Stanley Park 1897 Amber | Stanley Park Brewery

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Stanley Park 1897 AmberStanley Park 1897 Amber

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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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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Bunman3
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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 FadetoBock
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BCborn
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 CWVegas
3.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jcubz
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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 RandyFlameThrower
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.24/5  rDev 0%
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 Mlkluther
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of S_Dal
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Snatchomcfly
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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 sansho
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 LampertLand
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of derdtheterd
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcCraft710
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ZacharyReichardt
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HipCzech
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Docrock
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Stanley Park 1897 Amber from Stanley Park Brewery
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 67 ratings