Off the Wall: Lands End Amber Ale

Name: Lands End Amber Ale
Brewery: Kannah Creek Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Grand Junction, Colorado
Style: Altbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.50%
First Brewed: NA
Price: NA

Description: (This is from the sell sheet that was provided for each beer.)
Deep copper in color, this German-style Altbier is a remarkable beer with a crisp clean finish. Lands End Amber Ale balanced the rich character of specialty malts with the mild aroma and bitterness of three hop additions to create a memorable drinking experience.

Ricky’s Thoughts

It is finally time to review some beers from Kannah Creek. Since our conversation on Untappd, these bottles have been sitting in my fridge waiting for the opportunity to review. We will be reviewing three beers from Kannah Creek, including this release, the Standing Wave Pale Ale and the Broken Oar IPA. I also want to thank Katlin Birdsall for sending us these samples. She has been a pleasure to work with, and she gives us a great reason and opportunity to try their beers again. I’ll drink to that. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer looks awesome in the glass, and produces a really nice head. It does seem to be quite carbonated, but that’s OK. I am going to let this sit here for a few minutes, as I just pulled this from the fridge. The beer is also producing a really nice lace. It is darker than I would have imagined, and am slightly confused why BeerAdvocate calls it an Altbier when the bottle says it’s an Amber Ale. But their sell sheet calls it a “German-style Altbier.” I’ll go with that! Let’s see what this beer smells like.

Nose: This has a nice crisp aroma to it. If I didn’t know what I was drinking, I might think it was a European-style Kolsch or pilsner. But there is a lot of color to this. On the sell sheet, it says they use CTZ and Mt. Hood hops, but I am not getting a ton of hops on the nose. Not really expecting them in the flavor, either.

This beer has won a couple of awards. In 2010 it won the World Beer Cup Gold Medal in the “German-Style Brown Ale/Dusseldorf-Style Altbier” category. In 2012 it won the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the “German-Style Altbier” category.

Flavor: Let’s see what this tastes like. Beers always taste different/better when reviewing them. That has a nice rich flavor, and a lovely hoppy finish. The hops are definitely pronounced, especially in the aftertaste. This beer isn’t going to blow your mind, but I cold sit here and drink 3 or 4 pints and be fine. Not sure if I would be fine to drive, but I would be fine to drink that many pints!

I bet this beer would be great with food. I am always looking to pair beers with food, and this tastes like a great food beer. Drinking a beer like this, I can understand what they mean about making consistent beers that are true to their style and the original recipe. If Kannah Creek can do that and do it consistently, they will be around for a long time!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this rocks. It is almost creamy… That is the best word I can use to explain what I am experiencing. It starts nice and creamy, and then the back of your palate is hit with a ton of carbonation. That’s not a bad thing, as that really opens up the hops. The aftertaste might be my favorite part. Remember… I am a hop head!

Aftertaste: The hops really start to come out when you swallow. As I am sitting here, the hop character sticks around and while I want to take another drink, I am enjoying the flavor that is left over. I love how, after I finish the glass, the lace is still present… I would call it sticky, for sure. I am not a brewer, but I have always wondered how a beer produces a lace, and if a brewer thinks about that while he or she is brewing the beer. Maybe I should ask Jimbo that, the brewmaster at Kannah Creek.

For our first review from Kannah Creek, I am happy to say that I like it! The beer didn’t knock my socks off, but I didn’t expect it to. It is a beer that I could grab a six pack of and enjoy throughout the evening.

Lands End Amber Ale – The bottle says: “Deep copper in color, this German-style Altbier is a remarkable beer with a crisp clean finish. Lands End Amber Ale balanced the rich character of specialty malts with the mild aroma and bitterness of three hop additions to create a memorable drinking experience.”

Funny… That is the same thing listed on the sell sheet!

Rating: 3.5/5

This is the first of three beers we will be reviewing from Kannah Creek Brewing Company.

Sheryl’s Thoughts

It’s been a while since we reviewed a beer. It also seems like we always say that! Sorry we are so inconsistent, but know that even if we aren’t on here reviewing, we are still out there trying new beer. In fact, that’s how we came across this one. It is from a brewing company that we first tried just recently. I don’t remember which beer of theirs it was that we tried, but after posting about it, they contacted us and sent us a few more of their beers to try and review. So here we are–this is the first of those that we are trying and letting you know what we think of it.

The beer is from Kannah Creek Brewing Company in Colorado, and it is called Lands End Amber Ale. First I have to say that we had a tasting party last night, and we drank some pretty epic, heavy beers. So this might actually be a nice change from all the heavy beer last night since it is just a basic amber ale. That’s what it looks like in the glass, and that is what it smells like. I have smelled so many beers now that I am getting bad at describing what they smell like. To me, this one smells exactly like you would expect an amber to smell. But I’m not sure anymore how to describe that smell! Oh well. If you are a beer drinker, I’m sure you know what I am talking about. It is a rich copper color in the glass and has a very thick foamy, marshmallow-like head that is taking a while to go away. It’s been sitting here for several minutes and there is still a decent bit of foam left in the glass. But I’m going to try a sip anyway.

I know that Ricky isn’t a big fan of amber ales, and they are not at the top of my list, but they are not at the bottom either. This one tastes like a pretty basic amber. It would make a great session beer, just a beer that you would buy a six-pack of and come home and relax or hang out with some buddies. It has a little bit of a coppery taste to it, but not overly metallic. It’s actually got a little bit of a nutty flavor to it, making it a bit richer of a flavor than a lot of ambers. Overall, I don’t know if there is really anything about this beer that sticks out enough for me to want to buy another one, but it is a decent beer and a good representation of the amber style.

Rating: 3/5

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