Leetes Island Amber Ale
One of the best things about brewing craft beer in a place like Connecticut is the wonderful agrarian ecosystem we have at our disposal. A byproduct of the local beer brewing boom here in the Nutmeg State is that farmers are starting to grow hops again. The state is encouraging it, and we couldn't be happier.
Our latest release is a direct result of this dynamic. The DuVig Leetes Island Amber Ale is brewed primarily with Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops a local farmer in Guilford grew on his farm. While there is some ambiguity about the name of this style (it is referred to as a Red Ale in some regions), we've designated it an Amber Ale because it is a gentler, more malt-focused beer with an even balance of malt and hops. This style exists between two beer worlds: a pale ale and a brown ale.
As far as taste goes, the rich malt flavors have a pronounced caramel flavor laced with rich, dark grain flavorings that are refreshing but not sweet. The malt body is gently accented with a light bitterness and just a touch of citrus that finishes crisp and clean. We brewed it to be a little darker than a typical amber so the fresh hops could be accented with dark autumn flavors. It can be consumed as a thirst-quencher at cold temperatures (35-38F) or as a rich sipping beer at warmer temperatures (45-50F). ABV is 5.0%.
We're looking forward to creating more brews with local hops next season. If you know of a hop grower - put them in touch with us! Proust.