Blue Pants American Amber

I've always been fond of the relatively weak and inoffensive taste of amber beers. They are very good for sitting back and drinking while watching a sportsball match or chilling with friends. The problem with them comes from dissecting the experience of the beer, as it tends to be too watery for any kind of proper analytical appraisal. Still, it's a good style, so why not have one?

The color of this clear beer is shockingly deep amber. The head is relatively light, but it's a bit sticky. Lacing only seems to stay 3/4 of an inch or so, but it's staying, so that's nice. The aroma is sweet, grainy malt. It reminds me of so many other amber beers, and I hope it brings the best that they had to offer.

First sip is more caramel malt than most ambers would have. It is richer, deeper than pretty much any other amber I've had. It's not the high and watery beer to be drunk with abandon while sucking down beer nuts or pretzels at a bar watching a game. It has more body to it - more substance that needs to be respected, and respect it I shall, with a proper swig.

Tip-in is sweet malt and light grains. It's definitely more watery than other styles, and that's right in line with my early expectations. The middle is when it starts to deviate from a traditional amber beer. It's heavier with grains and bread. The malt is more toasted in the middle, and that transitions as the finish comes on. A hit of bitterness grabs hold of the front of the mouth, and it slowly works its way to the back of the mouth as the other sensations recede. The trailing off of toasted malt is the last thing I taste.

Bottom Line: A distinct and unique amber that adds a unique character to the style.

3.5/5


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