We love all our beers but we do have a special soft spot for our Amber Ella American Amber Ale, which took a medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup. For a small little upstart brewery from rural Ireland to enter into one of the most prestigious beer awards in America (into one of the two of their most sought after categories) and win bronze is a massive shock – on a par with the 1976 Judgement of Paris! – and our hope is that it will cause Irish craft beer to become a lot more recognised internationally.
Amber Ella herself is big, fruity and hoppy, an American amber ale, balancing a deep burnt toffee malt base with bitter tangerine and pine needle hop aromas. Don’t resist her, Amber Ella will bring out the free spirit in you!
Style: American amber ale
Malt: Irish pale malt, dark crystal, crystal
Hops: Ella, Galaxy, Simcoe
Strength: 5.8% ABV
Bitterness: 54 IBUs
Colour/appearance: pours a deep amber colour with a foamy white head.
Aroma: bright fruity hop aroma, with notes of citrus.
Flavour: there’s a bitter grapefruit tang to the fore, set against a tropical fruit flavours, particularly passion fruit . The dark toffee malt is well balanced against pungent Australian hops.
Aftertaste: dry and bitter in the finish.
Food pairings: this is one to have with your pork dinner, especially if it’s been cooked on the barbecue. The bitterness of the beer contrasts the sweetness in the pork, whether it’s sausages, chops or a slow-cooked pulled pork shoulder, while the hoppy citrus flavours cut through any fat.
Released: First released – September 2013, making regular outings as one of our regular Premium range since August 2014
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
“Warning: this beer is so amazing that such queues might become a daily phenomenon once people get a taste of it. Amber-Ella is a dangerous temptress.”
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