BruRm AmBAR Ale | The Brü Rm. at BAR

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Brewed by:
The Brü Rm. at BAR
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a celebration of malt. The aroma leads off with an appealing fruitiness, produced by our house yeast, which gives way to a rich caramel aroma which, in turn, is followed by the herbal character of our finishing hops. Predominately malty – from the initial nutty flavor through the rich caramel sweetness – it has a light finish that leaves your palate clean and ready for more.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by FilumDee:
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a very thin beige head that recedes quickly, but leaves oily lacing webbed around the glass. Flavor is very smooth and subtle, full of malt character that morphs as the liquid rolls around the mouth, and as the glass warms a bit. Initially sweet, it becomes nutty thereafter, and turns to caramel and toffee as it reaches the back of the mouth. Lingering aftertaste has notes of sweet banana. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, low carbonation. Almost feels like a cask ale. Great beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheJudge
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the raven hair beauty, this is a disappointment. Having done so well with a light, I was expecting more.

It looks, well, amber. Not too dark, kind of sierra nevada pa color. Little head again, but it holds (is this a theme of their beers, i wonder?). The nose is all malt. Now they bill this as a malt heavy beer, but it would have been nice to get SOME hop aroma. The taste is smooth. nothing special, nothing to write home about. It could use a little more carbonation. The RHB was significanlty better and more drinkable. Next trip, I skip this one I think.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a pale ale, but it has the same color and consistency. A nice dark amber color with a nice white head. The taste is really good which makes it perfect to drink with the delicious brick oven pizza they serve. The taste is excellent. A nice blend of the malts and hops that make it a very good amber ale. Not sure why it is listed as a pale ale. Good crisp clean finish that leaves me wanting more. Well worth a try if in the New Haven area.

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the BruRoom Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, and all around fruity. Tastes of caramel, floral, and it also had a herbalness to it. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 09/14/07.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jgasparine
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a very diffuse haze layer, almost non-existent head; a little touch of edge lacing over an optically clear dark amber body. No visible carbonation.

S- Malt-forward with impressions of caramel malt and some dark fruity esters. A bit one-dimensional, but I dig it...

T- Right up front, you get some moderate caramel malt flavor combined with those mild fruity yeast esters. On the mid-palate you get a surge of mild, low-alpha, earthy hops. The finish is comprised of an amalgamation of all preceding flavors. A little one-dimensional, but it doesn't taste bad. Somewhat balanced, but slightly skewed to the malt end of the spectrum.

M- Thin body. Moderately soft carbonation. Slight astringency. Nothing outstanding in the mouthfeel department.

D- Despite its simplicity in aroma/flavor/mouthfeel, this stuff goes down wonderfully smooth, and is a fantastic compliment to the pizza they make here.

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Photo of Cath
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a light copper with a medium, big- bubble, off-white head and solid lacing. I enjoyed the light, nutty oat aroma. This ale offers a sweet caramel flavor with low carbonation, floral hops and some nutty goodness for a generally tastey blend. A bit too sweet for some perhaps, but I like it and found it to be a medium bodied and easy drinking treat.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of tsmiller7
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Stopper
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate to modest off-white head retains well over a copper-colored body. The aroma is a nice toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is immediately a bit light with little carbonation, then quickly rounding, with a light caramelly malty sweetness rushing in quickly and persevering through the finish, with almost undetectable touches of roasted dryness mingling with a slight hop dryness in the aftertaste.

This beer certainly highlights its malts, and does so well in a moderately-bodied beer, with just enough of a subtle hop touch to keep it balanced without detracting from the complexity of the malt base.

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Photo of UnionMade
1.66/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer is a deep tawny amber, with a thin ring of head around the glass.
Aroma is fraught with diacetyl, overpowering any other aromas. A mild estery maltiness comes through, very sweet, with minimal hops.
The flavor is basically all butterscotch diacetyl. Nothing else comes through besides a creamy cloying buttery sugary flavor. Perhaps a bit of floral esteriness if you try hard enough. Pretty terrible. It was a chore to drink this stuff. I would have rather had a Budweiser.

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Photo of shigg85
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at BAR in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a medium-dark copper-amber color with a minimal head of tight, frothy white foam and a decent level of carbonation. Lacing was decent, but head retention and body carbonation were a bit lacking.

S: Smells of sweetly roasted caramel malt and a bit of herbal hop bitterness amid the fruity ale aromas in the nose.

T: Taste is a saturated breakfast roll, featuring a full boat of slow roasted and sweetened caramel malts and rich, fruity ale flavors, just bitter enough to offset the buttered toffee flavors of the brew. Pretty nice and sessionable, I'd day.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied but quite enjoyable.

D: I could have drank this one all night, but since pizza was on its way, I D/C'ed it in favor of something lighter and more adaptable, However, this is a nice beer and one which I would normally get if walking in to just order a one-off.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ambar had a nice copper color, but with little to no head at all. Nose very mild, malty and biscuity. Felt relatively smooth on the tongue, with a medium body which holds its own. I liked the taste; slightly malty with a tasty finish - reminded me sort of caramel. Decent, easy-drinking bier.

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CTbrew32
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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BruRm AmBAR Ale from The Brü Rm. at BAR
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