Who can forget 1993's one hit wonder, Haddaway's "What Is Love", immortalized with the head bangin' sketch from Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan on Saturday Night Live? Well, another oldie but goodie from that same year is the Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.
- hoppy in smell right out of the bottle with a warm amber (naturally) red color that drinks easily despite its robust alcohol content, Imperial Red Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA) ABV 7.8%
In answer to Haddaway's burning question, Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale IS Love for me. However, one question still remains: since it's so loveable, why dont they continue to brew it?
Fresh out the bottle Newport Storm beers from Coastal Brewing Co. might be hard to miss on the outside, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on their 4 creative beer styles and Thomas Tew Rum too.
Since their recent soft open in late May for $7 Beer & $9 Rum Tastings, the brewery still lacks signage and is unfinished on the inside, but their flagship Hurricane Amber Ale can be found all over bars and liquor stores in Rhode Island. And in between construction, they've managed to find the time to tweet regularly @NewportStorm and throw events like fundraisers & Beer Dinners too.
- super hoppy nose, pine & citrus flavors with strong carbonation, cloudy orange-amber colored Summer IPA, 6.1% ABV
As a beer blogger vacationing in Rhode Island a few weeks ago, you can imagine my excitement when I found out about the state's own brand new craft brewery.
I'd already tasted the oh-so popular Hurricane Amber Ale at several pubs, including the Brick Alley, before my visit. But when I was there I tasted more of the Ale's touch of caramel and almost burnt bite.
The Rhode Island Blueberry Fruit beer turned out to be one of the best – especially since the berry is my all time favorite. What I liked most is that the beer wasn't sweet, but actually very mild, making it an all-around great beer for the girls AND boys. The blueberries used to flavor the beer come from Sharton Farms in Exeter, then are pressed and pasteurized at Newport Vineyard.
The Oktoberfest had a citrusy caramel nose, a frothy head that quickly dissipated, and tasted malty, slightly bitter and grassy.
Finally the Summer IPA was big and bold with a nose as hoppy as Racer5 and tasted like grapefruit and pine.
Unfortunately, after 4 hefty beer tastings at $7 (you get to keep the glass for free too) I didn't have enough room for the dark Tew Rum. But I did learn that it's slowly made to replicate rums produced in Newport a swashbucklin' long time arrrrgo.
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I attended a recent party for one of my best friend's anniversaries, where buckets were overflowing with all types of beers from Trader Joe's Brewing Company – which, oddly, I'd never tried before.
I picked up a bottle of Vienna Style Lager, in which the label read "Smooth Amber Lager". Since Ambers are one of my favorite styles of beer, I couldn't resist.
The nose has faint citrus like lemon and peach, and it has a slight bready, tangy, caramel malt taste. By no means are these flavors big and bursting, but rather very subtle. While it did not live up to my Amber hopes – except in color – it steps up the flavor profile of a Lager, maintains some bite with nice carbonation, and has an insanely thick and creamy head (see pictured).
The Vienna Style Lager will probably remind you of Sam Adams Boston Lager. Try it and see for yourself.