Review: Sookram's Toros Amber Ale

From the can: Amber. Amber. Amber. Toros Amber Ale is brewed by the women at Sookram's for International Women's Brew Day and is an approachable Amber Ale featuring Manitoba grown Willamette hops from Prairie Gem Hops. This subtly complex ale marries toasty malt notes with gentle floral, citrus, and grassy hop notes. A portion of the proceeds of this beer will be donated to North End Women's Centre. 5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber ale with a somewhat opaque look to it - definitely can't really see stuff right through the glass. Good amount of carbonation in the body and a thick amount of off-white/beige on top of the glass. The head diminishes rather gradually and leaves behind a really nice layered lacing on the glass - the kind of lacing you want to see in a nice beer glass at a pub.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel, tad nutty, decent amount of hop presence (slight floral) and pretty much mostly sweet and malt forward. This is already a classic.

Taste: Light amount of bitterness from the hops to give it a hint of pine, a good deal of caramel.. actually.. maybe very caramel forward, slight touch of nuttiness to it, fairly rich, slight woodiness. Bit of a bitter hop aftertaste at the end.

Overall Thoughts: This isn't a style I typically drink but like the huge resurgence of Lagers & Pilsners as of recently, Amber Ales will see a big comeback one day - I remember the days of Rickard's Red and Big Rock.. that was such a long time ago! Very tame to the palate, aside from there being a mild hop aftertaste but we all need a bit of hops in our life!

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