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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our flagship amber ale is brewed with English malt, hops and yeast. The extra malt lends a lightly toasted, chocolate flavor, a tawny color, and a smooth, rich character; it's perfect for sipping one or enjoying many.

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3.8
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottled. Poured clear reddish-brown with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of lightly-aged caramels, a great blend of mixed chocolates, herbal, and drier floral hoppage.. I can’t think of anything that I’d rather have from my Amber Ale. The flavor for the most part held serve.. toasty caramel and chocolate at the core with supple pine and floral bitterness extending outward.. sweet finish, and well-balanced with its bitterness. Pretty close to medium-bodied with great flow on the palate.. left a refreshing, lightly-bitter finish. Well done!

3.8
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 It’s a good Amber. Most ambers are boring to me - but this one had a little character. The aroma was good, with a nice floral hop note. Ended on a dry and bitter note - very nice. Quaffable - this one could be quaffed in large quantities. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: I can taste the chocolate, very much like a hershey bar faded, I can taste the bitterness from the hops, and the roastiness from the malt making this. It’s a really good Amber.

3.8
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This beer pours a dark brownish red color. It has a thick copper tinged head which sticks around very well. It has a malt aroma and has a nice bitterness which is balanced well with a smoky malt flavor. This is a very well done beer all around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
wlajwl (6811) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Aroma is toffee, mild butterscotch, malts and a hint of earthiness. The flavor is toffee/caramel, fruit, citrus and a tart/malty finish.

3.7
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) While not as good as their basic IPA, which is outstanding, the amber proves to be another solid, very flavorful and enjoyable beer from Drake’s. It has a strong, dominant maltiness that’s a bit roasty, caramely, moderately sweet, quite earthy and woody. Overall, I get a bit of "Old Ale" type of maltiness. I can’t distinctly detect the hops, but there is a mild bitterness to this beer, though that may be partially a result of the lightly roasty malt too. Earthy maltiness dominates the nose. Medium to full body provides for a substantial, round mouthfeel. Dark amber in color, and slightly hazy, but the light tan head is on the small side, facing to a rim after awhile. Lace is almost non-existant. Yet another winner in Drake’s lineup.

3.7
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
Cloudy, uh, well, amber color. Nice tan head. Malty, bready, mildly spicy aroma. Upon her first sip, The Bride announced that this was way too flavorful for an amber - Spicy sweet, with prominent dark bread and cereal flavors, on a syrupy smooth palate. Like me, it’s rich and smooth (except I’m not rich. or smooth). Crisp dry finish. Thanks to Darkelf for the Trade!

3.7
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Poured a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma consisted of peanuts, toffee, dry popcorn and a little earthy. Also present were notes of tobaco leaf and some chocolate. Malty flavor that is not nearly complex as the aroma. Mainly caramel with peanuts on the finish. Light to medium bodied with a hop bitterness on the finish.

3.7
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy dark amber body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of nuts, toasted malt, citrus, and caramel. Flavor of toasted malt, hops, and cocoa. A complex and well crafted amber.

3.7
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a hazy deep burnt amber with about 1" of rocky biscuit head. Rich aroma of toasted caramel and toffee, fruity hops, vanilla and malt. Spotty lacing. Palate is pretty thick and smooth for an amber. Taste of rich but light caramel, hops and malt and a fairly bitter finish. Nice rich beer.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of IrishBoy. Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light yellowish head. Aroma of some toasted cereal grain, caramel malts, some citrus hops. There is also some light nuts and lighter yeast. Much more nutty and toasty in the taste with some biscuity malts emerging towards the finish. Mild bitterness at most in the middle. Soft moderate carbonation with a medium body. Ambers usually bore me, but this one’s all right. I could drink a few of these in a row without being bored.


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