Game Day Beer Review: Back Bay Brewing False Cape American Amber Ale
(6.00% ABV) False Cape Amber Ale was drunk on draft in Virginia Beach, Virginia during American Craft Beer Week. By the way, there is a nationwide toast to Craft Beer Week tonight, May 16, at 8pm EST / 5pm PST -- so now that you've been warned, be prepared to take up a glass.
False Cape Amber was poured with absolutely no head, as pictured above. The beer was produced by a very small brewery in Virginia Beach -- so small it doesn't even get mentioned yet on Beer Advocate. It was true to its promise as an amber ale -- the deep amber copper color came though even in the semi-dark environs of the bar at which we enjoyed this beer.
False Cap Amber had a mild smell; in truth, the maltiness was the most apparent aspect of the nose.
The beer's overwhelming taste was of a musky, muted chocolate, and it struck a nice balance between malt and hops. This beer is a direct descendant of New Belgium's much celebrated Fat Tire.
The mouthfeel was medium, and the beer was well carbonated. Nicely done: B+