“Atom aims to blend scientific principle, brewing knowledge and raw enthusiasm to create beers that are full of big flavours, use world class ingredients and display their own unique style.”
Amber Ale, 3.5% ABV
Featured in main subscription box on 11 January 2018.
Serve this beer at 7°C to 10°C; at least an hour in the fridge, maybe up to 90 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
This is an American style amber ale, so expect something similar to a pale ale only with more malt body and a crisp hop bite.
“Imagine there is a cat in a box. Quantum mechanics implies that the cat remains both alive and dead until the cat is observed. At this point Schrodinger’s Cat was born.
Schrodinger’s Cat is a paradox, as is this beer. Brewed to be low in alcohol, but full in body. A strong malt backbone supports a one-two punch of Mosaic and Citra hops.”
We know the hops used – which gets Atom extra Good Brewer Points from me.
- Summit: pink grapefruit, orange
- Citra: mango, tropical fruit, lime
- Mosaic: tropical fruit, blueberry, citrus
We also know the malts used (Pale, Cararuby, Munich, Special B, Melanoidin) if you really want to nerd out and try your google-fu to see what impact that might have on the flavour.
With their extra bit of bite, amber ales usually pair well with strong, spicy food and bold, sweet desserts. While that leftover Christmas stilton may overpower a beer like this, milder blue cheeses should prove a pretty good match. If you’re after a dessert look to flavours such as caramel, ginger, baked apples of bananas, and even persimmon. Fancy.