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 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 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/23/07:

Pours deep mahogany with amber and ruby hues. A thin tan head leaves some thin, broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel with some earhiness/nuttiness and hints of citrus in the background.

The taste is of sweet caramel, light toast and a nutty/earthy/citric balance. Fresh toffee with a touch of citrus lingers into the aftertaste. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

Medium bodied and smooth, it has a mild carbonation level.

This is a tasty interpretation of the style. Caramel/toffee supported by subtle complexities. Enjoyable and recommended.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to Idaho!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks!!

A - Poured a reddish color with brown highlights and a small, off-white head that didn't have to drop too much in forming a nice ring around the glass. Good amount of carbonation stemming through the red hues.

S - Some hoppy malts detected, but a little on the blander side. Promising aroma nonetheless.

T - Slightly more complex than the aroma lets off...hints of cocoa in the malty flavor with a bitter finish of hops and spices. A sweet earthy aftertaste...a flavor unlike other ambers I've had; complex in its own style.

M - Lighter-medium body that remained bubbly throughout our time together...good aftertaste, but just a little too light. Very close....

D - I enjoyed this - if it were a little thicker, I would enjoy it much more. Maybe it sat around for awhile, or was jostled a lot during the shipping process from Idaho to my doorstep in PA, who knows? It's very close to hitting the mark...I'd try another.

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

Received as part of the November MicroBeerClub shipment received in late November.

Beer poured a reddish dark amber with a head that is maintaining very well. Nose is malty and perfumed with a hint of citrus. Taste is very malty with a hint of nuts and finishes with a slight dry hop. Mouthfeel is OK but could be a little heavier. Drinkability is good. This is a nice red/amber cross and is recommended to fans of both styles.

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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 ybnorml
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orangy copper colored beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head with a little bit of lace. There is a nice citrusy hop note up front along with a piney hop character. Followed by a smooth caramel malt in the background. The piney hop character dominates the flavor pushing the citrusy hop note to the background. A light malt note in the middle. With a tea like finish.
Thanks Wasatch

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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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Photo of misterscooter
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ale, eh?

The color on this puppy is red with some brown mixed in. About one inch of light brown head.

The smell is of...grape and molasses. Odd combination.

The first taste is hoppy. It is good despite the flavor almost that of cooked asparagus, which I don't love. For an amber ale, it finishes very thick and malty with a cocoa essence. Not like I expect from an amber ale.

Although this was an unusual beer for the style, it was good and I would enjoy it again if offered. Just not sure if it is accurate.

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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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish copper with orange juice highlights. The toasted tan head is creamydense with a bubbling lava surface and lays down quite a bit of lace in broken concentric rings.

The nose is impressively hoppy for the style with a fair amount of caramel malt as well. Since I associate assertive, spicy, citric hops with Chinook, I'm guessing that's at least one of the members of the hop bill. All of the Grand Teton beers that I've had (this one, Sweetgrass IPA and Bitch Creek ESB) have been heavily hopped for their respective styles. If a brewery has to have a 'house trait', I can't think of a better one to have.

Initially, the beer tastes sweet and toffee-like. Before long though, citric hops rush in and provide an insistent bitterness that doesn't quite manage to overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. There's also a sour fruitiness that's out of place, although not entirely unwelcome. This beer contains an impressive amount of ingredients and delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Medium body, nearly unnoticed carbonation.

Teton Ale, while another good Grand Teton offering, isn't quite the equal of the two beers mentioned above. Something about the flavor profile isn't quite right, but it's still an enjoyable ale. And the minor hop fix is a nice bonus.

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

If it's amber, at best it's lightly amber. Light-brown fluffy head that faded as a reasonable pace. Moderately hoppy on the nose. Reasonably malty on the tongue, sweet. The aftertaste is ever-so-slightly metallic but not offensive. After a while you realize you completely missed the hops but it starts to do real well. I had a small rice dish with it and it went well. Very drinkable if not a bit thin.

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

Copper with a low tan head and low carbonation but spotty lace. Light husky malt aroma. Light toasty and spicy malt flavor with nice balance. Light-medium bodied and easy drinking.

Definitely an amber ale as the label states but not what I'd really call and American Amber - certainly not hoppy enough.

Per label: Jackson Hole's Original Amber

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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 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 beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, small head. Aroma is malty. This is a lighter bodied amber. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are mild. The taste is a little thin, but it still a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber with a think off white head. The lace lingered on the glass for a long time. The hops were dominate in the aroma at first but as the beer began to warm the malts came out to play with my nose. The chocolate malt flavor realy surprised me. This chocolate flavor dominated the tastebuds at first but the hops finished tingling the tongue. The bitterness remained long after swallowing the beer. The mouthfeel was silky and fairly carbonated well beyond what you normally find in a red ale. This is a VERY drinkable beer. I do not like to give many beers a 4.0 or better but could not find anything to fault this beer in any regard below a 4.

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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 marc77
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper hue, covered by a persistent off white head that slowly settles into a thin lacy layer. Medium caramel sweetness and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a combination of earthy and citrusy hops secondary. Unexpected, unique, mild strawberry like fruitiness adds some complexity aromawise. Flavorwise, initial malt sweetness is offset by light, clean hop bitterness. Unfortunately a slightly astringent grainy, husky bitterness is discernible. All around, malt sweetness dominates in a somewhat one dimensional caramel malt derived fashion. Earthy hop flavor, without the trace of citrus as expected from the aroma. Moderately bodied, with an agreeable, dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes relatively clean w/ fading bready sweetness. Teton Ale has above average character for style. A bit too heavy on the grainy notes, but enjoyable nonetheless. Its main strength lies in its drinkability. Quaffable.

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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 mjohn27603
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fluid oz. bottle with no best before date. A dense 1/2" thick head forms on the top after pouring. The beer is amber to red in color. Malty odor. Caramel and sweet on the intial sip finishing with bitter hops. Halfway through the glass the hops starts to take over. True to the amber ale style. It doesn't concern taste but this is one my favorite beer labels - a nice representation of the Tetons with a pink and purple sky above.

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Photo of beernut7
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a nice copper color with a clean lacy head. The aroma is spicy and a bit sweet with just a hint of caramel. The medium body of the ale accentuates the sweetness of the malts and at the same time takes some of the bite out of the strong hop presence. This is a hop-head fair and quite tasty.

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