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.
Seven Brides Brewing out of Silverton, Oregon has made a name for themselves in the mid-valley. The passionate group behind the brand has 4 signature brews that are available on a regular basis. I have reviewed Emily’s Ember, which, in short, I would describe as an average amber ale.
In today’s review, I’m taking a look at the Silverton brewery’s first IPA. As the label says, ‘popular demand’ required them to look at making an IPA. In this spirit, they have tried to make it as hoppy as humanly possible. Looking at the label, they invite hop heads to unite.
Quoting the bottle:
Frakenlou’s India Pale Ale. In response to your requests “demands”! we present our first IPA. Our first batch was just 1.5 barrels of this Hop Monster.
Using only the Northwests’s finests hops, and the desire to make a monster IPA, Frakenlou’s was born.
Think of it like this, we use enough hops in each batch if IPA to make three of our other beers!
Frakenlou’s comes in at 7% alcohol and is 10f IBU’s, making this a very bitter beer with some massive hop creds.
To me, when I read the label, I expected this to be a hoppy bitter beer that made me cringe when I took my first sip. Almost like a DogFish Head 120 Minute IPA. This ale will definitely delight any hop head, but it’s not a pucker up and cringe when you drink it beer. It’s relatively smooth with a bitter finish that leaves you wanting more. It’s a heavy beer when it comes to alcohol content, so you’ll likely want to share it.
After reviewing a local Salem brewery extensively, I wanted to do the same for another local brewery in Silverton, Oregon called Seven Brides Brewing. I’m sure your first question is…where did the funny name come from? Apparently the owners have seven daughters. These fathers wanted to sell enough beer to pay for each of the girls’ weddings, so as a result, we have Seven Brides Brewing. For more on the story, see their website.
Today’s beer review is regarding a brew called Lauren’s Pale Ale, also known as LPA.
LPA’s label describes the ale by saying: LPA is our interpretation of the classic British Pale Ale, Amber in color, robust and full flavored.
A variety of caramel malts in part a rich flavor and light amber color, while liberal use of whole Oregon hops adds zest and aroma. LPA is one of the first beers we brewed and continues to be perennial favorite.
This Pale Ale is very unique. At first pour, it’s a copper colored ale with an ample amount of foamy head. The flavor is smooth with noticeably malty overtones. The hops (said to be ‘liberally used’ from Oregon) balance out this very flavorful ale. This beer has a bit of a bite at first, with a smooth and tasteful finish. It’s quite good for a Pale Ale.
I can tell a definite difference between this brew and the ones from Pale Horse Brewing. The hops in this beer are whole hops, whereas Pale Horse utilizes pelleted hops. The hoppy flavor of LPA is noticeable when comparing beers from the two breweries.
This brew is a good introduction for me to Seven Brides. These guys apparently know what they’re doing and LPA shows this.