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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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 BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A slight haze fuzzies the amber-tangerine color. The bottle almost fizzed over upon opening but the strong carbonation didn't end up helping the mediocre head retention. The one-and-a-half finger cream head dropped to a layer but left good lace in a collar.

S - Hops and amber malts blend well to deliver a surprisingly enticing and crisp first whiff. A drop of lemon citrus, presumably from the hops, zests it up while floral notes make it lively. The amber malts are slightly toasted and caramelized and ground the aroma nicely.

T - Amber malts in this provide a toasty caramel flavor that balances well with the large hop bouquet here. Lots of floral flavors with the citrus drop too. Flavorful hop finish with out the bitterness.

M - For the presumable amount of carbonation in this it felt slightly flat. Medium-bodied with a moderate dry finish. No bitterness but a long-lasting flavor.

D - A surprising amber! I could session this beer just fine. It's a pretty solid drinker I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given as a sample from the sales rep. 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is decent, but carbonation is a bit light.

S: Nose consists of caramel, some dried fruit, and bread. Hops lend a citrusy, grassy note on the end.

T: Taste consists of biscuity malt and caramel, with some fruity notes. The finish is hoppy, with a nice crisp citrus and floral character.

M: This beer is a tad bit thin for the style, but the flavor makes up for it. It's smooth and quite clean.

D: Overall, this beer is worth a try. Refreshing and tasty, it's a solid effort.

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Photo of wknight167
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy reddish amber with a one finger off white head that eventually recedes to a cap.

Nose- Mainly caramel malts and citrus hops, the latter in a surpringly high level.

Palate- Sweat and fruity for a second (pineapple?) Then both the caramel and the hops come in, earthy, citric and toffee. Relatively nuetral finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, a touch light on carbonation, but worked well for this beer.

Drinkability- I would buy it again.

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is fairly simple, but it's a pretty good American amber ale with a slightly unusual fruity character. Hazy amber, it has a medium pale tan head soon shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring with some weak bit of lace.

Aroma is caramel, pineapple, hint of grapefruit, a bit yeasty with cooked barley, hint of chocolate, hint of musty dust.

Taste is a bit winey, with sweet-sour fruit, a hint of raspberry, which was unexpected and unusual, almost tart, with faint hintsa of citrus and caramel. It is pleasant, very light in character, and fairly simple, with th elight, raspberry fruitiness thoroughly dominating. However, it's good and a bit unusual.

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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 CHickman
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in the Beer of the Month Club. Poured an reddish amber color with a small creamy tan head; decent lacing.

Smells of floral hops, bread, lemon zest, sweet malt and fruity like apple and pear; pretty nice nose.

Tastes sweet and malty with hoppy spice notes mixed with lemon, floral hops, light caramel, pear or dark fruits like plum; the malt sweetness dominates and there's a citrus end as each sip has a little pucker. Good beer overall that was light and easy to drink. The only knock was the syrup taste at the end which was a tad too sweet for me.

Medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel that borders on watery; finish is on the dry side.

It was a good beer overall, but not a great beer; I'd have it again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Purplish-amber hue with a medium-tan colored head that's fizzy and somewhat thin.

S - Nice malty aroma with an accent of brown sugar.

T - It offers a variety of hop flavors throughout. None of which are too bitter or overwhelmingly pungent. The malt taste offers a good base for a solid tasting brew.

M - At first I thought it was a little watered down but after getting a grasp of the flavors I think the mild texture works well.

~ All in all I like this beer. My thanks to WJVII for his gracious gift.

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Photo of WJVII
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a hazy reddish brown color. The head was 1/2 in with an aggressive pour, but did not last long and had poor lacing. The aroma was sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. There seemed to be a nice floral sweetness from the hops as well. The taste was well balanced, a little light in the body and carbonation did not carry the flavor well, but smooth and had a nice aftertaste. It was sweet as the smell previewed with some slight roast and mild caramel in the finish. This was a decent brew especially when I wasn't expecting much from the style.

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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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in April shipment of my Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark, semi-hazy reddish amber with decent head.

Smell: Sweet floral malts with citrus hop tinge.

Taste: Semi-sweet malts upfront, turning more toward citrus hops in the middle, and finishing with a touch of bitterness. The bitterness seems almost more English than American.

Feel: Somewhat high carbonation, medium body, surprisingly dry finish considering the upfront sweetness.

Drinkability: Much more interesting than the average amber (probably due to the dryness), and ultimately very drinkable. Pleasantly surprised by this.

After my second bottle, I feel this is almost a cross between an American Amber and an English Bitter.

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Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a quickly fading short head with some lace. sweet sugary caramel aromas along with some fruity and spice notes. big malt taste with a smooth sweet caramel up front with a spicy slightly bitter finish. smooth medium body mouthfeel and carbonation is good. drinkability very good but a tad on the sweet side.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice amber color with a good head that also has a ambr color to it along with good laceing.

S: Has a plesently sweet floral smell to it with a hint of at citrus the end.

T: Starts off with the sweetness and ends with some citrusyness
M: Very smooth and creamy and it leaves your mouth feeling dry.

D: Easly sucked down the 3 i got in my beer of the month case left me lookin for more would for sure buy a case of this if i can find it around where i live.

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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 scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - fairly clear medium amber color with a thick head initially that settles into well retained lacing

S - rich toasted malt aroma, slight hop, some minor oxidation

T - toasted caramel malts and finishes slightly dry with hops noticed mainly on the finish

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a decent American amber and fits the style well enough. It's somewhat middle-of-road, nothing exciting, but nothing bad either. It's balanced well and I suppose that's what an Amber should be.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton- Teton Ale

A- Amber red with a big fluffy head and solid messy lacing.
S- Very grainy with sugary hints of fruit (grape/ cherry)
T- Solid grain malt with a sweet sugary fruitiness. Grape/ cherry flavors with a touch of molasses.
M- Very grainy and very sweet. Finishes of thick and fruity.

Overall- Quite fruity for an Amber!?

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Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Teton poured a clear copper/red with a good size bubbly tan head.

The first note that hit the nose was surprisingly hoppy, a citrus/piney blend. Through the hops become the expected malty caramal notes meddled with spice, raisins, and and some sweeter bread notes.

Taste was roastier and more astringent than I had expected. There was a fruity sourness countered with biscuity malts. Raisins and some roasted bitterness in the finish.

The body was medium, and the carbonation seemed mild. It was slick in the mouth and dryish in the finish.

I liked this one, but it wasn't perfect. I liked the added hops, yet the taste didn't quite live up to the nose, and it seemed quite acidic for an amber, which kept me from loving it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 03/03/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent amber with a fizzy, one inch off-white head that quickly receded. Generous strands of lacing coated the sides of the glass during the session. Nose is fairly mild; a little malt and a little hops, but not much to speak of. Taste follows nose, but a little more hops comes out and lingers lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light, but also somewhat watery. Easy drinking, but lacks flavor. Nothing too special here.

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Photo of bonkers
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a minimal white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The brew is well balanced. It is slightly sweet upfront with a slight bitter after taste. The beer is medium bodied, but feels a bit thinner, and has moderate carbonation. It is an all around easy drinking brew.

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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 colts9016
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A mahogany color with a one finger head.
Nose: Hops, with a hint of malt and citrus.
Taste: The taste is hoppy, with citrus and floral notes. there is a bit of malt character in the mix.
Body Thin to medium
Finish: Slightly bitter in the finish:
Nice malt and hop on the end.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear deep amber with an inch of foam.

The smell consists of light notes of caramel and toasted malt. Very light.

The taste is more assertive than the smell. Toasted malt, some caramel malt sweetness, a bit of nutiness, and a rather surprising citrus hop bitterness here especially near and through the finish. It's pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are medium and's pretty much your basic amber. Nothing that stands out but nothing that offends. Good drinkability with average head retention and some good lacing. Solid if a tad boring. I used to buy party pigs of this back in the day and I'm surprised that I hadn't yet reviewed it....

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I never reviewed this...

Pours a semi-hazed chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Very bready, toffee & some leafy hops

T: Bready, flinty dryness, slightly fruitty & piney hops, finally show up to balance up front. Toffee, leafy hops, plums & a touch of rough grainyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with leafy hops & yellow raisins ( or whatever they call them )

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks good, but nothing special here, a fair amber. I've had this before & remember it being hoppier; may have to revisit this one

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Photo of shadow1961
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Amber Ale pours two fingers of rocky beige foam
over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is slow and unsteady,
and the nose is a little funky yeast, malt, and herbal hop aromas.
The flavor is nutty, toasty malt with notes of something- vanilla maybe-
backed up against that herbal, grassy hop, which dries out the bit of malty
sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and dry. There's a bit of grain
and herb in the aftertaste as well. A good solid session brew- decent
aromatics, a bit of complexity, yet still fairly light.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a coworker.. mine from a shaker pint.. still bitching about work and listening to Sasha and Digweed.

Nice lite tan head and lacing that leaves rings for the entire glass... brown/amber brew.. nice red highlites... looks very nice.

toasted malts and lite fruity yeast is at the front of the bus... PNW hops are mingling well... Aroma is better than my memories. Chocolate malts are again coming to mind.

Flavor is fresh... fresh fresh... I love new beers and wish there were more good breweries in my area. Toasted/munich style malts are prevelant and wash my tongue.. mid palate a little yeast fruitiness with earthy hops... reminds me of how garden good garden soils smells ... nice body and cleansing carbonation.

I am close to ending my amber flight .. and I sorta saved this one towards the end, because I remember it waaay worse than it actually is. Tonight, this is a very nice brew and a very enjoyable bottle... I guess the memories are subjective... A good amber that is making me rethink my prejudices.

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