Archive for the ‘American Amber/Red Ale’ Category

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.


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

When I first started the blog, it was a rarity that I got to try Bell’s. Now that I live on the border of Pennsylvania, it’s as easy as Stone to get. This was a new beer of theirs that I found on the shelves.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together. The India Red Ale style is a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue. Roundhouse was first brewed at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo in 2009.”

Random: Val had to go to a baby shower today and I helped her shop for baby clothes. I found so many cute things, although if we were ever going to buy them, we would need to put a tail hole in them.

The beer poured with a full finger of slightly off white head that was thick and dense. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, hazy chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of nutty notes with old pine needles. There was alcohol as well. The taste had less nutty characteristics than the nose, although there were some hazelnuts. More notes of pine sap and pine needless and rubbing alcohol came through. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was sticky and took forever with pine. A can of this was $2.33, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. I tend not to be the biggest fan of the style and this beer didn’t change my mind. If you love the style, I would say to pick it up, but otherwise, it’s not worth it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val and I are watching a show that details what happens to tiny house owners after their house is built. We couldn’t live in one of these and I give people a lot of credit who make it work. While watching this, I definitely needed a beer.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, Calif. A happily hopified Fat Tire thanks to our California friends. First, they created an assertive hop presence and then they added a lager yeast to the Fat Tire recipe. The result? A hoppy amber lager version of Fat Tire with an amplified American hop aroma and flavor. Time for you to hop on this Fat, too.”

Random: I couldn’t live in a place without a real toilet.

The beer poured with a three finger, off white head that was thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite herbal with a vegetal note that I couldn’t place. It also had grapefruit pith and pine needles. The taste was filled with pine and dry alcohol. It also had a flavor that reminded me of green NyQuil. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick, but medicinal finish. The bottle was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. This beer was a total miss for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This brewery is putting out a lot of beers that are getting a lot of distribution in Jersey. I wanted to visit it when we were in Delaware years ago, but we just ran out of time. The can art is pretty awesome, so I’m never surprised when Val brings me their beers home.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Holy Crap! evolved by accident, when our brewer blended two different styles of beer. After months of digging for the recipe, we learned: you can’t suppress a brewer’s gust instinct. This 8.5% ABV Imperial Red Ale leads with a strong malt body and finishes with the dry bitterness of a 65-million year extinction. Hold on to your butts!!!”

Random: Getting up at 2:30 AM is not conducive to having a decent sleep schedule.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up some almond and hazelnut notes with warm with sweet malt. Booze was present and slightly off-putting. The taste was really hot and not pleasant. It transitioned into chestnut and almond with caramel at the end. The body was lighter than I expected, but I couldn’t get past how boozy this was. The carbonation was light as well. I paid $1.75 for the can, which came to $.15 per ounce. The beer was alright, but nothing that I need to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This beer is one that I had at the Crazy Crab in Hilton Head. One of their locations is in the middle of Harbour Town, which is where we stayed. I remember going to Hilton Head as a child and enjoying it. As an adult, I found it incredibly boring. I hate relaxing on vacation and I need things to do (which by the way, drives Valentina nuts) and this place was not for me. Other than eating and shopping and golf, there was pretty much nothing to do. But, at least I got to give this beer a shot.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American amber ale is handcrafted by meticulously
combining seven different malts to produce a toasted, nutty malt profile. Our medium bodied beer is balanced by a clean hop finish producing what is a flavorful and refreshing complement to your meal.”

Random: This uses Victory, Caramel and Biscuit malts.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and only left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was an amber color and had high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with malt and toasted brown bread. I kept trying to pick up other scents and couldn’t find much. The taste had only a smidgen more complexity than the nose. It had the same toasted brown bread along with some mild nuttiness. There was also a caramel characteristic that came along for the ride. The body was thick for the style, but had plenty of carbonation to cut the thickness. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and nuttiness. This beer was drinkable, but overly simplistic. Even though I can’t get it up here, I won’t be giving this one another shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Ninkasi beers in a row! This is their Imperial Red Ale. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bursting with tropical notes, this Red IPA captures the bright complexity of El Dorado and Mosaic hops. An assertive hop presence is carried by a subtle caramel backbone, unearthing a beer that is flavorful and juicy. Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness up front. Sustained by a subtle malt flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer!”

Random: I am fascinated by “This Old House.” I am slowly turning into my father.

The beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some spiderweb lacing on the glass. There was a lot of detritus visible and moderate carbonation as well. The nose was really nutty. It was filled with hazelnuts and malt. It quickly went into grassy and juicy hops with pineapple and Mandarin orange. I did pick the booze up on the nose. The taste started with the hops. It had fresh cut grass and quickly went into mango and grapefruit. Malt was present and incredibly nutty with hazelnuts and a touch of sweetness. There was no booze apparent in the taste. It had a light body, despite the ABV and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with the remnants of the sweetness from the malt. A single of this beer was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce), which I thought was a great price. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I’m normally not the biggest fan of the style, but this was a good example of it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Long Trail’s single malt/single hop series. Long Trail has been putting out some really innovative and impressive stuff lately, so when I saw a single of this at Pennington Buy Rite, I picked it up.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a single malt and a single hop to showcase the characteristics of each ingredient. SMaSH Project #3. Munich Malt // Reveals a deep amber hue and distinct toasted bread and biscuit flavors. Equinox Hops // A complex American hop, features a multitude of citrus, herbal and floral notes.”

Random: I can’t remember offhand if I’ve ever had a single hop beer with just Equinox.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and murky brown in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose had some earthy pine, dirt and grass. It quickly went into a toasted malt note that wasn’t sweet, but more bready. The taste was equally earthy and had grass clippings and dirt and the malt really complemented it. There was also toasted wheat bread along with it. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with old grass clippings. A single can of this was $2.17, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. This was a drinkable beer for sure, but simple. This would be a good beer for someone who isn’t really into craft beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0