Monday, August 31, 2009

Sin City Amber

Just  got back from a trip to Las Vegas. We stayed at Planet Hollywood, which has a mall attached to it. Among the numerous storefronts was a small bar/storefront, aptly named Sin City Brewing Co. They offered four brews. I sampled two, the Amber and the Stout, while my wife tried the Light.

Let's talk Amber first...

Sin City is a Las Vegas-based small-batch microbrewery. All of their beers are brewed locally and available exclusively in the Sin City area.

The Amber is a full-bodied, Oktoberfest-style  lager. 5.7% ABV

This beer has a light, copper color and very clear appearance. Despite being straight from the tap, it was served with only a minimal head. A few large bubbles rising from the bottom of the cup, but overall not very carbonated.

Smells wonderful. Amber has a nice, yeasty aroma. Definitely smells like a good fall beer.

Taste & Feel
I'll admit, I initially judged it a bit unfairly based on the appearance. The lighter color and thin head led me to assume it wouldn't be flavorful. I was wrong. Amber (apparently, I'm referring to it as if 'it' was a 'she' now) tastes great. It has has a hearty, bready flavor, medium body and a slightly bitter hop finish.

I can honestly say that my trip to the bar paid off much better than my stay at the casino tables. For one, I lasted longer there. Also, the roulette wheel left a much more bitter taste in my mouth.

Amber, for being an Oktoberfest brew, drinks well in 107-degree heat. Good on flavor, but not too heavy. I'd recommend it. 

You can only get Sin City brews in Vegas, so if you're there, be sure to check it out. They have two retail outlets, one in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and another at The Flamingo. 

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