Friday, 23 May 2014

Natural Selections 6 Pack--Sea Dog Amber Ale

Sea Dog Amber Ale comes from Victoria, British Columbia's Vancouver Island Brewery. It's nautically-themed label features a burly sailor and a naval vessel. It's a strikingly clear amber beer topped with a healthy head of off-white. It comes in a 341mL bottle and contains 5.2% alcohol.

On the good ship Sea Dog, the captain is malt and the first mates are brown sugar and molasses. It smells warmly of malt, and has some nice, toasted, sugary notes. There is also a faint but stalwart bitterness shoveling coal below decks. And it has a solid amount of roastiness throughout.

A well crafted amber ale, Sea Dog should appeal to drinkers who favour a robust, malty brew. I wouldn't complain if the hop profile were a bit crunchier. Despite the brown sugar notes, this stuff does a tremendous job of avoiding over-sweetness.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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