Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale

Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel

Brewed by: Smog City Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Amber / Red
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • IBU: N/A

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Known locally as Hopopio Maltocutus, our Sabre-Toothed Squirrel befriends you with a complex caramel and toasted malt character, then quicslyflaunts its fangs with a solid hop profile lending notes of sweet citrus, pine resin, and a touch of peach.

Hops: Citra

Malts: N/A

More Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Images

First Impressions

Artwork: A cute little squirrel holding a nut. Artwork by Ryan Cochran.

Color: Textbook amber / red ale color, done to perfection.

Aroma: Caramel and toasted bread, with hint of hops at the end of the inhale.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 16.9 oz Bottle

Served in: Tall Pilsner

Sometimes you can stand like a deer in the headlights in the bottle shop. You want something new, but it starts to get overwhelming scanning through the lineup of bottles.

Luckily this small woodland creature stood out on the shelf. Who doesn’t like a cuddly little squirrel? Oh wait… He has giant sharp fangs to guard his prized hop (nut) with.

Yes, eye-catching artwork — which made us notice this was a Smog City release, a brand we had never drank before. Between that, and the catchy sticker, we had to try it.

This beautiful amber ale poured a large fluffy head, just like the squirrel’s bushy tail on the label. As we worked our way through it, many patches of wheat colored lacing scattered themselves down the tall glass.

With its gentle carbonation, medium body, and thinner mouthfeel, Sabre-Toothed Squirrel was definitely an easy-drinker. Luckily its strong ABV was a good reminder to slow down the pace, and savor the flavor.

Light notes of caramel, mixed with toasted malt made for one tasty amber ale. We were told it was dry-hopped with Citra, which would explain its enhanced hop character. Ambers can leave off dull, but Sabre-Toothed Squirrel featured a very clean finish with gentle hop bitterness.

This ale was not as hearty as other reds/ambers typically can be, but very few are as hop forward as Sabre-Toothed Squirrel was.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

In a shallow market of amber ales, be sure you give Sabre-Toothed Squirrel a try. Smog City crafted a delicious little critter…

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