Archive for the ‘Amber Ale’ Category


Day #346 – Abita Christmas Ale

December 13, 2011

Abita Christmas Ale


This is the winter seasonal available from Abita Brewing Company. It is an amber ale at 6.13% ABV.

This beer pours a fairly clear reddish orange color that looks brown when not in the light. It has a white to off-white head that foams up very quickly.

The aroma is a bit strange. It reminds me of what boiling hops smell like when I am brewing a beer. Kinda grassy and plant-like but in a really bitter sort of way. Not so sure about that.

The flavor has some of the same bitter plant-like flavor with hops as well. Maybe a bit of cocoa in the taste but isn’t all that impressive.




Day #341 – Rogue Santas Private Reserve

December 8, 2011

Ah yes, another Christmas beer! This one even has a picture of Santa on it which makes it all the more cooler. Let’s get into it.

Rogue Santas Private Reserve


Rogue Ales of course is one of the better breweries that I have reviewed beer from. They are located in Newport, Oregon and I can safely say that they distribute WAY more to our area than I have been able to review. Such is the way of things when you have only a single beer to choose in a day and a whole wall of options to select from. Maybe if I opt for a 2nd year of this crazy project then we’ll see what happens. We’ll see. Anyways this is their seasonal winter release (obviously) and it is classified as an Amber Ale. This is a hopped up version of one of their original brews, the Saint Red with double the hops. After hearing that I have a bit of an idea of what to expect.

I am absolutely shocked to find out I do not have a Rogue glass. Not one! Well, into my santa Franziskaner it goes and it looks quite nice in it as well.

This beer pours a clear amber orange color with a foamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles emanate from the base of the glass.

Hops can definitely be detected on the nose, with a bit of caramel sweetness and malt undertones. The hops are not terribly aggressive but rather earthy, leafy and soft. Maybe I’m imagining it but there might be a bit of holiday spice in this. Might be.

The flavor is a bit drier than I was anticipated and it leaves an odd aftertaste on the palate after the finish. The hops provide quite a bitterness that appears in the middle of the flavor and goes through the finish. No spice to speak of however.

Well I can say it smells better than it tastes, and it’s worth a try but I wouldn’t order another.




Day #308 – Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale

November 5, 2011

I’m really starting to get into the winter seasonals that are coming out. Today’s blog comes from Widmer Brothers.

Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale


Widmer Brothers is based out of Portland, Oregon. It is an Amber Ale that rings in at 7.2%. This is their winter seasonal.

Forgive the drinking vessel; I was out on a bike ride when I stopped for this beer. The appearance is fairly clear with a reddish orange color. White foamy head on this.

The aroma is very hoppy; hoppier than I was expecting. The hops are spicy and piney with a bit of caramel sweetness. Almost candy sweet.

The candy sweetness comes through in the flavor with a hoppy bitterness that comes near the finish. A lingering bitterness fills the finish. Not bad at all!




Day #281 – Pyramid Juggernaut Red Ale

October 9, 2011

Pyramid Juggernaut Red Ale


Watching the Rangers game right now. Let’s see how things pan out.

This beer is the fall seasonal for Pyramid. It is an Amber Ale at 5.6%.

This beer pours a clear copper orange color with a foamy white head.

Aroma is leafy, caramel malts and sharp hops. Light dusty notes as well.

Flavor is a bit spicy with the hops that prevail in this. Bitter notes with a slight touch of sweetness. Finishes bitter but not too dry.


And the Rangers win! 2-0 series baby!!


Day #275 – Magic Hat Hex

October 3, 2011

I’m a bit behind on these but I’ll catch up.

Magic Hat Hex


Hex is brewed by Magic Hat. It’s an amber ale, their fall seasonal and holds 5.4% ABV.

This beer pours a clear rusty orange color with a ring of white head.

Aroma is malty sweet with caramel notes. Bit of roasted notes but only a touch.

Flavor is heavy caramel malt with a sugary sweetness. Finishes a bit dry.


Pretty easy. Cheers!


Day #245 – Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

September 3, 2011

Back from moving and driving a truck all day and I’m ready for a beer!

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale


Several companies come out with a pecan beer or a ” nut brown” type of ale. My buddy actually did some research on pecan brewed beers and said there really aren’t too many breweries that actually USE pecans in their brew. I’m not sure if I believe this or not, but I would believe that brewing with nuts would be incredibly hard, as exposing them to water that is too hot would inevitably draw out the tannins present in the nut and taint the beer. I have never attempted to brew a beer with pecans or almonds or any other nut but I would like to one day. I need to study up on the process a bit more. My guess is they use the nuts in the mashing in stage where the water is only around 152 degrees. Anyways this beer “claims” that it is brewed with real Louisiana pecans. It is an amber ale at 5%.

This beer pours a nice shade of amber orange. It has a tall foamy off-white head that lingers.

Aroma is sweet malts, caramel notes, roasted flavors and I can actually smell a bit of pecan. How about that? I’m pretty sure the last bottle I had of this was bad as I ranted about how much I hated the aroma. This go round it’s actually quite pleasant. Smelling the beer as I was taking my first drink reminded me of autumn.

The flavor is definitely roasted and almost bitterly so. The pecan flavor isn’t quite as present in the taste as it was in the aroma but it is still there. Dry malts and a lingering dry bitter aftertaste round this one out. A nice jaunt into Fall but I don’t know if I’d order another.




Day #244 – Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale

September 2, 2011

Headed up to Lubbock for a night to help my Grandma move down to Plano, but I had enough time to grab a beer before the road.

Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale


I’ve reviewed several things from Deschutes now. They rarely seem to disappoint. I grabbed this beer because it was organic and that interested me. The malts they used in this batch are all 100% organic according to the label. Not sure of the difference there and regular malts. I suppose it has to do with fertilizers and such. Anyways seeing the organic label reminded me that I have still yet to review a gluten-free beer. I will have to get on that soon. Now THAT will be an interesting post for sure…

This beer is an amber ale at 5%.

Pours a clear amber orange color with lots of fizz and carbonation. This creates and sustains a nice healthy head for quite awhile.

The aroma is hoppy sweet right off the bat. Plenty of spicy, piney hops are present with a healthy malty sweet backbone.

Flavor is hoppy bitter, dry and bready malts. Very dry finish. The bready malts provide for a very different malt flavor. Very earthy to say the least.