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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Indy99 (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2001 does not count
This beer alone makes moving to the Northwest completely worth it. It has a great balanced flavor, not too hoppy to overwhelm you. They don't bottle so they stay small and non-commercial. They basically brew out of a big, old garage. It isn't pretty but the brewers are so cool and the beer is amazing. It's the best damn thing about Seattle!

4.5
Stove Top (43) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2001
This is a great beer (unfortunately it is not in a bottle) - Hazy dark copper in color-- this beer explodes with citrusy hops for flavor(cascades? dry hopped.....oh yeah probably with cascades yet provides a great malt back-bone.) scrumptious bitter bite lingers on in the finish making you desire more. And by the way this beer secretly delivers a high alcholic punch. three pints and you are doing fine my friends !!!

3.8
Oakes (19010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Finally, the long-awaited re-rate of African Amber! Cloudy, amber, nice thick head. Complex malt nose - toasty, woody, caramelly, like a really nice multigrain bread. The palate is similar, with toasty up front, lots of earthiness and a pleasurable amount of hop bitterness. Well-made amber.

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Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2001
One of the Big Three from Seattle, the other two being Bhagwan's Best IPA and Hale's Pale Ale. Hands down the best amber ale on the planet. Amazingly creamy (no doubt because it is unpasteuzized) and sweet, with a masterful hop balance. It will be a great day when this beer is bottled for store sales. As it is, if you are Washington State, priority number one should be finding this beer on tap. The best kept secret in brewing, and one of the ten best in the world.


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