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Independence Harbor

Independence Harbor
Amber Ale

Category: Amber Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Independence Harbor
Amber Ale

Category: Amber Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.5%
Light clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted multigrain bread, toffee and red apple, and caramelized plantain with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length finish with nuances of toasted oats with apple, orange, and melon jam, almond and hazelnut, and caramel cream and light roast coffee. Very clean fermentation with delicious roasted malts and playful fruit expressions on the palate.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty
Aroma Aroma: toasted multigrain bread, toffee and red apple, and caramelized plantain
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of toasted oats with apple, orange, and melon jam, almond and hazelnut, and caramel cream and light roast coffee
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Port Salut
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Very clean fermentation with delicious roasted malts and playful fruit expressions on the palate.

The Retailer

Aldi Inc.

The Retailer
1200 North Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
USA
1 630-425-7394

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Amber Ale

Beer Glass Shaker Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Amber ales can be anywhere from light copper to light brown in color and typically range from 4.5-6.5% in alcohol. They are light-to-medium bodied and are quite malty but not heavily caramelized in flavor. This is a more modern, non-traditional style, and many of these beers borrow heavily from the characteristics associated with more classical styles such as pale ales or bitters. Many North American brewers are now producing ales under this designation. We also classify “red ales” in this category. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail Amber Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale and Stone Levitation Ale.