73. Anderson Valley Brewing – Boont Amber Ale
Jun15

73. Anderson Valley Brewing – Boont Amber Ale

A few months ago, the topic of our homebrew club meeting was amber ales.  The presenter brought in a few examples, but the one that seemed to impress me the most was the Boont Amber Ale by Anderson Valley Brewing.  However, he said that he could only find this beer up near Chicago, and nowhere downstate Illinois.  So, when I went into one of the local liquor stores and saw this in the “you pick 6” section, I was really...

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57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft
May29

57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft

Tonight we decided to try a new place out for dinner – at least new to us, since we haven’t been there yet – and we went to Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub here in town.  When we got there, I was thrilled because the waitress said they had Bell’s Hop Slam on tap.  Unfortunately, she was wrong, and the rest I had to choose from were fairly limited.  So, I decided to go for the Fat Tire on draft. When it...

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54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale
May28

54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale

I really like Avery’s big beers, so I was excited when I found a few of their beers in the “mix a six” area of my local liquor store.  The label says, “Redpoint Ale.  Ahhh, Success!  It’s taken a lot of time and effort to create this unique, rich red ale with a distinct hop bouquet.  Enjoy our achievement in celebration of your own accomplishments.  Cheers!” It had a decent head when I poured it,...

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53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
May28

53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale

It’s Friday afternoon, and I wanted to go for something fun to kick the weekend off. So, when I reached into the beer fridge. I grabbed an O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale. On the label, it says that it is a ,”Malt Beverage Brewed With Hemp Seeds.” when I poured into the glass, it had a fairly small head, which disappeared quickly, and not much of a head stuck around at all. It was pretty cloudy and had a dark...

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44. Rogue Ales Brewery – American Amber Ale
May18

44. Rogue Ales Brewery – American Amber Ale

After drinking an O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate beer, I felt like having something a little more traditional this evening.  A few weeks ago, I had a taste for an amber ale, so I decided to try the Rogue American Amber Ale.  I had debated between the growlers they sell at the liquor store and the 6-pack.  Ultimately, I went with the 6-pack because it was both cheaper, and didn’t make me feel obligated to drink it all in a day...

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42. Tröegs Brewing – Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber
May17

42. Tröegs Brewing – Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber

Despite all of the traveling I’ve been doing lately I don’t often get to try beers from outside of the local area. So, I bribed a friend who lives in New York City to mail me some beers that I couldn’t get here.  He sent me several very good beers (which I have yet to drink yet), including Tröegs Brothers Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber ale. The label says that it is a “Hopheads Nirvana. Experience a heady...

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41. New Glarus – Snowshoe Ale
May16

41. New Glarus – Snowshoe Ale

I’ve been working around the house a lot today, and I even was able to mow part of the lawn before the rain moved in. And since I felt like the morning was pretty productive I thought I’d enjoy a nice beer this afternoon. I went into the beer fridge and found a New Glarus Snowshoe Ale from this past winter’s trip up to Wisconsin Dells.  We got a chance to stop by the brewery on our way home and I bought a mixed case...

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31. Lexington Brewing – Kentucky Ale Draft
May10

31. Lexington Brewing – Kentucky Ale Draft

Today we had a couple hours, due to flight delay, in the Louisville, Kentucky airport. We stopped at the Woodford Reserve Bar and Grill in the airport for lunch. I was torn, because Woodford Reserve is one of my favorite Bourbons, but I also wanted to try Lexington Brewing’s Kentucky Ale… So, I had both. Earlier that morning, I got up to walk over to the Louisville Slugger factory and Museum. On the way over, I noticed a...

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20. The Ram Restaurant & Brewery Rosemont, IL – Buttface Amber Ale Draft
May04

20. The Ram Restaurant & Brewery Rosemont, IL – Buttface Amber Ale Draft

Tonight we flew into Chicago and are staying by the airport.  As usual, I check the GPS or iPhone for nearby brew pubs.  Fortunately, it turned out that The Ram Restaurant and Brewery was right around the corner from our hotel in Rosemont, IL.  We went in and had dinner and drinks at the bar. Prior to our meal, I ordered the Buttface Amber Ale.  It was described as a “medal-winning American-style Amber ale features malty caramel...

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7. Ballast Point – Calico Amber Ale
Apr26

7. Ballast Point – Calico Amber Ale

San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Company Calico Amber Ale carries a Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal logo from 2001. It says “it is brewed in the American Amber style. Full bodied and aromatic, it is brewed with six malts for a deep red color and full flavor.”. It also indicates it was a Gold Medal Winner at the World Beer Cup in 2002. As you can tell by the photo, it was over-carbonated, but on the bright...

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5. Mendocino Brewing – Red Tail Ale
Apr25

5. Mendocino Brewing – Red Tail Ale

Mendocino Brewing Company’s Red Tail Ale says that, “this rich, inspiring amber ale is replete with refreshingly complex flavors and a delightfully smooth palate. It’s clean, dry finish makes this legendary ale outstanding!” It has an amber color and a fairly thin head upon pouring it. The smell of caramel malts was immediately noticeable and the aroma was exactly what you should expect from an amber ale. I...

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3. Mendocino Brewing – Eye of the Hawk
Apr24

3. Mendocino Brewing – Eye of the Hawk

Mendocino Brewing Company’s Eye of the Hawk says that “This full-bodied intense amber ale is enriched with a spirit, intense sensuous flavor and complex taste impressively mellow, with the dry finish, this totally varietal ale is seductively drinkable.” It’s 8% alcohol by volume. It’s obviously amber in color, but a little bit on the darker amber side.  It’s got a nice creamy foamy head with tiny...

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