Amber Ale
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Amber AleAmber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #879
ABV:
5.25%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,537
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 13.31%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
227
From:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  38
SCORE
80
Good
Amber AleAmber Ale
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 227
Photo of Impetuous
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange, clear body with decent off white head

Flavors are... herbal hops and very earthy hops. There is a rather nice citrus flavor - like a blood orange - lingering as an after taste. However, there is some sort of unpleasantness in there.... where it tastes a too earthy. Carbonation is moderate, lending to a nice drinkablility.

Overall it's pleasant, unique, and sessionable.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a copper orange with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh baked crusty bread with a nice nuttiness, and a bit of tropical hops.

T: Fresh baked crusty bread with a nice nuttiness, and a small bitterness, slight floral hop.

F:. Medium body with smooth carbonation.

O:. Very enjoyable Amber.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a hazy orange color. Nice head - good retention. Expected some reddish-brown color but looks like an IPA
Smell: Quite aromatic. Malty and some "red funk" smell. Smells sweet
Taste: Hop bite upfront. Sweetens up quickly. Get some red fruity / funky flavors. Dries out and quite a bit of flavor hops
Feel: Medium bodied. Pretty good - stays active
Overall: Not the Amber that I was expecting. It is a good beer but hoppier and not enough of that rich caramel / red flavor

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber Ale brewed by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.25% This American Amber/Red Ale pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass a nice golden amber color. This brew has a nice small head with thin spotty lacing, the lacing dose stick to the side of the glass. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness, with hop bitterness. So far this brew has the look and smell of most amber Ale/Red Ale on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste , it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness, with earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Amber Ale. This brew has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I really like how smooth this brew, goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. This brew would go nice with almost any occasion, it is just that smooth. Overall I'm going to give Amber Ale by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. This was more enjoyable than I expected. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can

Poured into a DFH glass a nice clean/clear amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice citrusy note. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a nice tasty brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - that Sheamus character is one mean looking mutha!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some lifting fog bank lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, honeyed crackers, a muddled tropical fruitiness, and rather tame leafy, earthy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and gritty caramel malt, minor generic citrus peel notes, a further underripe pome fruitiness, some subtle wet ashiness, and more understated leafy, gently spicy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its banal frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing particularly noteworthy, as such. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, with the malt continuing its spiraling bleed-out.

Overall, this comes across as a simple, no-frills version of the style, as the hops barely make their presence known. Well-made, and easy enough to put back, but I'm not exactly craving another - Sheamus will have to find someone else with whom to dine (or crush stuff, apparently).

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Photo of SamuelMiller
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at this beer in the glass is like looking at . It is a nice amber color with a suprisingly lacy head. The taste is decent, malty with a slight caramel aftertaste. The mouthfeel is what makes this beer special, as it is a very creamy amber. Overall this beers taste and smell are average but the feel is unique for an amber and definitely worth trying. I will probably buy one again, and I recommend trying it .

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Photo of q33jeff
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

**
11/13/16

Bottle to mug, courtesy of JPK.

LOOK: light amber, cloudy, small white head,
AROMA: light fruit, ester, light yeast, light hop.
TASTE:ash, grapefruit,
FEEL: medium to Light body.
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Photo of SamN
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mildy hazy, dark honey-amber color. Nice finger-and-a-half head of lusciously thick head with sticky-looking lacing. Smell is inviting enough; nothing overwhelming, but straightforward amber ale aromas. Some sweeter honey like aromas, mildly grassy hops. Exactly what you want in the aroma from an amber ale. Tastes showcase a touch of spicy hops, while still being very mild and subtle. Malts here are second -fiddle to the hops, but overall tastes are subdued almost to a fault, so while the hops are more present than I expected, nothing here really stands out. Touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish with a lingering oily bite.

A bit underwhelming, honestly, but nothing offensive. Love the bottle art Crazy Mountain is doing (combined Colorado animals; this beer's creature is "Seamus", a combo of an owl, a mule deer and a bobcat. Very creative and unique!) I never expect much from an amber, and this beer doesn't change anything or break new ground, but a totally decent amber ale otherwise. Easily sessionable with more character than a faceless corporate beer.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours an amberish color. The head wasn't extremely thick, but is very frothy. The nose is has a hoppiness to it - it smeels a bit grapefruity. The taste is bitter from the hops. It is watery feeling, but the hops are the main attraction. Not too citrusy tasting.

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Photo of akolb
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Your typical amber ale in appearance. Aroma has mild caramel, bread, yeast, and honey. The taste is very mellow, with honey malts and a bit of floral spice. A little thin bodied. An interesting earthy amber. Pretty good and a nice change from the usual.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a good amber, nothing fancy but a solid beer. Obviously they make a lot more interesting beers than this, but I was in the mood for something along these lines. Not quite as malty as some ambers but definitely not a pale. Good on a nice spring or fall day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz. can sampled on September 19, 2015. I bought thjuis on clearance so it it likely on the old side.

Attractive amber pour with a big off-white head and good clarity.

The aroma has a kind of grape and wine note to it but that may be due to the fact that it is several months old. Otherwise I get some thin malts and floral, grassy hops.

Body is medium and smooth.

The taste is more malt forward with a grassy hop finale. This might have tasted better in January.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malt is sweet and chewy, like toffee, but isn't overbearing. The hops deliver, but in subtle ways. The label doesn't lie when it boasts that this Amber is floral and hoppy without being bitter.

Kinda underrated on here at a 3 and a half... I want more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a copper golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a caramel smell with a good showing of a bready and molasses smell accompanying it. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of a floral and grassy smell along with a tiny bit of earth.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested with a big sweet caramel and doughty taste mixed with just a hint of a grassy hop. The sweet remains strong throughout with the hop growing stronger and stronger as the taste advances all while a bit of a floral and earthy hop comes to the tongue. In the end, with all the flavors transitions that have occurred, one is left with a rather sweet, but lightly hopped amber taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thicknes, with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. A little thicker body, in conjunction with the lower carbonation, may have been slightly better for the malt and light hop, but overall the feel was pretty good overall.

Overall – A decent amber ale with a nice easy drinking abv at only 5.25%. Not a bad brew and one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking amber color with a one finger semi-thick foamy white head that dissipated nicely.
The smell had a nice roasty caramel tones over some light nutty aspects. Light floral tones back up decently.
The taste was moderately sweet through the caramel tones, nutty aspects help to balance.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as an Amber.
Overall, I say this was a decent amber ale that I'd have again.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and feel, but otherwise mostly malt, malt, malt.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No head despite aggressive pour and no lacing after first sip. Looks like dark apple juice in the glass. Smells like the inside of a shop vac and tastes like wet leaves. Mouthfeel is flat with little bite. Poor.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy bronze orange body under a 3” light linen colored lacy foam cap, dissipates to a thick film.
Smell: light grains, some crystal malt and some freshly kilned malt aromas. Some fruit. Hop aromas are low.
Taste: Starts with a slight malty fruity sweetness and then almost immediately dries out and becomes a touch grassy/herbal astringency in the finish with a hint of tart. The fresh malt flavors linger. Hop bitterness is above average but not mind blowing. Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, medium body and carbonation.
Overall: Drinkable, bigger than many ambers but still approachable.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pleasant amber with minimal head and negligible effervescence. Smells of bread, some grains, barely toasted malts and a good amount of floral hops (though rather subdued). Tastes sweet malt forward, pleasant floral hops, biscuit, caramel, no bitterness/hop bite. Mouthfeel was very light almost to the point of being watery (I thought that the can had a leak as it was so flat – but the entire pack was like this). Easy drinking, clean finish.

Overall, the taste was good, the mouth feel was not – just seemed to lack body/texture. It just didn’t feel right. . . I wouldn’t purchase this again (though I wouldn’t turn it down if offered to me at a picnic).

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of biscuit, toasted, and caramel malts, with bits of associated sweetness and notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale seems very malty from the smell and taste, but there enough in a he way of underlying hops to mask any sweetness and keep this beer drinkable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light amber/orange-tinged copper. Thin head. Smells worty, kinda like Grape Nuts. Toast and fruity esters. Taste reminds me of a couple other Colorado flagship brews: has the toasty cocoa of Fat Tire with the big fruity esters of a Great Divide Denver Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with a calm carbonation. Overall, this is far from great, but the characteristics that it shares with the two aforementioned brews gives it nostalgia points with me.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, toast, light roast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light roast, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid amber ale. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can

A) Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Clear amber colored body. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle roasty malt notes. Not very aromatic.
T) Earthy caramel malt. A thin taste profile. Finishes with mellow hop bite.
M) On the lighter side of medium body. Not much carbonation
O) An OK beer. I won't be clamoring to drink this again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark amber color, but brief coarse foam. Some pleasant, slightly sweet malt taste with a nice roast flavor. After that the hops make an appearance and linger long. The malt is mellow and caramel flavored, with a slightly rough hoppy edge to give it some balance. A touch of the leafy and herbal but overall a decent aromatic hop flavor.

Unfortunately, this is nearly dead flat after a couple of minutes, which doesn't add to the appeal. It might be quite drinkable in better condition. From the 12 oz can bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Amber Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 227 ratings