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 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.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes “Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale”. The beer pours a deep red amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted and toasted malts, coffee, nuts and caramel. The flavour is of roasted coffee, toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, earth, nuts, hint of fruits and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 22. This would be a terrible beer to drink before bed with all of the caffeine but this stuff is seriously tasty!
Commercial Description: This smooth amber ale is conditioned with cold brewed coffee to give a bold aroma and flavour of fresh coffee with roasted, earthy, caramel and nutty notes.
From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Anarchist Amber Ale”. The beer has an amber colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of caramel and fruits but is mild. The flavour is of caramel, cereal grains, fruits, melon, citrus, sweetness and a grassy hops finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 27. This is a very serviceable and sessionable Amber Ale. It may not knock your socks off but it will be a nice refreshing sip none the less!
Commercial Description: This is a beer lover’s beer. Anarchist Amber Ale is a full bodied hand-crafted ale that is a generous combination of carefully roasted malted barley balanced with three Northwest hop varieties. Patient and watchful conditioning results in a harmony of hop and malt.