Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lucid Ora Amber

This is a 6.5% ABV self-described amber ale from Lucid Brewing of Minnetonka, Minnesota.  

The beer pours a very dark amber to dark brown, burnt orange, deep, but bright, gem-like. There is a relatively short head of light tan foam. The aroma is dark fruit, deep caramel, roasted, toasted, lightly nutty, and just a whiff of peat smoke. The taste follows the aromas, very malty, nutty, peaty. There are enough hops to bring all that malt to a dry and moderately bitter finish. The beer drinks smooth and easy, with a tingle of carbonation. They call this an amber, but it is substantial, and more like a cross between a nut brown and a Scotch ale. Whatever you want to call it, it is quite good.

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