Archive for the ‘Amber’ Category

Red Hook “Late Harvest Ale”

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Amber

Seasonal beer is fun.  It’s pretty cool seeing what all the breweries put out for a limited time.  In the fall it seems like everybody has a pumpkin, or Oktoberfest ale.  I like something different.  Red Hook has an Amber ale for their fall brew.  It is a great Amber too.  It isn’t too malty, has a lot of good hop flavors, and drinks nice and easy.  I love the bottle Red Hook uses too.  The shorter bottle is just really cool.  Red Hook makes some very consistently good beer and their Late Harvest is another example.

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Highland “Gaelic Ale”

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Amber

Asheville North Carolina is home to this neat brewery.  They started in 1994 brewing with almost all retrofitted dairy equipment.  They now have a modern facility in east Asheville.  Their flagship brew is the Gaelic Ale.  It is a solid, no frills amber ale.  It uses Willamette, and Cascade hops to provide a well balanced bitter/malty flavor.  The theme is well suited for a brewery in the beautiful Blue Mountains.  I am excited to try some of their other beers.  The Gaelic Ale is a good beer.

Rogue “American Amber Ale”

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Amber

Rogue has a philosophy “variety is the spice of life”.  This mentality shows in their beers.  They have produced over 60 different ales over the years, and have even branched in to distilling spirits.  I have never been disappointed with any of their product.  This Amber is no different.  I sometimes have trouble with amber ales.  The are good, but sometimes the maltiness and the bitterness isn’t very good together.  I personally think amber beers are not a beer to sit and drink a lot of.  I can usually only have a few.  The Rogue is different.  I don’t get that full feeling, or the weird taste in the back of your throat after a few.  This brew is an classic example of what can happen when a company has only a few goals; one of them being making an excellent product, and none being making money.  When the day is over if you work to make a product you are proud of people will recognize it and you will get paid.  I can’t wait to try more of Rogues beers, each one seems to be better than the last.  And I can’t wait to see what they devise in the future.