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American Amber Ale Reviews

Essentially maltier, bigger-bodied American pale ales, American ambers are high in hop flavor, but a strong caramel malt presence tips the scale back into balance. Sometimes nicknamed red ales, ambers actually range in color from copper to brown, but are usually clear. Some versions feature pronounced citrus hop flavors, while others focus on sweetness. Despite their abundant hops, these brews should finish smooth; some even offer a slight alcohol warmth.

Pair: The beer’s caramel notes draw out sweetness in apple an pumpkin pie, while the healthy dose of hops makes the bite less sticky. Ambers also pair well with most deli sandwiches; the malt notes complement fresh bread, while the hops clear meat and mayo from the palate and keep lettuce crisp.

Glassware: pint glass