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Deadicated Amber Ale | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Deadicated Amber AleDeadicated Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by nickd717 on 09-09-2009

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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5.4% ABV according to my can. 16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with tortilla crisps and salsa.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, decent frothiness, and good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a dark amber. Translucent. Semitransparent. Abundant visible carbonation bubbles. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit dark for the style, but the head is above average overall. It's appealing.

Sm: Floral hops, light toasted malt, toffee, caramel, spruce, and buried fruit zest. A somewhat intriguing aroma of mild strength. Caramel and toasted malts are dominant. Not strictly to style conventions, but pleasant and inviting. I'm excited to try it.

T: Cream up front gives way to the amber malt, toasted malt, and caramel body. Floral hops lend a bit of flavour, but come off generic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Maybe light toffee. A hint of candi sugar. A touch oily - a highlight here, with some light chestnut. Digging the well-executed nuttiness; it works well here. Surprisingly well balanced and built for the style. I actually rather like it. Good depth of flavour, though it lacks complexity or true subtlety. Still, I like what they're going for and I think it's well-executed for a nutty amber.

Mf: Silky smooth and refreshingly wet. Good presence on the palate. Lightly oily. Chewy. Good body. Complements the flavours quite well.

Dr: Quite drinkable, actually. I quite like this one. A surprisingly good amber from Devil's Canyon. I look forward to trying more of their beers. This will stick out as one of the better ambers I've had of late. I'd have it on-draught, but I doubt I'll be buying the canned form again soon; it's not THAT impressive. This has me real interested in the brewery.


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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lovely foamy pour with a very handsome red amber color. Pleasant grainy smell. Sudsy and lively on the tongue. Malty with a distinct roasted flavor.

I wouldn't say this will enliven the Amber Ale category, but it's perfectly drinkable. It has that herbal, slightly dirty hop taste that is not my favorite, but it seems like the classic Amber taste.

Scratchy, dark bitterness for the finish. Woody notes. Resiny taste in the back of the throat. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Oak Harbor, Wash. for $5.50.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can. Weird raven death imagery on the label - oh, Cali!

This beer pours a slightly glassy dark ruddy amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, silken foamy pale beige head, which leaves some pretty stellar honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently ebbs away, turning then to some equally thorough drooping webbed, branched vistas in the process.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, a touch of Toffifay, dried orange peel, and dusty, musty leafy hops. The taste is more crisp, dry bready malt, biscuity crackers not far from mind at all times, some oily nuttiness, a bit of musty caramel, some mild chalky cocoa notes, and softly bitter earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frisky at times, but duly settle down to business, the body a serviceable medium weight, and smooth with a high-palate airy caveat. It finishes off-dry, the caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavours all coalescing agreeably to a steady detente with the lingering, indeterminately bitter hops.

An enjoyable enough amber ale, a category replete with all things boring, usually, so it's nice to see a more peppy version, via the malt, especially, hit the shelves. If you like a bit of multivaried sass with your malty tipple, give this one some love.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Beernoobie
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of nickd717
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at Beer Friday at Devil's Canyon, apparently also known as "Thomas Morgan Amber Ale." Pretty standard amber ale overall.

A - Deep amber color, small off-white head.

S - Caramel malt and some citrusy hops.

T - Caramel malt and citrusy Cascade hops. Not particularly good or bad, just average.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

D - This is the one category where this beer fares well. Like other DC beers, it's pretty drinkable. Just wish these guys would foray into some more interesting stuff.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, light caramel, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Jefe76
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of gonzo000
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Shared this beer at a tasting I hosted. I thought it was OK. A friend said it tasted like Tuna, and someone else agreed. Will not revisit

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very random grab while in Tampa, FL last month. Kept in fridge for the last few weeks.

A- The tallboy can pours out a dark red, mostly clear ale. A foamy cap builds up to just under one finger. Decent head retention as it dies to a medium belt at the edges. Plentiful lace in the form of sheets.

S- Heavy malts produce most of the aromatics for me with plenty of caramelized notes. A high dose of toast and roast grains join that. Hints of pine and citrus hops secondary to that with something slightly metallic.

T- Firstly, whatever was metallic goes away here for me. The hops brighten up some with more pine and orange peel hints coming out. Caramelized crystal grains make up most of the flavor with nutty, toasty and some roast tones adding to the malt profile.

MF- Medium bodied, perhaps just a bit above that, with a creaminess on the palate. Carbonation is on the high side with a moderately bitter finish.

Takes a bit of time to balance out on the palate but in the end it finds a decent balance between caramelized malts and citrus hops with some pine in there. Tastes oxidized and slightly metallic at times but it seems to go away with time.

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Photo of MickeyHopHead
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (TM) is suddenly making a detour into the late-1960's/early-1970's, or is it? I have been saying that we are making a return to that period for a couple/few years now and people are starting to get hip to what I am saying. I was vilified as an early punk in the early-1980's for my fascination of the hippies, but it was all part of the same counterculture movement.

I just reviewed Rivertowne Brewing's Grateful White, which was a little more subtle in its allusion, save for its verbiage. Yeah, the psychedelic graphics were a hint, but still subtle. This one is full-on Grateful Dead, from the intentional misspelling of the word "dedicated" to the skull, bone, crow/raven (?) and rose on the label art. I lost my virginity shortly after high school graduation to an older hippie chick during a Grateful Dead show on City Island (Harrisburg, PA) in 1983 and although I have not found it again, I thank her for the opportunity. Good times, man, good times. I also thank the Friendly Greek in Lancaster, PA for making this and a couple of other Devil's CANyon CANs available to me recently.

Man, I need to open a door or a window! The smoke is getting overwhelming in here. The Crack reveled another brimful craft CAN and I like that this is becoming a trending norm, rather than an anomaly. It is the darker beers, like an amber, for which the inverted Glug was created. The pseudo-cascading action is much more visible in such beers. I soon had two fingers of rocky, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was that shade of deep-amber that makes me wonder where amber leaves off and copper takes up. The NE-plus quality clarity allows me to once more look into the future and the weekend of 28 February when Val MidWest and I will be jointly celebrating our 21st and 50th birthdays, respectively, in her hometown of Lincoln, NE, where I was initially inspired to coin the term/phrase. Nose was very malty, but of a biscuit malt variety, as opposed to a simple sugary malt bomb. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of minty hops! I have had such Ambers in the past and if this is also a coming trend, I say bring it on! Yes, the malt was still discernible, but the hops were taking the lead. The finish was decidedly dry, especially for an amber. I CAN rememeber John Frantz, formerly of LNCBC, saying that the Amber style was dying about a decade ago. It is this kind of revamping that will revive it.

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Photo of RWACKO
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lard_City
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Nice dark amber color. Smooth mix of malt, citrus and hops. Nothing outstanding or remarkable but a very pleasant beer overall.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Deadicated Amber Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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