I’m checking out this smooth Ashland Amber and imagining myself after the end of a hiking day or maybe at the pinnacle of my motorcycle riding day. On a good, hot day, this is going to be a refreshing and flavorful reward. I like it because it tastes amber (and no, other than that, I don’t know what to call it), it’s not “too” much of anything. I like toasty malt flavors and I detected nice toasty here. There’s enough of the hop to keep it from laying heavy on my tongue and enough crisp to be noticed.
Referring to the Alewife description, an American Amber is: “Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber (duh) to deep red hues. This style of beer tends to focus on the malts, but hop character can range from low to high. Expect a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness in most examples. The range can run from a basic ale, to American brewers who brew faux-Oktoberfest style beers that are actually ales instead of lagers.”
For me, that is a good summation of the Caldera Brewing Ashland Amber. In the vein of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this beer is just right.
The company has a great supporting rationale for canning craft beers.
I think I have a new camping buddy.