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Stanley Park 1897 Amber - Stanley Park Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stanley Park Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1897 Amber is a naturally crafted, unpasteurized, Belgian style amber. Our hand selected Belgian Amber, French and Canadian malts are brewed with the finest English and European characteristic hops to produce a beer of nuance. The mellow toasted malt and even body is perfectly balanced with a soft bitterness and mild hop aroma.The resulting light bodied beer has a subtle flavour complexity and an exceptionally clean finish.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 01-11-2010)
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Overall, well, meh...Don't get me wrong - this is a decent beer. It's much better than any of the mass produced adjunct lagers you could purchase. As far Belgian Pale Ale, this beer has a long way to go. It has a nice amber colour and slight head that disappears quickly. There are notes of caramel and honey, but this brew does not really fill your mouth with flavour. It is well suited for summer patios and washing down pub food, but lacks the complexity I would expect from this style of beer.

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3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Color on the light side of amber-brown, somewhere between bronze and gold with a quick-breaking whitish head that condenses down into around a half-inch of more persistent bubbles. Aroma begins with a surprisingly bright English-type hop note that rapidly gives way to a honeyed caramel sweetness. Palate features more of the same, honey, caramels, and a little toasted grain. Quite fizzy, moderate body and finishes with more "old world" hops, somewhat fruity and tannic and perhaps oxidized. Not a particularly complex or otherwise inspiring brew, but drinkable, sweet, and with some decent hop flavor. Almost devoid of true Belgian yeast character.

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3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- This pours a very clear, orange-y hued color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head is actually quite pleasant to see, with plenty of soap like fluffiness showing upon the pour and the retention is rather impressive. Unfortunately, the lacing does not accompany the foamy head, as nothing really likes to stick to my glass as I drink this down.

S- Sweet malt dominates, with reminders of toffee and/or caramel. This beer even carries aromas similar to a honey brown ale, and also some slight fruitiness....bananas come to mind. It has an overall cleanliness about it, as there doesn't seem to be any strong aromas in general.

T- Overall, the flavors are weak, but it doesn't taste bad. This is malty sweet, with honeyed notes, and some fruit....perhaps some banana and apple qualities. The main setback with this one is the aftertaste...there is mild bitterness, which would be nice if this was slightly stronger, but it actually has some metallic astringency to it that cheapens the product.

M- Reasonably thin mouthfeel and the carbonation is actually quite smooth, as opposed to what I thought it would be like. It is sweeter and dessert like....not exactly thirst quenching but it isn't cloying either.

O- I enjoy this on tap better...I don't mind it bottled but I don't find it as full and characteristic of what I've come to expect. I would drink this again, yet I probably wont go out of my way to purchase it again in a sixer....with this all said though, this is a better than average brew and is most definitely a step up from basic lagers and is suitable for those that like the honey browns....I don't find this to be among the worlds most complex Belgian Amber beers, as is proudly on the neck label....good for the price though.

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Stanley Park 1897 Amber from Stanley Park Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.