Orgin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Beer Style: Brown Ale
Malts: UK Optic, Chocolate, Dark Crystal, Munich
Hops: Goldings, Fuggles
Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug
Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius
Availability: Year Round at The Amsterdam Retail Store, LCBO and Beer Store, and on tap at Bars and Restaurants
This weeks beer review features a beer from Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, Ontario. Amsterdam Brewery is located at
45 Esandar Drive Toronto, and also has a Brewhouse in Downtown Toronto. The beer that I chose to review is the Downtown Brown, formerly known as Nut Brown Ale. Downtown Brown is a Brit
ish style ale brewed with malts from two regions of the world, Canada and Europe.
The beer came in a tall boy can (473ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. The can has a great design graphic, showing what looks to be a trolley or street car with the name of the beer on street signs. It is an all natural beer with no additives, no preservatives and is non pasteurized. I used a pint glass for this review, but Amsterdam recommends a dimpled mug.
When the beer is poured into the glass it has a deep chestnut colouring. The head is a thick foam, which later ended up being very thin with little to no glass lacing. The aroma of the beer was a sweet nut with hints of roasted malts. The nut notes are really noticed as the beer warms up to its proper drinking temperature of 10° Celsius.
At first taste, you get bold and light bitter hops which slowly turn into sweet caramel notes. The beer finishes off with roasted nut and hints of chocolate. As the beer really opens up, the nut notes become more prominent, which is very smooth and enjoyable. The beer is a full body experience in your mouth with light carbonation. As Amsterdam Brewery says, “Downtown Brown delivers an uncommon smoothness and distinct drinkability.”
My overall impression of this beer is that it is a very well balanced brew that combines all the flavours very well. The nut notes are the ones that shine which was intended by the brewery. This is definitely a beer I would go back to and drink again.
I give this beer an overall score of 42/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.