Tagged: amber

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

RED ROCKET ALE: 95 Points

Nicely Balanced

Nicely Balanced

Brewer’s Description: “Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.”

My Description: This is a robust ale with delicious flavors and a bold hop presence. It begins with a large and dense, light beige colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, light caramel notes, citrus hops, and tropical notes like mangoes. There is also the faintest note of dark fruits in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Red Rocket Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with a deep malt backbone providing tasty notes of caramel malt and biscuit malt. Citrus hops and woodsy hops compliment these notes cleanly without ever dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness and slightly sharp with lingering woodsy hop and malt notes. Overall, this beer showcases a great blend of flavors that delight the senses. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Gouda cheese, braised deer, or baked duck.

ABV: 6.8% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10

North Peak Sinuous

SINUOUS: 79 Points

Unbalanced

Unbalanced

This Irish/English Amber Ale is available seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “North Peak Sinuous is a unique Celtic Ale. Refreshing, clean and crisp with a subtle roast note and malty finish. Brewed in Traverse City, MI on the Old Mission Peninsula using incorporating local hops.”

My Description: I love a super hoppy beer, but this is just too much for this style. Even though it is called a Hoppy Celtic Ale, it doesn’t necessarily have to be too bitter, it could have just had a big hop taste and kept the bitterness in check. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head with a good retention level that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and on the sweeter side with notes of caramel malt, citrus hops, and a touch of bread. Sinuous is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is almost drowned out by the moderately high bitter aftertaste but you can detect notes of caramel malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus, and grain. This beer is decent enough but is way more bitter forward than needs to be. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, beef stew, or soft cheeses.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10

North Peak Siren

SIREN: 76 Points

A quiet siren

A quiet siren

This Amber Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “North Peak Siren Amber Ale isn’t your beginners amber, it’s much more complex. The hops selected for Siren balance and compliment the malt character. It is smooth, well-balanced and has a rich amber hue.”

My Description: This is a simple and straight forward Amber Ale, there is hardly any depth and caramel malt is really the only flavor. It begins with decent sized, light beige colored head that fades but holds for most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is fairly dull with notes of caramel malt and a hint of citrus hops. Siren is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is sweet upfront with notes of caramel malt and a hint of light fruits. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering malt notes. This ale is smooth but offers little in the way of enjoyment, more of a chugger. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, creamy cheeses, or apple pie.

ABV: 5% Color: Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Samuel Adams Hoppy Red

HOPPY RED: 90 Points

Nicely Balanced

Nicely Balanced

This American Red Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Amber, smooth, and resinous, this ale was inspired by our exploration of Australian hops. We discovered that their rugged, spicy and piney character brightened a back-bone of roasted caramel malts, creating a beer with surprising depth and smoothness.”

My Description: This is definitely not a hop bomb but it does provide a slightly complex hop profile that will satisfy a hop lover. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that lasts for a while leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, piney hops, and a hint of roasted onions. Hoppy Red is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced; notes of herbal hops mingle cleanly with notes of toasted malt. Piney hop undertones and a faint note of hop spice add character. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness with lingering caramel malt notes. This is a welcoming beer on that cool Autumn night that is refreshing, easy drinking, and flavorful. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked squash, grilled sausage, or baked ham.

ABV: 5.7% Color: Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Right Brain Northern Hawk Owl

NORTHERN HAWK OWL: 76 Points

Good choice for the pub

Good choice for the pub

This Amber Ale is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “A medium bodied Amber Ale with a lovely red hue, malty nose, and packed full with notes of caramel and toffee with a clean finish.”

My Description: This makes for a good choice when hanging out at the bar and you want to put back a few, but it does nothing for satisfying your craving for a great Amber Ale. This beer pours a good sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds most of the way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is one-dimensional with malt being the dominant scent note along with toffee and an almost sweet syrup like smell. Northern Hawk Owl is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with malt being the only real flavor in this beer. There is some toffee notes and a slight hint of yeast fruit esters but for the most part malt takes center stage. The aftertaste does provide some bitterness to bring balance and give this beer some character but not enough to make this ale memorable. This is just a whatever Amber Ale that does nothing to give this brewery clout. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with burgers, grilled sausage, or a caramel cheesecake.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Hazy Rusty Amber Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Ballast Point Calico

CALICO: 93 Points

Terrific ESB

Terrific ESB

This American Amber Ale/ESB has an IBU of 35 and is available year-round in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals. Our Calico Amber Ale takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and our proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness. However, it’s the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.”

My Description: This is a fantastic ESB that rivals the British versions: it is nicely balanced with clean flavors and a finish that becomes addicting. It begins with a beautifully large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a really nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and pleasant with notes of caramel malt and toffee along with some floral hop notes. There is also a deep orange note in the aroma that I’m not sure if it is citrus hops or the yeast, but it smells great. Calico is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are notes of toffee and caramel malt that blend cleanly with citrus hops and a touch of pine hops. I also detected a touch of earthiness in this beer that adds character. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering toffee note that satisfies. It is one of those few beers that finishes bitter but a sweet note lingers, I like it. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled jerk chicken, butternut squash soup, or creamy cheeses.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Samuel Adams Irish Red

IRISH RED: 79 Points

Stick to Jameson

Stick to Jameson

This Irish Style Amber Ale is generally available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “As comforting as an evening in an Irish pub, this red ale brings together a roasted malt sweetness with an earthy hoppiness for an incredible balance and full flavor.”

My Description: Irish Red has the right ingredients but nothing about this beer is memorable or special. It pours a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a thin film that holds for several minutes leaving behind some lacing. The aroma has deep caramel notes accompanied by hints of light fruit and some nuttiness. Irish Red is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile consists of a thick caramel malt backbone along with some roasted notes, earthy hops, and light fruit hints enter as the beer warms. Unfortunately, these flavors don’t seem to hold up for too long and fade rather quickly leaving this beer somewhat bland. The bitter aftertaste is kind of sharp and the hops do not taste very fresh. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with mac and cheese, chicken wings, or grilled lobster.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Brownish/Red  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Anchor BigLeaf Maple

BIGLEAF MAPLE: 92 Points

Great Autumn Ale

Great Autumn Ale

This American Amber Ale is released seasonally between August and October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™ is a quaffable, well-balanced red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, we used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.”

My Description: This could easily become your go-to Autumn seasonal. It is tasty, nicely balanced, and a perfect compliment to those cool nights. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is a clean balance of caramel malts and woodsy hops with some fruit notes shinning through as well; the beer smells real nice and inviting. BigLeaf is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There is an underlying sweetness to this ale with some notes of bread, caramel malt, and a subtle maple presence, however hops take center stage in this beer. The Nelson Sauvin hops taste great with an interesting fruit presence accompanied by woodsy hops. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers slightly without the sharpness. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted turkey, beef stew, or baked ham.

ABV: 6%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

OAKED BIG HOPPY MONSTER: 94 Points

Big Oak Flavor

Big Oak Flavor

This Imperial Amber American Ale is released in limited quantities during Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The original Monster better than ever….  Oaked Big Hoppy Monster Imperial Red Ale pours a luscious garnet color.  Expect this brew to lead with big American-style hop aroma, quickly complemented by a monstrous malt backbone rounded with rich oaky notes and hints of vanilla.  A bit of alcohol warmth and a multitude of malty goodness, with just a snarl of hop bitterness, awaits at the finish.  This enormous beer will go down smooth… but watch out; this Monster bites!”

My Description: The oak shines through nicely in this ale, delivering a beer that is flavorful, complex, and satisfying. It has a large, light beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong and malty with accompanying notes of oak, vanilla, woodsy hops, some breadiness, and a touch of cherry. This beer is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale is remarkably smooth and as array of flavors. Oak is definitely noticeable as is the strong malt backbone. There are also notes of vanilla, woodsy hops, grapefruit hops, and some dark fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and the alcohol is nicely hidden but felt, especially as the beer warms. These flavors work together nicely to create a beer worth sipping and savoring. This is a nice choice for those cool Autumn nights. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted pork, aged Cheddar cheese, or warm apple pie.

ABV: 10.6%  Color: Brown/Garnet  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

THIRD SHIFT AMBER LAGER: 75 Points

Not for any shift

Not for any shift

This Amber Ale is brewed by Coors and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Gold Medal Winning Beer Brewed By A Band Of Brewers Whose Passion For Brewing Doesn’t Stop When The Day Shift Is Over.”

My Description: This is a Coors so-called “invitation beer” because it is designed to encourage the drinker to experiment more with craft beers. Why? Coors owns blue moon and a few other “craft breweries.” Anyway, this beer begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades quick and leaves no lacing behind. The aroma is fairly standard and dominated by malt notes that smell almost bread-like. This beer is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced, upfront there are malt notes with a touch of caramel. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but the hops taste horrible and of low quality; it leaves a rather sharp lingering taste that I did not care for. This is a standard American lager that is designed to be drank at near-freezing temperature to cover up the crappy quality.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Very Light Amber  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

LUCKY 13: 95 Points

I'll take this 13 anyday

I’ll take this 13 anyday

This American Amber Ale is released seasonally in the month of May in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ultra-mega-mondo red ale first made in 2006 to celebrate 13 years of brewing ultra-hoppy-mega-malty-mondo ales. Now it’s 2013 and we’re 20 years in. Whoa.”

My Description: I immediately fell in love with this beer because of how delicious and smooth the hop flavors are. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and invites you to immediately take a sip with notes of pine hops, some citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops that is beautiful. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is remarkably smooth for the alcohol content and the amount of IBU’s. There is a soft grain backbone with notes of caramel but this ale is dominated by hop flavors that include pine and citrus. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and addicting. I drank this so fast because it was so good that the alcohol definitely crept up on me! It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fried chicken, steak & fries, or your favorite burger.

ABV: 8.65%  Color: Amber/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 6/10

MOSAIC: 94 Points

collage of hop flavors

collage of hop flavors

This Amber Rye Ale is released for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: ” Mosaic Single Hopped Rye Ale. Brewer “Spike” has an affinity towards rye malt, so this comes a no surprise. Freshly harvested from Hop Breeding Company, LLC in Yakima Valley, the hops used in Side Project 19 “Mosaic” came freshly picked from the fields of Perrault Farms, to our brewery, and into your glass. Known as hop HBC 369 before official naming in 2011, Mosaic is the daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14) and a Nugget-derived male. To get the best of all worlds from this new Humulus lupus, we used 100% Mosaic throughout the brewing process to utilize all the flavor and aroma that this world-class hop has to offer.”

My Description: It is always nice to showcase a hop on the shoulders of a great beer. I may not have enjoyed the Mosaic hop if Terrapin made a crappy beer but overall this a great tasting beer that has made me a fan of the Mosaic hop. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that lasts for quite some time and leaves behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasing and ever-changing with notes of rye, malt, pine hops, citrus hops, and tropical fruits with a hint of peach. It is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors are very clean with tasty rye spice undertones accompanied by a collage of hop flavors including tropical fruit, pine, citrus, and more. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not harsh or intrusive. This is a great beer and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Arctic Charr, jerk chicken, or grilled lamb chops.

ABV: 6.6%  Color: Deep Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

CENSORED: 90 Points

Amber Goodness

Dr. Dre would be proud

This Amber Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Originally called the Kronik, this beer was censored by the federal label-approving agency, the BATF — they claimed the word had some sort of Marijuana reference. We slapped a “Censored” sticker on it as a joke and they accepted it. Whatever.

My Description: The Feds may have censored the label but they did not censor the flavor; this is a tasty amber ale that is definitely on the bitter side. It begins with a large, off-white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma is rich and inviting with notes of malt, citrus and floral hops, some light fruit notes, and a touch of nuttiness. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level, and a dry finish. This beer has a great malt backbone accompanied by notes of citrus/earthy hops, caramel, and hints of light fruits. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and will linger. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with BBQ chicken, cauliflower pizza, or a hearty stew.

ABV: 6.75%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

MONK IN THE TRUNK: 70 Points

Keep this monk in the trunk

Keep this monk in the trunk

This Amber Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops available. Monk In the Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability.”

My Description: My initial reaction to this beer is that the flavors just do not blend cleanly together and the aftertaste is terrible, it does not satisfy at all. Unfortunately, the best part of this beer is the head. It is good sized with a light beige color. The retention level is great and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is decent with notes of light fruits, caramel, and a hint of yeast spice. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a very dry finish. The flavor profile consists of light fruits, spice, caramel, and a dry, almost stale-like malt note. This is a below-average ale and the brewers need to adjust the flavor profile immediately. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with cheeseburgers, veggie stew, or a black bean burger.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Orange/Red  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

CHIMAY PREMIÉRE (RED): 95 Points

The Original Chimay

Chimay Red was the first beer brewed at the Chimay brewery in 1862, it’s current recipe dates from the late 1940’s. It is available year-round in 330 ml. bottles or 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This Trappist beer possesses a beautiful coppery colour that makes it particularly attractive. Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a slight fruity apricot smell from the fermentation. The aroma felt in the mouth is a balance confirming the fruit nuances revealed to the sense of smell. This traditional Belgian beer is best savoured at cellar temperature.”

My Description: Chimay Red is the flagship beer of this company and there is nothing wrong with that, it tastes delicious. It has a grand off-white colored head that holds forever, giving you a great head all the way to the last sip producing minimal lacing. The aroma is fresh with the scent of malt, yeast esters, sweet fruits like apricots and white raisins, and a little breadiness. The beer is medium bodied with a medium carbonation level that coats your mouth and is very smooth and complex. The front of your mouth will taste a nice sweet base with flavor notes of honey, apricots, some yeast, and a slight hint of alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of sourness and dark fruit. Overall, this beer is delicious and the flavors work really well together. It is best served around 52°F and pairs nicely with mild cheeses, dark chocolate, or roasted duck.

ABV: 7% Color: Brown/Copper Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

STONE LEVITATION ALE: 91 Points

Lighter ABV

This Amber Ale has an IBU of 45 and was first released in 2002. It is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This deep amber ale has rich malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol.”

My Description: This beer produces a big flavor while still keeping the alcohol content low. That is the concept of this beer. But since the ABV is low, the body of this beer feels more thin and airy which is not a negative, it is just a characteristic which you should be aware of. It has a decent head that does not retain very well and produces very minimal lacing. The aroma is fresh with a big citrus hop presence that smells earthy and grassy. There is also a fragrant note of caramel malt as well to add more enjoyment to the aroma. Once you put the beer in your mouth you will taste an explosion of grapefruit hops that are delicious and are accompanied by a slight taste of sweet malt. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and slightly dry. Overall the beer is great if you are in the mood for a lighter beer with strong flavors. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with buffalo wings, pizza, or fried chicken.

ABV: 4.4% Color: Amber Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

CHIPOTLE ALE: 86 Points

Chipotle Peppers

This ale is based on Rogue’s American Amber Ale with the addtion of smoked chipotle peppers. They use Cascade and Willamette hops to produce an IBU of 35. Available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Roasted chipotle peppers produce an eye opening chile flavor in this deep golden ale with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor.”

My Description: This ale starts off with a big and foamy head that is off-white in color and retains most of its body throughout. The lacing is also nice and it isn’t necessarily glued on but it remains present for some time. The aroma is mild and you can pick up on the smoked chipotle pepper scent that this accompanied by a minor malt scent as well. This beer has a strong smokey taste that is not spicy as I thought it might be. The malty taste is minor in comparison to the smoke but that is expected. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and smokey, which will linger long after you swallow. It is medium bodied and fairly smooth. It is best to drink this around 40°F because the warmer it gets the less enjoyable it seems to be. I would pair this with corn on the cob, grilled chicken, or anything with BBQ sauce.

ABV: app. 4.8% Color: Light Cloudy Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

THE MAPLE COLLABORATION: 80 Points

Needs a bit more collaborating

This Amber Style Ale is brewed with organic maple syrup and is available in limited quantities in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Maple Collaboration is a copper-colored brew with a dynamic mouth feel from the organic oats and a subtle richness in the finish from the organic maple syrup.”

My Description: Some beers acquire a subtle maple flavor note that comes naturally from the special malts used and/or certain brewing methods. I was not expecting a subtle maple flavor in this beer because it is brewed with maple syrup and the word maple is on the label. However, this beer has only the faintest hint of maple; perhaps the label was a marketing ploy.  It has an average sized, tan colored head with a sub-par retention level and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is on the malty sweet side with some fragrant notes of caramel and a hint of maple as the beer warms up. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a smooth, dry finish. Up front the taste of malt dominates the palate accompanied by some flavor notes of tobacco, toffee, and the shiest hint of maple. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with no alcohol flavor. Even if the maple was more present, the flavors don’t taste fresh and clean. I think this beer needed a little more love. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with duck in raspberry sauce, grilled salmon, or bratwurst.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Light Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4/10

RARE VOS: 97 Points

One of the finest

This Belgian Amber Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. and 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rare Vos is flemmish for “Sly Fox,” and the name of one of Brussels’ great cafes. It has a sweetly fruity malt character and yeasty spiciness. A fine dose of yeast permits the beer to mature and mellow in the bottle.”

My Description: I immediately regretted not getting the 750 ml. bottle of this beer it is that good. It has a big, light tan colored head  with a really good retention and great lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enticing. There is a malt and clove presence in the aroma accompanied by a minor fruit note and a touch of caramel. It is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a clean, smooth finish. This beer is easy drinking with flavor notes of caramel upfront accompanied by some light fruits like apples and bananas. There is a satisfying sourness in the beer accompanied by a pleasant spice note. The flavors are well balanced and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with lobster, jambalaya, or pork.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Orange/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

SUPER CRU: 77 Points

Lips of Faith

This is a more elaborate version of the Fat Tire ale they produce. This is a limited production under their “Lips of Faith” series. It has 266 Calories.

Brewer’s Description: “Our 20th Anniversary! Let’s roll a bunch of New Belgium together and put it in a bottle. Start with the backbone of Fat Tire, but double the malt and hops; Add in crisp Asian Pears, a very Belgian thing to do; and bring it to life with a Saison yeast. It’s New Belgium Super Cru from us to you! “

My Description: For a beer with this much alcohol it has a nice and thick head that lingers; the lacing is also pretty good and lingers for a little bit. The aroma is definitely complex with notes of hops, a little pear, and some sweetness. It is medium bodied but not that smooth. The alcohol is definitely apparent which drowns out whatever pear flavors you can pick up. Malt notes make their appearance initially but disappear to a slight hop aftertaste. This brew just doesn’t live up to the expectations I put on this. The pear flavor is minimal, the alcohol taste is always there, and overall the beer is just not satisfying. A 22 oz. bottle goes for around $10.

ABV: 10% Color: Amber Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 4/10