Friday, 22 November 2013

Gerst Amber Ale

Another entry from Nashville, Tennessee's excellent Yazoo Brewing Company, Gerst Amber Ale is a decent little amber brew. It's sold in very old school-looking 355mL bottles. The Yazoo website tells me that Gerst's alcohol percentage is 5.1 and that it tallies 11 on the IBU scale.

Gerst is an ever-so-slightly hazy copper coloured brew. It has a toasty malt aroma that matches the toasty bready notes that form the backbone of the flavour. One thing that this stuff doesn't have in spades is a lot of hop presence. At 11 IBUs, it comes off slightly anemic for a craft brew, particularly in light of some of the hop monsters that I've known Yazoo to brew (see, for example, Yazoo's Hop Project #61).

This beer is smooth and refreshing with some craft brew character. It's tasty and nice, but not quite as noteworthy as some of the other Yazoo brews I've enjoyed.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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