For the second amber of the year, I’d say there’s a notable improvement!
The nose has a yeast scent, like bread dough. I like it-it’s not sour or off putting to me. There’s a sweetness there, perhaps due to the malt? Maybe just healthy yeast coming off where there isn’t a lot of hops. Either way, it works.
It has some nice flavor, too. Caramel, but lightly so: this beer doesn’t taste or feel very dense. The effervescence pops on the finish, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it clears the palate, it does do a nice job of setting things up for another sip.
4 lb Metolius
1 bl C80
.75 lb Vanora
.75 lb Munich, 1lb 2 row
Fermentables: 5 lb EXLME
.5 oz Magnum, .25 oz Centennial @60
.5 oz Centennial, .25 oz Magnum @30
.26 oz Centennial, Magnum @ 5
Yeast: Imperial’s Tartan (2nd use)