On tap at George Keeley’s, robust English-styled amber ale needs more distinct flavor profile. Instead, wavering fig-dried apricot tartness, dewy earthen wood stead, musty cellar musk, wet-grained hop murk and nutty toffee reminder never fully cohere.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, cask version of maple-malted amber ale stays smooth and warming. Relaxing cocoa nibs influence brings milky coconut sway and mild brown chocolate sweetness to the fold as ever-increasing peppery jalapeno burn smolders the light mocha finish.
On tap at Taphouse 15, “East meets West” as Chinese Jing Wei Fu Black tea dryness takes on New York Chinook hop woodiness, sour lemony grapefruit tartness and subtle house ale yeast, pikcing up grassy earthiness at the faded citrus finish.
On tap at Biggie’s, heady American Amber Ale brings sharp phenol hop bittering and ethyl alcohol astringency to briskly spiced red-orange-yellow fruitiness above toasted rye malt base.
On tap at The Oath, ESB-inspired moderation gains advertised Madeira-like port wine richness above stylish mossy peat earthiness, biscuit caramel malts and toasted amber grains. Floral-spiced orange, peach, apple and sherry tones warble.
On tap at River Of Beer, pleasant soft-tongued moderation allows ‘malt-forward’ caramelization to affect dainty apple-skinned orange and tangerine tease as well as mild grassy hop astringency and dewy foliage. Mild phenol aridity nips at the wavered caramel-fruited finish.
One step beyond amber-grained pale ales, murkily hazed burnt sienna-hued medium body (in a can) subtly defies simple stylistic profile. Soft-toned yellow grapefruit, orange and peach tones bring IPA fruiting to herbal-hopped rye malting and dry earthen bottom for slightly defiant hybrid.
On tap at River Of Beer, ambitious amber ale utilizes nutty hemp seed toasting to affect caramelized rye malting and mildly musky citric hop thrust. Easygoing lemony tangerine and orange tang plus latent peach, fig and apricot lacquering load effervescent fruity spritz onto honeyed Graham Cracker base.
Marking its one year anniversary, leisurely limited edition 2016 amber ale takes easygoing approach as subtly phenol-hopped grapefruit, pineapple, orange and passionfruit tang rises above caramelized crystal malting as brown-sugared raisin nuance fades away with nary a trace.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, tranquil whiskey barrel-aged amber ale lets piney India Pale Ale-like citric fruiting softly affect spicy caramel malt sweetness and dry fig-plum conflux to its leathery barnyard hide.
Well-designed 2015 limited edition collaboration with Oregon’s Deschutes utilizes locally sourced sage and thyme as well as employee-grown hops to spice up toasted caramel malts, fig-sugared dried fruiting and dewy cereal-grained sweetness.
Well-designed alcoholic amber ale (8% ABV) with subtle chestnut adjunct receives toffee-spiced caramel malting and caraway-seeded rye molasses dab (and quick sugar cake rush). Honey-roasted chestnut keepsake further aligned by light butternut-hazelnut conflux, sweet almondine-wined Amaretto liqueuring and distant fig-plum wisp.