Brew Review: American Amber Ale

1 Sep

Brew: American Amber Ale

Brewed by: Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)

Style: Amber Ale (5.6% ABV)

 

Anytime I am in the liquor store I seem to never want to pass up an opportunity to pick up these Rogue beers. It must be that they always have like 4 or 5 bombers there of different sorts that always sound really interesting that makes me want to pick anything that comes along (that’s relatively inexpensive) without even caring if it’s good or not. Well that happened again with this Amber ale. The last amber I tried was the Avalanche amber and that one wasn’t really the best. So maybe subconsciously I am searching for an amber that really hits the spot.

The American Amber sat in my pint glass a deep amber color, with a touch of reddish brown in there. It was a great looking beer, this one was off to a good start. There was a small off-white head on there that didn’t last very long.

The smell was also amazing, there were some sweet fruits in there with a little bit of a hop presence, some citrus aromas. There was also a faint bit of roasted grains in there, which is par for the amber course and something I really liked about this beer. They took some unique things, the hops on the nose and added in the classics of the style, the faint roasted grains and the sweetness of the malts.

For the taste there were some fruity flavors that I could detect along with a little bitterness from those hops. Rogue blended them perfectly and none really stole the show, they worked in harmony together. A wonderfully balanced beer. It was a medium bodied beer with a little bit of a lighter feel to it, probably due to the hops balancing out the heavy effect that malts can sometimes have.

This was a perfectly balanced beer with a little unique flavor/style in there with the hops and fruits that showed up. It was an easy beer to take down, one that I would recommend for a cooler summer evening or a nice autumn day. Probably the best Amber ale I have had, but who knows there might be better ones out there.

 

Overall Grade: A-

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One Response to “Brew Review: American Amber Ale”

  1. Jim September 3, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    Not sure if it has made it’s way to your neck of the woods, but be on the look out for Rogue Voodoo Donut Maple Bacon Porter.

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