Czig Meister Brewing Company is located in Hackettstown, NJ and was started by Matthew Czigler who decided to leave the science and medicine field behind and pursue his dream of brewing beers. He turned a hobby and passion into a job and after spending time as the head brewer at Kane Brewing Company he opened his own brewery in 2016. Even though the brewery is still fairly young they have been rolling out a wide variety of beers including Prospector, an amber ale, which is up for review today.
According to the Czig Meister website Prospector is Matthew Czigler’s favorite beer. It pours a dark brown with a slightly tan head that rose to just over one and a half fingers at its height. The head quickly dissipated and formed a ring around the edge of the glass. There was not much visible carbonation. The aroma was one of malt and caramel with just the slightest hint of hops.
The first sip offers that good malt flavor you are looking for in an amber. It isn’t too sweet but there is a hint of mellow sweetness as it rolls over your tongue. There is a note of bread or toasted grains as well. It goes down smooth with a slightly wet finish. The brew weighs in on the lighter side of medium, or the medium side of light. There are some nice caramel notes throughout the session but they were always mellow so it didn’t overtake the malt at all but rather complimented it as it should.
Overall, this was a pretty good beer. Prospector, which weighs in at 5.2% ABV, is a good interpretation of a British amber and balances the malt, caramel, and hops very well. It goes down very easy and if you are a fan of amber ales this would be worth a try if it is available in your area. Just one note, I enjoyed this from a glass more than from straight out of the can.