Independence Brewing Austin Amber | Beer Review

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From Independence Brewing Company in Austin, Texas:

Austin Amber – A smooth and mellow beer for thinkers and drinkers alike.

It was the boldly-colored theater marquee label that caught my eye but I do have a weakness for loving amber beers.  With summer “ending,” I know my favorite season of beer drinking is right around the corner! Ambers and stouts are my favorite types of beers, but not ideal for these hot Austin days.  This amber beer from Independence Brewing Co. however, is perfect for transitioning to cooler weather.

When creating Austin Amber a decade ago, the founders of Independence Brewing Co. were inspired by the community spaces that celebrate creativity and independent-minds. This comes through in an easy-going, mellow taste that’s sure to please most people.

austin-amberAustin Amber 411:

  • 4.9% ABV – a perfect “any time” beer
  • Available in most grocery stores and restaurants in Central Texas
  • Malt: Caramel and Pale Chocolate blend
  • Hops: Nugget and Cascade
  • Yeast: American Ale

Appearance: 4/5

A beautiful and true golden-amber color with a very thin, white head.

Aroma: 4/5

Bready-caramel, toasty.

Feel: 5/5

Slight carbonation, which was appreciated.  What I really loved was the mild, hoppy bitterness! The finish is super-dry and smooth.

Taste: 3/5

Some nutty flavors as well as a great roasted malt flavor. Sadly, the taste is a bit weak and not much comes through.

Overall: 16/20

Overall, a solid beer but I was a bit disappointed by Austin Amber from Southeast Austin’s Independence Brewing Co. Mainly because I was expecting more from the flavor, but it just wasn’t there. I definitely would drink this beer again, and I would choose it over many other styles of beer, but it’s not a top contender for my favorite amber. I think I need to give it a spin on draft and see if it does more for me that way.

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