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Monday, April 5th 2010

Real McCoy Amber Ale
(Mammoth Brewing Company)

This will be my first Mammoth Brewing beer. I'd have to say I am pretty excited anytime I am trying my first beer from a brewery. It never gets old and its part of what makes beer so great. So many breweries and so much variety! I'd say that is what makes beer so addictive but some cynics would probably say its more likely the alcohol.

The can reads:

"This Amber Ale is smooth, malty and well balanced. We start with pristine alpine water from our own source at 8,000 feet; brew with organically grown barley and hops; and then can-condition with active yeast to keep this beer fresh and alive from our brewery and into your hands Cheers!"

Here we go...

Pour - orangeish-brown in color and rather rich looking. Plenty of bubbles streaming towards a big fluffy white head. This one started out big, bright and clear but has become a bit cloudy and when held to the light it almost looks unfiltered. It may just be the temperature.

Aroma - slightly sweet and syrupy, malt, raspberries, a slight bit of butter or butterscotch and some slight sour cherry. 

Taste - the taste, I am happy to say, didn't match the strange aromas I was smelling. Nice malty profile with some slight flavors of apples and raspberries as well as some brown sugar and caramel.

Overall - lots of flavor for a beer at 4.5%. I really dig beers that can do both well. It is increasingly more difficult to find a beer that is under 5% these days. Aside from a bit of funkiness in the aroma, I really enjoyed drinking this brew. It was very nice out on the deck as the sun goes down on a very unseasonably warm day here in New England.

Note: Mammoth Brewing has been brewing award-winning beers since 1995. They can both their Real McCoy Amber and their High Country Pilsner (aka Golden Trout Pilsner). I've heard they'll be rebranding soon and they also seem to be working on a new website.

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Real McCoy Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Mammoth Brewing Company
Mammoth Lakes, California  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Pilsner and Aromatic Malts
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 5th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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