The first amber I ever remember trying and really, really enjoying is the Alaskan Amber. Ever since, I’ve always been willing to give any amber a try, even as my tastes have migrated from malty to hoppy. (One of my favorites is Coronado Brewery’s Mermaid’s Red, which Mariah tried for this round of Into the Pint Glass. So good.)
I grabbed a six-pack of Mendocino Brewing Company’s Red Tail Ale to try this time.
ABV: 6.1%, and oh hell yes that’s a Hanson “Mmmhops” glass.
Aroma – malty, some hints of dried fruit (I should note here that I may or may not be coming down with a slight cold, or allergies, so I really have no idea what I’m talking about here. But Husband confirmed malty and a little fruity).
Color/appearance – amber, der. Actually I’d call it more of a light/medium copper than true amber.
Flavor – The malts were definitely present, but well-balanced with some tart, fruity flavors. It was almost a little sweet but stopped just short of that. If anything, I’d say it was dry — the mouthfeel was crisp and light. When I first poured it, it was bubbly without being overly carbonated. Can that even be a thing? I don’t know. As it warmed up a touch, it got smoother, especially on the finish.
Overall – very solid, drinkable, but — for me at least — not a stand-out. I’d drink it again if it’s available, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink it over other beers.