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Quimera Amber Ale | Casa Cervecera Quinta Normal S.A.

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Quimera Amber AleQuimera Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Casa Cervecera Quinta Normal S.A.

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
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3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Yeastiness … it takes over quick which in turn pushes the beer out of balance. We see the potential here though the beer gets lost pretty quick. We can appreciate the fancy packaging only so much. Regardless of the packaging every beer needs to stand up on its own, unfortunately this amber does not make the mark.

STYLE: Amber Ale
ABV: 5.7%

LOOK: Hazed reddish amber, healthy looking head

SMELL: Yeast, broth, faint caramel, toasted bread, dried apples, peppery

TASTE: Creamy, crisp, toasted biscuits, buttery, apple skin, grainy, faint brown sugar, mild hop resin, husky, chalky, blood oranges, semi-astringent finish

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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice copper color with a one off-white finger head with medium retention and leaving good laces.
Malty aroma with notes of spices, caramels, blueberries and mild cocoa.
Flavor of papaya, dark fruits, nutmeg, tobacco, caramels and grainy malts, nuts, butter on crusty bread, mild citrus and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with good carbonation.
Decent beer from Chile, though for an amber ale malt predominates too much over hops, in line with Chilean craft beer tradition.

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3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a mostly clear copper color with a large, creamy off-white head. Excellent retention and lace, good looking brew.

Nose is light caramel malts and a faint grassy hop. A little of fruity yeast and CO2. Smells pretty typical for the style.

Taste is toasted, toffee malts that seem a bit stale and the hops are very faint, still a little grassyness though. Very simplistic brew that probably sat a little long from brewery to my cup. Would be a viable purchase if it was in sixers at a decent price, but buying more than one 750 mL of these would seem pretty silly for a pretty standard amber ale.

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3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer is a clear amber body with a boiling carbonation supporting a nice thick beige foam that shifts all to one side but last for most of the glass.

S- The light fruity floral hint of hops takes on more of an iced tea hop flavor with some lightly toasted malt and biscuit malt notes in the finish. The aroma is pretty clean overall.

T- The taste starts with a soft carbonic acid that turns into a slightly pungent soft hop flavor and some lightly toasted dry malt with more biscuit malt coming as it warms. The finish is slightly dry and pretty clean.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- The flavors are nice with some interesting character to the hops and it makes a nice table beer. It doesn’t have enough interest or bold enough flavors to help it stand on its own.

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3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soft on the palate and tilted toward sweeter Amber Ales, Quimera creates a light and easy-drinking ale that's well suited for warmer weather.

The beer opens with a hue somewhere between deep golden and light copper, and with brilliant clarity. A creamy and fluid off white head caps the beer and retains very well while lacing moderately.

Bread crust and mild caramel notes wash the olfactories in mild to moderate intensity. The scent of light raw barley kernels reveal a light toasty scent along with slight vegetal, floral notes intertwined.

A blend of malt and grain give a mix of caramel flavors along with grainy-sweetness that takes on a cola nut character. Again a hint of cream corn accompanies the malty/grainy sweetness and becomes more apparent going into the finish. Very low herbal bitterness, seemingly of light and raw tobacco, struggles to develop the clean bitterness to balance in finish.

Very light in body, the early creaminess fades at mid palte and reveals a thin and somewhat watery finish and with a mild astringent/tanic bite that replaces hop bitterness and dryness late.

If the lable hadn't boasted the Amber Ale namesake, I would have easily pinned the beer as a Vienna Lager, just with a dry malt flavor and slight estery notes. Though it doesn't compare favorably to beers such as Bell's Amber Ale, I can see myself enjoying a bottle on a beach cafe in Chile!

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Quimera Amber Ale from Casa Cervecera Quinta Normal S.A.
3.45 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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