Honey Amber Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Honey Amber AleHoney Amber Ale

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dhd1491 on 04-24-2008

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Fluffy tan foam, hazy reddish amber. Good head retention. Bready maltiness with bursts of caramel and honey in the nose. The smoothness we were looking for is present, which adds to the drinkability tenfold. Firm pocket of breadiness sets the tone of this beer with every sip; mild caramel rounds the maltiness out and the honey tags along to enhance the sweetness. Quick kiss of hop bitterness and lemony herbal flavor has no problem keeping balance here. Dry toasted cracker graininess ties up the finish.

A bit of a malt bomb with a complimenting honey component; a bit of a session beer as well. A perfect go-to beer when you're looking to go to the malt side of beer rather than getting slapped around with hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DubleAs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of chinchill
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, code stamped 4016, served in a snifter.

Aroma: weird smell with off-odors, Unappealing.

Appearance: A medium-dark red-brown beer which pours with a tall, sudsy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing on the glass, but too much head to fit the whole bottle in my over-sized snifter. High clarity.

Taste: Light and medium roasted malt partially ruined by off-flavors.

Feel: medium-light body; medium carbonation.

O: Bad bottle? Qualtiy control issue? With no date on the bottle, and with the bottle purchased today where it's a local brew, I'll assume the worse. Partial drain pour.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark amber with thin off white head that leaves little lacing.

Has a mild maltiness smell to it with a hint of a sweetness to it.

Starts with a typical pale maltiness you expect with honey and carmel infused in there. There is also a hoppy earthiness to it which finishes with a bittersweetness.

Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

A nice brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Hooters/Bud Light shaker (wonder where I drank this one?). Pours red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle hop, and honey. The flavor was of malt, honey, sugar, and very little hop. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very refreshing brew to have on a hot day. However, it was not my favorite brew from RJ Rockers, but it was also not anywhere near the bottom. It was really quite nice for what they were aiming to brew with the honey character, but it was just not something my palate enjoys as much. The very subtle hop note was nice as it did not overpower the other flavors that were present in the brew allowing them to shine through.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ya know I really have to hand it to RJ Rockers, they have really gotten their stuff together. Even the regular releases have been stellar as of late. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was very well presented with a nice reddish amber that was capped with a nice white top that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down and coating the sides of the glass very nicely. Aroma of caramel, sweet honey notes and loads of bready malts dominates the air. Warming brings out a touch of light grasses and a smooth, almost biscuit like property that seems to fit very well. Such a clean, crisp taste here. Really nicely done. Bready and even, with a light herbal hop note that dries out the palate very well. Smooth, even carbonation and a light body make this go down pratically like water.

Overall this was very, very solid. A great session beer and it was thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised by the quality of this honey amber ale. I has one at Mellow Mushroom in Clemson, SC for about $4 a pint
A: Pours a golden brown color with no head and no lace on the glass

S: Malty nose, sweeter notes dominate

T: Malty backbone with a nice hoppy surprise. Also, there is a nice honey bite

MF: Very very clean and smooth. Light in body, this beer leaves a nice aftertaste

D: Perfect! The ultimate session beer, especially during a hot day

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cdizinno
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising that I'm only the 14th review on this. I am kind of disappointed with myself for not trying this earlier when I saw it on tap, but the honey ale name lead me to believe this would be a brown ale type malty beer(not my favorite).

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle with a date of 020310(assuming it is the bottled date as there is not an explanation?)

A: Slightly hazy after the vigorous pour from what appeared to be bottle-conditioned container. Reddish amber with a nice off-white head that lasts a while and leaves a light to moderate lacing.

S: Nose is sweet, cola or cream soda and honey dominate. Nice caramel smell in the background, like from a nice Cadbury caramel chocolate bar.

T&M: Slightly sweet, light bodied beer that is slightly rough with respect to the carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes with a lightly roasted malt flavor. Mild tartness but the honey theme follows all the way through. Not much to the flavor other than the honey though. Feel is a little on the thin side up front, but fills in a bit as it follows through. The flavor comes out more as I reach the bottom of the glass.

Very easy to drink. Nice session beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the Little Guy 2 BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence that comes in to provide a good balance. Everything seems to smooth out as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a rather mediocre beer overall, but it's worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dhd1491
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured two finger white head that laid down quickly. Clear coppery red color. Good balance between some bitter hoppiness and sweet honey. Not my favorite Rockers brew. Try the Patriot to sample their best, but a solid offering. All their beers, except the Light Rock Ale, are quite good, in my opinion. And the Patriot and the Bell Ringer are outstanding.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California as part of a variety box from the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is an amberish copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, amber hops, clean malts, and light toasted malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Honey, amber hops, amber malts, and very light toasted malt. A bit bland and simple. Boring. Not complex and not subtle. Decently balanced. Somewhat stale. Unrefreshing. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick for the flavour profile. Adequately carbonated. Somewhat dry on the finish. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile at all.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Neither unique nor special. I don't really care for it. Priced kind of high, even as import. Of limited quality. I wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I've yet to be impressed by this brewery.


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Photo of HazardousBrewer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color (surprise!) with a modest head that does a decent job of lacing

Smell: Caramel and grain with a bit o honey

Taste: The caramel, grain and honey flavors all are present from the outset, with the honey growing more pronounced by mid-palate; though this beer could have been a sweet mess, there is just enough balance from the lemony herbal hops to prevent that, particularly in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a style I would normally seek out, but well executed by the folks in the Sparkle City and a nice crossover beer, to boot

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Photo of grayburn
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

She pours a reddish hue into the glass, with a wee bit of head, not much lacing or retention here.
The smell is a delicate balance of floral honey notes and a malty backbone.
The taste is quite surprising, it starts with an almost earthy sweetness, then wanders into a typical maltiness, only to be followed with a mix of honey and hops. A very nice blend that really arroused my taste buds.
The mouth is thick, with good carbonation.
The drinkability is decent, I could have a couple of these...especially with some good food.

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Photo of beer2day
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours, well, honey gold. Nice, frothy, 1-finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is very sweet. Cola and honey combine and dominate the nose. Really sweet. Caramel in the background.

Hits sweet, slightly tea-ish, and finishes with a surprising roast flavor. Slight tart fruit on the backend. Better than I expected based on the aroma.

Feel is a little on the thin side, but not inappropriate for the taste.

Very easy to drink. Excellent session drinker.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Reddish amber pour. About a finger of white foam sticks around for a little while. Not a whole lot of lacing stuck to the glass.

Malty sweet nose. Caramel and honey are pretty dominant. There's also some grain, and maybe even a bit of a grassy character.

Flavor pretty much follows. Not an exciting beer, but nothing off-putting. Honey and caramel sweetness, lightly grainy, with some earthy, spicy hops.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very easy drinker. It's not great, but it's sessionable, and a decent effort from a local brewer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a medium brown with a slight chill haze. Thick one finger head that refuses to go away. Lacing is ok.

Smell is very malty with dark bread and honey.

Flavor is sweet from the get go but not overly so. Bready malts abound with the honey being very detectable along with some brown sugar. There are some very faint piney hops detectable at the finish with some mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is just a little thin.

Overall I really like this brew. The maltiness is quite nice and there is enough bitterness for balance. Will definitely be getting again.

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Photo of Jeffani
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CNeilP09
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

freshly baked sweet muffins. raisins. toffee. heavy-heartiness. slack aroma. good punch.

poured from bottle to frozen pint glass. solid beer. i didn't expect such a weighty ale, but i am pleasantly surprised with what they offered. near-sessionable. might lose interest after six.

good beer. i approve of this brewery's existence. so far they have impressed me.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the new 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a orangish amber with a slightly off white head that holds a nice amount of film and leaves a bit of lace. The smell is slightly sweet but mostly toasted malts. The taste is also dominated by toasted malts but also balanced with some caramel sweetness. Not a lot of hops here, but hey IMO, an amber ale doesn't need that to be great. Mouthfeel is is lively carbonated with a medium body. Overall, a nice amber ale, nothing mind blowing, but certainly satisfying and drinkable. It's a quite clean and straightforward amber ale.

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Honey Amber Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 30 ratings