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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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3.1
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Hazy pumpkin color, frothy head.Surprisingly wan aroma - my first impression was that Iíd be extremely disappointed with this beer. But the flavor is very rich and malty....not just a wall of caramel malt but nuanced and rich. Very drinkable and unique, unfiltered, this is quite nice.


4.3
adancer (9) - - JUN 5, 2017 does not count
I have nothing bad to say about this beer. Great taste, smooth, after taste is great. I'm a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Caramel malt and fruity aroma and flavor. Pours a beautiful copper color with a moderate haze and soft white head. Excellent for the style. Notes: on tap at the SeaTac Delta Lounge, May í17

3.5
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
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
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
Hophead78 (13) - Seattle, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Swietne piwo. Bardzo pijalne, dobrze zbalansowane. Przyjemne w smaku, nie gorzkie.

3.8
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
nickd717 (4645) - 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
ClarkVV (6642) - 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
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.


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