This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boulevard Amber Ale.
The American Amber Ale variety is more of a catch all term than a clearly defined category. As explained by the experts at BA, American Amber beers are:
[A]ny 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.
The beer pours a rich amber (shocking, I know) with mild carbonation, notwithstanding the fact that this beer claims to be bottle conditioned. There was also a small amount of foam at the top of the glass, with very little lacing.
The Boulevard Amber Ale is heavier in malt and decidedly light on hops. The malt gives the beer a slight sweet tang, almost like a light Bock. There is not much development of flavor, but if you are looking to go with something light to pair with fish or complex dairy dishes, you could do significantly worse than this.
Boulevard Amber Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/58605.
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