Sunday, February 17, 2013

Portland Brewing Company - MacTarnahan's Amber Ale

New label, same beer

MacTarnahan's Amber Ale is now going under the banner of Portland Brewing Company. It's nice to see that the new logo hasn't resulted in a new and improved price. The MacTarnahan brews have always been some of the most affordable craft beers in the cold case. I purchased this bomber of Amber Ale for $1.88 at WinCo. That's hard--no, impossible--to beat.

The beer poured into my pint glass a clear amber color with a thick, off-white head. The head came up to more than a full inch high and dissipated quickly. A thin cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was sweet caramel malt with floral and citrus hops in the background.

Taste was pleasant maltiness with a nice bready quality. Bitter citrus hops round out the flavor. Not much of a hop sting to this one, but the bitterness lingers on the palate.

A really thin mouthfeel with good carbonation. The finish is just a bit watery, which is my only real disappoint with this beer.

MacTarnahan's Amber Ale is very drinkable. 5.10% ABV, so it's a respectable session beer. You certainly can't beat the price of admission. I'm giving this on a BeerguyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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