Amber Ale
Ellison Brewery & Spirits

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Ellison Brewery & Spirits
Michigan, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #42
Ranked #13,702
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
Jul 14, 2021
Jul 20, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Beautifully colored Amber Ale greets you with an aroma of fruit and biscuits.
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3.92 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jul 14, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Received 9/8/20 in a Ninja box from @foundersasap. Reviewed 9/23/20. Thanks Jeff!
Undated can. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Medium amber (SRM 12), slight chill haze.
Body – Amber brown (SRM 18), murky. When held to direct light, translucent and medium amber. Unfiltered.
Head – Large (Maximum4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white to light tan, high density, average duration, diminishing to a five to twelve mm jagged crown and a complete cap of varying thickness with many rocks.
Lacing – Fair. Wide band of very tiny to small bubbles, with a few windows.
Aroma – 3.5 - Sweet and fruity-malty. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 - Starts mildly sweet with weak malt. No alcohol (5.7% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide. Ends with an astringent aftertaste of malt with a loooong hangtime.
Palate – 3 – Medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5. Minus 0.25 point for undated can that admonishes me to “Drink Fresh”! Pretty average example of American Red/Amber ale, not overly complex.

Sep 23, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by PureMIBeer from Michigan

Ellison Amber Ale is a SOLID ale. I would highly recommend this Ale if you haven't tried it. Nice toasty flavor with a slight bitter essence (not bad). Great representation of this type of beer!

May 27, 2020
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3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Maybe mine was old. No date on can.

Feb 26, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by jimmy2gs

I enjoyed this exceptional beer. It was pleasing to the smell, taste and packs a subtle wallop. I drank two pints quickly after a long day and was giggly. Great job in the brewing process. I like local beers that have the best by date.....nice touch. Thanks for giving me a new every day beer.

Nov 14, 2019
4 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan on Aug 01, 2019
4.12 by travelguy from Ohio on Jun 12, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Interesting. The reviewers (including me) like this amber and the raters drag it down.

A pretty Looking orange tinge to this amber. Smells mostly of malt to come. Tastes both sweetish and refreshing simultaneously; indicating balance. Mouth is soft, full and pleasant... just enough bubbles to cleanse the palate.

My first from Ellison, so I went on their website. These young experimenters (started 2015) are making it go. And unusually large production facility and distribution for four years. A cool taproom. A stable lineup of standard brews and some interesting special releases. Food on selected nights from accomplished restaurants. And covering all bases, some wine and distilled spirits under their label. I may not make it to East Lansing, but I'm glad I Had Ellison's Amber.

Apr 15, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-dark ruddy hazed burnt amber to red color with a small cap of a little white foamy head softly dissipating, thus leaving some spotty lace.
The aroma carried a nice blend of cocoa powder substance, semi-sweet with a pulled bitterness controlling some roasty and toasty caramel/toffee malt features. The flavor was fully blended taking the roasty coffee line to the cocoa powder and caramel/toffee malts, fairly deep. Then a really nice fully meshed caramel/toffee to toasty and roasty aftertaste carrying a sly touch of coffee crisp character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a steady sipping to sessionable quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV. The finish was a bit sticky with a keen crisp caramel/toffee wafer to coffee-ish sweetness, some dryness.
Overall, wow, what a damn nice amber ale done in the modernized sort of way of seeing this in this day and age. I would definitely have this again.

Feb 21, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Ceddd99 from Michigan

This is one of the best ambers I've had.

Aug 19, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/17/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, citrus, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, citrus, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, citrus, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.7%. Overall this is an awesome American amber! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; extremely smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Rich Crystal/Honey/Munich malt complexity with balancing earthy hops. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the best true to-style ambers I've had.

Feb 24, 2018
3.93 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on May 28, 2017
4.02 by bluHatter from Michigan on Oct 30, 2016
3.98 by Gtg642 from Michigan on Oct 12, 2016
3.69 by Cotton_27 from Michigan on Sep 10, 2016
Amber Ale from Ellison Brewery & Spirits
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