ClubGonzo’s 40

40 by ClubGonzo, American Amber Ale, 5.9% ABV, 34.1 IBU.

40, batch no. 51.

40, batch no. 51.

This one looks so good that I had to use my TeKu glass.

This one looks so good that I had to use my TeKu glass.

Another brew from ClubGonzo that is dedicated to a family member, cheers Aud Irene!

It pours a gorgeous deep amber body with a red hint, crowned by a large, beige head that ends up as a partially covering film quite quickly .

I’m a bit disappointed by the aroma, it’s nowhere near as strong as I like my ambers. I think I would characterise it as “faint”. All I get are some traces of caramel and hints of fruity hops.

There is a nice punch from the hops in the taste: the finish is moderate bitter. When it comes to the flavour, however, the hops are not playing a major role. There’s quite much caramel, and if it hadn’t been for the distinct fruity background I would have guessed that this was a Vienna.

The mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this beer, it’s very smooth on the palate and it’s quite drinkable.

Conclusion: No flaws and it’s quaffable, but also pretty faint and boring. Should work well at a party. But I don’t drink beer in order to party, I’m a beer geek!

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.8/5.0
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One comment on “ClubGonzo’s 40

  1. *summary for both “18” and “40”: I agree with your ratings – these are easily drinkable but ultimately rather boring beers. The reason for this is that neither of these birthday girls are particularly fond of craft beer, so my brews are trying to reflect a desire for me to get them more interested as well as providing them with a beer they can actually drink! 😛 Easy-going as far as craft beers go, but way more flavorful than industrial lagers. I think I succeeded in that. 🙂

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