THE AMBER ALE
With their medium body and dry finish amber ales span the middle ground between malt-forward and hoppy beers
IS AMBER ALE PALE?
Typical amber ales have a satisfying malt character and rich, toffee notes that lead to a dry, nutty finish.
Many brewers take a lot of creative license with this diverse style of ale, but the specialty crystal and caramalts used are the masterminds behind the flavours you’ll find in each glass.
DID YOU KNOW?
Amber ales are sometimes known as red ales due to their bright ruby hue courtesy of the various malts used.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Medium malt / gentle hops / toffee, caramel malt / amber to copper hues
THE NAME GAME
Although it’s a complex, rewarding drink, one of the beauties of amber ale lies in its simplicity, which starts with its title: amber colour, amber name.
Once upon a time, most beers were as dark as porter or stout, until improved malting techniques meant beers became lighter. Still dark by modern standards, they were pale when compared with porter, so they were all called pale ales. Today, the beers we regard as ‘pale’ are downright pallid when compared with the red-flushed older styles, which is why we refer to these flavourful, traditional brews as amber ales.
As amber ales are relatively dry and rarely cloying, they’re perfectly matched with roasted or barbecued red meat – plus, they’re the perfect accompaniment to hard, nutty cheeses.
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