Topic Archives: Amber Ales

Posted in New Releases, Second Self Brewing Company

Second Self Bleeding Heart, For Valentine’s Day

Second Self Bleeding Heart can

Heartbroken? Just love chocolate? Second SelBleeding Heart Red Ale has you covered either way.

Cocoa and vanilla are the stars in Second Self Bleeding Heart, Inspired by southern-style red velvet cake. 2017 is the first time this beer has been canned.

Red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color, and the vanilla is the icing on top, rounding out each sip at the end of the taste. Co-founders Jason and Chris have been developing the recipe for over eight years.

Bleeding Heart is actuall part of series of “Hearts” series. Other releases have included:

  • Bitter Heart – Red Ale, extensively dry hopped. Extra hoppy, extra bitter. The real Valentine’s Day beer.
  • Wild Heart – Red Ale, gone sour.

Second Self Bleeding Heart is available in 12 ounce cans and draft through February, 2017.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Cocoa, Vanilla.)
Availability: Draft Only
Latest Return: January, 2017

6.9% ABV, 27 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal 


Posted in Beer News, Highland Brewing

Highland Gaelic Ale now available in cans

Highland Gaelic Ale cans

Highland Gaelic Ale appears in cans for the first time this month. The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery first bottled Gaelic Ale back in 1994, and decided now it needed a new home in outdoor friendly in aluminum.

Read More: Highland Mandarina IPA available in cans

“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance. It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.” – Leah Ashburn, President.

Highland Gaelic Ale adds to the growing number of canned offerings from Highland, following their first cans of Pilsner and Mandarina IPA over the summer.

Additionally, Highland stated that with their flagship beer now in a can they will be seeking to expand distribution in the near future.

Style: Amber Ale
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft, 12oz bottles
Distribution: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC.

5.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Spotlight: Harpoon Flannel Friday, the brewery’s newest seasonal

Harpoon Flannel Friday can

Harpoon Flannel Friday has joined the Boston, Massachusetts based brewery’s lineup this month. Just slightly ahead of colder weather.

Replacing their early fall offering, Oktoberfest, Harpoon Flannel Friday is a hoppy amber ale. The hops of choice are Citra and Cascade.

A bright hop aroma from Cascade and Citra hop additions complements its strong and complex malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, Flannel Friday is meant for the crisp days of fall.

The beer got its name from the first day of chilly weather where everyone at the brewery shows up in flannel.

What you’ll taste: Fall was made for malty beers, and Flannel has it. Citra and Cascade are bold hops, bringing notes of citrus and pine into the mix. A great transition into cooler weather.

Harpoon Flannel Friday is a 12 ounce can and draft offering as a seasonal release. Incidentally, the first seasonal release since 1989.

Style: Amber Ale
Hops: Citra, Cascade

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: August, 2016

5.7% ABV, 35 IBUs

Ed note: Oktoberfest is apparently still available in September & October this year. 

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Unknown Hospitali-tea, a tea laden amber ale returns

Unknown Hospitali-Tea

Unknown Hospitali-tea has return once again to the brewery’s lineup.

It’s the south, and sweet tea is king. The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery created a caramel malt heavy amber ale, and added black tea leaves and orange blossom honey. The hops mimic lemons. The result? A boozy sweet tea style beer

Made with black tea leaves and sweet orange blossom honey, this beer is on the lighter side with great caramel malts. The finish of sweet tea and hops provide a new floral lemon aroma. Plain and simple, Hospitali-tea is refreshing.

Unknown Hospitali-tea is a 12 once can and draft offering for the summer.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Black Tea, Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.

Return: June, 2016

?? ABV

Posted in Eagle Creek Brewing Company, New Beers
Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Deschutes EHOP, a Collaboration with Harpoon

Deschutes EHOP

Deschutes EHOP, a new collaboration with Harpoon Brewing, debuts in October.

Both brewery’s are employee owned, and celebrate that aspect of their business. Deschutes EHOP is an amber ale, brewed with sage and thyme, and employee-grown hops.

“It has been quite a year for us at Harpoon as we’ve transitioned to employee ownership,” says Harpoon CEO and co-founder Dan Kenary. “It’s a complicated process and we couldn’t have done it without the support that we received from Deschutes and other craft brewers who had chosen this path before us. We’re extremely proud to be employee-owned – being an independent brewer is something we value deeply and believe it’s at the core of what makes the craft beer industry so great for both brewers and beer lovers. This beer is a high-five to our fellow independent American craft breweries and their employee-owners.”

Deschutes EHOP will debut at the Great American Beer Festival at an invite only party. The general public will see this beer in October on draft and 22 ounce bottles.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Sage, Thyme)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: October, 2015

7.5% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries Released

Stone Your Father Smelt of Elderberries Bottle

Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries joins the brewery’s experimental project series this month. Each release sets free the brewers of Stone, to brew outside their “normal” and create with unusual ingredients, or just make a golden stout.

Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries calls upon the old English use of elderberries in the brewing process. The base beer looks to be an amber ale with a touch of smoke from the peated oats, and English hops.

Besides being one of the cool kids for reading Beer Street Journal, you are even cooler if you recognize all the Monty Python puns below.

Stochasticity Project beers bravely explore lesser-trod territory. Imagine if you will emerging from the furthest depths of the dark, misty forest of time holding a chalice (perhaps one of catholically divine caliber) filled with an ale style dating back to medieval England. We find ourselves carried by the gait of hooves (which oddly sound like someone is clacking together two empty coconut halves) and happen upon a caste siege. Insults are being hurled from the walls above from …Frenchmen? Time to run away (after one last whack at the  mighty stone castle walls with a broadsword) to discuss strategy just beyond the reach of catapulted bovines. Beer brewed with elderberries is freely shared. What strategies come from this? Trojan Rabbit! A brilliant ruse they’re sure to…catapult. Word to the wise, Sir Bedivere.  Don’t strategize whilst drinking elderberry beer or the constables may show up at the end of your flick.

Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a draft and 22 ounce bottle offering.

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Elderberries)
Hops: English Goldings, Target
Malts: 2 Row, Mild Ale, Amber, Peated, & Flaked Oats

Availability: 22oz Bottles
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Release: September, 2015

8.8% ABV