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Beer Styles

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American Amber Ale

American-style amber ales have medium-high to high maltiness with medium to low caramel character. They are characterized by American-variety hops, which produce medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. American ambers are usually darker in color, have more caramel flavor and less hop aromatics, and may have more body. This style was first made popular by brewers from California and the Pacific Northwest.

Category: Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Barbecue
  • Medium Cheddar
  • Banana Pound Cake

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
45-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Copper to Reddish Brown

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Citrus-like character is acceptable

Malt

Caramel

Esters

There may below levels of fruity-ester flavor

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Horizon, Cascade, Centennial

Malt

English Pale Ale or American Two-Row, Crystal, Victory

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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