt, sourdough, corn mash, a touch of banal yeast, field honey, and more middling earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, as barely a modest frothiness arises throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with just a wee underlying tackiness nipping at its heels. It finishes well off-dry, the heady caramel malt kind of pushing everything else out of the way, sumo-wrestler style.

A so-so amber ale - better than average for around here, that much is certain, but the stupid marketing claims of Belgian brewing tradition ring hollow to me when, one - nothing 'Belgian' really appears in the beer, and two - you also name your beer after the most notable landmark in all of Vancouver. These two things just don't really go together, and unfortunately, given an otherwise unmemorable brew, that is what resonates with me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love Stanley Park. And I love beer. What a great combination we have here! I had this at a BBQ restaurant, which served this beer in its own branded glass. On to the beer:

It's an amber colored beer with orange and yellowish hues. The head retention is good, and so is the lacing. Not as beautiful as Stanley Park, but still pretty good looking. Unfortunatley, it doesn't smell like the park. It's an okay beer aroma; faint fruity esters, which gradually intensify as the beer warms.

1897 SPA is not totally agreebale. The husky and grainy flavors are not a highlight in this beer, the fruit esters are light and attempt to keep this beer above water. It does, but not by much. The overall flavor is shallow, but a more intense flavor with more intense husky and grainy flavors makes me think twice about such a tweak. Very light in the mouth, kind of like water. It's decent enough to drink though.

Like the BBQ I ate with this beer, this beer is mediocre. Lord Stanley would insist on a name change if he were to taste this mediocrity.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april 4 2010

A clear golden orange with just a little carbonation floating up to a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some toffee with a little citrus and biscuit

T a little more sweetness then on the nose to go along with a fair bit of malt and all that I smell

M more carbonation then you see floating around in the glass keeps it from feeling thin

D no issues with this beer It's not going to blow you away in any areas but not disappointing either

I need to do some research on this beer I've never heard of this brewery, and I've never seen "wind powered" on my beer before

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a stealth beer that is showing up all over the Lower Mainland but with little real info known ( ie. no real brewing info on bottle).It brewed by the Mark Anthony Group who also brew the Hell's Gate lager. It is based on a Belgian amber beer much like Fat Tire is based on the same style. There was a Stanley Park brewery in the 1890's with a Belgian Brewer which this beer is trying to replicate. The beer itself is pretty good with nice malty biscuit notes on the mouthfeel and decent hops. Worth trying and hopefully a sign of more craft beers from MAG instead of crappy lagers like Hell's Gate

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Stanley Park 1897 Amber from Stanley Park Brewery
3.32 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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