New Holland Scooner glass served
Tasted a final time for the review on May 22, 2012
Appearance: Bright amber colored with a brilliantly clear pour. The head is sustained for several minutes of a soft white pillow of bubbles across the surface of the beer. Carbonation is visible from within. Lacing is wet and speckled down the sides of the glass.
Aroma: Similar to what the bottle explains, this beer presents a caramel scent up front followed by a hint of toastiness near the finish. Some nuttiness alongside a characteristically notable hop profile at the end.
|Half pint at the brewpub|
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and brisk. The bitterness at the end, combined with a full attenuation makes for a dry, but very refreshing beer with high drinkability.On the second trial, (and on tap) the beer was a lot more velvety with a smoother mouthfeel and similar dryness as before.
Overall Impression: This beer definitely was a change in style expectation for me. Normally I associate amber ales to be dosed full with a caramel/biscuit malt character. However, this one retained its light body, crisp hops and quenching finish. Certainly one to appeal to the masses, without being filling or too sweet. I see this as a viable beer to take to any party, or even great for summer. The second tasting helped me recognize the slight variation between bottle and draft. I could see getting this as my pay case in the coming weeks, if it's ever an option.