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Amber Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship Teton Ale is a full bodied, American-style amber with a rich copper color which comes from the roasted Crystal and Munich malts. We use Cascade and Galena hops to achieve the unique, fresh flavor and robust finish that is long and complex on the palate.

31 IBU

Added by Jason on 08-27-2002

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 173
Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip it formed an off white colored head that leaves tiny particles of lace with each drink. Amber body, highly filtered shiney appearance. The body looks nice but the lifeless head and retention takes a bite out of the score.

This brew leans heavily towards the malt side of the spectrum. Some nutty characteristics, light spice deep into the aftertaste is noticeable. Fruitiness is there but masked heavily and left for dead in the backdrop. Toasted around the edges but mostly doughy. Mouthfeel is rather light and a bit watery. Hop presence is really an afterthought. Average to below average in the end.

Notes: I know comparing specific beers can be frowned on by some but its good for my notes so here goes. I sampled a drake's Amber/Red not long ago and this really doesn't hold a candle to that offering. Both are malt leaning but this lacks complexity and depth.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.47/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a off white head. Nose is grain, CO2 and that all folks. Taste is thin, CO2, astringent and maybe some syrup. Mouthfeel is watery, bland and not drinkable at all. Will pass on this brew in the future.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a gusher. It exploded out of the bottle like old faithful. When poured into a glass it formed a huge head, and took several pours before the whole beer was in the glass. It is pale red in color. The aroma is of cane sugar, and sweet malt with no real distinctive traits. The taste is similar. With a gusher like this I usually expect some of flavor/aromas due to possible infection, but this beer has none. Instead, it is just really bland. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a poorly made beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on tap in a restaurant in Jackson, WY.

A: Typical amber ale, which is beautiful luckily. Amber/golden color with a small tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet. Really sweet. Some caramel, malts, and maybe some barley.

T: The best word I could use to describe this is typical. If you put this and a Fat Tire in front of me, I probably couldn't distinguish between the two.

M: A lot of carbonation, way too much if you ask me.

O: I only ordered this because the restaurant was out of the other three beers I actually wanted. This beer did not impress me at all. It was a LOT like a Fat Tire, which isn't bad because I like Fat Tire. But I expect more from a local microbrewery. I was hoping it would transcend the style and impress me with something. Instead it was really mediocre. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired as part of a Grand Teton variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, okay cream and thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy caramelization. Poorly handled amber hops. Clean malts. Not a particularly appealing aroma. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, clean malts, and vague unfocused hopping. Quite simple and somewhat bland. A strange amber. Simple and drinkable, but lacking true subtlety or complexity. Boring and bland.

Mf: Somewhat syrupy. Too thick in any case. Smooth and wet. Standard and predictable. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavour profile. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. I wouldn't get this again. A mediocre offering from Grand Teton. Poorly handled for an Amber.


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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Slightly metallic finish to this ale. Pours hazy orange/amber with tiny head and lazy carbonation. Aroma is citrus and hops. Flavor of hops, oranges, malt. Finish is slightly dry. Mouthfeel is flat, but medium weight. Just plain average.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 25 May 2008.

Big lacy orange white head. Hazy dark brown color. Aromas of bread, caramel, raisins. Mildly malty throughout, like the essence of malted milk balls. Tart aftertaste leaves the tongue fuzzy. Body is fairly watery. Alcohol minimal.

Overall have been somewhat disappointed by Grand Teton so far.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 05.09.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass. Part of a BOTM sampler.

A: Semi-hazed chestnut. 1/2 inch Tan head. Below average head retention & lacing.

S: Very bready w/toffee & tree hops

T: Bready, flint dryness, slightly fruity & piney hops.

M: Medium bodied, low carbs & OK balance.

D: Fair amber. Not too impressed overall.

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Photo of JNeider
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only thing that made this beer really awesome was drinking it while watching Old Faithful go off in Yellowstone!

A: Stereotypical amber color, pretty clear to

S: Decent notes of caramel and a hint of oats though there really wasn't much for odor

T: Solid caramel and hints of grain in there. No detectable hops really. Very average.

M: Rather thin but finished very smooth after a swish or two

D: Very drinkable as this was a rather light amber that was just that...light in most categories. Very average overall

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Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM continues...I wish they'd send me something *interesting*...

Another standard American amber. Pours medium brown with a bit 'o' red. Not much head, not much lacing, decent carbonation. Smells like light caramel malts and light hops. Taste follows with a decent balance of the semisweet malts and the lightly floral hops. A bit thin in the mouthfeel, overall OK.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from a beer of the month club as well.

A - pours a dark, somewhat cloudy amber with a bit of a head initially that subsided rather quickly

S -some malty sweetness, hints of fruit

T - again a bit of malty sweetness, some hoppiness

M - light-medium body, a bit of carbonation

D - eh, like the other beer I reviewed earlier this evening from the same shipment I don't think that I'd have another if there still weren't 2 more in the box. It's alright, but it doesn't really strike me as something I'd buy at the store/pub. Of course I am more of an IPA dude (who isn't these days), so maybe the style just isn't doing it for me, but honestly it doesn't really grab me. A fine beer, just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of dtivp
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with a small off white head that dissipated quickly into a lasting collar with some lacing.

Aroma of caramel and a bready malt.

Taste was grainy with slight caramel and malt.

Mouthfeel was thin bodied with light carbonation, smooth but very thin.

This was a plain average very light ale. Maybe best used to quench a hot day thirst.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was a rather odd beer. I would have confused it for a fruit / vegetable beer any day.

The appearance is a deep mahogany amber color with a thin creamy off-white head. The beer has a bit of a carbonation to it, but it still looks like some sort of V8 mixed fruit / veggie drink.

The smell only makes me think more of a fruit / veggie beer. Smells like pureed veggies, perhaps carrots and tomatoes, as well as some fruits and berries. Has a subtle bit of yeast and malt profile hidden under the odd fruitiness.

The taste has the same odd flavor profile to it. Is there buckwheat in this, maybe? Or DMS? This is very odd, and not the most pleasant drinking experience ever. The odd fruitiness comes out ahead, followed by a decent lightly roasted maltiness which is quickly washed out by the buckwheat oddity in the finish. Dry with very little hoppy bitterness to be spoken of (some hops might help make this a bit more tolerable). Too weird for me. Not recommended.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club. No drink by date.

Poured into a small pint glass.

Clear, garnet color. Off white head that stays a little bit.

Smells like almonds.

Sweet, marshmallow like malt flavor. Very little hop flavor.

Medium body.

Good representation of the style. Unfortunately, I have never been a fan of this style myself but found this to be a pleasant drinking beer nonetheless. Tasted good with some Thai chicken.

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Photo of Brisket
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

A- Great amber color, slightly hazy with two fingers of head. Moderate lacing.

S- Fresh caramel malt and caramel sweetness. Little to no hop.

T- Caramel and lightly roasted malts and weak nuttiness. Watery finish.

M- Light bodied, a watery finish

O- Just OK. Probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle has "amber" written all over it, but this is definitely more of a pale ale. With that said, it's slightly amber in color, but more of a copper with a sticky yellowish-white head. Smells of sticky-sweet malts, with fresh piney hops. Taste starts with not-enough malt. The little malt I can pick up is sweet and fruity, though. Feels pretty thin too. Hops are there; slightly metallic and citrusy and a little too acidic. In fact, too acidic to drink more than one. Maybe this bottle went bad. Oh well.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hardly any head, some carbonation and a nice deep reddish amber color. Thin bodied. There is some maltiness at first but the finish is on the hoppy side. The Fat Tire Amber Ale is much better. Can anyone verify that the ABV is only 3.2%??

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of reds so this was an impulse buy. I have to say I was not overly impressed with this one.

It's a dark copper/medium red with a finger of lightly tan head. The aroma was light with hops and maybe a tad of honey. The taste wasn't bad, not watered down or anything, there just wasn't much to it. It finished fairly smooth. It's ok it just didn't make much of an impression. I wouldn't turn one down but I'm not inclined to actively seek it out again.

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Photo of mjbrewboy
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the GABF. A tasty brew with more hop character than a traditional amber beer. Some malt backbone but not enough for a beer that is called an amber. It seemed a little light as if it might be watered down a bit. Based on the color, aroma and taste I think this is more of a pale ale than an amber. A nice beer but not what I was expecting based on the label.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pretty beer. Light caramel/redish tint, decent head, nice lacing. Lots of carbonatoin, maybe a little too much

S - A very well balanced smelling beer. Malty bready aroma balance with floral hop aroma. Nice.

T - Lacking in taste after such a fine smell. not a bad tasting beer. Very well balance, as an amber should be, just would like to have bigger flavors in my beers. Malty flavors on the front balanced out with hop bitterness, finishing with sweet & bitter.

M - Thin, not a very substantial mouthfeel. High carbonation is prickly on the tongue but not a lot of body.

D - Very drinkable, but an average beer.

Would drink again but wouldn't actively seek.

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Photo of Shaw
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Teton Ale pours a beautiful copper color with a light brown head. It smells of roasted malt and a little of hops.

The taste is malty with what I swear is a bit of tannin and hop bitterness. The aftertaste leaves nice hints of roasted malts, which pushes the taste to above average. Overall it is a little too light, though.

There's nothing really wrong with Teton Ale. I would choose something a little bigger to drink.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dolly Parton? No. Teton Ale pours a brown amber color with red hues when held to the light. The head pours out thick but quickly dissipates. Eventually is disappears all together. There is limited lace but it also doesn’t last. The smell is interesting. Overall a light aroma but some characteristics of caramel and apples.

At first taste the beer has a sweet malt that has some limited roasted qualities. Quickly other flavors come out. Some toffee and buttery characteristics. Also a little tart with a apple taste. As the beer warms that taste turns into a slight vegetable tang. The hops are a light with more earthy qualities.

The body is medium but there are hints of a watered down nature. Still the malt backs up the taste. Overall a good Amber Ale.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paired this with a seared venison steak at Cafe Genevieve in Jackson, WY last night. Bottle dated 04-25-11. Following review composed from notes.

Poured into a slender, 12oz. water glass.

Appearance: Deep amber body shows very poor clarity; it's downright cloudy. A fluffy, khaki-colored head formed atop following the pour, but then receded to a loose crown. Web-like lacing trails the beer down the glass.

Smell: Toasted wholegrain bread, caramel, nuts, and sweet, leafy hops. Pretty straightforward.

Taste: Wholegrain bread crust, toffee, caramel, pine, and earth. Robust flavors snowball into an aggressively bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit fuller than your average red/amber ale, and also more prickly. Moderate carbonation. Toasted grain and earthy bitterness cling to the palate deep into the aftertaste.

Overall: Teton Ale reminds me of Red Tail Ale, but with a bit less hop presence in the nose. Bold and robust, but the flavor components didn't meld all that well. Not bad overall, but I probably won't purchase this again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a translucent deep burnished copper color with a mountainous head, creamy smooth in its texture, the lace magnificent sticky sheets that plaster them selves to the glass. Nose is mostly malt, but some ripe fruit and light caramel tones seep through. The opening taste is malt, the top light as a feather, the finish is bitingly acidic, the hops sparse, the aftertaste dry. As I expected, very “thin-waisted”, and lacking in substance that I personally require to consider a beer anything other than “Ordinary”.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, slight hops, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is slightly bitter hops/malts. Nice clean finish though.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Grand Teton brew. Not too bad, might buy again.

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