Name: Amber Apparition
Brewed by: Henniker Brewing Company
Style: American Amber Ale
Pours a very deep copper color, shadowy approaching brown when held to the light the beer glows ruby red with a ghostly haze that might resemble an apparition in your glass.
Smell like grains, fresh baked bread followed by a pleasant, earthy hop that makes me think of pine needles and fallen leaves.
Initial sip is malt forward, grainy, brown bread and a toffee sweetness. Near mid-sip the hops show up, following the nose they have a earthy flavor, pine, grass, soil, sort of like tasting the air on a fall day and I want to say there is just a hint of citrus flavor as well. The hops have a healthy bitterness to them that keeps the malt sweetness from becoming overpowering. Bitter slightly grassy hop aftertaste lingers between sips.
I enjoyed Amber Apparition. Amber Ales are not a style I love, I try them when I see them but never keep them in heavy rotation, this one I might, but unfortunately Henniker Brewing does not distribute to Maine, this was a purchase while I was in New Hampshire. If you are travelling and you bump into this beer and you want a malty beer with a nice dose of hop flavor, check it out.