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Some times a simple wink will do

As my wife and daughter know I’m a sucker for a quick wink or even a half smile (from them — this doesn’t work for every one).

Hold that thought.

Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City recently began selling a new beer, Amber Ale. You can buy it in draught in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, or find it in bottles in Boulevard’s 12-Pack Sampler. I received a couple of bottles from the brewery and drank one last night.

I have a friend who does not approve of drinking beers named after colors. He gets around the fact that he loves Belgian Whites by calling them witbiers. I have no such problem, but I did taste at least one too many amber ales on brewpub sample trays in the 1990s and never quite recovered.

Too often they have a sticky sweetness that no amount of hops can balance (some being IPAs by name). No such problem with Boulevard Amber. Its biggest fault might be that the “sell sheet” describes it as quaffable. Because it is 5.1 percent abv I guess it doesn’t qualify as a “session beer” under the Bryson Rules, but it sure meets his other criteria.

Flavor when you look for it; doesn’t get jealous when you want to talk about something other than what’s in the glass.

And, for me at least, a bonus. There’s a bright, spicy note on the nose that yields to the malt, then returns on the palate. Looking at the list of ingredients I suspect the protagonist might be the Saphir hops (a relatively new variety from Germany’s Halltertau region). Bottom line, I don’t really care.

I’m simply delighted my beer winked at me.

5 Responses to Some times a simple wink will do

  1. Paul Key June 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    “I have a friend who does not approve of drinking beers named after colors.”

    nice, I’m the same way only it’s beer’s named after animals specifically dogs, and dinosaurs, hoposaurus rex? fresh hop-a-potamus? really?

    I still haven’t had a bad beer from Boulevard, I’ll have to look out for this one.

  2. Stephen Beaumont June 25, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    That’s four times, Stan.

  3. Stan Hieronymus June 25, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    S – And, as promised, I wrote it last week on a scoresheet while judging the National Homebrew Contest. Time to move on.

  4. Bill Aimonetti June 25, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Yet another impressive Amber Ale ? I am starting to worry about you Stan 🙂

  5. Jeff Alworth June 28, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    “I have a friend who does not approve of drinking beers named after colors.”

    That’s funny. Like many beery types, I daydream about opening a brewery one day. In one of my recurrent daydreams, I only use colors to describe my beers–but in evocative as well as descriptive ways. So “green” refers to a fresh, saturated hoppy spring ale, though “black” would be a stout. “Russet” would be my hybrid Flanders oud bruin/red beer. I had a “blue” in there, too, but I forget what it was.

    What’s your friend think about Berliner Weisse?

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