Friday, May 20, 2011

Anchor Brewing - Summer Beer; Liberty Ale; Porter; Humming Ale

The Anchor Brewing Company is in San Francisco, California and is one of the "grandfathers" of the American craft beer movement.

Summer Beer - This 4.56% ABV beer pours dark golden, slightly cloudy, effervescent, with a quarter inch of pure white foamy head that leaves medium to heavy lacing down the glass.  The aroma is fresh, nice grain, an apricot jamminess and some spicy, zestiness and a touch of lager-type funk.  The taste is large and clean, lots of malt grain, some honey or jam sweetness, fruit, and a bitter hops finish.  Damn, this beer is awesome and I could drink it all summer.  This beer is all malt and 50% is malted wheat.

Liberty Ale - This 6.0% ABV beer pours light copper/amber/orange in color with a half inch of fluffy head that is just off-white that leaves medium to heavy lacing down the glass.  The aroma is extremely fresh and clean, with a light touch of fruity hops,  a light touch of malt and a bit of tall green grass.  The taste is very fruity, and a lot of roasted, caramel malt with a slightly bitter finish.  The mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, but still light.

Porter - This beer pours deep black with ruby around the edges.   There is a tall inch of brown head that is thick, creamy and foamy.  The aroma is slightly sweet, dark roasted malt, milk chocolate.  The taste is dark roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of coffee, a touch of raspberry like fruit, all well balanced and blended.  It has a dry and somewhat bitter finish.  It has been a long time since I have had this beer and it is a damn, damn, fine porter.

 Humming Ale - This beer pours an orange-amber-copper in color with an inch of thick, off-white foam that leaves medium lacing down the glass.  The aroma is hoppy, spicy, grapefruit, citrus, a touch of tropical fruit and yeast.  The taste is fruity, creamy, apricot and grapefruit, over a solid malt base, a bit of caramel and a medium bitter and dry finish.  This is a tasty and hoppy beer, but well balanced on its malt.

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