Amber Ale | District ChopHouse & Brewery

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Brewed by:
District ChopHouse & Brewery
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The fiery color and unique thirst-quenching hop profile gives this Amber Ale a flavor all its own. Hand-selected Cascade hops from the Yakima Valley provide a distinct citrus flavor, while still allowing a subtle malty sweetness to show through.

Added by Todd on 11-19-2004

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by alysmith4:
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2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like a "red" pale ale is how I would describe this brew. Well balanced, with a slightly sweet and syrupy aftertaste. The carbonation was medium and the lacing was minimal. Other flavors such as honey and wheat came through as the beer warmed, and I was happy to order another. Not the best amber I've ever had, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.
medium amber body with a good head.
Typically malty for style with about equal sweetness and bitterness.
medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty decent amber beer. It poured a transparent amber color red. There was a good amount of head, probably about an inch thick or so and laced the entire glass. It had a very citrusy taste to it along with a bit of caramel. I recommend this amber to anyone there. This is the only beer I had there that night, so I don't have entirely too much more to compare it to at the Chophouse.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

A very creamy soupy looking head is given with an off brown/white color. Body is an interesting amber brown but really rusty looking in color, slightly clear. Drink gives some good lacing while drinking also.

Bouquet is an immediate unexpected wood. This is woody, don't know how else to describe it, almost splinters, perhaps even Teak. Slightly herbal, and a sense of clean wetness. Real surprising, but not your usual nose for this style that's for sure.

Taste is mild malt bodied and a hint of hop. A little too wet for my tastes but a real nice hop bitter finish and balance with malt flavor. Hop profile is hard to discern, it didn't jump out at me, and it certainly wasn't easy to find on the nose at all.

Overall still not that bad, but I'd probably grab something else.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on November 2, 2004, this brew came out a clear copper color under a half finger off-white head that faded slowly and left absolutely spectacular lace. There wasn't much at all in the nose at first, but caramel emerged as it warmed. The mouth is well carbonated and light. The taste features a nicely balanced malt and hop impression right from the start. The malt is sweet, almost fruity. The hops are flowery, not overpowering. The aftertaste has some sweetness, but is mainly flowery hops bitter. Good experience to be had here.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with a white head. Mild lacing. Nose is amber malt with some biscuit and bread. Slight hops. Taste is pretty much just toast with some moderate bitterness. With the body this works fairly well. Good drinkability and a well made beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber blew me away with the aggressive hop level. Orange in color with a 3" head that lasted quite a while. Thick lacing developed. The aroma sports grapefruit and floral hop tones. The flavor followed the nose as caramel, grapefruit, and a strong bitterness were well balanced. Simple but yet very satisfying for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel quite crisp at the start and finish. This is one of the higher hopped ambers I have had the pleasure to experience, as this came quite close to the pale ale category. This is one worth seeking out if it is on tap.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as an apricot colored beer with massibe white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell has some nice citrus hop notes, burt restrained, and enough caramel malt to balance it well.

An extremely well-blanaced taste experience. The malt and hops combine nicely to present and easy to drink flavorful beer.

A bit thin at thr ending for my liking with a rapidly disspearing taste.

A very nice beer. Easy on the senses, yet with enough flavor.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red color, nice head, sticky lacing

Smell: Citrusy hops in foreground, with a strong, sweet malt background

Taste: more bitter and hoppy than i expected, hops are citrusy cascade. malt sweetness also very present, but finishes on dry alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: light-medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable brew, all in all.

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Photo of Jfowler05
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber ale from District Chophouse.

Pours a nice clear amber with a thin white head.

Nice malt in the nose with a solid floral hop aroma.

Taste is nicely balanced and roasty. Some nice malt, some hop bitterness in the finish. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rather light and crisp. This is a very easy beer to drink.


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Photo of msubulldog25
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Described on the board as 'NW Style Generously Hopped', tapped 7/21, 5.4% abv.

A: Very clear, extremely deep red-amber. Tons of carbonation rise to an excellent head, a lasting 1+ finger of light tan cream. Tight lace fishnets from top to bottom, clustering in ringing bands after each sip. Gorgeous.

S: Modest hop aroma fights through a stronger roasted malting, sniffs of brown sugariness. May have been a bit too chilled, but still not much more than an 'average' aroma...

T: Deep caramel roast, ample nuttiness. Hooping is strong without being overbearing, lending good spiciness and lending some 'NW' pine-y flair. A healthy bittering in the finish.

M: Seems slightly thin, but that sorta makes it more refreshing (especially on a hot day). Good carbonation, fairly crisp with clean finish.

D: Goes down so easily, almost too easily. Balance is spot-on. One of two options (the other being Light Lager) that ChopHouse offered at a happy hour discount; I'd be happy to have it again.

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Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An auburn brown body with a good head and some lacings. An airy, minty smell with minor citrus notes. Despite a light to medium body, being generous there, a good hopness to the beer which is well rounded with a lemony-grassy mix. Tasted some spices and some malts in there too so it was a dryer finish than expected. I could session this beer in a heartbeat, but it doesn't really strike me as much as a red ale.

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Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a pint of this on my way back to the subway after a long day exploring monuments. Served in a shaker pint.

Beer is amber and clear. Carbonation is moderate and made up of large bubbles. Forms a thin diffuse head of medium bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass.

Beer smells mostly malty, overall aroma is weak though.

Beer is slightly sweet on the front, good carbonation in the mouth, nice body, not to heavy. There is a bitterness at the back slightly but not really an aftertaste. Its a relaxing average ale, no strong flavors, no imposing body. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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