Make Amber Ale Great Again
We’re in the midst of another heat wave, but we’re dreaming of fall. So here are a few seasonal ales for you, both reddish brown, and sort of hoppy.
Deschutes’ autumn seasonal attempts to combine German Marzen and American IPA. Hopzeit is Oktoberfest meets hops, I guess. It’s malty red with hints of toffee and nuts. Then you get the juicy middle. I’m guessing that’s the Hull Melon hops. It tastes like melon. It’s a wild curveball. I think the beer would be better with a bit more bitterness, and a little less fruit. But I guess that would just be an amber ale huh?
I’d rather have another bottle of Terminal Gravity IPA. It’s a very, very old school IPA. First brewed in like 2002 old school. It’s amber to brown in color with a ton of malt character. It’s toasty; it’s nutty. I told Sarah it was almost “porky” and she nearly gagged. But there is almost a smokiness in there. Oh, and then there are hops. I’m sure it’s better fresh, but like this it’s a really solid malty amber.