RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Our Amber is an all grain, close fermented, lightly hopped, handcrafted ale. We steep and sparge the freshly milled grain, in a slow and deliberate process using both a mash tun and a lauter tun, before pumping it over to our kettle. Once in the kettle, we bring it slowly to a boil and add hops in incremental stages, for bittering, aroma and flavor. While in the kettle, the wort must be carefully attended too as it threatens to boil over. After the boil is complete and all of the hops have been added, the beer is slowly cooled through a water chilled cooler and brought to a perfect temperature for pitching our yeast. After a period in closed fermentation, the ale is passed through a filter into a brightening tank where it awaits packaging. Nothing in our brewery is automated, ensuring that each step in the brewing process is hand crafted. We use a hand selected blend of organic malts with a primary base of Briess organic 2-row brewers malt. The Briess 2-row malt is known for it’s smooth and mild qualities. We add top-secret amounts of caramel malts to give the ale a richer flavor and colour. The results are clear. Hops selecting in our recipe formulation is difficult since there are so many amazing organic hops to choose from. Again, we use a top-secret blend of organic whole hops in our Amber Ale but we favor an aromatic beer so we use an age old method of ’dry-hopping’ - adding a final ’tea-bag’ of organic Kent Goldings in the brightening stage. Organic Kent Goldings hops are grown in Belgium from the original rootstock and are known to be one of the finest hops in the world. Check the results for yourself! Stop in and try Santa Cruz Mountain Amber Ale for yourself. We have a tasting bar.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zymurgeist2 (2440) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle to glass. This is not so bad. Heavy malt aroma with slight paper and a little butter. Clear deep-orange with full off-white head. Malty with slight bitterness and a harsh bite at the end. Slightly oxidize taste as well.

GarrettB (1695) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
July 25th, 2014 - Next up in the queue for Santa Cruz Mountain’s taster flight is the amber ale, predictably dark, and foggy, though that may be an artifact of the serving glass. The aroma is on the sweeter side, directly expressing lots of caramel notes, but I detect some toffee and bubble gum as well. The flavor is sweet, too, but with pomegranate at the front. But then that pomegranate disappears, turning into a generic malty profile, which then fades entirely in a short aftertaste.

slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"another lackluster effort from SC...nothing wrong with this one save for a thin feel and lack of imagination :) nutty caramel malt and touch of hops, not much more."

bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 27, 2014
Tap. Pours clear amber, small off white head, some lacing. Aroma is light caramel. Flavor is medium sweet, caramel, a bit of paint thinner, some astringence, green apple. Light body, meh.

AdamChandler (5208) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2014
No nose. Banana Esther’s and malty sweetness. Close to a Scotch ale. Nice mouthfeel. But not mind blowing. Could drink a growler of it though

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
On tap @ Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Amber pour with a white head. Bread, toast, and a bit of grape on the nose. Some grassy hops. Kind of bland. Flavor is a touch bitter and some sweet bread, toast, and grape. Fair amount of grass hops and a hint of earth.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Tap. Hazy amber color with ivory head. Spicy toasted caramel, nutty aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Lightly sweet caramel, nutty, toast flavors----decent.

monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2012
A not-so-bad amber. Pours a nice orange-red color with not much was. Not much smell, slightly nutty, maybe some caramel. Taste is very creamy and nutty. Had on tap at the brewery ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Draft at brewhouse. Pours amber, light head. Sweet malt, sweet malt, sweet malt. Not my pint o’beer.

Ungstrup (38986) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
Draft. A light amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt combined with lighter notes of caramel and butter. The flavor is sweet with notes of butter and straw, leading to a dry buttery finish. I wonder if it is a brewing flaw or a dirty draft line that the butter stems from.

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