The Reinvention of the American Amber Ale

Why are amber ales the key metaphor for age? Because they capture both the approach to recipe design and brewing process common to the ’90s and because they highlight the palate of the American drinker a generation ago. They were sweet, sometimes under-carbonated, and always full of caramel/toffee flavors. While sweetness has become popular again, the flavor of caramel has not. Yet amber ales have seemed to  transform.