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Chama River Rio Chama Amber Ale



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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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If the river were made of beer, it would run amber. First brewed as the house beer for our Santa Fe based steakhouse, Rio Chama Amber Ale has become a cult favorite. This easy to drink, yet flavorful ale is brewed with a blend of pale, toasted and caramel malts. Its spicy dry hop character complements the malt with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Tap @ Chama River. Pours a clear, rust orange appearance with a tan head. Kind of bland, herbal, caramel aroma. Quite spicy flavor, almost tastes like they dumped black pepper in. Slightly piney, light citrusy, toasty flavor. Not horrible but who the fuck poured the pepper shaker in the beer?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadRobin (1698) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 20, 2012
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Chama River restaurant in Albuquerque, NM. Clear, red-orange copper with off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, spice and dry hops. Taste of caramel, floral hops, bread and spice with a metallic hint in the finish. Light/medium body and low/medium carbonation. Timid aromas, flavors and body detract from what is otherwise a well-balanced ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Amber in color (obviously) with a bit of white head. Sweet malt aroma and taste with light red apple peel and hop hints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Golden amber. Toasty, sweet caramel notes. Low hop rate. Faint aroma. OK, if you’ve had one amber you’ve had this one, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5196) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft @ brewpub. Clear amber with nice lacing. Smells balanced between caramel malts and hops. Pretty nice American amber, actually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (3163) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Draft at brewpub. I find amber ales to be a boring style and this one is no exception. Pours brown but that’s the highlight. Not much on the tongue or nose. What a snooze!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Amber with creamy off white head and lace. Light caramel malt aroma. Light caramel, perfumy hops, and bread. Water and thin with aggressive carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, fruits, and earthy hops. Flavor of sweet bready malt, light fruits, some bitterness in the finish. A nice malty amber. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2011
on tap-pours a disappearing off white head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, some orange. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, some orange/pine hops. Thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Pours a moderate amber color with a light off white head that’s about two fingers but quickly recedes without too much lacing. Nose is some pale amber and biscuit malt and some light hopping. Taste is fairly plain with a good malt bill but not much else. Good medium body. Drinks fairly well but is a bit plain. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-08-2010

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