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Amber Ale

Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Kentucky’s popular Altbier, modeled after the North German Altbier style, boasts a grain bill featuring Munich, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts. Another notably clear beer judged by our tasting panel, Bluegrass Brewing’s eye-friendly entry displays a copper shade with amber hues – a color on the light end of the style range. Low/medium carbonation produces a white/tan head with decent retention. Ed said, “The nose detects light grains and malts, a delicate touch of noble hops and an insinuation of fruit.” Every taster agreed that the overall aroma profile seems quite faint, with just a nibble of toast. Phil detected “a hint of sulfur as the beer warms.” Moderate taste components of toasted/roasted malts and biscuit dough come through, alongside a pleasant, spicy, flower-like hop bitterness. Chris noted, “The beer contains moderate body and good balance, finishes dry and clean but could be more complex for the style.” Cristina detected “subtle toffee notes,” while Ed noticed “hints of caramel.” Phil added, “The aftertaste seems fairly simple and short, with light hops and biscuity malt.” Perhaps a more pronounced malt character would help balance the dryness and bitterness. The panel deemed this a well-crafted, clean, highly drinkable German-style ale from the guys at BBC.

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