Back in 2011, I reviewed Emily’s Ember and gave it a shrug. However, I’m returning today with a refined palette and second look at this locally made red ale.
Emily’s Ember is made from Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton, Oregon. The beer is a classic American red ale, which means it should have a higher degree of malt profile to compliment its hoppy boost. This is a lighter ale at 4.5% and only 35 IBUs and therefore should appeal to most beer lovers as it’s not too bitter.
How does it taste?
Emily’s Ember pours a deep reddish brown color and leaves a light head that quickly disappears. It has a unique smell of caramel and nut tartness that makes you excited to take your first sip.
The taste is malty – with hints of nut and caramel. There’s a very dry taste to this ale as you pick up on the hint of hops and bitterness at the end of your sip.
Keep in mind though, this beer does not a strong taste, one way or the other. It’s a beer that will appeal to many because it’s not too hoppy and not too malty – just smooth all around.
Should I buy it?
Yes, you should absolutely try Emily’s Ember. It’s great for a pint if you can find it on tap.