Archive for the ‘American Amber/Red Ale’ Category

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.


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.


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.


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