Thursday, April 29th 2010
Ashland Amber Ale
(Caldera Brewing Company)
Amber Ales are quite versatile when it comes to drinking. You can have one or many, you can start or end the night with an Amber Ale or you can session the hell out of it. They are easy drinking and tend to not cause your palate too much harm. Its nice to take a break from big, bitter and/or burly beers and just enjoy a straight forward amber. Cheers!
From the Caldera site:
"A crisp well balanced refreshing amber. Simplicity is the key to this recipe."
Here we go...
Pour - fills this glass with an amazingly colorful auburn liquid with some flashes of ruby red and bright orange with a big thick batter-like off-white head on top.
Aroma - bread dough, caramel, apple butter, raw sugar, cocoa and some slight citrus. Smells great. I can't wait to move on to the best part of all of this.
Taste - big malty, biscuity, bready sweetness hits the palate immediately. This may be a simple recipe but it sure has been perfected. This has the perfect balance of maltiness and some citrus hops to balance things out. The malt profile is something I am really enjoying, I'm not sure how best to describe it. I'd have to say its somewhere between honey butter and brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts. Well, maybe not that sweet but it is surely delicious.
Overall - great amber ale, one that I could definitely enjoy in multiple amounts. I love the flavor that this imparts and the great balance that it has with the PNW hops used. Amber Ales may not be my favorite style but this is proof that I could love any beer if its brewed well.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I had access to Caldera out here but its also nice to know that its a regional brewery and I'll be sure to stop in to the brewpub if I am ever in Ashland again.
Note - Caldera also cans their IPA as well as their Pale Ale. They've also just started to release a series of bigger beers in 22 oz. bottles.
Posted by Russ
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