Archive for the ‘American Amber/Red Ale’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another beer I picked up during a DC trip. I’ve been preferring cans to bottles and it looks like Jailbreak exclusively cans their beers. I think the stigma of cans is finally starting to go away. Last year, when we had our family reunion, I exclusive got canned beers and people seemed to like them. Hopefully we will continue to see a shift towards cans. They weigh a lot less than bottles and if you’re having beer by a pool (which seems really attractive right now given it’s Winter), you have no risk of glass breakage.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Easy drinking and infinitely smooth, this amber ale is classic in style yet uniquely approachable. Hits of roast and caramel lend to a slightly sweet malt with a semi-dry finish. Perfectly pint-worthy.”

Random: This beer came in at 19 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, two and a half finger, tan head. It went away slowly, not leaving much lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and clear mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had notes of maple, almonds and hazelnuts with some toffee at the end. The taste was super malty with caramel, maple syrup and toffee. The nuttiness was more muted in the taste than the nose. The body was thick and chewy for the style with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel sweetness. A can of this beer was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but I wish it had a little more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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This is a beer that we picked up in New York awhile back and it fell to the back of the fridge. I just got around to trying it.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Known as the ‘grandfather of micro-brewing in Canada,’ John Mitchell helped design Howe Sound Brewery in 1996, working with founders Stephen Shard, Dave Fenn and Colleen Fenn. He worked as our very first brewer, developing all of our initial recipes. We are proud of his ongoing relationship with our brewery. Today, we continue to brew in the craft style using unfiltered 100% barley mash. Our diverse selection of flavorful, well-balanced ales is constantly growing and changing with each passing season.”

Random: Otters are much cuter than beavers.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark and clear mahogany color. It had some detritus floating in the body along with moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly sweet with molasses and caramel. The taste was even more sweet, with syrupy and sticky molasses. It reminded me of a monkey bread that had too much sugar in it with booze. It had some raisins and nuts as well. The body was very thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with raisins. A bottle of this was $16.99, which came to $.50 per ounce, which was a lot for a beer I just plain didn’t like. I tend to stray away from sweet beers and this was just too much for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from Avery. I picked this one up because I’ve been favoring Jersey beers when I go to the store and I’ve passed this one a bunch of times.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel malt backbone. This is a serious beer for serious beer aficionados. Oink!”

Random: This used to only be available in bombers and on draft, but is now available in cans. I love beer in cans. It also used to be their barleywine.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick, cream-colored head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong. It had some booze with a lot of piney and earthy hops. It had a decent amount of malt with maple and caramel. The taste was surprisingly smooth with grassy and earthy hops and a generous dose of pine. It had a note that was comparable to a woody pine cleaner. Hazelnuts and caramel malt came through next. The alcohol presence was there, but not overwhelming. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky hop finish with alcohol. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. This beer was good, but the alcohol was bordering on overwhelming. I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I’ve never tried from Stone. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pat-ASK-ala? Pata-SKALA? Pa-TASK-a-la? While those in the know favor the third pronunciation, no matter how you say it, this is a unique red IPA. The beer was first brewed in September 2015 to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where Stone co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People there loved it, so we added the beer to our seasonal lineup, and the Pataskala name stuck. The crimson hue is courtesy of a special German malt variety by BESTMALZ® called Red X. Appearances, however, only tell so much. Heavily dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, the beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with notes of biscuit and toffee from the malt bill. The result is evocative of red IPAs yet different. And as luck — or perhaps skill is more the appropriate word, to give our brewing team their due — would have it, it’s quite wonderful. We think you’ll find this unusual red IPA to be quite deliciously satisfying, no matter how you choose to pronounce it.”

Random: I’m so glad that “So You Think You Can Dance” features adults this season, instead of children.

This beer poured with a full finger of off white head. It took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that had red highlights. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was nutty and had pine sap and sweet orange flesh. The taste had a lot of nutty malt, along with old pine sap and peanuts. The alcohol was astringent and prevalent in this one. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty. A bottle of this set me back $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. It needed more hops, which is weird to say for a Stone beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

We picked up this beer up awhile ago, although I think we picked it up in New Jersey, not New York. Let’s see how it was.

hopstateny

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July. The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang. ‘Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,’ says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. ‘For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.’ The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases. At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers. This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.”

Random: Ommegang’s label redesign really updated the brand. I like it.

This beer poured with a four finger, pure white head. it took forever to go away and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass along with a significant crown. The body was a dirty light brown with yellow highlights and moderate carbonation. The nose started with pine hops and some lemon as well. It had some rye too with an herbal note that reminded me of sage. The taste was incredibly hoppy for the style. I picked up grapefruit juice, lemon zest, pineapple and then it transitioned into pine and got some help from the rye spice. The body was on the heavier side of medium with pleasant amounts of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky hop finish. A bottle of this was $1.75 ($.15 per ounce), which was a great price for this outstanding beer. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We picked up a Magic Hat mixed pack, as we usually do. There were more beers in there that I reviewed and this was the only one I hadn’t. Plus, the label was exceptionally cute. Let’s crack it open.

vamplifier

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN UNSTOPPABLE ANTHEM OF ALE. Summoned by a shift in seasons, the Vamplifier appears with devious deeds in mind. Baring its sonic sound waves, it swoops down and crashes into glasses, striking palates with a big hop bite. Tastes are forever transformed, and the Vamplifier’s power increases with each sip while the sounds of soul-pleasing sighs fill the cooling skies.”

Random: I’ve never been into vampire movies. I haven’t ever found one that I really liked, except “Interview With The Vampire.”

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with high carbonation visible. The nose was hoppier than expected with pine sap and then went into malt. The malt was sweet with caramel and hazelnuts. The taste came across as more grassy than piney with lemon pith. There was also some nutty malt as well. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with grass clippings. A bottle of this was $2.59 ($.22 per ounce). I thought this beer was a bit boring. It needed some more hops for my liking and balance with the malt.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at The Eagle. They had a spicy honey to pair with the fried chicken. The chicken was absolutely perfect. It wasn’t greasy and the breading had a lot of flavor. I also had the brown sugar bacon and the pickle plate. I love pickled vegetables. It was the perfect meal to have before leaving Ohio.

dad

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hoppy red ale balances crisp hops with juicy malts like a well worn flannel embraces the cold early dark days of winter. Notes of citrus and cherry life saver.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer that is available in November and December.

The brew poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose was hoppy for an amber with some pine needles and transitioned into nutty malt. It had a hint of rye spice. It didn’t impart anything that was specifically “holiday,” although I’m not complaining about that. The taste was filled with pine, specifically the pine sap that you get on your hands after cutting down a Christmas tree. The rye was a bit more pronounced in the taste than the nose. It also had nutty malt. The body was thicker than usual for the style and decent carbonation. The finish was lengthy and nutty. This beer was really enjoyable and paired well with the food I ordered. If you see it on tap before the holidays, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0