Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.98/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Mild but focused toasted that is very grainy and clean--but not at all hoppy.
T: Begins dry, with brilliantly assertive pale malt that is grainy and acidic. Hops are barely present, with just a trace of detectable herbaceous and citrus aromatics. Malt qualities continue to unfold through the finish; first with mid-stream caramel, then with a husky, toasted finish that lingers.
M: Thin viscosity, balanced and easy-going on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: As malt-forward pale ales go, this is about as good as they come. Drop Top is a long-time favorite, having been identified years earlier as exceptional--but not for the usual reasons. There is no attempt here to catch the attention of the seasoned palate with an aggressive hop profile. Instead it builds a wall of malt that is beautiful in its simplicity, with acidity adding some brightness but never getting in the way. While the standard beers from Widmer often come across as apologetic, this one knows what it is and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Drop Top may be my favorite of the Widmer line-up--small or large format, seasonal or year-round.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2011 03:37:05 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pale amber with thin white head.
Caramel nose with hints of pine and lemon.
Toffee apple up front with some toasty granola, then light passionfruit, pine, and resin.
Vague pine cone (earthy, woody) finish and grapefruit rind linger.
Light, slight cling, round.
Too thin, with malt over hops, which don't do Simcoe justice. Drinks like Sam Adams, which is not a compliment. Amber for Dummies.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 23:08:00 | More by StJamesGate
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Clear amber with a dense off white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of caramel, cascade hops, toast, brown sugar, citrus and toffee. The palate opens moderately toasty and caramel like, but exceedingly thin and watery. Hop character is mild, with a faint bitterness, mild flavor and a touch of mineral. A touch of honey is present. The finish is dry and lacks flavor. Rather mediocre IMO.
Serving type: on-tap
10-26-2013 00:28:14 | More by DefenCorps
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.