Friday, September 30, 2016

Bluestone Big Elk Amber Ale

I can't think of anything better than a cold local craft beer after a gnarly trail run.

This afternoon while picking up a keg of Octoberfest generously provided by Bluestone Brewing Company for the World's End Fall Classic I also procured a growler of their newly released 4th generation Big Elk Amber Ale.

"This newest version of Big Elk Amber is definitely the smoothest .  The Amber color, well-balanced malt grain bill, reduced quantity of hops, and different yeast strain all lead to a very sessionable amber ale.  The masses are going to flock to this middle-of-the-road craft beer - come out and be one the first to try this evolution of amber."

 As you'll see in the video below, this one pours a cloudy amber with a great big head of creamy, lingering, slightly off white foam. Held to the light you'll see golden highlights around the edges.

Look for a biscuity, semi-sweet aroma, and on the flavor front - toasted caramel malt sweetness with a slightly spicy, well controlled hop bitterness on the back end.

I am reminded of a more flavorful take on New Belgium's Fat Tire. The brewer says "the masses are going to flock to this middle-of-the-road craft beer," and I'd certainly agree its a beer the novice beer drinker will like. But there is also plenty here for the hardened beer geek to enjoy.

18 Pitney Street
Sayre, PA 18840

...go see these guys. 

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