Amber Ale (Red Ale or Dark Ale)
What is an Amber Ale?
An amber ale is a type of pale ale that is characterized by its amber color, a result of the use of caramel and toasted malt in the brewing process. These beers tend to have a medium body and a balance of malt and hop flavors, with a moderate to high level of bitterness. They often have a slight caramel or toffee-like sweetness and a toasty or biscuit-like aroma. Amber ales can range in strength from 4% to 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and are usually served at a temperature of around 45-50°F.
Some great food to pair with Amber Ales are:
Grilled or roasted meats: Amber ales can pair well with grilled or roasted meats, such as pork chops, chicken, or steak, as the malty, caramel-like flavors of the beer can complement the savory flavors of the meat.
Pizza: The malty, slightly sweet flavors of amber ales can pair well with the savory, cheese-covered flavors of pizza.
Burgers: The rich, malty flavors of amber ales can pair well with the savory, meaty flavors of burgers.
BBQ: The bold, malty flavors of amber ales can stand up to the bold flavors of BBQ, making them a good choice for pairing with BBQ ribs, pulled pork, or brisket.
Spicy dishes: The malty, slightly sweet flavors of amber ales can help to balance out the heat of spicy dishes, making them a good choice for pairing with dishes like Thai or Mexican food.
Cheese: The malty, slightly sweet flavors of amber ales can complement the creamy, savory flavors of many types of cheese.