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#FloridaBeerFriday: Lost City Amber Lager From Due South Brewing

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Every week, we take a look at a craft beer brewed in Florida. Follow #FloridaBeerFriday for more reviews of Sunshine State brews. Get out there and #DrinkLocal.

Why not start the weekend off, the very beginning of South Florida Beer Week mind you, with a malt-forward amber lager from Due South Brewing Co. called Lost City? I thought it would be appropriate to check out a mild alcohol-by-volume (this is 5.4 percent) beer from the brewery before its 10 percent ABV Mariana Trench Imperial Stout release event, Trench Day, this Saturday. (Check back Monday for my review of the event. If you'll be there too, make like Adele and say hello.)

The Brewer's Association describes an American amber lager as a "sessionable craft-beer style that showcases both malt and hops," though they "can range from very low to medium-high." The style is part of a family of dark lagers that generally accentuate the malt characteristics of a beer over hops. 

Here, it appears that Due South is going for a richer beer with presence — as I mentioned before, it holds a lot of malt character. It pours a medium amber that's crystal-clear. The aroma gives off the first hints of sweetness, and with some swirling of the glass, Continental hops shrug some of their earthiness out. The flavor is rounded and full of accumulated maltiness. That's my cheat to describe the assortment of bread, biscuit, and light caramel this beer is showing off. It's also mildly creamy, almost like a lagered cousin to the Caramel Cream ale. The mouthfeel is full considering the style and holds a moderately low level of carbonation. 

Lost City is currently available at the Due South taproom in Boynton Beach (2900 High Ridge Road, Suite 3). $5 for a 16-ounce glass, $7.50 for a 32-ounce growler fill, or $14 for 64 ounces.

Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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