Albion Amber
Marin Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,148
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3.17 | pDev: 17.98%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours muddy auburn in color with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention leads to a sparse, broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Leaves no lace.

Smell - Flat caramel aroma, with distant earth and spice hop twang.

Taste - Just as flat as the smell. Predominant bland caramel (is that a paradox?), bits of earth and a touch of citrus-like sourness near the finish, like very mild, distant lemon essence. Essentially that's it in a nutshell.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with nearly dead carbonation. Maybe the worst part of this beer. It feels like it's been opened up for 6 hours now. It's been 10 minutes.

Overall - No freshness date on the bottle, but I hope for their sake this one is way, way old. If not, Marin should think about tweaking or perhaps retiring this one. Simple, flat and boring. Very little positive to say about this beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours an amber color with thin foam. It doesn’t have an interesting aroma—kinda on the flat, plain side of thing. The flavor is slightly malty. Sweet, but not overly so, with a light body. This is an easy drinking one-note kind of brew, not one I'd reach for again however.

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Photo of Philousa
2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy light brown with 2.5 fingers head. Sweet caramel gives way to bitter molt in the nose. I get some licorice notes and the american ale yeast lingers. Lots of caramel up front with some chocolate flavor, it's a bit too sweet. The sweetness lasts a while and the hop bitterness comes in at the last second. This beer was way too carbed and tastes a bit watery.

I am not a fan. This thing was all over the place. The malt and hop bitterness were not balanced well at all and it was markedly over carbonated. Mouthfeel was reminiscent of my first homebrew (read: this tastes like an amateur beer). Up the ABV or put some bittering hops in there and I'll like it much better. While you're at it, add some aroma hops as well.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-amber color with some nice white foam on top. Aromas of bready malt, caramel and grassy hops. Flavor follows along pretty closely, nicely balanced between the hops and the sweet malt. Certainly a decent beer, but nowhere near the best from a very good brewery.

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Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brownish amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is crystal malt with some tangy hoppiness. Flavor is big on iced tea with an obnoxious sweetness, the typical result of too much crystal malt. Some caramel and C-hops with a light roasted character and a bready dry finish.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with an average white head. Average malt and hop aroma, sweeter mroe than citrus, but a bit of both. Taste was average. Caramel malt, on the watery side, grapefruit and oranges inthe hops, with a big caramel and brown sugar finish. Not great, not bad, just average.

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Photo of Brewsmith
2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally.

Amber with a slight red hint to it. Puffy light tan head. A slight haze to it.

Aroma is fruity with a slight floral character. Slightly musty in the background.

Taste is "old bottle been in the warm truck and warehouse too long before being placed on the store shelf with fluorescent lighting for even longer" It's the lemon iced-tea flavor I've found before in many a pale ale, amber, red and other big hops/big malt beers. Too bad.

Medium bodied and smooth carbonation but with a sharp acidic bite to the finish.

If this beer was in good shape I'd beet it would be pretty tasty. Too many good beers are ruined between the brewery and the glass.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber brew with a large head and a good mount of thick clumps of lacing.

S - A light piney aroma with a touch of malt underneath. Also a bit of a clean noble hop and a touch of pepper.

T - Initially, it is very mild, nearly no sweetness, with a slightly nutty brown ale type malt flavor, then there is a faint touch of pine hops. In the aftertaste there is more of the nutty malt and only a hint of a mild bitterness. It is extremely mild, but what flavor is there is only pleasant.

M - Thin, a little harsh, it makes my tongue feel odd, very refreshing though.

D - Great. I drank half the bomber before I remembered that I was reviewing it.

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 03/01/08.

Pours medium, clear brown with a fine, almost pillowy one finger head. Subsided soon into a nice, thin layer.

Nose of cherry, honey, sweet malt and some alcohol.

Smooth mouthfeel. Some ghostly cherry notes on the palate, as well as a grainy bread character. Moderately astringent: a bit of pucker in the mouth from this one. Finish has light but substantial bitterness that lingers briefly. There's also a tiny hint of sourness (which I noted in a previous, now-deleted review of an infected bottle).

Not my favorite amber (I like a bigger malt profile), but certainly well-made.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a lightly hazy, concentrated amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially fat-one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The aroma has a nice, grassy hop character to it up front, but then moves into some fruit notes reminiscent of berries, grapes and even some darker raisin-like notes. The aroma finishes with an inviting, dry toasty, biscuit like malt character.

The flavor, like the aroma, is quite a bit hoppier than I was expecting. Again a grassy, herbaceous hop character leads the charge, but notes of berries and citrus round out the hop flavors. Salty, chewy, crusty multi-grain bread flavors as well as some notes of caramel round out a malty middle. The finish is a mix of dry, toasted grain as well as a lightly lingering hop bitterness. As the beer warms up, the already mentioned malt notes become more noticeable as does a light, caramelized sweetness. The sweetness also brings out some fruity notes of raisins, sweet - slightly concentrated plums and even some notes that are like tart plums. For a beer of this strength, it really has quite a body to it; a thick, chewy character accentuates and is accentuated by the malt flavors here.

This is actually quite a nice brew. I really like the balance between malt and hop here, especially since I was expecting a boring Amber ale.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not very amber, this amber is... The beer pours out a medium brown without too many reddish highlights - if the label hadn't said "amber ale" I might have used the term "deep gold bordering on brown" Soapy white head falls down pretty quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

There's a good bit of caramel in the nose and a bit of alcohol sweetness but not much in the way of fruity esters.

The flavor is fine in many ways but one: it doesn't fit the style. The flavors are closer to an English Brown ale coupled with just a touch of PNW hops. Plenty of caramel malt but it's a bit over-roasted (hence the brown color rather than red?) so it comes up more coffee like than fruity amber ale. Surprisingly there's also a touch of Brown Ale sourness - again not a bad flavor but certainly not to style. There's a mild hop kick at the end that has echoes of Centennial but it's too soft to be describe well.

Mouthfeel is fine - residual sugars leaves the medium bodied ale a bit on the cloying side without enough carbonation or bitterness to finish well.

I wish they'd have called this "almost brown" instead of "amber" - I would have enjoyed it more. The beer lacks almost all of the characteristics that make and amber and has a few (burnt malts and sourness) that aren't really part of the style. Otherwise it's a reasonably tasty brew and drinkable if you know what you're in for...

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Photo of DogFood11
2.07/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good god this beer is gonna be great...frothy tan head that could get up and walk out of the room if it wanted to...chunky. dark copper brown. Yummy looking.

Smell some angry bitter can malts be bitter I dont know but I smell malt nad a bitter angry flavor.

Tastes awful to be totally honest. Sour aftertaste the grinds on you. Really not sure what the brewer was thinking when he/she bottled this baby....I guess they wanted to get it off the premises as soon as possible.

I was puckering up like I just had a straight shot of lime juice. Its like that chick that looks great from across the bar and you get close and say WTF!!! next.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sparse haze covers a brownish, clear brew. Nose is roasted chicory malt, coffee, molassas.

Taste yields more chicory, which is dusty dry in the mouth. Fruity red berry malts are on about even footing with the dry roastiness, which lend some balance to the brew. But the tangy sharpness of the carbonation too away from it. Some bitterness in the mouth, but seemed endeveloped. After is dry and wet.

On the weak end (for flavor) and thin (for body) for any ideal amber in my opinion. Not too creative or robust.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer started out with a bang. Great color: Rusty red with a flash of Cherry when held up to the light. Decent cream colored head. The smell was good. Sweet. The malt was there and also a raiseny presence there. This led me to believe this was a bigger beer. I checked the lable, but nope. Not many hops that i could pick up. Just enough to peek at me.

Then the taste. Not too good. Kind of stale/flat/watery. Bad bottle? There is no date to inform me of the age.

The second pull is better, more malt in the front but still lacking in the middle and back.

Mouthfeel is pleasent, if not a little light. But overall drinkability suffers from mostly the taste. What a tease.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon its escape from the 22-ounce brown bottle, the beer takes up residence in my glass a slightly bemused copper color with an enormous semi-creamy head that is a winsome light tan in color, as it laggardly dissipates the lace formed is a thin satin sheet to lay upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt dominated with a refreshing hint of hops and a caramel aroma also present which all leads to a crisp and clean back. The start quite sweet with a pleasing malt presence and the top moderate in its feel to the palate, this leads us to the finish which has a common place acidity with hops that are engaging in their spiciness. A drinkable beer with a dry long lasting aftertaste, not great beer but one that pleases the palate after a long day slaving away in the salt mines.

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Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours an unusally colored hazy caramel color that looks like a liquid sugar daddy. Minimal ivory head quickly falls into some patchy sheet lacing. Aroma is caramel, butternut, and grassy hops. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, not much carbonation. Taste is subdued, with some caramel, fresh baked white bread, and some stale pumpernickel bread. Hops bitterness is subdued, but adequate enough to make this drinkable. Finishes with an evenbodied dullness. Dull, but drinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz Bomber with a familiar looking Marin style label. Labeled as ‘Albion Amber Ale’, with a prescribed strength of 5.0% ABV on the label.

Appearance: Dark brown clear body with some chestnut-copper hints. Beige head easily forms, and leaves a nice smattered lacing as it settles to a thin ¼” covering that’s stays around for some time. Has a nice virulent head. Good levels of carbonation when swirled. Looks pretty good in the glass.

Nose: Biscuit malts with some yeast and caramel tones. Bready at times.

Taste: This beer actually has a nice flavor profile, lots of smooth toasted malts with some light caramel hints, and a crisp but light bitterness. The beer never really goes anywhere though. A crispy start with some hops that are evident in the finish but the beer does have a somewhat annoying trait of leaving a light cloyness in the back of the mouth some while after the swallow. It is a nice beer, but very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Has an average feel that never really says anything, or goes anywhere, but the beer is always there, it just never seems to draw attention to itself. Average feel, but never disappointing. A true “3” for this one.

Drinkability: Not exactly a quaffer, but not repulsive, it’s just a nice beer. But the one Bomber was enough for me and I couldn’t have faced another one to be honest. The light cloying feel at the end does become somewhat annoying after a while.

Overall: Pretty average Amber Ale with no redeeming features. Not bad, nor even bland, but it is nothing special. Drinks reasonably well though for an Amber.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Roasted malts, medium hopped. Nice flavor, very smooth malts, nice hop character. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly malty with some bitterness.

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Photo of Mark
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hate to post this review because Marin Brewing makes good beer. I can only say my pint had to be off. I should have returned it but I didn't so here goes. The pint arrived headless, and though it smelled good the taste was just a lttle funny and I could not pinpoint it. Lacing was zero which I don't care for at all. Probably will give it another try one day.

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Albion Amber from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 29 ratings