Amber Ale

Today’s beer is Fat Tire Amber Ale!

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft

Cost: $4.00 (At a happy hour)

ABV: 5.2%

Background Information (via NewBelgium): Named in honor of our co-founder‘s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder, Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Amber Ale

Appearance: Amber color with a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing.

Scent/Smell: Has a fruity smell like that of apples or apricots. Has a malty/biscuity scent to it as well. Not much here in the hop department.

Taste: Quite fruity and malty particularly in the beginning. Mild amount of hops throughout. Aftertaste is quite bearable which is always a plus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with high carbonation which doesn’t make it the easiest going down.

Drink with (food): Beef, fish, chicken, and sharp cheeses.

Grade: B

There is a lot going on with this beer. I was quite surprised. A pretty good beer, hopefully I’ll have a couple more sometime in the future.

Next: Fuller’s London Pride


Today’s beer is Prohibition Ale.

Courtesy of daily hopsBottle Size:N/A (Purchased it draft at a bar)

Cost: $3.50 (During happy hour)

Alcohol(ABV): 6.1%

Brief History (via wikipedia):

Speakeasy was founded in 1997 by Steve Bruce and Forest Gray.

Speakeasy brands its beers with humorous reference to 1930s prohibition-era mobsters and organized crime. Prohibition is one of the more popular local beers in San Francisco, available in approximately 200 bars and restaurants and 1,000 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, although bottled beer is available regionally in California, eleven other states and British Columbia as well. Its beers are flavorful and high in alcohol, ranging from approximately 5% to 10% alcohol content by volume. Unlike many others, it does not operate on-site sales, restaurants, or other retail operations except tours by appointment on Fridays, as well as a Friday happy hour that is open to the public.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Amber Ale

Appearance: Dark amber, off-white head, decent retention, minimal lacing

Scent/Smell: Floral, citrus/orange, sweet malt, and bread aromas

Taste: Above average amount of hops, a lot of  citrus and pine; got some sweet malts combined with bread like taste

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a light body, quite easy to drink. Typical of this style of beer.

Drink with (food): Beef, chicken, fish

Grade: B

This was a solid beer which I enjoyed and plan on drinking again. Not my favorite beer, but it’s definitely in the upper half of beers.

Next: Arrogant Bastard Ale