Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beer Review: Bell's Amber Ale

So, it's thirsty Thursday and we're movin right along with the fourth Amber submission.

Our flagship beer is made from mostly pale malt with some Munich and caramel malts. This gives it a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced by a melange of American hops. The result is a deep copper color and rich flavor.
Original Gravity
: 1.056 
Alcohol by Volume
: 5.8% 
Available Packages
: 4/6/12 oz. bottles (case), 15.5 gal. keg

Dates Available
: Year Round
 January 1st through December
State Availability
: AL, FL, IA, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, OH, PA, VA, WI

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange. The off white head sticks to about a half a finger with lacing all the way around a glass.

Aroma: Aroma is light with toasty biscuit and toffee. Hints of caramel and floral/herbal hops.

Flavor: Toasty and some toffee like malt up front that leads to a caramel sweetness. There are grapefruit overtones and ends with a bittering that is moderately drying.

Mouthfeel: Low body with medium carbonation. Very light and drinkable.

Overall: Very light but full of flavor. Very typical of the amber ale style in that the caramel malts and citrus hops blend very well. Would like a little fruitiness and a little bit of a bigger aroma. Bell's says it's there flagship and I can see why. Every type of beer drinker would enjoy this.

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