From Cerveza De Lost Muertos part of Cerveceria Mexicana in Tecate Mexico comes their “Death Rides A Pale Horse Amber Ale”. The beer pours a deep blonde colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of grain, some citrus and sweetness. The flavour is of bready grains, citrus, grassy hops, mild bitterness and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 18. This was a pretty good Amber Ale and I thank my friend that picked it up for me in Mexico. There seems to be some confusion on the ownership of this brewery.
From Spencer Hill Cottage Brewery in Grand Forks comes their “Big Horn Amber Ale”. This bottle comes from batch number D0067. The beer pours a deep amber, orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, floral hops and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of caramel, stone fruit, melon, citrus, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%. For a brewery that currently only makes one beer this is quite tasty. I hope the owner produces more than just this beer in the future.
From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Entropy Series No 2” the second of their barrel released beers. The beer pours a very deep amber colour with a very active off white head. The aroma consists of candy sugar, pear, oak and some mild brett. The flavour is of resin, tannins, oak, pear, tropical fruit, candy sugar, pepper, herbal hops and some mild alcohol. The brett character of this beer will build over time but it is pretty darn subdued right now. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%. This is tasty fresh but if you got two bottles then you should really hold onto the second bottle and let the brett build!
Commercial Description: Amber Ale aged in a pear brandy barrel and bottle conditioned with brettanomyces.
From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “1897 Amber Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, some honey and some fruit notes. The flavour is of caramel, honey, fruity notes and very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 20. If your looking for a good Amber Ale at a good price then take a look for this one as it wont break the bank.
Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.
Commercial Description: Rumour has it that the crisp, comforting taste of our 1897 Amber ale will stir up secrets in the pub that spread like whispers through tall trees. But you didn’t hear it from us.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Rye & Ginger Amber Ale” a tap exclusive with Tap & Barrel. The beer pours a deep amber red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of rye malts and rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger and leafy, grassy hops. The flavour is of rye malts, rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger, earth, fruity notes and grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 21. This is a nice mix of flavours and is really refreshing. If you find yourself near a Tap & Barrel or the brewery make sure to check this one out.
Commercial Description: With smooth spice from rye malt and the ginger, this amber ale is lightly hopped and very refreshing. Pouring a pale amber, this beer is a take on the classic rye and ginger without the ginger kick.