24 Jul New Republic Brewing Dammit Jim by Tony
Dammit Jim Amber
Packaging: Draft, 6 pack 12 ounce cans
I had Dammit Jim Amber for the first time last year during the Texans season. Each Sunday after church, Tam and I, and a few other friends would get together to eat and watch the game. I’d always try and bring something that I could share with a few of his friends that don’t drink craft, and this one was sort of a mistake.
Now wait a second; Dammit Jim Amber is a great beer. I just didn’t expect it to be quite as flavorful as it was, so it wasn’t a good beer to share with his Bud-Light drinkin’ buddies for the same reason that I really enjoyed it!
Dammit Jim, like all the other NRB brews, features retro typography and a cream background surrounded by a single color and some silver. For this one, the color’s an A&M maroon. There’s a bit on the can about trademark issues and a cease and desist, but I haven’t been able to get out there yet. It’s on the top of my list of questions to ask for sure.
As we sat to watch the game, Tam busted out some real signed memorabilia and explained that at half time we’d be playing Texans trivia for the prizes. He’s easily one of the best hosts I know. Aside from the take your shoes off at the door thing… But he makes up for it.
Anyhow, this amber starts off subtle and builds from there. The nose is pretty malty, but it’s balanced with some aromatic, almost spicy hop notes.
Dammit Jim Amber continues with a bready-malty sort of sweetness early and an assertive, piney hop bitterness on the finish. It almost coats your tongue in the very best way. The hop bitterness stays to play for a while after each sip.
This reminds me a little bit of Second Line Brewing Route 47 Red I had in NOLA.
It poured with a slightly cloudy amber-brown color, and it had a big, tan, creamy head that crawled slowly down the sides like a QB after a JJ Watt sack.
It was far more pronounced with the hop flavors than I expected, but as far as the style goes, it’s on point.
I bought it to share with some friends, but you can see why it might not have been the best option for the BMC squad. In the end, I didn’t share any of them, but the following week I brought over 11 Below 7 Iron Session Ale, and it was a hit for the most part.
I gave Dammit Jim Amber 4 stars because it was a great beer, and while it fits perfectly into the stylistic guidelines, it has the little bit of extra flavor that takes it from good to great.
As with all good things, I got mine from HEB, but this time it was the one out by Tam. I actually stopped at the one on Sawdust before I realized it was 11:45 on a Sunday AM. I couldn’t even buy beer. Luckily, it took me 15 minutes to get to the one by his house, and I grabbed the 6 pack of cans. You can find Dammit Jim on tap at a few bars around town, but you’ll probably find it in cans at Total Wine or HEB more easily.
So what’d you think of Dammit Jim Amber? Do you know what the deal is with the story on the front of the can? Give us a holler in the comments below, and let us know. Beers to you, Houston! 🍻