298. Capitol City – Amber Waves Ale Draft

Capitol City Amber Waves DraftI arrived in Washington DC for work today and spent most of the afternoon running around the National Mall taking pictures and checking things out. Although it was only a couple of hours, it was great to see some of our nation’s treasured monuments – The Whitehouse, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and more. I was ready for a nice brewpub and found that Capitol City had 3 in the area. In order to avoid traffic, we hit the one in Arlington, VA.

Location: On tap at Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA

Numbers: 5.6% ABV

Appearance & Aroma: As you can see, it was a slightly hazy amber color with lots of carbonation in it.  The carbonation had big bubbles, reminding me a bit of a soda, which created a thin head which quickly disappeared.  There wasn’t much aroma, only a slight maltiness could be detected.

Taste & Feel: The body was light-medium and there was a carbonation crispness on the front with a bit of citrusy bitterness.  Caramel and bready malt flavors came through in the middle before a big citrusy bitterness came through in the finish.  The more I drank it, the more the citrus bitterness in the finish coated my mouth, and the bitter citrus hop flavors lasted well into the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: This went perfectly with my burger, as the malt flavors went well with it.  The big burger also helped to cut down on the bitterness a bit.  However, I’m sure it would probably go well with almost any pub type food.

Overall Impression: There was plenty of carbonation in it, but I was surprised at the size of the bubbles and how the fizziness reminded me of a soda.  Overall, the beer was crisp with plenty of citrusy hop flavor.  I was expecting it to have a much stronger malt backbone then it did.  I enjoyed the hoppiness, but it was probably a bit too much for the style.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Author: Kevin

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