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Monday, March 31st 2014

Mississippi Fire Ant
(Southern Prohibition Brewing)

Mississippi Fire Ant is one of four canned releases from Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. You've got to love the design on this can which is a reminscent of an old school horror movie poster with a giant ant dragging a scantily clad woman into a hole. Definitely one of the more inventive designs out there, so of course we're big fans. When it comes to what's inside the can, well we're big fans of that as well!

From the Southern Prohibition Brewing site:


"This imperial red ale has a huge malt presence only to be out shined by its hop additions. Dark mahogany red with a nice fluffy head, Fire Ant showcases roasted and toasted caramel notes layered between spicy, herbal and fruity hops."


Here we go...


Pour - dark auburn in appearance with a solid half inch or more of off-white head on top. There are some nice reddish hues when held toward the light. This just looks like a big, full-flavored brew!


Aroma - brown sugar coated hops is the first thing that come to mind. Plenty of piney and sweet orange hop aromas mix with the huge amounts of malt that went into this 8% brew. A few more whiffs and caramel apples come to mind. Time to tuck into this...


Taste - one sip and you know this is a bigger beer. Loads of malt sweetness grabs the tongue and a hop presence develops and smacks your tongue around quite a bit. There are some darker fruit flavors in the background as well as some sweet citrus. This ant has some weight and it shows. 


Overall - anymore than two rounds with the Fire Ant and we may be headed for an early TKO. A great night cap or a perfect brew to enjoy a few with a friend. Definitely worth checking out, as are all the beers from this Mississippi brewery. 


Note -  fire ants are considered an invasive species in the US and are native to South America. For humans, bites from fire ants produce a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire—hence the name fire ant—and the after effects of the sting can be deadly to sensitive people.



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Mississippi Fire Ant
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Southern Prohibition Brewing
City: 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 80
Date: March 31st, 2014

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Friday, June 7th 2013

Happy Amber
(MadTree Brewing Company)

Happy Amber is one of three cans recently released from MadTree Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in Ohio to can their beer. We've been hearing good things about all of MadTree's beers for awhile now and are really looking forward to cracking this one open to see what all the buzz is about. Cheers!

From the can:

"This dry-hopped ale combines caramel and biscuit malt flavors in happy equilibrium with late addition American hops. The approachable balance is intentional, although the name is a "hoppy" accident."

Here we go...


Pour - bright auburn with some red and orange hues and a half inch of white head. Looks great as it settles and leaves some lacing inside the glass.


Aroma - biscuity, bread dough, light caramel and molasses with citrus and sweet pine.


Taste - solid malty base with brown sugar, toasted bread, crackers, baked apples, and caramel malts mixing in with a crisp, hoppy finish and a lasting bitterness. The dry-hopping defintiely figures in here and gives this amber ale more hop presence than others we've had - nothing wrong with that. 


Overall - an excellent American-style Amber Ale with definite leanings towards the hoppy side. Very solid and easy drinking, this will appeal to the hop lovers as well as those who might not be that fond of super hoppy brews. It falls magically, and happily, somewhere in the middle. Well done.

 

Note - one of the things we really love about MadTree Brewing's cans is that they provide the names of the folks involved in their art and design. All three cans have different artists involved and all three are very well done.



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Happy Amber
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: MadTree Brewing Company
City: 
Cincinnati, Ohio  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 7th, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16th 2013

Single Engine Red
(Denali Brewing Company)

It's amazing how many breweries up in Alaska are now going with cans. This is our first beer from Denali Brewing Company and Single Engine Red is one of two beers that they've so far released in cans - the other being their Twisted Creek IPA. The Talkeetna (pop. 876) brewery also has plans to release their Mother Ale and Chuli Stout in cans in the near future.

From the Denali Brewing site:

"For years local air taxis have ferried mountain climbers to the base camp on the south side of Denali, flown flight seeing tours over “The High One,” and dropped off backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts in all corners of the Alaska backcountry. Denali Brewing Company draws the inspiration for its red ale from Talkeetna’s rich aviation history. Brewed with five choice American and European malts and just enough hops for balance, we hope you find Single Engine Red a suitable compliment to your next Alaskan adventure, whether in the air or on the ground."

Here we go...

Pour - dark amber in appearance with some reddish hues and an inch or so of off-white head sitting on top. Looks very quaffable. 


Aroma - caramel, rich roasted malt, brown bread, slightly citrusy, along with some aromas of apples and pears.


Taste - the first thing that hits the palate is the roasted malt flavors. This is a rich, flavorful beer with a load of toasty notes and some estery fruit flavors. Some slight hints of hops here and there but mostly this is bready/biscuity with the focus on the malts. Clean in the finish with a lingering sweetness. 


Overall - a full-bodied red ale with loads of roasty, toasty notes along with caramel apple flavors. A very enjoyable beer with plenty of aroma and flavor and smooth, sweet finish. 

Note -  Did you know that Alaska has more licensed aircraft pilots per capita than anywhere else in the US? According to statistics Alaska has six times the number of pilots per capita than anywhere else in the country. One out of every fifty-eight Alaskan residents has a pilot’s license.

 

   


Single Engine Red
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Denali Brewing Company
City: 
Talkeetna, Alaska  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 46
Date: April 16th, 2013

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Tuesday, June 4th 2012

Sobrehumano Palena'ole
(Maui Brewing Company)

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole, is a "blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning "superhuman" and "without limits". This is a collaboration brew produced by Maui Brewing and Michigan's Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and is the first canned collaboration to feature the logos of both breweries involved. This is Maui's first canned collaboration, but certainly not their last as they've recently had Sam from Dogfish Head over to the islands to brew another upcoming canned release. Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is set to make its debut at Savor in a few weeks. The artwork is a nod to a shared affinity for paddleboading by both Maui Brewing Founder, Garrett Marrero, and Head Brewer, and Michigan native, John Walsh. 

From the Maui Brewing site:

"Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries. Maui Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will both brew this beer; however Maui will use standard fermentation while the Jolly Pumpkin version is a barrel aged sour. The beers will be packaged both by Maui Brewing (in cans) and Jolly Pumpkin (in bottles). Maui Brewing will produce approximately 4000 cases and 80 barrels in draft of the Maui version."

Here we go...

Pour - cloudy, reddish-brown in appearance with a subtle white head on top. Looks a little mysterious and we're very intrigued.

 

Aroma - the very first whiff is French roast coffee or roasty malts, but that quickly becomes more of a tropical fruit aroma. Very unique aroma that has us shoving our faces into the glass over and over again. As it warms the aroma really takes shape and becomes something very special.


Taste - tart and tangy with some nice roasted malt flavors in the back. It all blends extremely well together. You can pick out the cherries and the passionfruit as this gets warmer which is when this beer really takes shape. The almost mouth puckering flavors from the fruits used in this beer really make this beer great and leave your tongue a little dry and thirsting for more. All we can say is try and appreciate all of the subtle nuances this ale has to offer. There aare many.

 

Overall - Hawai'i and Michigan may be thousands of miles away from eachother but they come together very nicely in every can of Sobrehumano Palena'ole. This is a great beer for summer as its got a very refreshing flavor profile and a sharp, almost sour, finish. We can't wait to see, and taste, the next Maui collaboration brew that comes out in the fall. Mahalo.


Note - Want to support Maui Brewing Company and their efforts to win a $250,000 small business loan? See below...

Maui Brewing Co. can be considered to win a small business grant sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called "Mission: Small Business". Your support could translate into a $250,000 grant so please take a minute to visit www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Go to the "Log in & Support" button on the right, then login to your Facebook account. You will be directed to a page where you can vote. Just search for Business Name = Maui Brewing Co., State = Hawaii, City = Lahaina - and place your vote!


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Sobrehumano Palena'ole
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 24
Date: June 4th, 2012

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Monday, February 6th 2012

McKinney Eddy Amber Ale
(Piney River Brewing Company)

Cans of Piney River brews hit the market late in 2011 and the we were fortunate enough to score some samples of both of their Missouri Mule IPA and McKinney Eddy Amber. The husband and wife team of Joleen and Brian Durham recently took Piney River Brewing from nanobrewer to microbrewer status with the recent installation of a seven barrel brewhouse and a Wild Goose canning line. The brewery itself is located in a 70 year old barn,  or BARn, on their property in the “Show Me” state. We enjoyed their delicious and dangerously drinkable IPA, so we have high hopes for their amber. 

From the Piney River site:


"In the heart of Texas County, McKinney Eddy on the Big Piney River was home to our friend and master blacksmith, Charlie McKinney.  Charlie toiled over an anvil with purpose, passion and pure Ozark creativity—an inspiration for our handcrafted amber ale."


Here we go...


Pour – Dark amber that matches the color of the can almost perfectly. Very cool - how often does that happen?  A loose but stable head holds firm on top and some good lacing sticks to the side of our can-shaped glass.


Aroma – Deep, dark sweet fruit aromas remind us of candied dates and triggers the palate to expect a rich, flavorful brew.  


Taste – Wow! McKinney Eddy starts off with a bit of grainy caramel sweetness similar to the flavor and mouthfeel of our favorite scotch ales.  Rich caramel sweetness and mild hoppiness collide in the middle before a sweet, light malt finish.  The pleasant sweetness lingers long enough to make this one a very good sipper.  


Overall – We sometimes find ambers one dimensional and super-sweet throughout.  Not this one!  This is a wonderfully complex amber that is well worth stretching out and reliving the flavor experience as many times as the “Piney pint” allows.  Get your hands on some next time you pass through Ozark country!  


NOTES:  Piney River’s story is a great example of the spirit and vitality of today’s American brewing scene.  If you'd like to learn more about Piney River check out the Q & A we did with brewery co-owner Joleen Durham.


 
Piney River Brewing Company's first two cans



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McKinney Eddy Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Piney River Brewing Company
City: 
Bucryus, Missouri  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: February 6th, 2012

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Friday, November 4th 2011

Crazy Mountain Amber Ale
(Crazy Mountain Brewing Company)

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company opened it's doors in January of 2010. Their Amber Ale is their first, and only as of right now, beer that they're canning. We love the design of this can, it's so simple yet very eyecatching and altogether unique. That's something it might need to be as it's got a lot of canned competition out there in Colorado!

From the Crazy Mountain site:

"This delightfully floral American style Amber Ale displays a wonderful balance while still maintaining a profound hoppy goodness. We load this beer with a ridiculous and obscene amunt of West Coast hops that are added late in the boil, resulting in a hoppy beer without any bitterness"

Here we go...

Pour - dark, rubyish-red to auburn. Almost reminds me of a rbown ale as this is a lot darker than some of the other amber ales I've seen. The head is pretty tight and foamy. At first I wondered if this was under carbonated but it all came together nicely and left some lacing inside the glass.

Aroma - Tootsie-Rolls, honey, brown bread, pumpernickel bagels, caramel and Fudgesicles. Lots of maltiness in this one with only some faint hints of citrus from the hops.

Taste - lots of those malty flavors come out on the tongue. That Tootsie-Roll aroma certainly is a major flavor component. Lots of caramel malt and again some slight hints of hoppiness but not much in the way of bitterness. Well put together ale with some nice toasty notes and a brown sugar sweet finish. 

Overall - There is plenty of flavor packed into this 12 oz. can of amber ale that is for sure. If you're a fan of a malt-forward brew in this category than this is for you. We could easily find our way through a six-pack of this in no time at all. Crazy Mountain Amber Ale is crazy drinkable. 

Note - a big thank you goes out to Jonathan Cowan and Kevin Selvy. Jonathan lives locally to Crazy Mountain and wrote to us telling us how much we needed to try some of their beer. He got in touch with Kevin, who is a co-founder of Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, and he sent us some cans. Awesome. Cheers guys!


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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
City: 
Edwards, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 25
Date: November 4th, 2011

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Friday, November 4th 2011

Boont Amber Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company)

Boont Amber is Anderson Valley's flagship brew. It was the second beer they put in cans and is their most popular brand. The name "Boont" comes from the language spoken in the area around Boonville, California - known as "Boontling". Boont actually means "Boonville" in "Boontling". "Bahl Hornin", which is printed on the top of each of Anderson Valley's cans means "good drinking" or "cheers"!

From the Anderson Valley site:

"From deep in the Anderson Valley comes the world-famous, award-winning, crowd-pleasing Boont Amber Ale.  The Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been hand crafting this amazing ale for over twenty years, making Boont Amber Ale one of the most respected, enjoyed, and sought-after craft beers of all time.

Boont Amber Ale is an ode to balance, with a deep copper color offset by an off-white head.  The slightly sweet malty backbone is balanced perfectly with a subtle hop bite and aroma, and a wonderfully fruity yeast profile."

Here we go...

Pour - fills the glass with a dark, mahogany amber to auburn color. Head is a third of an inch of off-white foam. Carbonation looks spot on and this is clean and clear. Can't ask for much more.


Aroma - bready, biscuity smells along with caramel malts, honey and light molasses. Raw sugars and some slight hints at pears or citrus. Some resemblance to hard cider in aroma.

 

Taste - sweet, malty, cirtrusy, crisp and delicious. Love this beer. Great malt profile with a not-too-sweet backing to what is a very well balanced hop flavor. Some nice grassy and citrusy notes play well with the brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Plenty of solid flavor in a style that sometimes gets overlooked by the beer geek in all of us. Throw a six-pack of Boont Amber cans in your fridge and see how long they last.

 

Overall - This is one very well put together amber ale. It has all the components fitting perfectly into place. Nice maltiness to go with the pronounced but still subtle hop flavors. A cold six-pack of this would not be more than welcome at most social, or anti-social, gatherings. 

 

Note - When it comes to the origins of Boontling Wikipedia explains that, "the Anderson Valley, of which Boonville is the largest town, was an isolated farming, ranching, and logging community during the late 19th century. There are several differing versions as to the origin of Boontling. Some assert that the dialect was created by the women, children, and young men in the hop fields and sheep shearing sheds as a means of recreation, and that it spread through the community as the children continued using it when they grew up." You can buy your own Boontling dictionary on Amazon if you want to try your hand at an altogether unique dialect. 


      



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Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
City: 
Boonville, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 15
Date: November 4th, 2011

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Friday, October 28th 2011

Amber Road Amber Ale
(Baxter Brewing Company)

Amber Road is Baxter's third, and newest, canned release to date. This one is set to hit shelves in it's homestate of Maine next week and will be in Massachusetts in early 2012. The beer was named after "the ancient Roman trade route that ran for centuries from the modern-day Baltics to Northern Africa for the transport of then semi-precious amber, the Amber Road is meant to connote cosmopolitan adventure, in keeping with the emphasis of Baxter’s commitment to the portability of great beer in cans, along with the special characteristics of this newest style."

From the Baxter Brewing site:

"Amber Road, a malt-accented amber ale featuring a rich toastines and balanced hop flavor that lingers through to an exceptionally smooth finish, joins Baxter’s flagship styles Pamola Xtra Pale Ale and Stowaway IPA...The new amber ale is a careful blend of ten different malts and three different hop varietals. The profile of this beer fits nicely next Baxter’s two previous releases while appealing to the more malt-minded beer drinker, nicely rounding out the company’s profile of year-around releases."


Here we go...

 

Pour - fills the glass with a nice, deep mahogany color. Has some of the same colors as a nice bourbon. A thin white head splashes on top. Clean and clear with solid carbonation.


Aroma - first whiff and I get lots of caramel malt. This is followed by some toffee and hints of cider. Definitely some malt complexities in this one. Ten different malts in one brew is impressive.


Taste - smooth, sweet and crisp. Lots of that caramel maltiness coming out on the tongue as well as raw sugar and candied orange peel. Loving the way this isn't too sweet, it isn't too light and it isn't just another run-of-the-mill amber ale. This one has some character and a very solid flavor. Also, the IBUs may be low at 35 but this has an edge to it, perhaps not a citrusy hoppiness but some bite in the finish.

 

Overall - definitely a well made amber ale. A great addition to the growing Baxter can family. Amber Road is a very drinkable beer with actual character and not the type of amber ale you hardly notice while you're drinking it. This should appeal to the masses and to the beer geeks alike. Well done Baxter!

 

Note - Below are the "Technical Specifications" of this beer as provided by Baxter Brewing Company.

  • A proprietary blend of North American 2 row malted barley including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostook County
  • 8 different domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
  • 3 different hops varieties grown in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon
  • Cold conditioned for a smooth, crisp and clean flavor
  • Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
  • Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

 

           


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Amber Road Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Baxter Brewing Company
City: 
Lewiston, Maine  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 35
Date: October 28th, 2011

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Thursday, October 20th 2011

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
(Coastal Extreme Brewing Company)

Coastal Extreme Brewing Company's Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale, that's a long name for a beer, was the first beer that Newport Storm ever brewed commercially. It's also the only beer being canned by the Rhode Island brewer and the only craft beer currently being canned in the nation's smallest state.

From the Coastal Extreme site:

"This first beer from Newport Storm continues to be one of its most popular. The goal was to create a flavorful ale where delicate malt and hop flavor were in perfect balance. To meet this goal, the brewing crew uses North American crystal malt for color and sweetness, and Munich Malt for body and mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spicy Tettenang hops are added for flavor and aroma which compliment the bittering properties of the Magnum hops to round out this session brew."
Here we go...

POUR: dark amber to auburn in color with a great looking inch of offwhite head. Clean and clear. Great looking beer coming out of the can.

AROMA: a big whiff and you get some nice caramal and molasses malty notes. Plenty of sweetness with some hints of creaminess and vanilla.

TASTE: malty, caramel-y, nutty and sweet. Again, there are some hints of cream and vanilla along with some bold malt flavors and very subtle hints of hops. The finish is rather dry, sweet with some slight hints at cherry and again creaminess.

OVERALL: something about this amber ale makes it a bit atypical of the style. Lots of great malt flavors but that creaminess and vanilla/cherry flavor(s) that come out make it a bit unique. Great flagship brew from Rhode Island's only production brewery.

NOTES: Distribution of Hurricane Amber Ale cans tends to be limited to relatively close to the brewery with canning being done primarily for the boating season along the New England coastline. Cans of this beer eluded CraftCans for quite some time until we recently paid a visit to the Newport area. 

Rhode Islanders who enjoy their craft beers in cans will have something to rejoice about in the near future when Grey Sail Brewing Company, a soon to open brewery in Westerley, begins offering their beers in cans.

         
the old can and the new can...


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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Coastal Extreme Brewing Company
City: 
Newport, Rhode Island  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Magnum, Tettenang
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 23
Date: October 20th, 2011

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Sunday, June 5th 2011

Fat Tire Amber Ale
(New Belgium Brewing Company)

Fat Tire made its canned debut three years ago this week. It was the first canned offering from New Belgium and is a beer that's been a so-called gateway brew for many craft beer lovers. As New Belgium continues to expand its distribution this, their flagship beer, is one that you'll see more and more. Cheers!

 

From the New Belgium site:

 

"Named in honor of our founder Jeff's bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer's home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Jeff found the Belgian approach freeing. Upon his return, Jeff created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, (assuming Abbey would be his big gun). He and his wife, Kim traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire's appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.”


Here we go...

 

Pour - very bright orange in appearance. Clean and clear with just a bit of yeast sediment floating around. The head on this is about a half inch in thickness and leaves some lacing as it slides downwards. 

Aroma - caramel, honey, bread dough, Play-Doh and orange peel

 

Taste - malty, sweet, yet light on the palate. Plenty of toasty and nutty flavors with some hints at a hoppy finish. Straightforward ale in many ways and very drinkable for just that reason. I've actually heard a number of people say they like the taste of this beer best from a can (over both bottles and draught). 

 

Overall - Certainly a beer that many people from the east coast, who've travelled out west, speak volumes about but as it becomes more and more accessible across the country I think it's going to start being seen as pretty average. That's not saying anything bad about the beer, don't get me wrong, I just happened to see it as a pretty solid, yet straightforward amber ale. This is however New Belgium's flagship beer and it pays the bills and enables them to brew plenty of smaller batch beers (like their Lips of Faith Series) that appeal to a smaller audience. For that we can all say "Cheers!".

 

Would I buy more of it? - if faced with this or a six-pack of their Ranger IPA in cans I'd probably go with the Ranger IPA. This is certainly an all-around easy to drink beer and definitely a good choice to bring on a camping trip with friends or to a party on the beach. 

 


yes, a beer can be "can conditioned"

 

Note - New Belgium cans three of their beers. Along with Fat Tire you'll also find Sunshine Wheat and Ranger IPA in cans. The Ranger IPA is probably the one you'll have the hardest time finding as its a limited release with limited distribution in cans. Cheers!

 


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Fat Tire Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company
City: 
Fort Collins, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, C-80, Munich, Victory
Hops: Willamette, Goldings, Target
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 19
Date: June 5th, 2011

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Friday, October 29th 2010

Louie's Demise
(Milwaukee Brewing Company)

One of the OTHER breweries in Milwaukee. This is my first crack at Milwaukee Brewing's new canned offerings. They're now canning both their Louie's Demise and their Flaming Damsel in pint-sized cans. Cheers!

From the Milwaukee Brewing site:

"Our flagship brand; this medium bodied amber ale starts with a rich malt flourish that’s kept in perfect balance by a smooth hop finish. This MBC original is similar to a German style malt beers."

Here we go...


Pour - dark amber, soft in appearance with a great looking stark-white head. This pours opaque, almost cloudy. 

 

Aroma - brown sugar, yeast, bread dough, gingerbread, caramel and tea

 

Taste - sweet but not cloying. Plenty of dark bread notes along with ginger and yeast. Soft on the tongue with a perfect carbonation level. It's a surprisingly light beer to drink despite the appearance. I'm happy!

 

Overall - Very drinkable with a solid malt flavor and easy on the palate. A great candidate for a pint can, well executed MBC!

 

Would I buy more of it? - sure. This is a very solid amber ale with lots of great flavor and quite session-able. 

 

Note - The rest of the story about "Louie's Demise" is on the Milwaukee Brewing site and you can read about how Louie actually died HERE!

 



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Louie's Demise
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: MIlwaukee Brewing Company
City: 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2 Row Pale Ale, Munich, Honey Malt, Carmel Malt, and Roasted Barley
Hops: Perle and Tetnanger
ABV: 5.1%
IBUs: 24
Date: October 29th, 2010

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Tuesday, July 13th 2010

Mickey Finn's Amber Ale
(Mickey Finn's Brewery)

Mickey Finn's is an Illinois brewpub located north of Chicago on the way towards the Wisconsin border along Lake Michigan. They've started canning their amber ale last year and have not yet released a second canned offering. The brewpub has been around since 1993.

 

From the Mickey Finn's site:

 

"The Amber is a American-style amber ale with bold hop character. The darker malts that are used during the brewing process create the amber color of the beer as well as the caramel sweetness of the flavor. The Amber is named after the Abana family who bottled artesian well water at the turn of the century in Lake County.."


Here we go...


Pour - orangish-red in color with a quarter inch of white foam on top that fades to a slick of tiny white bubbles spreading across the top of the beer.

 

Aroma - grainy, biscuity, caramel, honey and maltose. No real hop character detected, much more on the sweet side as far as aroma goes.

 

Taste - lots of maltiness in that first sip, my tongue is coated in a medley of caramel, toast, honey crisp and tangy sourness I can't quite get my tastebuds around. Some residual sweetness in the finish, pretty easy going down and no complaints. 

 

Overall - fairly straightforward amber ale. Nothing to write home about but certainly nothing to shy away from either. Perhaps the success they've had with this canned offering will lead them to can one of their other beers. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - not likely. Too many others I'd rather spend my money on. No offense to the brewery. 

 

Note - the name "Mickey Finn" refers to a drink laced with a drug, usually a sedative of some sort. This is where you get the more common phrase, to "slip someone a Mickey". The name itself is thought to have come from a Chicago bar owner  in the early 1900s named Michael "Mickey" Finn. Finn was accused of drugging customers in order to rob them by putting things in their drinks.


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Mickey Finn's Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Mickey Finn's Brewery
City: 
Libertyville, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: ???
Date: July 13th, 2010

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