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Oakshire Amber - Oakshire Brewing

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Oakshire AmberOakshire Amber

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BA SCORE
81
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as 'Willamette Amber'.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-20-2008)
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Reviews by N3rdM3t4l:
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

brown bomber into standard pint.

A:Pours a pretty solid copper color. Very clear, a somewhat aggressive pour got about 3/4 inch of slightly off white head that became a thin cap littered with some large bubbles and a pretty good looking ring also scattered with some bigger bubbles. leaving good lacing on the glass though.

S: at first whiff I get a lot of malt from the body a quick swirl provides an herbal note. nothing strong or overly hoppy. Just enough aroma to let you know the beer has been hopped. Northwest hop choices in this one of course. Appealing but it doesn't stand out from the crowd and scream "DEAR GOD DRINK ME I AM THE WORLDS BEST SMELLING AMBER ALE!"

T: Opens with a great hit of malt flavor. I love ambers/reds anyway so I am a little biased. Well balanced no excess sweetness and no overpowering hop bitterness either. After the first wave of flavor it starts on the bitter track. That pretty standard northwest hop flavors permeate the finish but without the citrus notes. Finishes with that herbal note in the nose and lingers for a while on the palate.

M: great middle of the road medium body. Not so heavy you want to take a nap after but not so light you feel like you just drank water. exactly where the body should be for the style I think. Not much carbonation in this one but as the beer crosses the tongue it agitates and forms some of that foamy head i saw in the glass making the beer feel creamy in a good way.

O: A winner for sure. This beer is a great example of the style. Nothing that makes it jump out and beg to be drank but nothing that would make you avoid it. Very sessionable. It has won me over.

N3rdM3t4l, Feb 01, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 17, 2014.

It is an attractive looking chestnut amber pour with a short-lived off-white head and good clarity.

The aroma is not very pungent. I get some sweet and roasted caramel malts but little else.

Light to medium body

Those sweet roasted caramel malts are also in the taste but there is a definite bitter bite on the tail end which cuts like a knife and then fades away. A very typical amber ale.

puboflyons, May 18, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark and hazed with almost one finger of off white head. Lacing only where the head was. Head recedes quickly.
Smell is all malts with a hint of earthy hops.
Taste is dark earthy hops with a fair amount of malt support.
Mouthfeel is quite full for an amber. Carbonation is on the low side. It has a fairly dry finish with some lingering leathery bitterness.
Overall quite a let down from a brewer I respect. Could be old. The bit of inked on date on the label was smudged. If I get a fresh example I will revise or update this review.
12-17-2013 Upgrade and additional notes.
Amber an clear with a large white head that sticks around. Lacings are plentiful.
Smell is about the same as before.
Taste is earthy bitter hops with some bready malts. Could use a bit more malts as the hops are slightly in the lead.
Overall a not sweet amber. Pretty easy drinking whatever you call it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, Brattleboro, VT

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of earthy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy hops along with notes of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous someone for sharing this at DLD 2011. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields an amber-colored brew with an off-white head that falls quickly without too much lacing. The nose brings some light bready malt plus a bit of light caramel sweetness in the background. Very mild hop presence. The flavor is mostly bread crust with a bit of toast as well as very mild toffee plus some caramel. Lightly candied. Medium body and good carbonation. Not bad.

Thorpe429, May 10, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

carteravebrew, Jan 30, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Regarded by me as my favorite amber of all time, but I haven't had it in over a year so we will see if it still holds up to that, especially with a very different palate now. Very aggressive pour only gives me a standard (maybe less than standard) one finger head. The had is just barely off white, mostly completely white though. About half medium bubbles and half small bubbles, the head looks pretty standard, not pillowy or creamy or soapy, it just looks....normal. The head is fading pretty quickly, it leaving good lacing though. The body looks much better than the head, nice dark amber color, hints of brown and orange, but very dark red all around. Somewhat cloudy, but mostly just very difficult to see through due to the dark color. The carbonation looks very very low, but we will see on the taste. The head is now gone, but it's leaving a very generous amount of foam on top of the body, so that really saves the head for me. Overall a pretty good look, body is excellent, the head not so much, but the foam on top of the body saves it. The smell is not what I remember at all, I remember a hop hound, but like I said my palate has changed a lot. The first thing I get is malt, rich rich rich malt, very similar to what an irish red would have in it. Somewhat dark malt, but my no means what would go in a porter or stout, perhaps caramel malts. Frankly the smell is too malty, is smells like it's going to be very sweet and overpowering. In an amber there should be some hops, and there is almost none on the smell for me. The smell isn't horrible, I can tell it will still be a decent craft brew, I'm just not looking forward to it that much. We will see how it tastes, but I don't have that high of hopes. Wow....that's just not a very good beer, I'm shocked at how different this beer tastes to me now that my palate has changed. I get very little flavor overall, the malts are for sure dominant, and the hops are barely there at all. I mean if I can say anything good about this beer it would be that the malts are smaller than I thought they would be, and there are a tiny bit of hops, and I didn't think there would be any. Overall though....man, disappointing. It's just super watery, the hops and malts are just overpowered by water. I remember this beer being my favorite from Oakshire, it will probably turn out to be my least favorite. The taste is just not very good. The mouthfeel is also just super super thin, almost nothing going on there at all, it feels like I'm drinking water. Carbonation is very low, like I thought it would be when I looked at it. Overall though it's not the carbonation that makes it feel like water, it's just super thin. Overall on this beer as a whole, I don't know what else to say....I'm shocked.

MaltsOfGlory, Jun 21, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours an amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: There's a nice perfume and floral hop aroma to this. Behind that, there is sweet toffee and caramel malt. A bit of toasted bread, some hints of citrus peel, too.

T: The beer is mostly sweet with a good amount of toffee and toasted malt/bread flavor. A nice bit of perfumey hops, some good floral notes, and just a mild citrus flavor. A decent hop bitterness to the beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty standard red ale, but good flavors and easy to put down a glass or two of.

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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If there is no IPA then I go for the Amber Ale. This one taste like so many others...are they putting different labels on the same beer? Above average, great for parties, tailgates, or sort of general purpose. I would drink it again if there is nothing better on the menu.

ssteakley, Oct 01, 2013
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Oakshire Amber from Oakshire Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.