Ballast Point California Amber

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Ballast Point

This weekend I got the chance to go to the new Ballast Point Brewery in Chicago. Not only did I grab a beer, but I tried some food and needless to say, it was up to the Chicago West Loop standard.

Ballast Point makes a great variety of beers and they’re known for their signature Sculpin IPA, but I decided to go for a classic amber ale. Its official title is the  California Amber. It had a beautiful, classic red color to it. It had a sweet aroma to it as well. The taste was rich and malty with a mildly bitter aftertaste. If you like amber ales, this is definitely one to try.

Overall, this was a good beer and if you’re in the Fulton Market/West Loop area in Chicago you should grab a drink and appetizer at Ballast Point.

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Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn Hoppy Red Ale

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Beer type: Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.5%
Brewed By: Pipeworks Brewing Company

Pipeworks Brewing Company is another great brewery out of Chicago, IL. They’re in the Hermosa/Logan Square area not too far from me. Let’s get to the beer.

The Blood of the Unicorn is a great red ale with a lot of flavor to it. It pours as a hazy amber color and leaves a good amount of head on the top of the beer. It first smells almost like an IPA but then you taste it and you get the sweetness of a red ale with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. They serve this beer in a 16oz can and the artwork on all of their cans is amazing. If you collected their cans, you could start a small art museum.

This is a tasty beer and I’d recommend to anyone looking to branch out from the bigger Chicago craft breweries. Good stuff Pipeworks, good stuff.

Cheers

Alaskan Brewing Co. Amber Ale

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.3%
Brewed By: Alaskan Brewing Co.
IBU: 18

Shoutout to Maurice for leaving this one at my place.

We all know that I love amber ales. This beer is not an exception to that rule. With the traditional amber color and smooth taste, this beer is as good at it looks. This beer comes all the way from Alaska into your glass just so you can enjoy it as much as I do. I suggest really swirling this one in your mouth to taste all the flavors.

I’d highly recommend this beer to anyone. It’s a easygoing beer to drink and anyone can enjoy it. Alaskan Brewing Co. says it’s “Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced.” Whatever they do to make it, they shouldn’t stop.

Cheers!

Blue Point Toasted Lager

Beer type: Amber Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Blue Point Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Sorry folks, no photo of this one. (I was too ashamed to take a photo of my beer while sitting at the bar.)

Traveling in Pittsburgh, I stumbled upon a nice burger spot called BRGR. I tried a few beers and this one was my favorite. With a sweet and caramel aroma, this one went down great. It has a nice amber and caramel color to it. The aftertaste was semi-sweet and made you want to keep drinking it. I was a big fan of this one.

Blue Point says, “Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and our special proprietary lager yeast produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.” Blue Point is based out of Long Island in New York. Overall, great beer and I’d love to have it again.

Bell’s Amber Ale

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.8%
Brewed By: Bell’s

Review

What beer do I not like? Either way, this beer is one to like. Bell’s Amber Ale is your classic Amber Ale. You can find it out at your liquor store year round. This beer has a smell of caramel and a beautiful amber color. The aftertaste is a balanced mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, a refreshing, flavorful beer to have after a day of work or after any occasion.

Bell’s made another great brew. They say that this beer is a good mix between sweet caramel and citrus hops. Whatever it is, it works. Michigan brought home another great one, even if they couldn’t close the NCAA Men’s Championship…..sorry.

 

Church Street Crimson Clover Irish Red Ale

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Beer type: Irish Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Church Street Brewery
IBU: 35

Review

So, I love amber and red ales a lot so I’m a little partial. But, this Irish Red Ale is definitely one you need to try. I wish I could’ve tried this on St. Patrick’s Day and not after. It’s got a rich smell and a big head of foam when you pour it in a glass. Pair this with a red meat and some potatoes and you’ll be satisfied.

Church Street Brewery is in Itasca, a Chicago suburb. They say this beer has, “Notes of caramel, toffee, and buttered toast provide for a smooth and complex flavor profile – topped with a creamy head.”

Overall, I’m a big fan of this beer and I’d suggest it to any fan of local, craft beer.

Cheers