Anytime is a great time to sip a beer, but fall is especially beautiful. There are countless beer styles that are well suited for the warm days and invigorating cool nights of early fall. This includes Oktoberfest-style beers, seasonAnd the Pumpkin AliceAnd the Alice Brownfresh hop IPAs, and one of fall’s most underappreciated beer styles: amber ales.
American faded beer is getting a lot of attention thanks to the Sierra Nevada, Deschute, and all the various iterations since then, but amber beer is just as important as the burgeoning craft beer industry in the United States. While pale ale is known for its floral, pine, and hops-based flavor (with Cascade on top), amber is slightly darker and richer in flavour, making it better suited to fickle fall weather.
Amber relies heavily on caramel and crystal malt. The result is a well-balanced beer that’s roasted as well as a toffee. Don’t worry, it doesn’t flop. There is still a hoppy element. Pine resin, citrus peel, and even spicy, earthy floral flavors can be present depending on the hops used.
Have we whetted your appetite for amber myrtle yet? If so, you’ll likely want to stock up for the coming fall days. Below you’ll find 10 of our favorite drinks to drink until the winter chill beckons you for something darker.
10 Best Amber Juice to Drink This Fall
1. Anderson Valley Pont Amber
Made since 1987 with a blend of dull double-row barley and crystal as well as Columbus, Bravo, Northern Brewer, and Mount Hood, this award-winning amber is known for its slightly spicy, earthy herbal notes paired with toffee, caramel, and nutty sweetness. It’s fun with a slightly bitter finish. It’s hard to beat this year-round supply.
[$10.99 for a six-pack; avbc.com]
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