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

Full Sail Brewing Co. Oregons Original Amber Ale
93 points
Red oak color. Aromas of toasted multigrain bread, sunflower seeds, roasted peanut, citrus and honey on rye toast, and dried figs and dates with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long dried leaves, black bread, and hint of espresso finish. An appetizing Amber Ale that will be a natural with food; balanced and flavorful.
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.
Independence Harbor Amber Ale
84 points
Old gold color. Waxy aromas of cocoa butter, candy corn, oats with brown sugar, nutmeg, and caramel-covered apple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy honey-nut Cheerios and fresh fig finish. A malty, filling Amber Ale for the cooler months.