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.
Through some serious malt action, Emily’s Ember has a very nutty taste that quickly exits your palette as the swig ends. The caramel comes and goes quickly and you are left with a slightly malty after-taste.
I cannot compare the this amber ale to any other beer I’ve had. There’s a nut brown ale that is very similar to me that I think is from Newcastle.
Honestly speaking, Emily’s Ember is a forgettable beer because is has no discernible qualities that make me remember it. It comes and goes without giving me any memorable facets to get me to talk about it to those who ask.
If you’re into Newcastle, give Emily’s Ember a try. Otherwise, this is likely one to skip.