Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Independence Austin Amber Ale Review

Brewery: Independence Brewing Co. | Beer: Austin Amber Ale
Style: American Amber Ale | ABV: 4.9% | IBUs: 14
Serving Method: 12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Austin Amber AleThis is Independence Brewing Co.'s flagship beer: an Amber Ale that draws heavily on the company's Austin appeal. The label design is brilliant, basing itself on the city's famous Greetings From Austin mural on South First Street. I've seen Independence's offerings increasingly in my local shops over the last year and I could resist this beer (or is it the label?) no longer.

Or maybe I nicked a six-pack from the one of the brewery's high-ups at my dad's 50th birthday party a few months ago and I'm just getting around to trying it out—it's a mystery. I love both Amber Ales and Austin, so expectations are somewhat high for this beer.

Appearance: Huge foamy head on top of a thick golden-brown body.

Aroma: Citrusy and malty with hints of light hops.

Taste: Very much an Amber Ale with a malty taste with subtle hop undertone.

Mouthfeel: Moderately fizzy and sharp with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, I can see drinking this beer outside throughout a long summer's day.

Verdict: Not a bad attempt—it's surely no Fat Tire, but a very tasty and drinkable Amber Ale none-the-less. I'm delighted that both this company and this beer hold up to the lofty expectations its brilliant design ignited in me.

Grade: B+


Jamie said...

I think the label of this beer is beautiful, and even though I'm not a huge fan of the taste of beer in general I'd try it.

Adrian said...

I think you really sold this beer short. It is a very flavorful and easy beer to drink. It is definitely an A on my scale and I enjoy it frequently living here in San Marcos. Keep up the good work however