Amber Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +29.3%
Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!
From the CAN: "No captain [CAN] do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy. - Admiral Horatio Nelson, H.M.S. Victory"; "This deep copper ESB [!] is the definition of balance. With each sip, rich malt opens up, revealing an earthy hop flavor and just enough bitterness to round it all out."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival".
As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.
This beer is currently listed as an "Ameri[CAN] Amber/Red Ale", but given the CAN's verbiage, I am going to submit a change request and review it as though it were an ESB, since that is what the brewers intended it to be.
Following the Crack and inverted Glug, I had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was more copper than amber and I would put SRM at ~ 27. Nose had a malt presence, but more like a malting room than its finished product. It was not at all sweet, but more like the raw smell that one CAN sense in a brewery's mill room. Very grainy, but not sugary. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like eating Grape-Nuts. It was very much of the malted barley and almost in a raw state. Going back to being in a brewery, if you have ever been on a tour where the host will offer the guests some malted barley to chew on, then you will understand my analogy. Finish was semi-sweet, with the malt flavor lingering, but not in a cloying way. Even the site's style description mentions "toasty". Spot on, lads! I really liked this as an ESB and I am unsure how I would have felt about it simply as a Red/Amber Ale.
08-18-2013 14:57:42 | More by woodychandler
4.21/5 rDev +17.6%
A: Dark hazy red with a thick bright white head that sticks heavily. It's really a great looking beer, even my wife (who doesn't like beer as much) mentioned how pretty it is.
S: Bready malts with slight piney hops. Really subtle.
T: Thick bready malts with a caramel taste up front. Slight pine hops come through late to round it off.
M: Very thick and creamy smooth, full bodied for sure. Really nice carbonation and the alcohol is very subdued.
O: An excellent everyday beer. This will likely be my new go-to and I plan to always have a 6er in my fridge. Great price for an excellent brew.
02-16-2013 04:05:47 | More by alexipa
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
Excellent copper-colored body with a thick, sticky head. Deep roasted grain aroma, slightly sweetened whole grain cereal. Taste follows the aroma and adds a subtle hop bitterness to balance out the grain sweetness. Medium-bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.
Most definitely a malt-forward beer, emphasizing a rich, toasted grain character with a hint of sugary sweetness. Although a strong hop aroma isn't there, the hops do a good job of taking the sweet edge off the beer's main feature. Good balance with an excellent malt complexity. Very tasty...
07-21-2013 23:14:58 | More by beergoot
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
Appearance-Deep amber, 1 finger head that sticks around
Smell-Biscuity, toasted caramel, earthy, hint of chocolate and fruitiness
Taste-Up front biscuity, toasted caramel, middle earthy, hint of chocolate, earthy, sweet hoppy bitter finish
Mouthfeel-Very balanced, full-bodied, very balanced and smooth
Overall-Delicious beer, malt forward, but balanced. Would buy again
01-21-2014 19:21:59 | More by MisterNic
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Dark thick amber color, cream colored head recedes to a light film. Light lacing.
Aroma: Totally amber with caramel sweetness and malts.
Taste: Malty but with a tootsie roll chocolate note instead of caramel. Faint hops somewhere in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Overall: I like it. The taste is different from the aroma but both are good.
08-31-2013 20:51:03 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.74/5 rDev +4.5%
better than average amber, although weirdly named because this is after all an esb, very english in nature, with a lot of dry and semisweet caramel malt and even a hint of smoke character. looks the part, maybe a little less red than some, but heady for a minute and clean looking. grain driven for sure, summery though and fresher, but also retaining plenty of residual sugar. a little more than i care for personally, but not enough to detract from the overall drinkability of this beer. its also mouthwatering. you want another sip as soon as you take one, and it gets increasingly complex with temperature in a good way, new layers open up. i get some cedar closet must and some creme brulee sweetness, a very rich and decadent brew. enough carbonation, it could stand a little more of a bittering hop, but this beer is a success without question.
01-11-2014 06:37:34 | More by StonedTrippin
3.69/5 rDev +3.1%
Got this one from SteveO, it says it's an ESB on the can, lets see what it really is... ABV listed at 5.8%
Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Pears & toastyness
T: Toasty, dry, with a smattering of figs & caramel. More toastyness as this warms, caramel & woody hops as this warms plus pears & jammy notes. Finishes dry, toasty & fruity
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation with good balance
This seems more like an ESB, not bad,easy enough to drink
05-21-2013 02:15:43 | More by russpowell
3.64/5 rDev +1.7%
From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.
A-The can opens without much fanfare. A normal pour produces virtually no head; just a thin ring of foam. The brew is murky and apricot colored with very little visible carbonation.
S-The beer smells sweet with caramel and toffee scents dominating. I also get a little whiff of light, sweet fruit like apple or pear. Definitely malt dominant here.
T-Taste tracks the smell closely with sweet caramel, honey, and toffee malts being most prevalent. There is a little bit of earthiness in there, but no real hop bite or citrus twang to balance the sweetness from the malts.
M-This brew is on the heavy side for the style with very (very) little carbonation.
O-This is my first canned offering from Dry Dock and I am pretty non-plussed about it. The flavors here are a touch on the sweet and heavy side and the flat mouthfeel only compounds the sweetness. A little bit of hop sharpness would go a long way to balance things out. On the other hand, if you're into toffee flavors but want something a little lighter in ABV than a barleywine, this would be a good choice.
02-27-2013 04:12:17 | More by spoony
3.56/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours deep dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is thick and doughy, caramel, a touch nutty, and toffee. Flavor is thick and malty; doughy toast, toffee, caramel, and a slight hint of some hops in the finish, no bitterness from them just a little crispness. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel, not much activity. Overall, a solid amber.
01-09-2013 22:03:00 | More by denver10
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
A smallish light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.
Roasted to burnt caramel malt aroma seems to bury anything else in the aroma of the amber.
Dark roasted leaning on a burnt caramel malts taste that's not as overbearing as it might sound, but it's pretty much all you taste drinking this Dry Dock offering.
A medium bodied beer with a light dryish aftertaste that brings with it a bit of the overly roasted malt tastes.
Seem to have a bit much of the overly roasted malts in the taste but strangely enough that seemed to hit the spot tonight.
09-08-2013 03:06:56 | More by LXIXME
Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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