Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Devon Amber from Salcombe Brewery Beer Review. I'm pretty sure Devon Amber is my first Salcombe Brewery beer so I'm hoping it makes a good impression. The beer came as part of a Beer Advocate delivery and I'm drinking it on another cold night in lockdown. Salcombe Brewing co are based in Devon, the home of the Last Leg's Josh Widdecombe and no doubt some other people. It's a pretty new brewery having only started up in 2016 which probably explains why this will be my first taste of their beers. Having had a quick look on their website I can tell you that the seahorse logo for the brewery relates to Salcombe estuary which is one of very few places in the UK you can find seahorses. Fascinating.
Devon Amber comes in a nice and pretty eye catching 500ml bottle with a bold green and white label with the aforementioned seahorse featuring prominently. I like it, it's not too flash, or complicated, it's just bright and bold. The label gives very little away other than saying Devon amber is a 'crisp great tasting bitter.' I think that's probably the type of claim we've all heard before, but I quite like that it doesn't massively go in to detail or make excessive claims. Perhaps the lack of sparkle reflects that this is only a 3.8% beer, so we're very much looking at the session market.
Devon Amber from Salcombe Brewery pours a nice, slightly darker than expected amber red with almost no head at all. The lack of a good head is more than made up for by the lovely aroma though. There's plenty of malts in there, but also caramel, chocolate and blackcurrant smells coming through, this really could be quite tasty if they've got the blend right. The texture is really light and refreshing, which I guess reflects the relatively low alcohol content. I really think Salcombe Brewing Co might be on to a winner here.
The taste is honestly exceptional. The toasty bitter malts are just perfect creating a really nice well balanced flavour. Sure the chocolate and caramel notes have to take a bit of a back seat to the malts and the fruity tastes which come from nowhere, but when the beer tastes this good I can live without the dessert flavours. I really am going to have to look in to finding some more Salcombe beers if they're all this good. I'm going to give Devon Amber from Salcombe Brewery co 9.5 out of 10. I think it's my new favourite amber bitter.