African Amber | Mac and Jack's Brewery

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86
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416 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
416
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
80
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 0%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gburns2767
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Catholic_Beer_Guild
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swhitney60
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colbyjackcheese
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wattstriker
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass. Pours a very hazy coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and caramel malt, citrus hops; hoppier, but reminiscent of a rich English bitter. Flavor is full bodied, well balanced biscuit and caramel malt, hints of toffee, citrus hops. Finishes with semisweet malt and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess; nice mouth feel. I'm sorry I haven't tried this one earlier. The full bodied, well balanced malts are very tasty and supplemented with pleasant citrus hops. I'm glad to know that this ale, commonly on tap at restaurants, is so good a great complement to dining. I'll be back to this one. Kudos.

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Photo of tummy345
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fruity smell. Bubly but good flavor and light on the palette

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Photo of Petenj
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ppuech
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mr-jj
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This used to be my go-to beer. I would seek it out over almost anything else. As my tastes have evolved, it's become a bit too sweet for my liking. But I had the chance to revisit it recently and wrote down some notes.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head. Nose is caramel roast with some piney hops. Flavor is similar, it's a nice amber with some hop accents. Overall, a good amber.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with small silky head. Aroma of malt, spice and citrus. Taste is malty, followed by coriander and some orange on the backplane. Complex but enjoyable,,good with food.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csv
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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