I had seen Austin Amber before and naturally was attracted to it, but it just never made the cut for space in my suitcase, so
again, I have to thank my college roommate, Big Poppa Bear Black (Side note: Congrats to him on popping the question), for making this review possible. Independence Brewery started making beers in Austin in 2004 and has continued to grow over the years but still is only available in Texas.
The beer’s coloring is typical for an Amber style beer — rich copper/brown and pours with a nice thick white head. You can smell the caramel from the malts along with a bit of spice. The beer tastes really solid for an amber. It has a little bit of bitterness from the hops but the sweetness from the malts comes through giving a good balance. The finish is very clean, and the body is light with minimal carbonation. Overall, this beer is right in my wheelhouse: local Texas, Amber, and perfect for Summer drinking.
I think I’m going to need a bigger suitcase…