Recently I have been drinking a number amber ales – this is new for me. I used to find most amber ales were far too malty, at times bordering on syrupy, and most often poorly balanced between bitter (hops) and sweet (malt). But often as I am, I was wrong. Amber ales are fantastic and are a beer style that I have been foolishly neglecting for quite some time.
This delicious beer style is full of rich malt flavor, with caramel, toffee, hints of subtle roasted grains and if lucky, a delicate vanilla finish are all great flavors found in an amber ale – fantastic.
A few of the amber ales I have been enjoying are Light House Brewing Race Rocks Amber Ale and Cannery Brewing Anarchist Amber Ale. Both are quite good, but if you prefer hoppier beers, I recommend Anarchist Amber Ale; if malty is your thing then try Race Rocks Amber.