St Arnold’s Amber Ale

Posted: March 10, 2011 in American Amber Ale
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St Arnold’s is a fairy small (29 employees) brewery on the north side of Houston, TX that has been in business since 1994.  They claim to be the oldest craft brewery in Texas, but in order to make that claim they must not consider the Spoetzl Brewery to be “craft.”  As I mentioned previously, the Spoetzl brewery has been open since 1909 and has brewed Shiner Bock since 1913, so St Arnold’s is already kind of on my bad list for discounting Shiner Bock as a craft beer.

This was the second beer I had in the Houston Airport during my layover last week and I was really hoping for a strong showing from this one so I could have an awesome Texas beer to brag about.  This is an American amber ale, a similar beer to an American Pale Ale but brewed with a proportion of crystal malt to give it a deeper color.   It was served on tap at the airport bar and was a clear orange/gold with about a finger of cream-colored foam.  I was really expecting a darker color from this beer; it was definitely the lightest amber I’ve encountered.  I took a good deep whiff of this beer and then had to check the patency of my nostrils to make sure I wasn’t congested.  Where’s the smell?  I got nothing on this one.  At all.  Weird.  The initial taste was light malt and citrus with a floral hop finish.  Hops are definitely the dominant flavor of this one.  Overall, it was light and bubbly.  Very drinkable especially if you like hops but don’t want to be punched in the mouth with hops by an IPA.  Not a bad beer.  Nothing amazingly special, but I’d drink it again.

Thanks for reading.  Comments are very appreciated!

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