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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Northwestís original, unfiltered and dry hopped amber ale. African Amberís pioneering and innovative style is proof that drink-abilty does not have to be achieved by sacrificing flavor. This beer erupts with a floral, hoppy taste, followed by a well rounded malty middle, finishing with a nicely organic hop flavor. Locally sourced two row grain and a blend of specialty malts give our amber its rich taste. Further complexity is achieved by leaving the beer unfiltered, providing exceptional flavor, as well as giving our amber its unique "cloudy" look. Lastly, we actually place a bag of fresh, locally grown, Yakima valley hops in each keg creating what has become the original, cult classic, northwest amber ale.

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beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
This is a great brew even though i still think its more of an APA than an amber. Very fruity apricot hop aroma, citrusy and crisp. Pours orange amber with a soft white head. Taste starts very fruity with a light bitterness to balance well in the finish, citrusy hops that bring out an apricot flavor. A light carbonation keeps this brew creamy and smooth. A very drinkable brew.

3.7
IndianaRed (4545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2004
On Tap at Old Chicago, cloudy redish amber with a good creamy head and heavy lacing. Aroma was very busy, floral, citrus and hops. Fairly sweet flavor with fruity, apricots and apple cider notes. Fairly hopy and the ABV seemed a little high. Very tasty and a bit unusual. Feel was moderately smooth and the aftertaste was a very subtle bitter woody flavor. Quite good.

4.4
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2004
The go-to beer at Seattle-area bars. Available only on tap, this beer is amazing when you first try one. Tremendous floral and fruit scents, very sweet but also hoppy, easy to drink a few pints in rapid succession. I think Iím a bit burned out on Mac and Jackís by now, though, after hundreds of pints of the stuff.

2.5
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
(Draft: C.J. Borgís Microbrews in SeaTac Airport) Kind of an odd beer; Itís lightly malty, fruity, a little peachy, with a sweet honey flavor, but mostly dominated by a prominent tartness and a mild bitterness; The nose is orange citrus, tart, maybe a little apricot; Medium bodied; The tart, lightly bitter finish doesnít hang on the palate; The visually unpleasant color is somewhere in the dark amber / dark golden / light brown area and is very murky with lots of small to medium sized sediment floating around the beer; Bubbly, tan head has average retention and lots of patchy lacing; Overall, the tart, fruity flavor doesnít appeal to me

3.9
3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Sampled @ Rose & Raindrop in Portland, and @ Sea-Tac Airport. Murky yellow and orange appearance. Cantaloupe with some wood barrel notes, really mild but unique. Mellow orange, peaches, tangerines and melons, very sweet like pulp-filled orange juice. A good musty sweet hopped brew.

4.2
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
On draft at the Virgina Inn in Seattle. An "energy" beer if there ever was one. One sip of this, and I felt like I was getting my spinach, special K, and protein drink all in one. Yeastier than a hefeweizen (my, i love unfiltered beers), with a big licorice and caramel middle that finishes with delightful hop bite. Bring this beer back East!

3.8
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap at the Portland Brewing Co.ís Portland airport pizza pub, sampled 7 August 2004. I vaguely remembered this beerís name, so I figured my recollection must have been purposeful. I was right- this was a great amber ale. Hazy orange body, thin off-white (light cream) head. Citrus, brown sugar, toasty, caramely aroma. Flavor was quite unusual for an amber ale, with rather intense citrus (lemon, orange) dominating the profile with little associated bitterness. Caramels rounded out the body. Had a nice carbonation "bite" that enhanced the bodyís sweetness. One of the best amber ales Iíve tried...is it coincidence it doesnít taste like any of the others?

4.7
Affinity4Beer (1) - USA - AUG 6, 2004 does not count
Brewed in Redmond, WA (home of Microsoft), this fine amber ale is a consistently excellent quaf. Mac & Jack donít have a trendy brewpub, they donít bottle their beers, nor do they advertise. They just focus on filling kegs with consistently great beer that can be found in Pacific Northwest restaurants and taverns. You wonít be dissapointed.

4.1
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is nutty and fruity, with hints of apricot and melon. A medium bodied amber. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Caramel. Melons and earthy. A very nice amber. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.3
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
This beer is quite simply excellent. Brewed and sold only in the Northwest, itís exemplifying a level of quality and taste that all microbreweries should strive to meet instead of just churning out random recipies with unusual labels.


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