Double Barley Abby’s Amber Ale Review 

By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                    The Abby’s Amber Ale is another beautifully colored beer. Dark brown with a pearl white head. Rich cola aromas with subtle hints of brown pinecone and toffee. On the palate, the beer has a medium body mouthfeel with earthy characteristics driving the bus. The beer is crisp and refreshing, but has very warming, soothing holiday-like characteristics. On the front of the palate, cola and hazelnut lead the charge followed by toffee and vanilla on the mid palate. There is a slight touch of vanilla iced coffee on the finish. Great beer that is well crafted with great structure and wonderful balance. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 Points

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Beer Selection –  Abby’s Amber Ale 

Producer – Double Barley 

Region – Smithfield, North Carolina 

Style – Amber Ale

Hops – Unknown 

Malts – Maris Otter and Crystal 

Yeast – Unknown

Alcohol – 6%

IBUs – International Bittering Units – 31

Food Pairing – What a great Thanksgiving brew! Perfect with turkey, chicken, or spicy Asian cuisine. 

The Story Behind Double Barley’s Amber Abbey ! 

Abby's Amber AleThe Story: Abby’s Amber came into creation quite, simply I would say. Our BFFs daughter, Abby, was at the Lane nutshack one afternoon and was talking to Larry about beer, as she often would. When she heard about my Wilma’s Wandering EyePA she was instantly jealous and looked at Larry and stated matter of fact that she wanted a beer named after her. Now I know that this seems ordinary but you have to know that Abby was 9 years old at the time. She is no ordinary child either as she is an amazing musician, teaching herself the guitar and piano at the age of 6. She intends to celebrate her 21st birthday with a pint of Abby’s Amber Ale which is no ordinary amber. Abby has to wait but you fortunately are able to partake and she will have to live vicariously through you!

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What is in Amber Ale?

Amber Ales are basically pale ales but with less hops and an emphasis on the amber colored malts. This style is an American style of beer that originated on the west coast and is an offshoot of pale ale. The color of these beers is typically a shade of amber, of course, but sometimes they reach the red or even brown area of the color wheel.  They are typically medium in body and medium in alcohol content with malty characteristics and toasted, bread-like yeast. The perfect style of beer for fall or early spring. Pair with chicken, turkey, Thai food, or burgers. Also pairs with sugar cookies, banana nut bread, and banana pancakes. Cheers ! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

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