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Old 09-05-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Why is Amber Ale so BORING?

Seriously. I've tried ten or fifteen of these unremarkable beers, and except for the ones at the beginning where I'd bought sixers and had to finish them, I haven't ever bought more than one of a given Amber.

No interesting malt profile. Middle of the road hops. Do interesting Ambers exist? I'm willing to brew it myself if I have to, but I need to know one way or another!


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Old 09-05-2013, 04:13 AM   #2
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I'm with you there. American styles are typically at the bottom of the list for me, and Ambers are at the bottom of that list.


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I don't buy many, but I have brewed a few. Among my best.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:20 AM   #4
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It's because you touch yourself at night.

Or it's because you just don't like amber beers.

I'm really not crazy about steam beers. So I stopped drinking them.
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Agree. Ho hum are most ambers to me.
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Zoe and Red Rocket are two good examples that come to mind. Though I kind of feel like there's such a large cross-over between Amber ales and IPAs/PAs that the style is a bit redundant.
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Though I kind of feel like there's such a large cross-over between Amber ales and IPAs/PAs that the style is a bit redundant.
Not even close. Not sure where you came up with this idea, but ambers and IPA's are WWWWWAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY different.
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Not even close. Not sure where you came up with this idea, but ambers and IPA's are WWWWWAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY different.
As far as BJCP categories are concerned you're most certainly right, but based on that I'd be hesitant to call either of the beers I listed an amber ale, even if that's what they're labeled as.
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I agree. But marble amber is a FANTASTIC beer. Amazing balance and really tasty.
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I can see why you would think of Amber's as boring for all the reasons you mentioned. I think of them as comfort beers....kind of like comfort food. You know pretty much what you are going to get...no surprises just a well balanced (hopefully) beer. Nothing earth shattering but sometimes that's okay.


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