ClubGonzo's A.A.

A.A. by ClubGonzo, American Amber Ale,  5% ABV, 34 IBU.

The first cm of beer that settles in my glass is quite clear, but then the remaining beer in the bottle starts to gush lightly, and the body ends up rather murky with lots of sediments. The large, creamy, light-brown head stays as a decent-sized layer and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass.

ClubGonzoz A.A., a.k.a. Solo Batch no. 3. Another brilliant label!

Strong and pleasant aroma with sweet fruits as the backbone. I’m not quite sure what kind of fruits I pick up other than citric notes, but it’s still very fruity. There is also a nice caramel touch. And isn’t there a lightly roasted feel, I believe I get faint traces of coffee and tobacco? Nah, it can’t be right, can it? Anyway, an inviting aroma!

The taste is quite sweet, both initially and mid palate. Let’s put it at “light to moderate sweet” on the official Beer With Me Sweetness Scale™ (that reads light / moderate / heavy / harsh / pure sugar). The finish is pleasantly moderate to light bitter and is rather long-lived.

A.A. in the glass, the head lasts and lasts.

Thats what I call a creamy head!

The moderate flavours are fruity citric with grassy notes, resin and caramel. Again I think there’s a lightly roasted feel, or is it just the caramel that’s talking?

The mouthfeel is very pleasant, the beer feels very smooth and has a solid medium body, medium carbonation and a light dry finish.

Conclusion: A very drinkable ale! Both the aroma and flavour are nice and absolutely clean without any traces of unpleasant yeast, despite the murky look.

Aroma:      7
Appearance: 3
Taste:      7
Palate:     4
Overall:   13
Ratebeer Score: 3.4


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One comment on “ClubGonzo's A.A.

  1. Thanks for the positive feedback; this is – in my opinion – the most all-round drinkable beer I’ve brewed so far and one of the recipes I’m thinking about brewing again. 🙂 Too bad about the gusher-tendencies, normally this beer is super-clear, yet dark-hued so sometimes it’s hard to see I guess.

    You’re also right about the roastiness; there’s a small amount of roasted barley in the mix, which is actually to give the beer the necessary amber color (which I originally tried to make bright red, but hey at least it tasted well… :-P) but I guess a fine-tuned palate like yours might be able to pick up the subtle roasty flavors in there. 😉

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