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Bitter Root American Amber Ale



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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 163   ABV: 5.45%
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Bitter Root Brewing used the finest crystal malt to give our summer seasonal its deep color and malty flavor. American hop varieties provide the classic hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle from a Bozeman grocery. Toasty grain and baked bread dominate. Toffee aroma and syrupy nutty flavor. Almost too sweet. Good body for an amber but the sweetness is just something I am not able to get past to enjoy the rest of the beer for too long a time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2010
On tap. Pours a clear brown amber with a white head. Nose is fruity, some citrus and floral hops, light bready malts. Medium body with tastes of nutty and caramel malts, some citrus hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19370) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
Bottled, from Bozeman, MT. Clear amber, creamy head. Perfumy pear aroma Mid sweet with cleanm, rounded mouthfeel. Quite drinkable with some salty caramel and balanced bitterness. Well drinkable but unspectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours clear amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma of fruits, floral hops and bready malt. Taste has some husky bitterness up front and a resinous finish with a medium caramel malt body. Seems more bitter than sweet. Body is medium light, slightly high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
Pours a nice clear brownish orange. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, pine. Taste is medium malt-caramel, pine. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Received a 22-oz bottle from kyzr. Pours a clear dark amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of caramel malt, some floral and citrus hops, and a touch of roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, some citrus and a hint of chocolate. Finish is mildly bitter with a roasted caramel malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle: Light amber color with a thin beige head. Bits of sticky lacing. Aroma is rather mild and simple with caramel and floral hops. Tastes malty with caramel and light rye notes before some citrus and floral hops. Finishes lighty sweet before a bitter floral finish. Decent, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This citrusy and bitter Amber Ale benefits from some caramel sweetness and approaches balance, but ultimately its frail, bubbly mouthfeel and lack of malt definition make it a mediocre quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lingering sheet of foam draws lacing all around the clear copper.
-The nose is comprised of earthy and orangey hops which blend into caramel malts.
-The finishing hop bitterness is wooden and resinous.
-The citrusy character is on the verge of lime pulp.
-The overall flavor profile is really simple. Interest dwindles the more you go through the bomber.
-This is not a bad beer per se, but it is too storyless to be memorable.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bomber from brewery. Deep amber in color. Rich malty aroma with ample hoppiness. Highly hopped with a solid malt balance. A touch of sweetness as well.

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