Amber Ale | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

: Pours dark amber with a persistent cream colored foam cap.
S: Citrusy hops.
T: Caramel malt sweetness balanced by citrus rind hop bitterness.
F: Creamy medium body with medium carbonation
O: A creamy, well balanced amber ale with enough hops to keep things interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/copper with a creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with perfumy notes and pine.

The taste is of caramel with juicy resin/pine. Tea-like herb touch comes out in the middle as it progresses. Honey sweetness is in the finish.

It is smooth, with an appropriate carbonation level.

Caramel (then honey) sweetness stand out, though there is a piney hop presence. It's well-made, though too caramel-forward for me personally. Not sure I'm a huge fan of the malt/hop mix here, though it was decent enough.

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Photo of Riik3
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.7% ABV

A - Vibrant ruby-hued copper in color, Hinterland's Amber has one of the longest sustaining heads I've seen in a while. Heavy ivory lace coats the glass as the chunky pile of suds drops into the clear beer!

S - Hinterland Amber's complex aroma is malt forward and offers a foundation of toasted bread spread with honey and drizzled with caramel. Faint hoppy notes suggest pine and citrus characteristics but they're underlying; an afterthought with the possibility of expanding in flavor and bitterness.

T - Munich malt sweetness and Vienna-like toasted qualities give this beer an initial Oktoberfest malt feel with caramel sweetness flowing in to join the party. Citrus notes from the hops bring fourth orange marmalade and jam sweetness to complete the toasted characteristic of the beer.

M - Initially sweet, this amber ale has a medium body and clean smoothness in the middle of the palate, finishing with traces of hop bitterness but more so lovely balance that keeps malt and hops in check.

O - Hinterland's Amber Ale is laid back overall; easy drinking with a profile that's easy to ignore should you so choose. On the other hand, the beer has a lot going on if you decide to pause and admire it's maltiness and well-balanced hop finish. This is a tasty beer that will pair well with damn near any food you throw at it.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 16 oz. bottle: murky, deep reddish-brown with a very nice foamy beige head that slowly recedes to a small ring.

The aroma was perfumy, sweet and spicy some hints of caramel and hazelnut.

The flavor has a nice roasty yet malty sweet profile with a nice balance of hops. A faint sourness leads to a caramel and toffee flavor. All in all, a rather flavorful and complex amber with a slight nod to the malt.

This medium bodied ale has a clean and full mouthfeel with a pleasant roasty-sweet flavor lingering on the palate.

Another very good amber style ale that stands out among a crowded market of "amber" ales. Ranks close to Bell's amber.

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Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the full pint bottle into a Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with 1/2 inch white foam. Settles down but a layer remains. Toffee/caramel nose. Just a touch nutty. Bready toffee taste with a medium hop throughout. Balanced - never sweet, never bitter. Very flavorful amber. Damn good.

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Photo of wallanda
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a imperial strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep copper body with a microbubble head of light tan and a sea of more microbubbles gliding to the surface. The head melts away pretty quickly but does stick to the glass a bit.

S- The soft caramel malt aroma has a soft green hop bite to the finish but otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt is soon covered by a pine hop flavor that is just a bit more full but is finished with a bigger bitter hop bite that grows in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz finish but no alcohol heat.

O- There is some nice malt flavor and some nice hop flavors but the bitterness is just too overpowering and the fizz really makes it more dominate.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - dark amber color with no real carbonation showing. no real head and whats there is quickly gone with no glass sticking.

S - dark fruit and cherry present with some bread malts and crackers in there as well. if it were a bit more pronounced it would have a great nose.

T - caramel is up front which leads into a floral hop presence thats quite nice. if the caramel malts tasted just a bit better i would really like this but they are lacking.

M - decent carbonation levels and hop smack on this. medium to full bodied.

O - its a decent brew. probably wouldn't buy it again but wouldn't turn my nose up at it if i was offered it.

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Photo of morimech
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with just a small head forming. The head quickly disappears. A little lacing is left on the glass.

Sweet malt aroma. Slightly bready with a floral hop bouquet.

Caramel malt dominates the flavor. Bready with a slightly buttery edge. Bitterness is moderate but it lacks much hop flavor.

Substantial body that seems to benefit from the low carbonation. I believe if it had carbonation that I think it should have, it might turn out to be watery.

An approachable American Amber that doesn't do anything great but does not offend either.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah! Bright solid amber in color, 1" classic off-white foam, dissipates fast, good coverage.

Smells of brown sugary malt, aged wood furniture, sweet n' sour balance, honey, herbs and pepper.

A peppery, herbal and sweet malty kick, nice complexity here. Dry-herbal hop balance, rather bold for the style, mild black peppery effect, full of life!

feels light to medium, crispy bite, fresh feel, smooths out in the finish with a slightly dry bite. yeah.

Easily one of the best amber's i've had!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the one pint olive-brown colored bottle. Sampled on July 29, 2011. It pours reddish-amber and a bit cloudy but no matter how quickly it pours there is no head. There's some lacing. Sweet and malty describes the first sensation on the nose followed quickly by a floral hoppy character, which soon takes over. Medium body. The taste is more toward the bitter hoppiness than anything else with a short up-front caramel malt flavor. It is not a bad beer.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper amber color with a 1/2 inch taupe head. Some carbonation present, and very nice cling in steps all the way down the glass. The most pronounced fragrance in the nose is the caramel malts. There's also wheat bread, yeast, and spice notes present, with just a hint of metals--but, overall, the bouquet is not especially strong. There's a slightly roasted malt flavor right out of the gates, hitting the sides of the tongue. Then there's a smooth transition to hop bitter at the back of the tongue. It's earthy, slightly spicy, and a bit bread-like at the close. There's good balance in this easy-drinking amber. The feel is medium-bodied and effervescent. It's smooth at the start and ends with real crispness.

It's a rare thing for me to see Hinterland taps, so I was pleasantly surprised to find they had it at the resort where a friend of mine was holding his wedding reception near Manitowoc, WI. More bitter than most amber ales I've had, this beer deftly manages to satisfy my brown ale and IPA tooths. While some reviews have alluded to the pedestrian nature of this beer, I found it refreshing, engaging, and well-worth a try.

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Photo of drizzam
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber in color topped by an ample two finger light khaki head. Good head retention and nice fishnet lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt mixes with a slight, faint citric hop aroma.

T & M - That same caramel malt body supports a slightly higher hop bitterness than the aroma lets on, though not "in your face" hoppy...A nice balance between malt and hop. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes very clean.

D - Not terrible complex, but this is a good easy drinker. If I could get my hands on it, I would make this a daily session brew. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of richkrull
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My buddy picked up a 4 pack of pints. I think they may have just started bottling their beers. In any event, it poured a clear amber color with a good amount of white head on it. Smell was very light and malty. Taste was decent. Caramel malt up front, very slight bitter finish. Didn't taste like many of the other ambers I've had in the past. It wasn't bad at all, just different. Light-medium bodied beer that is pretty drinkable and a decent beer overall, but I think it could be better.

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Amber Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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