On tap at Ambulance, flagship steam lager (a.k.a. California Common) blends raw-honeyed lemon rot with peaty compost earthiness, herbal notions and vegetal tinge above modest sourdough bottom.
Sturdy 2017 dry-hopped spring seasonal utilizes highly carbolic lager yeast to re-create San Francisco-styled steam beer. Mildly bitter citric spritz seeps into delicately pungent resinous hop astringency. Lemony grapefruit spurt and teasing fig-date conflux linger lightly above grainy earthen malts.
Ambitious Medieval Bavarian forest recipe of all-barley steam beer offers honeyed cereal graining to caramel-spiced creaming and sinewy molasses sap. At the midst, nutty toffee sweetness reigns on sugared citrus and bruised banana fruiting. Tertiary brown-sugared buckwheat, spelt and oatmeal notions fill the ample backend.
Sharp yellow-fruited grassy hop affability ascends above musky pale lager yeast (fermented at colder ale temperatures) for smoothly crisp yellow-bellied middleweight. Zesty lemon, grapefruit and orange tang stays brisk as musty floral earthiness settles behind honey-soured caramel malting.