Beer Review: Rogue American Amber Ale

January 10, 2007

Rogue was established in 1988, and ever since then they have been putting out unique brews. I have tried a few of their brews now, and only have one I would never ever try again…the Smoke Ale. Blech!

The American Amber Ale, according to the bottle, is made from “Harrington & Klages, Cara Vienna, English 115 & 135 Crystal Malts; Cascade & Kent Golding Hops, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast”. They also say that this brew is “Tawny Amber in color with a coffee aroma and a tight head. A delicate flavor with a roasted malt accent, generous use of hops and a smooth finish”.

I would agree with most of this. On the pour, it looked like a good nut brown ale. It was a nice deep ruby chestnut color, just a beautiful brew. Held to the light, it did seem a mite cloudy. The head was indeed tight, but it not last long, and there was minimal lacing.

I didn’t notice much coffee aroma. It just smelled good and malty to me, with strong hints of hops.

Now, because it is called an Amber Ale, I, for some reason, expected it to be more of a lager type brew. This beer, though, was rather hoppy, which was pleasant, as I am in a hoppy phase right now. This beer is much hoppier than the nose lets on. The overall taste was a nice floral hops taste, but it also seemed crisp and biscuity. There was also a faint hint of sweetness.

Overall, I would say this is an excellent hoppy beer. The hops are not overpowering, to my palate.

From their Web site, read the American Amber Ale brochure (pdf).

Recommended: Yes
Price: I paid $4.19 for a 650ml bottle
ABV: 5.6%


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