Hawthorn Brewing Co. Amber Ale | Hawthorn Brewing Company

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Hawthorn Brewing Company

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Macca on 09-26-2011

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Photo of dansmcd
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm quite apprehensive about Hawthorn Brewing Amber Ale due to the recent spate of craft beers done in a macro way (Sail & Anchor, the new James Squire and Matilda Bay brews). I get this sense of dread that brewers feel they can dumb down craft beer flavours for the mass market and that Hawthorn Brewing is one of these brewers. On the surface the label ticks several "old timey brew the way they made it back in the 1800's" boxes, which in itself is a bad sign. But hey let's give it a shot before we condemn it to Macro Island.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Amber ale? More like a brown ale with its deep russett clear body and 1cm cream coloured head.

S: The aroma is a mix of toffee malt, bread yeast, earthy hops and a nutty note in the finish. Quite reminiscent of James Squires Amber Ale... in fact it wouldn't surprise me if Hawthorn are aiming squarely at James Squires market share.

T: Well balanced flavours of the above; toffee malt, bread yeast, earthy hops and nutty note, with a touch of burnt caramel. Bit of a surprise this brew. Was fully prepared for a ruddy shite take on an English bitter and I got a decent English brown ale instead. And there is no mistaking this is an English brown ale with its strong sweet malt driven flavour, brown body and a hint of nuttiness as well.

M: Mid to light body with a slightly higher than English ale carbonation.

D: The earthy/nutty/malt flavours really make this a decent Australian take on a classic English style. Actually think this is better than James Squires, though it has been a while since I've had one of their amber ales. The bottle size is a little lacking though (330ml versus 345ml of the JS brews), and it's priced at a higher margin than the JS beers, but if you wanted the best take of a traditional English style then this is the brew for you.

Food match: Stew made in the most traditional English way (with Corgi meat) and served with a Yorkshire pudding drizzled with roasted beef jus, and a side of roasted vegetables.

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Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, reasonably stylish label for what is effectively a macro.

Appearance: pours mid-dark golden amber with a decent two-finger head that drops to a thin film after a time.

Aroma: very malt-driven on the nose - caramels, treacle and biscuit.

Taste: malt and earthy flavours are quite strong with little in the way of hops.

Aftertaste: leaves a slightly unpleasant bittering aftertaste.

Mouth feel: light in body and with reasonable - but not overdone - carbonation. Nicely done.

Overall: not a bad beer, but neither is it great. And certainly not worth the asking price of AU$72 a case.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No BB.

Ok - I'm confused, i thought this would be an amber ale, mayebe American Amber, then I see 'British' on the bottle then i see it as a bitter on here, but it is 4.7%.... anyway, here goes...

Look - a massive head on pour, fills half the glass. Cream head over an amber/brown body. Good clumpy lace.

Smell - malt driven, caramle, treacle. certainly no hop-bomb....

Taste - smooth - even at lower temp for 'bitter' style it goes down well. Sweetish malts on mid palate. Hint of honey and maybe apricot. Earthy hops come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel reasonably well carbonated. Light weight.

A surprise. Best Hawthorn beer I have had by a long way. Really not what I was exepcting tho. Will have the next one at cellar temp, not fridge temp.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, almost ruby, with a good white head.
Wow, this is a really weird aroma. There’s some caramel and faint nutty notes, but there’s also a massive tangy hit with notes of vegemite and cherries... funky. Also some honey and toffee. That tangy aroma brings to mind lambics...
Flavours are mostly comprised of toffee and caramel but the cardboard and cooked vegetable note also comes through. Not overpowering but definitely there.
Nice smooth body, carbonation a bit high.

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Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Described on the label as an English amber ale.

This pours a dark amber with ruby highlights with a generous fluffy slightly off white head.

Strong earthy hop aromas on the nose. A bit spicy. A bit of malt at the back. Nice.

Hop flavour dominate the palate. Toffee and caramel maltiness.

Medium bodied.

Quite a drinkable amber.

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Hawthorn Brewing Co. Amber Ale from Hawthorn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 9 ratings