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Brew Review Score Card

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Ambar IPA

ABV

5.7%

IBU

45

IPA - English Style -

Ambar La Zaragozana

Aragón, Spain

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Notes

Score

66

/100

Zaragoza Brewery Ambar still occupies the same site it started on in 1900, The Zaragozana brewery was founded by a group of friends using the local barely to brew high quality beers.


Currently La Zaragozana produces a range of  beers beyond their staple Ambar Special. It produced the fist non alcoholic beer in Spain (1975) and the coutry's first wheat beer (2008).


This offering is a curious beast that divides opinion. Purists are adamant that this is NOT an IPA, and there is a very strong case to support that position. This holds almost no nose and looks like a lager or pils in the glass. It tastes like a mild bitter with a lingering after taste. The taste experience holds notes of citrus, especially lemon and is refreshing and eminently drinkable, despite feeling and presenting as a mass produced aroma laden product.


The Bulldogz desicion is that this beer suffers from being saddled with the IPA label but in the Spanish market where so many are only just discovering the wonderful world of beer beyond the standard lager, this is certainly a useful gateway drink to introduce newly adventurous taste buds to new experiences. 


The Zaragozana website is here

Scorecard

Appearance (10)

6

Remarkably like a Lager

Aroma          (10)

Taste             (30)

4

22

Very little on the nose

Bitter yet refreshing

Aftertaste     (20)

14

Citrus notes on a slow bitter drift

Drinkability  (30)

20

Surprisingly drinkable

TOTAL           (100)

66

Pleasant enough, but not an IPA

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