Wavemaker Amber Ale | Big Storm Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Storm Brewing Company
Florida, United States
bigstormbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big Storm’s very first brew was this amber ale. It presents a wave of flavor with two row Canadian barley coupled with Munich and chocolate malts. Wavemaker Amber Ale is malt centric and highly drinkable year round with minimal hop bitterness.


Added by RblWthACoz on 10-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,511
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
118
pDev:
13.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
45
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of AD17
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Curt3
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the tap into a 22 OZ mug at Chili's in Clearwater, FL. The appearance is a dark golden amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is yeast and hops. The taste is fairly strong with hops and yeast leading the charge. A decent local beer.

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Photo of CobraDC23
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wjbent
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Z-man
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark golden color with a white head on top that goes away quickly. The smell had a light grain to it. Has that grainy lager taste with a hint of coffee.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 1st Big Storm (and a second will have to wait until I return to southwest Florida.)
A decent amber. Nice color and lace. Sweetish malt (some caramel) and delicate hops in the nose. Tastes balanced also. And the finish is full and, favorable to me, not as hoppy as typical nowadays.
Good, but not great. I had it without food and would again.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gjoker321
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of antman27
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4thFloyd
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader makes annual forays southward for the winter, returning with a whole buncha new CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm). This is one such beer. Hooray!

From the CAN: "100% ChANce of Killer Beer!"; "Batten down the hatches! Wavemaker Amber Ale is rolling in and ready to crash along a shore near you. With caramel malt flavors, subtle floral notes and pleasant hop bitterness, seasoned craft beer drinkers and dabblers alike [CAN] enjoy this well-balanced ale all year round."; "Beer flows from the eye of the storm"; "Keep & Serve Cold as Hail!"; "Florida's Craft Beer Forecast"; "Born & Raised Pasco County, FL".

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent, so I gave it some calming time to allow the storm to blow over. Once it abated, I could see that it was due to its being a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tab to go. I then performed a gentle Glug which raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The CAN identifies it as precisely 17 SRM, FWIW. Nose was very caramel-malty underlain with light pine hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of effervescence on the tongue. The taste was quite sweet, more like a throwback to the early days of craft/microbrewing when an Amber Ale was the standard. The more modern version relies more heavily on hops, but this was a pleasant, if sweet, quaff. Finish was semi-sweet with a nuttiness to accompany both the caramel and pine flavors noted before. Not bad, but just not my cuppa tea.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of outoffocus
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhartley
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at our local Gator's Dockside.

Look: Dark amber body with a thick white head, plenty of lacing left inside the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel with some nice hops shining through.

Taste: Yep, plenty of sweet caramel malts and a pretty decent amount of hops to balance out the sweetness. Easy to drink; reminiscent of a good summer time beer!

Feel: Medium mouth feel.

Overall: Decent beer easy to drink, a little on the sweet side, but still easy to drink and a great summer and/or beach beer.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of forrestmoons
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wavemaker Amber Ale from Big Storm Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 118 ratings