Olde Towne Amber | Olde Towne Brewing Co.

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Olde Towne AmberOlde Towne Amber

Brewed by:
Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by theghost3:
Photo of theghost3
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin, white head that quickly disappears. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar & yeast. The taste is sweet of caramel/molasses malts. Not much bitterness; hops are virtually nonexistent. Mouthfeel is smooth, and a little on the watery side.

This is a drinkable beer with no hop smell/flavor to speak of. With its strong malt flavor, however, it goes great with BBQ.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is a dark, murky, muddy brown in color with a nice, full head.

Smell – The gooey malts jump out of the glass. They are rich and full of rich toffee. The hops, which should be noticeable but subservient to the malts, are absent.

Taste – The malts kind of fall apart at the taste. They turned really grainy and “loose” without any cohesive structure to the various flavors. Again, the hops are AWOL.

Mouthfeel – This one is too light for the style. It’s not even close to medium-bodied. It also lacks any decent carbonation.

Drinkability – I was a bit harsher on this review then I probably should have been, but I liked the other offerings that I’ve had from Olde Towne and this one just disappointed.

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Photo of sponberg
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never had a bottle filled more to the brim - there was maybe 1/4" of headspace. Lotta beer for your money. Copper with a white head and decent carbonation , rim lasts a good long while. Aroma is the weakest part of this one - a nutty malty sweetness with a vegetal note, maybe celery?

Starts out with a malty sweetness - caramel, toffee, faint earthy-ish hops, with just a slight hint of vegetality. the middle has a very appealing nutty/biscuity aspect on top of the first flavors. Finishes very clean, with a hint of sweetness, Very decent for the style - not bad, not a world beater. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, light, and once I got over the vegetal thing it's very drinkable. Would be neat to try this cask conditioned, as it would make a great session brew with the combination of flavors and soft cask carbonation.

Thanks again to FBG potsie for an interesting brew!

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Photo of hadlance
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Metalmonk
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first-ever Alabama beer comes courtesy of msubulldog25, who acknowledges the ubiquitous unclejedi in the assist. Thanks to both of you!

Pours a deep, almost cloudy caramel-brown with reddish highlights. Not much head despite 1) an aggressive pour, 2) a clean glass, and 3) one of those fancy "nucleation sites." Kinda strange, that, but the color is nice.

Aroma isn't what I expected from the style, but it's nice all the same. A kind of watery milk chocolate, with a caramel-y and overall sweet malty base...tentatively dessert-like; makes me think of something in the bock family of beers rather than an amber.

Flavor needs a little help. A sour/green vibe pervades and overtakes any positive attributes...it's not massive, but enough to detract. Some nice elements try to peek through, including doughy dark bread, caramel and citrusy hops. A butter/toffee flavor sneaks into the finish, but there's a wrongness about it. Ultimately it's a bit weak and lacking personality. A too-carbonated and thinnish body doesn't really help.

Olde Towne's Amber seems a little off the mark. Surely Alabama has a better beer than this...?

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Photo of nickd717
1.82/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to sommersb.

Cloudy amber in color with a one finger whitish head. This brewery is sort of failing on the whole clarity thing.

The aroma is...um...interesting. Nutty with hairspray, caramel, and a hint of tartness. An amber ale huh?

The flavor is like an American wild Berliner amber ale. Rather tart, but not necessarily from infection, with acrid notes, caramel, and nuts.

Astringent on the palate with medium-light body and average carbonation.

Man, this is not good and way off-style. WTF.

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Photo of scruffy1
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of bditty187
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from Alabama!

Slightly hazy, coppery-amber in hue with gold influences, some animation was noticed streaming towards the dim beige head. The foam reached a little over a finger in height, it quickly faded to a thin, fizzy cap; this cap faded further to, well, nothing. It wasn’t to long before this beer was topless. No lacing either. The appearance is a bit sad but average overall. The nose is sharp. Too sharp, I’m not really sure what is going on. There is some tartness coupled with some sweetness infused with an underlying nuttiness, toasty caramel too. The bouquet is straightforward and the potency if fairly loud, unfortunately I don’t like what it is saying. It’s borderline unpleasant and it’s definitely not inviting… it is closer to bad than good. The palate is… interesting. Amber Ale, huh? Then what’s with the sour fruit? Is this a flaw or intentional? I’m assuming flaw. Anyway, this sour note mixes oddly with some sweetness that doesn’t seem attached to any malty flavors. Sure there is some toasty caramel but this isn’t the sweetness that dominates the taste. Nutty. Very nutty actually, too nutty for me. A true malt backbone is needed. Hops are lacking. For an American Amber the hop profile is pathetic. Most of what I taste I don’t like and all the pleasant flavors are scattered and disjointed. The finish is poor and the aftertaste is like some kind of crazy sour-nut candy. Yuck. Low carbonation, light in body, slick and watery mouthfeel and this seals the deal for this beer, it is lousy. It’s not drinkable either. The palate is very unpleasant and I might not finish my glass. Overall, this is a lackluster offering and it’s not something I’d be interested in again. Regardless of this review I am very thankful to au1sec for supplying me with a couple beers from ‘bama! Thanks!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber in color with a light tan head that immediately faded.
Aroma of sweet, toasty, caramel malt. Musty and a bit grainy.

Taste is a bit odd. Sweet, toasty caramel malt with decent hop balance for an amber. A bit musty and sour with a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.
Not something I'd want a second bottle of unless there were no better choices.
Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice copper colour with tinges of orange....my glass looks very much like the one on the cover of "American Beer". Head is decent, but not huge.

The aroma is airy and yeasty, with a bit of fresh-cut orange under it. I expected a stronger aroma, but this one is a bit lacking. OK, there's also a slightly spicy 'wet towel' hint in it.

Initially, the flavour is nutty (slight butternut squash flavour), with a bit of the wet towel I picked up on in the smell. The maltiness slowly creeps out on the back end.

(It's not as good as I remember it on tap a couple of weeks ago. I'll have to post a separate review of that.)

The body is not as hearty as I'd hoped. It's not quite watery on bottom, but I'd hoped for much more. There's a lilting fizziness on top up front.

I'm just not too crazy about this one out of the bottle. It's an OK sessioner, but I think I'd get a bit bored with the flavour.

Be well

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy brown head with little retention. Aroma of hops is quite pronounced for an amber ale. Taste is on the thin and watery side with nice dose of hops at the end. Won’t go down in history as a great beer but I have seen a lot worse.

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Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out for letting me crack my first beer from Alabama. I get closer and closer to closing down all the states! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/15/2009.

The pour was decent, rich caramel brown with a light head that quickly faded leaving behind mearly a broken crown that lightly coated the inside of the glass. Nice aroma, grain all the way here with light caramel and a touch of grass like hops. Smooth, light to medium body with good carbonation it actually came off a bit fuller then I thought it would and that was a welcome treat. Very nicely done as it went down quite nicely and easily with a nice sweet flavor that left a very nice touch on the tongue.

Better then I expected to be honest. With all it took me to track this one down I have to say I was pleasantly suprised. I would really go for this one again no problem.

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Photo of largadeer
1.79/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks(?) Nick.

Muddy rustwater red. No head, no lacing, strangely flat.

The nose is funky, acetic, bready. Green apple, cranberry sauce and balsamic vinegar.

Thin, impressively watery on the palate. Vinegar, green apple, sour cream, cranberries. Some bready crystal malt that's barely present beneath the yeast. What the fucking fuck?

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Photo of Poser
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only distributed brew in Alabama pours dark with a little head. The taste was fairly good at first, but then it has an odd aftertaste that reminds me of sticking my tongue on a 9-V battery. I had this beer a month or so ago and thought the aftertaste was a sign that it was a bad beer and so I didn't review it. Earlier tonight it was still there in another city. Maybe some will like the taste, but not me. Overcarbonated.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear amber color, with a small white head, slight broken lace, carbonation is made up of numberous large bubbles.

Aroma: Rich, toasty malt aroma, with just a hint of earthiness, faint, if any hop presence at all.

Taste: Opens with a mild toastiness, followed by a very sharp, sour green apple note, which carries throughout the taste. Finishes with a slight mustiness.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I had concluded that this example was bad, however, other reviews have mentioned this odd characteristic, so perhaps it is intentional. In all, not particularly to my taste.

Thanks to Rick for generously sharing this sample.

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Photo of jwc215
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/copper with no head save a few rising bubbles. Lacing? Forget about it...

The smell is of roasted, slightly burnt, toast. Caramel and earthiness mix in in a funky sort of way.

The taste is of caramel with an unfitting molasses - not qute combining to be tofee. Burnt toast makes me wonder if this was over-roasted or something...Buttery with a touch of lemon in the finish.

Light to medium in body, it's a bit too slick and undercarbonated though it doesn't fall apart.

This one is a bit "off" but is not awful at all. It goes down easy enough despite some obvious flaws

Well, I'm not crazy about it, but glad that Bonhoeffer gave me the opportiunity to try it!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, and it's a foamer, with 5" of beige foam over the almost clear copper brew. Monstrous head slowly but surely turns to beer, allowing topping of the glass, with lots of froth along the sides. Aroma is minimally of dry grains. Taste finds the same pleasing maltiness, with a blaancing generic hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and this is the kind of beer you could spend an afternoon with, watching the game, out in the yard, what have you. A little less carbonation would be nice though.

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Photo of aracauna
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The copper body has the same slight haze from yeast sediment that the Pale Ale did, but lacks the sizeable head with decent lasting power of the Pale. The aroma is fairly malty with tea-like notes and toffee. It also has a similar bubblegum ester to the odd Pale Ale, but not to the same level. It's an almost normal sidenote here. The body is a tad thin and unsatisfying, though.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a low light beige head and lot of suspended sediment. Nutty malt aroma with maybe a touch of oxidation. Fruity apple pie/pumpkin pie flavors... Medium bodied and smooth with a spicy fruit finish.

On the edge of turning south but just got this thru a BOM club...

Per BOM notes: 15 IBU
Malts: Simpson's Marris Otter and Weyerman
Hops: Willamette

'4338' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 11/05/05

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Photo of bort11
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mostly clear reddish brown color. Mild egg-shell colored head that quickly receedes. Smell is very...interesting, but I'm not sure it's working for me. It is sweet and fruity up front, but seems to have a coffee bitterness in the back. I'm thinking concorde grape juice and coffee. Taste follows suit. It's pretty malty on top of the grape and coffee flavor. It leaves an odd red wine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is mostly light bodied. This is a very odd beer. I'm not sure which direction Olde Towne is trying to go with it, and I'm not sure they made it there either

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Photo of aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours burnt orange with no head, pretty watery looking. A little dark for an amber otherwise. Nose consists of medium toasted coffee notes, slight fruits. Taste is OK, a bit coffeeish with sour fruitiness, a bit too sour for my taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, was expecting some more body. Altogether a pretty easy drinker that is rather decent.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.46/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Olde Towne Amber from Olde Towne Brewing Company pours a dark amber, almost brown in my glass. There is not much aroma other than the mild fragrance of the malts. The taste is subtle on the tongue. Not a whole lot of hops here but the malts are represented. If I could create a beer style I'd call this one a "light brown ale". This beer could be a fine first beer for a long time macro drinker who wants to branch out to other styles. This beer won't knock your socks off, but I enjoyed it anyway.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, murkey amber with a good amount of head that dissapates, leaving little.

Smells a bit fruity, a bit of a wine smell is what Im reminded of. Tastes of sweet malts, sourness, and a bit of fruitiness. Not much hop profile here.

A pretty decent beer, good flavore and definitely refreshing. One major complaint is that it is a bit over carbonated, but I think it's worth trying at least.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, after the Pale Ale I had a bit earlier, I feel that the brewery is doing some good things with beer. Hopefully the Amber will fare as well.

Like the Pale, the Amber pours with a medium weight and a froathy eggshell colored head that fades to a light film afer a minute or so, then holds steady with light lacing. Unlike the Pale, the Amber has a... well, amber glow that is nearly clear.

Very caramelly in aroma with sweet breads, light toast, and light toffee. Fruity apples seem to be the dominant esters; or is that a yeast biproduct? The sweetness holds a butterscotch aroma along with a hint of cooked vegitables, red apples, and buttered popcorn (which may not be prefered).

Flavors definately favor the sweetness of the barley malts: very light hop flavor to balance. Deep caramels and light toffees set the tone while yeasty sulfers bring about those vegital qualites that distract from the pure barley sweetness. Not so much in the buttery notes that the nose picked up.

The body is moderate with some residual sweetness left on the palate. ...but there comes the buttery tones again in the slickness of the tongue and surfaces of the mouth. Light herbal hop bitterness does little to combat the sweetness.

The beer has some off flavors in sufury-vegital compounds and in the buttery effect in aroma and mouthfeel but the beer doesn't seem to fail because of these. It's an average beer with some yeast issues.

Thanks again Freethyhops!

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Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 46 ratings