BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Red Ale – American Amber / Red
Amber Ale with Chinook and Cascade Hops. 4.8% ABV.
OUR BREWVIEW ON STU BREW’S RED BRICK AMBER ALE
We poured it at 50°F, produced an easy 2.5 finger head, rocky, dense, creamy, this ale is truly leaving some great lacework on the sides of the glass!
It is not bottle conditioned so the clarity factor is pretty high. As with the other Stu Brew ales, the meniscus is quite impressive for the relatively low strength.
This is a true British Amber ale in every sense in the word. Way more biscuity, a greater level in the Diacetyl factor than the IPA. The hops are far more in the background, bready malt, classic English butterscotch aromas wax this one quite poetic.
The aromas definitely carry over to the flavor, slightly less bitter in the hop factor, more bready, biscuity, a lot of caramel malt kernels in the taste.
You get a pleasant hoppy finish in spite of the malt bill.It’s like taking a maltesers and enjoying it for an extended length of time
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Charcuterie with mildly salted meats, bacon wrapped shrimp, mild to sweet sausages.
Smoked pork, pizza, fried chicken, Shepherd’s pie, classic Greggs the Bakers.
Pecan pie, Banana pound cake, pecan laced cookies, anything butterscotch.
Quite tasty indeed, this is one of those ales that is going to fit the bill whatever the mood or moment. I cut my teeth on ales like this in the early days (the 1980’s) and discovered that beers could have flavor, character, and to leave some to talk about.
Another fine sessionable ale from student hands… who would have thought?? Keeping in tradition to their British roots, this one is good enough to get you through those final exams, to pair with a favorite meat pie (yum) or just to savor the fruits of those who aspire to become future brewers.
There is always a need for individuals such as these. For at least the foreseeable future, eh?
ADDITIONAL LINKS- FEBRUARY 2018 BREWERY SPOTLIGHT
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy Belgian beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15