Half Pints’ Bulldog Amber Ale

The second of Half Pints’ three beers that we’re trying is Bulldog Amber Ale. Here is the description from the bottle:

British crystal malts give this beer in distinctly deep amber body and a nutty aroma that persist throughout the glass. The soft underlying hop bitterness is tempered with the flowery aroma of the U.K. Golding hop. Like its namesake, Bulldog Amber Ale is tough on the exterior but with a soft disposition. This malty morsel makes the perfect pairing to hot wings or a hand tossed pizza. Serve in a glass at 4°C. Bottle may contain sediment.

So what’s it like? Well, it’s a nice British ale, with a huge sweet maltiness. You can really taste the crystal malt, and it pretty well dominates the taste. Not overly hoppy, but the E.K. Goldings is nice in this beer (it’s actually my favourite British hop). I’m not sure if this was intended or not, but the carbonation is pretty low. A bit too low in my opinion. I know that this is supposed to be a British beer, and they are nowhere near as carbonated as what we’re used to here in North America. But I wasn’t even able to get a nice head on it when I was pouring it (see picture). It’s not flat, but just slightly undercarbonated.

I’d have to say that this is a very nice beer, a good representative of the style. But I still like the Little Scrapper IPA the best. Now I wonder what the Stir Stick Stout will be like?

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I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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