Japanese Name: アサヒ ザ・クラフトマンシップ クリスマスビア「イヴ・アンバー」
Release: Nov. 25, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥203 @Yamaya
Eve Amber is Asahi’s other Christmas Craftsmanship beer release this year. For some reason, the brewers are starting to release in pairs, it would seem. Eve Amber also features the use of Japanese grown Golden malt and hops which are in-part incorporated by hand.
An earthy, yeasty odor comes off the head of Eve Amber, and as one would expect it is very dark in the glass having a deep brown hue. This beer is quite full bodied, starting off with a ton of malt flavor that carries across the palate, being stronger and rounder than the previously reviewed Merry Gold. Hints of charcoal and roasted coffee beans come through in the background. The finish is not as bitter as you might expect, having a more smooth slightly sweet end.
If you only have a few hundred yen in your pocket, you’ll want to pick Eve Amber over Merry Gold. It is just a rounder, more satisfying beer. However, it does lack in the bitter department, so if that’s your angle you may want to opt for the latter. Bottom line, Asahi’s Eve Amber is a worthy beer for this holiday season.