Eight Degrees Irish Amber Ella American Amber Ale 5.8% abv.
It won’t be long before the Irish edition of The Carouser is published. By way of a taster here is Amber Ella, a product of Irish brewers Eight Degrees. Amber Ella pours a copper colour and has a very aromatic tangerine and pine bouquet. This is a big beer with a huge citrus and toffee taste. Eight Degrees have been influenced by American beers and I think in this case they have outdone the opposition by creating this hugely flavoursome ale. This is a beer to sip slowly as you appreciate the depth of flavour. The big citrus taste could overwhelm some foods but I think it could go with BBQ meats, particularly pork ribs. It is also a beer to enjoy on its own although a bit strong for a session ale.
Amber Ales are an American creation and tend to be darker versions of Pale Ales or IPAs. They are heavily hopped with citrusy US West coast hops but also have a caramel taste as they are brewed with darker malts than Pale Ales. Amber Ales probably started off in the USA as an attempt to replicate a strong British bitter but with the addition of US hops. They are sometimes referred to as Red Ales but in Ireland, a Red Ale is a different style of beer which is more like a British bitter ale.
Ireland used to be a one beer country and that beer was Guinness. Craft breweries arrived over 10 years ago and Ireland now has over 70 micro-breweries. Irish brewers seem to be influenced by American, British and local styles of beer. Most make very good versions of stout and Irish Red ales as well as US-style IPAs and British-style session bitters.
Eight Degrees are located in Mitchelstown, County Cork. The name Eight Degrees comes from the fact that Ireland’s longitude is eight degrees west. They brew Pilsner, Red Ale, Pale Ale, Stout, IPA and some specialised beers. Eight Degrees beer is exported to several different countries.
My favourite Irish rock musician was the blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948 -1995) who will also be featured in the Irish edition of The Carouser. Rory was first and foremost a live musician although he did have modest commercial success with some albums in the 1970s. Pour yourself a glass of Amber Ella and enjoy listening to Rory as he performs his signature song Bullfrog Blues, a number which he often performed at the end of his concerts.