Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 20 IBU
alcohol by volume: 5.0%
original gravity: 12.25° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

hops:
Alchemy, Simcoe

Added by Zraly on 03-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rebel1771
4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a slight head that fades quickly.

S: Buttery toffee aroma stands out along with a slight sweet malty smell.

T: Buttery toffee returns from the aroma to start with followed by a sweet malt flavor that fades quickly into a very slight toasted bread flavor.

D: Not what I was expecting at all. The light flavor keeps this brew very drinkable on those hot summer afternoons here in Florida.

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Photo of Buebie
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just now noticing on the bottle, this is 2 months expired. Hopfully hops and freshness will not suffer too much.
Purchased this single for around a buck to give it a try.

Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Producing about a half inch of white head. Settling as quickly as it formed, leaving a nice little cap and generous collar. Color is a transparent golden copper. Lace rings line and drape the glass.

Aroma of fruity hops, sweet caramel malt and a faint grape nuts like aroma too.

Taste is sweet upfront with a white grape flavor at first, dissipating to mild bittering hops and mild fruity hops. Alongside a solid grain taste. Little bit of cara60 raisin flavor lingering into the finish with mild bittering hops. I see cara10 was used and it shows in retention and lace.

Mouthfeel is good with some biteing carbonation and slick feel.

Taste is pretty damn solid here. This is a great beer.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange amber, slight chill haze, no luck on a head, or lacing. Nice color though.

Smell: Sweet malt, some ripe fruit esters, mild citrus or herbal hops, pretty well rounded smell.

Taste: Caramelly and coffee notes, nice roasted malt flavors, hops are very subtle, finishes with a nice whole grain toast taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied and pretty light carbonation, finishes somewhat dry, but lingers.

Drinkability: I like this brew and would definitely drink it if offered one. It's well built and solid. Refreshing and crisp, not overly complex. Great after my spaghetti and meat sauce with fresh parmesan.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%

Thanks Donkster46!

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance (3.75) : Bubbly three fingered head that's not exactly tightly woven, but rather foamy and spread out somewhat. The carbonation from the body is feeding the fizz of the bubbles to the head. The body is a true amber color, with lots of golden and honey color. Opacity is about 20%.

Aroma (4) : Ginger, honey, coriander, some plant, butterscotch, and starch. Smells like an old persons' candy piece. It's definitely unique from every amber I've ever laid nose to, so that's something. The bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25): Yeah. The ginger and honey comes out almost immediately. It's got this strange twang to it that's just simply delicious. A few tea notes. It's bready and yeasty, too. In the middle there's some corn or wheat notes but very faintly. It ends like a pleasant, spicy throat lozenge. Out of the bottle it's a bit too concentrated and bubbly, so I recommend pouring this one. At the tail end there's a faint bit of citrus rind hops balance out the malt character just right. It just tastes super.


Mouthfeel (3.75) : Zippy but creamy. Not like miracle whip, but like a good beer. Ends semi-dry.

Overall (4.04) : I'll pick up some more of this, if I can find it. It's great stuff, and I think it's a unique representation of an amber ale. It's easy to drink and relax with, but crafty enough to warrant a decent review. The ginger and honey with spicy throat lozenge really doctors it up a bit. I like their unique take on this amber beer. I will be buying more in the future.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Widmer Drop Top Amber pours a translucent copper with a moderate white head. The carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is malty with a hint of citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet from the roasted malt with a very nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is more fruity than floral. The carbonation is very evident giving the beer an extremely refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer.

I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from for this beer. It's certainly not a weak beer...well, it is if you're used to chewing raw hops. It's not an Imeperial Sommethingorother. It's an American amber ale. And it's a very good one.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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Photo of isualum12
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer that is always easy to find here in boise. smooth with out over powering. Somewhat of a classic amber
smell standard brown
appearance- brown in color with red shining through
taste is sweet with carmel
overall nice classic beer to pick up on the way to a party.

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Photo of WoolyBugger
4/5  rDev +19%

this has been my favorite amber ale for years. Lots of flavor. Easy drinking. Then suddenly the local distributor who handles Widmer stopped carrying Drop Top. Can't even get it at BevMo in Nor Cal.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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