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RATINGS: 389   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy99 (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2001
This beer alone makes moving to the Northwest completely worth it. It has a great balanced flavor, not too hoppy to overwhelm you. They donít bottle so they stay small and non-commercial. They basically brew out of a big, old garage. It isnít pretty but the brewers are so cool and the beer is amazing. Itís the best damn thing about Seattle!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skrymir (5) - - APR 26, 2017 does not count
My go to Amber ale. One of my first and favorite beers. toast, resin, amber, clear, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agent_persik (731) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 16, 2017
Cloudy dark amber colour, medium beige head. Aroma of grain, malt, biscuit, honey, hops. Dry sweet taste with mildly bitter finish and bready aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Very nice amber ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - MAR 20, 2017
Growler from Total wine to wine glass Sight: light amber, hazy, big off white foam Smell: Fragrant aroma, malty Taste: Medium bitterness, some sweetness Mouthfeel: Creamy, very good long finish, bittersweet aftertaste Overall: Very good beer, good value for the price drank: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:30 PM

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead78 (13) - Seattle, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Swietne piwo. Bardzo pijalne, dobrze zbalansowane. Przyjemne w smaku, nie gorzkie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2016
In the glass the beer pours a honey amber color with a nice head. Aroma has malts, honey and some resin. The taste is smooth with more malts, honey and some hops. The beer has a long finish with a smooth texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Draft. Pours clear copper with a lasting white head. Aroma is very biscuity, nutty, earthy. Flavor is balanced, quite bready, lots of biscuit and toast, earthy hop finish. Medium body, well rounded feel, well carbonated. Like a better version of Fat Tire.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Draught at the African Lounge, 8/19/16.
Itís cool to see this still in existence! Iíd always wanted to try this back in the day, but somehow never did. This was quite a iconic beer and I can see why. Itís hazy, with a soft, malty-sweet yet well-attenuated texture that a lot of American beers back then didnít have. In addition, itís got tons of fruity, lightly juicy hops that place more emphasis on the aromatic and flavor compounds than they do the bitterness. As well, though itís amber in color, itís very different from the grainy, iced tea-flavored, monotonous malt creations that dominate the amber ale style. Almost like an unintentional precursor to the New Enlgand IPA and sure enough, though itís got nowhere near the hop character, itís not THAT far off from something like Bissell Bucolia, which is quite high praise, at least in my opinion.
Anyways, fun beer, good piece of history and glad to have finally tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
Rating #1937 - 2015.09.25 - #CraftTakesSeattle Day 2, Beer 37, Clear amber pour with a creamy white foam. Aroma is toffee, orange peel, wildflowers. Delicate sweetness, smooth creamy mouthfeel, low-medium carbonation, light bitterness. Balance is lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1204) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Location: On tap at Hyatt House in Redmond, WA
Aroma: Earth, leaves, grainy / dusty malts
Taste: Dirty / earthy malts with a great grain build and the right amount of vegetal bitterness
Palate: Murky but crisp
Overall: A great balance of earthy, malty, bitter...one of the more unique / stylized but palatable Amber Ales

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brucebruce81 (391) - GUAM - JUL 10, 2016
This was smooth and had a mahogany flavor. It was smooth and finished so well, did I say it was smooth? This was a very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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