Monday, July 4th 2011
Epicenter Amber Ale
(SanTan Brewing Company)
Since we're still pretty bummed that we missed out on SanTan's first AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival held last month in the brewery's hometown of Chandler, Arizona we felt it best to pull this can out of the fridge and raise a toast. Here's to an even bigger and better event next year and hoping that we'll be able to attend! Cheers!
From the SanTan Brewing site:
"An American Amber Ale. Epicenter Amber received a Bronze Medal at Reno Canfest, and an 89 Rating in 2011 DRAFT Magazine. A deep copper amber hue with a firm, toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a crisp dry finish. Epicenter has become a gateway ale for novice Craft Beer drinkers. The light, approachable taste is quenching and appealing to new and long term Craft lovers alike."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber in appearance with some red and orangish hues and a thin wispy head that dissipates rather quickly.
Aroma - lots of caramel, honey, stewed grains and bran cereal along with toasted brown bread, caramel and apple butter. Plenty of aromas pulling you in to this sweet smelling, toasty brew. Everything seems to be in place for this beer to be pretty tasty and easy drinking. Time to dive in.
Taste - right away this hits the tongue light, sweet, malty and toasty. A lot of those aromas play out similarly on the tongue. Definitely the caramel, molasses and honey flavors that tend to come with the style as well as some nice roasted malt flavors. Not too sweet, not all that hoppy and like SanTan's own description states, the, "light, approachable taste is quenching and appealing to new and long term Craft lovers alike." I don't think we could have said it any better.
Overall - solid amber ale. This is a style that has become a staple at brewpubs in this country and even the most novice beer drinker has some expectations of it. SanTan has done well with this brew, it hits all the marks and is satisfying even to the most seasoned beer drinker.
Would I buy more of it? - I believe they do a mixed-pack, right? We're pretty sure if we dumped a bunch of cans of SanTan's brews in a cooler we wouldn't be disappointed with anything we pulled out.
Note - SanTan Brewing also cans and their HefeWeizen Wheat, Devil's Ale and Hop Shock IPA.
Posted by Russ
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Labels: American Amber/Red Ales