Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Twisted Pine American Amber Ale review

Twisted Pine American AmberDuring a recent beer run, I spotted a variety pack of beers from Twisted Pine Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado. Their variety pack contained 2 each of 6 different beers. I'm a strong supporter of breweries that put out variety packs as this is a wonderful way to sample a lot of different beers without having to buy an entire 6-pack to try a new one. Seeing how I've only tried one brew from Twisted Pine before, I was anxious to sample their beers. The first brew out of the box was their Twisted Pine American Amber Ale.

I chose this beer to drink on September 11th in honor of the victims of 9/11/2001. This beer poured a true amber color and had a decent near white head that seemed to stick around for a long time. This beer appeared very clear and had a mild visible carbonation. The American Amber had a sweet malty aroma with a mild citrus and spicy hop scent. The smell was just perfect for this style. I believe this to be from Cascade hops but can't be sure.

The first taste was lightly hoppy that mixed well with the sweet caramel malts. Mmm. I really liked the taste of this brew. It reminded me a bit of Bell's Amber that I had back in Michigan earlier this year. This amber seemed to have more of a hoppier kick than other ambers I've had, but that's a good thing. Certainly not as hoppy as an IPA but enough to let you fully enjoy the aroma and bittering effect.

This beer was better than I expected. Sometimes an amber ale is just average and nothing special, but this brew seemed to stand out a bit. Very well done! I'd drink this brew again in an instant. It's low in alcohol (probably between 4.5 - 5.5% ABV) and would make an excellent session beer. I'll give this beer a fine salute and a nice 3.4 out of 5 rating.

The only downside I have on this beer is that it came with a twist off cap. For me, this means I can't re-use this bottle for my upcoming homebrew sessions. Ah well, time to make another recycle pile in my garage.

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