872. Big Storm – Wavemaker Amber

My family and I are on vacation in Florida this week, and I’ve been taking the opportunity to try beers from several breweries I haven’t tried before. I bought a few 6 packs of cans for the beach, and just reviewed Greenbench Sunshine IPA. Today, my wife and I went to Slyce, a pizza place right across the intercoastal bridge from where we are staying in Madeira Beach. This was another one of the local beers I’ve seen on tap, so I thought I’d give it a try. I couldn’t ask for a much better atmosphere for sampling a beer than the view I’m enjoying right now.

Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Slyce in Madeira Beach, FL.

Numbers: 4.9% ABV, 28 IBUs, ~130 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely clear and brown, brick-red in color. It has a thin, creamy, off-white head with a light malty aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is light with a bit of a watery, slightly creamy feel. There’s a light malty nuttiness up front, with a little bit of roasty bitterness in the middle. The finish is mostly nutty with some underlying bitter roastiness. The nutty, bitter-roastiness lasts briefly in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: I had this beer with their mushroom truffle pizza, and it was a very good pairing, the nutty roastiness mixed well with the earthy flavors of the pizza.

Overall Impression: I appreciated the lighter bodied and flavor beer on this hot afternoon overlooking the intercoastal waterway, and it was a nice pairing with our pizza. I liked the nutty flavors, but the roastiness was a bit more than I was expecting. The roastiness was a bit much and gave it a some bitterness. Overall, it was a decent beer, and I’d be interested to try more beers from Big Storm.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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