Sunday, October 2, 2011

Angry Amber Ale

Thanks to Andon for bringing this back to me from Waverly. I had been to the brewery before, actually last year during track I ran there in between races. AND I had received a couple beers from the brewers, but never got a chance to review them. Tasted Sunday afternoon at Mark and Al's house with a great post-party breakfast and an 18 mile run.

Appearance: A very dark amber color, almost bordering a rustic bronze. Head resolves into a thin white ring around the inner perimeter of the glass. A speckled star like formation of foam forms in the center. Quite cloudy, leaving transparency to a bare minimum, yet micro-bubbled carbonation is visible rising along the sides.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt is present but immediately under that initial scent is a rather large diacetyl smell. Some yeastiness and graininess can be picked out as well.
Taste: Foretaste revolves around a mild toffee and caramel malt bill. This transcends into a bit of stale hop flavor by midway. However, the Diacetyl again is present very prominently at the end. Finishing with a subtle Solvent (Iso-propyl Alcohol) to parallel the Diacetyl. The afterbreath gives the flavor of biscuit malt
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied and a bit of a watery texture. Carbonation is minimal, only with a slight tickle on the top of the tongue. Finish leaves the palate dry, but refreshed.
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