Stanley Park 1897 Amber - Stanley Park Brewery
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.46/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-04-2014 00:48:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.24/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-23-2013 00:16:59 | More by ChrisCage
Stanley Park 1897 Amber from Stanley Park Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.