Thursday, April 12, 2007

Beer Tasting: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Organic Amber Ale

The Beer: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Organic Amber Ale
Style: Amber Ale
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 22oz. brown bottle; no evident date stamping on bottle

From where & how stored: Purchased from brewery in Sept. '06, travelled all around California, flown home, and stored at 42F since then

Pricing: $5.99 per bottle

Availability: Year-round

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 5.4% ABV
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- decent head fades kinda quick to a thin layer of white head that persists
- copper-brown color with hints of iodine-red
- clean filtered look; just a bit of sediment on bottom of bottle

The Aroma:
- nice sweet malty aroma

The Taste:
- solid sweet malt dominates upfront with some hints of caramel and throughout until...
- ...the end where you get a nice little blast of bitter hops
- then all goes away leaving you ready for another dose

The Verdict: At 5.4%, this makes a nice easy-to-drink beer with pleasing flavors

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