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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The Northwest’s original, unfiltered and dry hopped amber ale. African Amber’s 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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3.9
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 6, 2004
on tap at the virginia inn in seattle. pretty amber but otherwise has too much character to be considered an amber ale. aroma of caramel and pineapple turnover. nice combination of nutty toffee flavours and fruity bitterness

3.1
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Purchased from K’s in Bellevue by the gallon
This is a solid not-to-offend-anyone ale, that was a hit for our thanksgiving festivities. The aroma is sour, with some decent English malts. The hops were muted, and *i think* unbalanced for the style. The head was creamy and the palate was soft. Flavor was fruity and sessionable.

3.9
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Citrousy malty aroma, nice medium dark amber. Thin, but creamy head. Awesome Apricot taste. And amazingly balanced hops and malts. More malty than most American Ambers, guess that why its African, maybe!

4
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 (5035) - 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 I’m a bit burned out on Mac and Jack’s by now, though, after hundreds of pints of the stuff.

2.5
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
(Draft: C.J. Borg’s Microbrews in SeaTac Airport) Kind of an odd beer; It’s 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t appeal to me

3.9
3fourths (9358) - 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 (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap at the Portland Brewing Co.’s Portland airport pizza pub, sampled 7 August 2004. I vaguely remembered this beer’s 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 body’s sweetness. One of the best amber ales I’ve tried...is it coincidence it doesn’t taste like any of the others?


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