Imperial Suds With Brewer Buds
A Review of Imperial Amber Ale by Triangle Brewing Co.
Posted on 10/5/2012 by Chops
When it comes to local breweries, personality goes a really long way. This is one reason why BrewChief loves the Triangle Brewing Company out of Durham, NC. Owners Andy and Rick are some of the most entertaining brewers to enjoy a pint with. They love what they do, they have a great time doing it, and it really shows in their products. Their Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale and Belgian-Style White Ale are regional staples. We are also huge fans of their Habanero Pale Ale, hands down one of the best beers in the region. We sat down with Andy and Rick on a recent trip to the brewery. On tap was their Imperial Amber.

In the glass, this beer has a murky rich reddish orange coloration. It comes with a sudsy white head that has good retention. On the nose, you are greeted with a sweet hop aroma similar to a malt-heavy IPA. The standard sweet amber malt is significantly amplified and acts as a hop-taming foundation. The aroma is quite pleasant and gives the beer a very inviting personality. As a big fan of Imperial Reds, I couldn't wait to dive right in.

That first sip was nothing short of delicious. The sweet candied malt perfectly tames the hop profile to create a rich and savory flavor. The hops themselves are tangy sweet and create an earthy grapefruit vibe. This beer is beautifully balanced, silky smooth and easy drinking. The 8.2% ABV is very well hidden, so you really have to watch yourself. I could easily plow through several pints in a sitting. The beer finishes strong with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall, Triangle's Imperial Amber is a delicious brew with a fun personality. Putting this beer into words was quite frustrating, but not in a bad way. To me, this beer actually drinks more like a hybrid than a double red. Just imagine the malty sweetness of a great amber amplified to match the hop aggression of a great imperial IPA. Course, that also qualifies as a double red, so maybe I should just shut the hell up. But that's honestly the best way I can describe it. The best recommendation I can give is to see for yourself and pay a visit to the Triangle Brewing Company. Tell those punks that BrewChief sent you.

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