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Manitou Amber Ale - Brewery Terra Firma

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Manitou Amber AleManitou Amber Ale

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87
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Brewery Terra Firma visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hansgruber on 10-22-2013

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 3
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Photo of justinp444
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice red amber with a inch thick off white head. Smell is of butterscotch, caramel, sweet malt, and light notes of citrus. Taste is toasty coffee, butterscotch, biscuit-y malt, vanilla, very light bitter. A light to moderate mouth feel with a nice lingering malty aftertaste with just a tad bit of grassy earthy hops.

Photo of Mitchster
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a little backstory behind this beer for those who care to know. Traverse Brewing Company, based in Elk Rapids, was one of the first breweries in the Traverse City Area. Manitou was a staple in my fridge over 2 summers. I toured the brewery back in the day and met John, who was the brewer there. When he left he retained the recipes and now we have it back again, this time from Brewery Terra Firma. Thanks to our local homebrew community, John and I remain friends and we've had lots of great beers together. I'm glad to say that it's just as good as I remember it. It pours out to a clear medium caramel amber, forming a nice light yellow head with very good retention. The nose is great...soft fruitiness, a hint of roast, toffee, light butterscotch, vanilla, soft earthy hops. The mouthfeel is soft and clean with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...there is a great balance of the roast, malts, butterscotch, and sits well with the earthy medium bitterness. Full of flavor, but not too heavy and with a 5.3% ABV you can drink several without getting lit. Goes great with cheeseburgers on the grill.

A great beer with a unique taste worth searching out. I'm glad it's back. Thanks John!

Photo of drbenderdo
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the bar at Crystal Mountain.
A: poured into a standard pint glass, nice white foamy head with lacy retention as the head fades. Very nice amber color with no cloudiness.
S: malty, no hop notes, hints of black licorice
T: very tasty! Toasty, sweet, bit of hop bite at the finish to balance
M: medium body, no unpleasant stickiness
O: not disappointed at all! First offering from this brewery. Very interested to try their lineup. Would drink again!

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Manitou Amber Ale from Brewery Terra Firma
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.