A Case of the Scuttlebutt

So recently I sampled a 22oz bottle of Amber Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewery in Everett, WA. I am completely honest in my stating that I have never had one of their beers before. I am very open minded to trying new styles and giving breweries a shot to be in my glass. I am fond of saying that my favorite beer is the one in my hand. After an afternoon in my woodshop, I decided to give these folks a try and see what’s what. The appearance was beautiful; a rich deep bronze hue almost flirting with being a red head. There was a crystal clear brilliance I wasn’t expecting for an Ale, so my hopes were high. I gave the head a sniff and began to be very pleased with my $4.69 purchase. But, the carpet didn’t match the drapes. The attack was very dull and lacking in maltiness. Since the hop bill is made of Mt. hood and Willamette, I was bracing for a floral nose with hints of citrus, but again, no go. I tried my next pour with a bit of cheddar and that elevated the hops a bit, but not enough to warrant purchasing it again. The worst part of the experience was the next day….let’s just say “having a case of the scuttlebutt” is a polite way of telling you it repeated on me. That said, I am willing to give their IPA and Porter a try…everyone deserves a second shot.

Nitty Gritty:

Amber Ale
Medium Bodied, Caramel Flavor and Herbal Finish

Color: Deep Bronze
Aroma: Spicy
Hops: Mt. Hood and Willamette
23 IBU’s
5.1% ABV

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