African Amber | Mac and Jack's Brewery

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3.89/5
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429 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery
Washington, United States
macandjacks.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,670
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
429
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 429 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Mjmiller99
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly cloudy for an ale, making it unique in appearance. The highlight is its taste- refreshing, slightly sweet and medium bodied.

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Photo of brlelievre
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Boat Shed, Bremerton, WA:

Pours clouded orange amber with a head that lasts and leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells and tastes like sweetened iced tea with a touch of lemon zest and a hint of caramel.

Smooth and refreshing, this is an easy-drinking, sweet-leaning brew.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtown16798
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe this isn't rated higher. A must every time I go to Seattle. Can't get it in California. Quite unique.

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Photo of hacksoncode
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Seatac airport. Poured its usual gorgeous hazy deep amber into a 22oz glass. Nice ivory head with strong lacing. Smell seemed a bit off, maybe a bit metallic. Same with the taste, which was otherwise nice and malty, and a bit sweet. Mouth feel and drinkability was very good. Overall, not as good as i remembered. Don't know if I got a bad batch or if it's just gone downhill. It used to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duncan4169
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of plbogen
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mac and Jack's African Amber is gorgeous. It's unfiltered cloudy orange looks just like amber. It feels nice and solid in the mouth and lets you know you are drinking a real beer. While I've had better tasting beer, it still is a pretty solid beer that is great for a meal.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FYI: you can only get it on tap in WA and a little in ID/OR. They dont bottle it but you can get growlers.

L: Awesome red-orange-yellow, looks like a hazy sunset.

S: Smell is actually pretty standard, sweet but has some bite to it.

T: Good tastes, pretty hoppy for an ale in my opinion. Lots of citrus.

F: Medium mouth feel and carbonation.

O: A really good unfiltered ale, defiantly worth a try if you're ever in WA.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Country Cousin, Centralia, Washington. Our first beer in the PNW.

A: Opaque orange/amber with fluffy white one finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel, biscuit-y malts, honey and a bit of brown sugar.

T: A great overall maltiness with caramel, toffee and citrus hops. A really nice kick on the finish; a spiciness that lingers and makes you want more.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A ubiquitous beer in the PNW, tasty and raring to go. I could enjoy this African Amber back home.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gburns2767
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and lightly hoppy. Good head. Only bad note? Kegs only.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Catholic_Beer_Guild
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Pinnacle of Beer making. They need 6-packs of these bad boys. Pronto.

Every sip brings your taste buds on a magical adventure.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times back in the 90s around Seattle...but it has been awhile. This time, served at SeaTac, into a shaker. Pours a hazy orange copper, with a thin crown of off white head...minimal retention and lacing. Modest nose of biscuity malts with a little sweet honey and brown sugar then a little edge of grassy hops. On the tongue it is sweeter...add some toffee in there, and a little less biscuit. There is also a kind of spiciness, that paired with the hint of hops, gives it a lively mouthful, fairly smooth though a little on the thin side. A little too sweet for me, but very distinctive, and it has its place as an early PNW micro that's still worth a shot at the right time and place. Glad to have it again, even though the layover gets longer and longer.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swhitney60
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 429 ratings