Silver Gulch offering lacks substance

“Copper Creek Amber Ale” is not the first beer I have tried from Silver Gulch Brewing, and so far I have yet to be impressed with the company’s offerings. “Copper Creek Amber” puts off the right front: amber color, floral aroma with an undertone of a sugary quality. But my first swallow of this beer immediately reported to my taste buds a distinct lack of flavor. On further mouthfuls, I was able to pick up some of the spiciness one expects from an amber, but it was downplayed, and almost after the fact. The one positive characteristic that came through was a medium hoppiness, which was passable in its own right. But without the proper backup, hops by themselves do not constitute the recognition due a fully composed amber ale. I like to think of myself as being in the corner of every 49th state brewery, and granted I have not tried every offering from Silver Gulch, but at this juncture, I have to say they have not given me any takeaways that are going to keep me coming back for more.