Because Amber, or Red, Ales are classified by their color, their flavors can vary tremendously. They can range from mild and sweet to hoppy and bitter. They tend to have an alcohol content ranging from 4.0% to 7.0% ABV. Katie and Mariah have gone into detail on their blogs on more of the specific types of Amber Ales available.
I decided to go local this week and tried the Mermaid’s Red, an American Amber Ale brewed by the Coronado Brewing Company. I made my selection based on the label, which features a mermaid hiding her lady parts behind a frothing mug of beer. As I was checking out, my cashier exclaimed that this brewery was his absolute favorite. Needless to say, I felt confident with my selection.
At first sip, I noticed the crisp, fresh taste. It’s quite hoppy and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. The malts balance it out nicely. This beer has a pleasant, floral aroma and a rich, chocolatey finish with hints of caramel and clove. With an alcohol content of 5.7% ABV, this beer is an excellent choice all-around.
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