Created as another twist to the tail of the American pale ale the amber ale takes all the hop attitude of the pale ale and adds another dimention with added malt character. Originating in the Pacific North West this is a fairly recent style that is finding favour with beer aficionados and is now enjoyed all over the United States.
Don’t be fooled by its name – this may be an amber beer but its packed full of hopsfrom two parts of the globe. Pacific Jade from New Zealand and Cluster and Summit from the United States. These hops are characterized by their hard hitting spicy and pink grapefruit flavour and aroma and work beautifully with the amount of malt packed into this beer. The specialised dark ale yeast strain also helps to lift this beer from the ordinary accentuating both the malt complexity and the hop character.
The beer pours a fantastic amber hue with a rocky off-white head, hop character oozes from the glass giving a heady mix of spicy blackcurrants, pine sap and grapefruit. On the palate the beer shows its mettle effortlessly melding the juicy caramel and toffee malt characters that belie its strength with a fantastic and complex hop flavour that actually leans towards juicy pine sap balanced with a good bitterness but not overbearing.