Saturday, August 18th 2012
One of the first two canned offerings from Seattle's Hilliard's Beer. We love the description of this beer as provided by the brewery. If you need a beer that pairs well with just about anything we think you've found it with this amber/red ale. Cheers!
From the Hilliard's site:
"The perfect balance of bitter and aromatic. It’s our NW take on an Amber Ale: A bit cloudy with a big, bright hop presence. Pour it in a glass or drink it from the can. Pairs well with: food, concerts, parties, television, boating, yard work, avoiding yard work, badminton, etc."
Here we go...
Pour - slightly hazy and dark amber as it hits the glass, almost dark orangish-brown in color. When held to the light it appears bright and amber in appearance. A nice off-white head appears on top.
Aroma - caramel malts and citrus hit the nose at first. There is a bit of a sweet fruit aroma, reminiscent of apples and grapes. A good deal of hops are present. Those IBUs need to come from somewhere...
Taste - toasty, roasty and malty with a good deal of hop presence. I'm digging the citrus and almost fruity hop flavors that are swirled into the mix with this beer. At 5.5% its not packing any heat but its very flavorful and well put together. The finish leaves a lingering hop flavor on the tongue. I could definitely do a few more pints of this!
Overall - a solid amber ale. No complaints. It hits the marks and quenches the thirst. With 60 IBUs this is packing a little more punch than one might expect from the style and we're totally cool with that. Definitely a very drinkable brew with a hoppiness that is quite enjoyable.
Note - Hilliard's has just recently released two more canned offerings, their Blonde Ale and Pils both now come in tall boy cans that also sport the same sort of retro graphics. Very cool. We love this brewery...
Posted by Russ
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