About Amber Ale

About Amber Ale
Amber ales can be anywhere from light copper to light brown in color and typically range from 4.5-6.5% in alcohol. They are light-to-medium bodied and are quite malty but not heavily caramelized in flavor. This is a more modern, non-traditional style, and many of these beers borrow heavily from the characteristics associated with more classical styles such as pale ales or bitters. Many North American brewers are now producing ales under this designation. We also classify “red ales” in this category. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail Amber Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale and Stone Levitation Ale.

Top Picks for Amber Ale

Carolina Brewery Copperline Amber Ale
91 points
Copper color. Roasted aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and caramel apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that shows shades of potato corn chowder, radicchio, and peppered praline finish. A savory and table friendly amber ale.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Amber Ale
90 points
Medium dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and fennel, dried jerky, granola, and caramelized cheese rind with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish manifesting touches of tropical fruits, pepper, and radicchio finish. A charming amber ale that will shine at the table or on it’s own.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Oregons Original Amber Ale
89 points
Clear deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange cake and soda, flowers, and alcohol with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, short finish that presents notes of lemon frosted scone and hint of herbs finish. An orange-y boozy quaffer.
Awards: 2017 Best Amber Ale
North Coast Brewing Co. Ruedrichs Red Seal Ale
88 points
Light amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and bbq woods, honey glazed ham, lemon poppyseed cake, and herbed grapefruit with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying touches of toasted baguette with mint jelly, pepper, bitter greens, and lemon and lavender finish. A very lively and nuanced amber ale that will be great at the table.
Boyne Brewhouse Amber Ale
86 points
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted raisin bread, chocolate nuts, and straw with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy finish that shows accents of honey roasted nuts, watercress, and hint of bbq rub finish. A pleasant, versatile amber ale.
Prairie Pride Brewing Co. Barn Burn Amber Ale
85 points
Medium copper color. Buttery aromas and flavors of caramel buttercream frosting and buttered raisin toast with grape jelly with a supple, soft, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of caramel apple and box of crackers finish. A creamy, buttery amber ale.