When I go to my local watering hole and I step up to the bar to order, I always have a momentary adrenaline surge. In the few seconds before I speak the possibilities are limitless: I could have any beer on tap. But I know that as soon as I order a beer every door except one will close. There is tremendous pressure to make the right choice, and I usually find myself thinking, "Do I want a light beer or a dark beer?" Before I even scan the list of beers etched in many colors of chalk on the wall, I've limited my choices to light or dark, leaving out ambers and browns, the Goldilocks beers that are not too light and not too dark.
'amber ale' on Serious Eats
American Amber Ale is darker than a pale ale and lighter than a brown ale or porter. Aim for a nice balance between malt and hops, but don't be afraid to feature a strong hop flavor.
This is the last stop on our amber ale road trip up the West Coast. These amber (and sometimes red) ales are one of the styles the Pacific Northwest is known for, and it's now pretty easy to see why. These amber ales manage to strike a balance between bready, biscuity malt and fragrant, fruity hops. Many great Washington beers don't make it far from their breweries, but we were able to try nine different amber ales from the Evergreen State.