Brewbeat NW – MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale from Portland, OR

Brewbeat NW – MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale from Portland, OR

MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale

Hello PNWers! Today we are going to take a look at an Amber Ale. MacTarnahan’s Amber hails from the great city of Portland! The pour on this beer creates a nice looking head, not a thick head like you might expect on a Porter or Stout though. As the name suggests this beer has a beautiful amber color. Upon smelling the beer the first thing that we notice is the smell of hops! Hops are used in much every beer; they are used to add flavor and aroma. According to the label this beer is dry hopped with Cascade hops creating a crisp flavor. After drinking the beer I agree with how the label describes the beer.

Dry hopping a beer basically means that once the beer is finished cooking, more “dried hops” are added to the beer. This technique really adds more aroma to the beer. The beer does not taste as hoppy as it smells, however. I would say that this characteristic of the beer makes it more approachable to those just getting into the micro-brew/craft brew scene.

If you were to select this beer, and then try to pair a food with it (as all good beer connoisseur should do) a grilled chicken dish would go fantastically with this ale. My personal choice with this ale would be a good old Fish and Chips! Really any kind of light meat or meal should go with this beer quite well.

As for the proper drinking apparatus, I used a ‘Craft Pub’ glass to drink this beer. This glass like most pub glasses starts smaller on the bottom and gets larger toward the top. The difference with this glass is that it cuts back in at the top to collect the head of the beer, and help to accentuate the bouquet of the beer as well. If you have access to this kind of beer glass that would be perfect, however, any other pub glass (even and English Pub glass) would be great. You may also consider using a Wheat beer glass as well, as that will also help to capture and create a good head on the pour as well as draw out the bouquet of the beer.

Over All-Rating 8.75/10

Approachability (for new comers) 9/10

Flavor: 7/10

Pour/head: 9/10

Bouquet: 9/10


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