Coaster Critique: Henniker Brewing – Amber Apparition

IMG_7287Name: Amber Apparition

Brewed by: Henniker Brewing Company

Style: American Amber Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Pours a very deep copper color, shadowy approaching brown when held to the light the beer glows ruby red with a ghostly haze that might resemble an apparition in your glass.

Smell like grains, fresh baked bread followed by a pleasant, earthy hop that makes me think of pine needles and fallen leaves.

Initial sip is malt forward,  grainy, brown bread and a toffee sweetness. Near mid-sip the hops show up, following the nose they have a earthy flavor, pine, grass, soil, sort of like tasting the air on a fall day and I want to say there is just a hint of citrus flavor as well. The hops have a healthy bitterness to them that keeps the malt sweetness from becoming overpowering. Bitter slightly grassy hop aftertaste lingers between sips.

I enjoyed Amber Apparition. Amber Ales are not a style I love, I try them when I see them but never keep them in heavy rotation, this one I might, but unfortunately Henniker Brewing does not distribute to Maine, this was a purchase while I was in New Hampshire. If you are travelling and you bump into this beer and you want a malty beer with a nice dose of hop flavor, check it out.



Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.