Amber’s Ale, Hon is brewed with a blend of American special pale ale, and caramel malts as well as white wheat. This gives an intense amber color and complex maltiness, with strong flavors of biscuit and caramel. Like all Bawlmer beers, these flavors and aromas are balanced by residual sweetness and body from our traditional single infusion mash.
American Mt. Hood hops are boiled for more than an hour in the fire-brewed kettle, contributing strong floral and spice flavors and a hint of pine. American Willamette hops are added at the end of the boil contributing a clean, somewhat fruity aroma. Amber’s Ale, Hon is fermented in traditional, open fermenters with Bawlmer’s top cropping, ale yeast. Natural bottle-conditioning infuses the beer with fine, delicate carbonation and imparts a creamy rich head.
Amber’s Ale, Hon is packaged in 12 oz long neck bottles and is available in 6 packs and full cases.
Style – American Amber Ale
Malts – American Special Pale Ale Malt (4° Lovibond) moderately kilned two-row malt which adds malt flavor and aroma and an amber color; American Caramel Malt (60° L) two-row caramel malt which provides deep color and caramel sweetness with lower astringency than traditional crystal malts; and American White Wheat Malt (2° Lovibond) Soft White Winter Wheat which improves head retention.
Flavoring Hops – Mt. Hood hops from independent American hop growers- adds clean floral and spice flavors with a hint of pine.
Aroma Hops - Willamette hops from independent American hop growers - considered “the king of American aroma hops” adds scents of fruit, earth and spices.
Hop Bitterness – 30.9 International Bitterness Units (IBU’s)
Original Specific Gravity – 1.063 (15.4o Plato)
Final Specific Gravity (after fermentation) – 1.009 (2.3o Plato)
Final Alcohol Content (following bottle conditioning) – 7.3% by Volume
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep amber mahogany with a large, over-carbonated frothy off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel nose with some metallic character and a touch of honey. Starts with decent fullness, but too much carbonation along with a true to style sweetness and some earthy hop bitterness before a slightly drier finish with a hint of tartness. Seems like it might be on the borderline of being infected given the amount of carbonation and flavor profile. Otherwise, the recipe seems solid.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz – Dark amber, thick off white head. Aroma held soft notes of peachy caramel and floral spice throughout. Flavors are the same with a just a touch of back-end yeast pulling it together late. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light fruity finish. More Belgian-like than amber in my mind. A decent first attempt at what I hope will be the next up and coming brewer here in Charm City…
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beer of summer @ OTH.
amber color, white head.
aroma and flavors, light spices and hops, floral nose and palate with some sweet caramel, yeasty mouthfeel and honey like lingering sweetness.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good starting point for a first release. I am intrigued enough to try their Brown Ale next time. Hopefully, there will be more conventional styles down the road too. The beer is on the dry side with a fair amount of spicy mount hood hops and bit of yeast in the finish.
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