Madtree Brew­ing Happy Am­ber

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Cincin­nati, Ohio ABV: 6% | IBUS: 30 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Com­bines caramel and bis­cuit malt fla­vors in happy equi­lib­rium with late ad­di­tion Amer­i­can hops. The ap­proach­able bal­ance is in­ten­tional al­though the name is a ‘hoppy ac­ci­dent.’ ”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Like stick­ing my head into a hops bag—can­died orange, lots of cit­rus, and a touch of spice. Bready malt, maybe like orange mar­malade on toast. Fruity es­ters (cherry, pear) with some flo­ral perfume notes.” Fla­vor: “Huge hops fla­vor (grassy, cit­rus), mod­er­ate bit­ter­ness. Yes, there’s a fair amount of bready/crack­ery malt in the mix, but this is a hops party. Slightly sweet start with nice cit­rus fla­vors. Medium body with the hops bit­ter­ness helps to cre­ate a dry fin­ish. Lively carbonation com­bined with fresh hops fla­vors is re­fresh­ingly zippy.” Over­all: “Orange mar­malade on fresh toasted bread. Great hops aroma and fla­vor—an am­ber ale for West Coast hop­heads. Nicely bal­anced and very drink­able. For an am­ber, it’s a pretty good pale ale.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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