The first thing to grab me about this beer was the aroma. Allowing my nose to linger for a few seconds, I was reminded of freshly made toffee or even candy floss. After it settles in the glass, the colour is deep rusty red.
The mouthfeel is quite smooth, medium bodied and moderately carbonated. After the first sip, Gem Amber Ale is quite bready and smokey, with again that hint of toffee coming through. The taste is to some extent similar to that of a Belgian brown ale; a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly rather than a session beer.
The finish was mildly bitter and hoppy.
Bath Ales produces a good selection of other beers from bitters to porters to stouts. Looking forward to giving some of these a try soon!