Amber Ale; a New Revolution!

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Amber's, Flavor Series

Last night I asked two separate people for their favorite beer style so I can make sure I am covering all beers not just the ones that usually appear in my fridge. I asked a friend Brooks Meade, who I have done some bartending with in the past, and know he, is very knowledgeable in the beer world. I also asked my brother Nick, who knows, quite a bit about beer but also brews some awesome craft beer and will hopefully be a large part of the Hops at Home movement. Whether by sheer coincidence or maybe its way more popular than I thought, they both answered Amber. So we will start the week off with a little amber ale discussion.

 Amber Ales are fairly new in the world of beer styles, and if you asked for Amber ale just about anywhere outside of North America the bartender or brewer might give you a funny look. Amber ale is a description used pretty much only in North America to describe what the rest of the world refers to as Pale ale. So to make up for us being different from the rest of the world we call other pale ales here North American Pale Ales or APA’s for short, but that a different post for a different day. Amber ales account for a very small group of pale ales, which range in color from light copper to light brown. They are most often brewed with American-variety hops which are less bitter than most. The IBU’s can range fairly widely on Ambers but none is ever referred to as particularly hoppy, or bitter. The exciting thing about this post is gives me a chance to talk about a brewer that I really like, but I feel is not super well known about. ROGUE

Santa’s Private Reserve, Rouge Brewery. Let me just say to start I have never had a bad beer from these guys, if you haven’t indulged in Rouge go pick some up, it’s available at most grocery stores. Santa’s Private is great winter time beer. Some classify it amber other classify it as red ale, they are virtually synonymous anyhow. It has a distinct amber color almost rusty, and a straight pour will leave a good amount of head. One very distinct thing about this beer is that for it not being a dark beer it leaves quite a bit lacing on the glass, but I have a feeling that has something to do with its high amount of IBU’s. The first time I had this beer, it seemed harsh, but half way through, I was in love, it’s not at all bitter, it’s very smooth and is very lightly carbonated. This beer weighs in with 68IBU’s (remember though it’s not bitter) and 6.0% ABV. I will write a full review on this beer when I am home, it deserves the justice of being written while being tasted not off memory from over a year ago.

Long Trail Ale, Long trail Brewery. Long trail is a local Vermont beer which has just in the past few years been going national; they have an awesome brewery, in Bridgewater Corners VT just off the Long Trail. This beer is my brother’s favorite and as he wrote to me today, “I think it might actually be lager”. I explained to him how it could be considered and amber ale, as it has nice copper color, and with a smooth rich flavor. However, some might classify it as a lager because it’s a heavier beer, but again it’s brewed with North American hops so the IBU’s are higher but it’s not a Hoppy beer. This great creation is also available in most grocery stores and weighs in at 30IBU’s and 4.6%ABV.

Hopefully some good beer will help ease out your Monday.


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