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Native Amber - Coop Ale Works

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Native AmberNative Amber

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 173
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OKCNittany on 03-26-2009

Native Amber is an audacious blend of hops and malt. Caramel and biscuit notes carry the Cascade and Cluster hop additions through to an enjoyably round finish. The malt complexity proves rich and the dry-hopped character is invigorating.

55 IBU
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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautifully made and different beer. Complex and delicious.

Lovely brown/orange hue is a cross between a British brown and a nice Americanized Oktoberfest. Lacey head with some color to it. The smell is absolutely perfect, balanced with the malt of a British brown and the hops (albeit less extreme) of a west coast IPA. The flavor is again, perfectly balanced. The hops are similar to, but much less overpowering, than a good IPA. I can't believe a beer this complex and unique came out of OKC.

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Photo of BriantheBeerHound
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drunk on numerous occasions, and it's been fairly consistent thus.
Look:Great, smooth, smallish head that doesn't stick around, but still leaves wonderful laces as it leaves. Wonderful red-amber that is absolutely perfect to style, slightly cloudy, but not as much as their IPA
Smell: Sweet graininess and somewhat floral and sour hops. Not bad.
Taste:Just as the label describes. Caramel is the most obvious, and lingers in the back. Bready, biscuity malt, and some fairly aggressive hops especially for the style. Blue cheese is in there, and I'm guessing that comes from the hops as well.
Feel: medium bodied ale. Smooth finish, and very drinkable for the abv. Although I said it's consistent, it's a little less carbonated than I'd like.
Overall: Local brew that is decent.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Ruby red, moderate pour leads to fluffy white head that fades down to a thin line that leaves nice lacing.

S: caramel, floral, dank, Pine, woody, earthy, raisin/ plum.

T: Bready, hints of grapefruit and pine, earthy, slight tobacco and spice. Subtle dankness, stronger piney/herbal finish.

M: smooth, perfect carbonation, just enough drying of the mouth. Perfect mouthfeel .

O: excellent, great aroma, great flavor, really balanced and mouthfeel can't be touched. Great showing of an amber. Might be pushing the hops for the style, but it's my preferred level.

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Photo of DeeZee83
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep Amber with nice head retention and lacing. Smells pine and a sweet note I can't quite put my finger on. Some kind of stone fruit maybe? Taste is perfectly balanced though the flavored are very assertive. Hop bitterness is pine and the malt is biscuit and slightly sweet fruit. The only knock id have on this is the ABV is a bit high for sessioning, but the flavor leaves you wanting more. This could get you into trouble!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark rusty amber body, tan colored head. Foamy, random lacing including patches and lines.

Aroma: Faint malts and breadiness, more woody and hoppy overall, on the herbal spicy side.

Taste: There are caramel bomb ambers, and then there are hoppy ambers. This sides on the hoppy side with lots of cedar, earthy hops, and a bit of a boozy spicy kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: A hoppy, dry, herbal amber ale.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 29, 2014

Draft/growler, snifter

A – A very deep amber, nearing mahogany, and very clear. Less than a finger of off-white head, with fairly low retention.

S – Very sweet toffee, golden biscuit. Some hints of dark pitted fruit, like black cherries, currants. Hops are herbal/medicinal, with just a light touch of fruitiness.

T – Toffee, then a ton of hop bitterness all the way through to the finish. Hops also provide herbal flavor, accompanied by floral notes. Some light fruitiness as well, and the impression of rye.

M – Bitterness is upfront in the mix, just a light sweet tinge. Carbonation is moderate-low, mild dryness but mostly juicy throughout.

O – An interesting, grainy-sweet, bitterly hopped beer with a bit of a rye-like bite. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber bordering on brown. A thick off white head caps it and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet with a nice nutty hint. The taste is similar with just a little hops to balance. It is a nice smooth quaff.

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Photo of sooneralum2012
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%

This beer used to be my favorite, however for about the past 6 months every can I have had has been extremely under carbonated and not nearly as hoppy as it used to be. I have spoken to a few of my fellow bar patrons and they felt the same way. I know that COOP changed facilities recently, and maybe that is the reason why. But what ever it is, it ruined a once great beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Mahogany red color that leaves very little visibility. Barely pours any head at all on a hard pour.

Aroma- Big hop aromas of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Some sweet malt present too, but surprisingly very little for an amber ale.

Taste- Once again the pine,citrus, grapefruit is big up front packing a mild bitter punch. The hops are quickly followed and balanced by caramel malt which transition to a bready malt in the finish.

Feel- The malts give this beer a very smooth and soft mouthfeel and subdue the hop bitterness.

Overall- A very good amber ale with big west coast hop flavors and a perfect malt balance. I find some hoppy amber ales or red ipas to have malt that lingers way too long with a sticky/cloying feel, but this is perfect in that regards as the malt disappears very quickly in the finish. Overall, a very good hoppy amber ale that is worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Can. Obviously pours amber. Thin, off-white head. The aroma was somewhat oxidized. I detect some hop decay. It smells balanced. This isn't a hop-bomb Amber Ale. The sweetness and distinct malt play just as important a role. The flavor doesn't taste as oxidized although I do pick it up, still. Some green, almost vegetal hops along with some grass. Toasted malts and a generic sweetness. Has a sort of tanginess to it. Medium bodied with plenty of bubbles. Not overly bitter. I wasn't enamored with this beer. I am also pretty sure it isn't very old.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yummy tall boy cans! Thanks to rudzud for this interesting guy. No date unfortunately.

Pours a decent fizzy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent soapy lacing, semi clear for being as dark as it is, dark maroon cranberry slight mahogany brown colored.

Nose delivers what promises, amber malts, caramel, little toasted reddish malt notes, almost a candy like note but not quite there mostly just caramel, with a bit of a grassy slightly earthy hop note in the background, faint candied orange peel.

Taste brings more malts, more brown malts this time, a little biscuit with toasted malts, some reddish candy malts with more caramel and almost but not quite candy syrup again, never quite hits the candy syrup level. A mild toasted dark caramel brown malt flavor leads into hops, with a bit of a spicy grassy hop note, that even turns earthy and a touch of a bitter orange peel note. The creamy brown malt and spicy hop with mild orange peel seem to clash a little unfortunately. Other than that it is enjoyable and pretty tasty. The finish is where the clash really seems to happen, the drying effect brings more creamy brown malts out but leaves a weird bitterness because of that spicy earthy hop, and a little bitter orange peel just wedges the nail between the two and creates a long bitter not so happy aftertaste unfortunately.

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy, nice carb.

Overall decent, mixed though, nice characters all around, but that clash of hte bitter spicy earthy orange peel hops with the creamy brown malts seems to knock this down just a bit. Otherwise this is a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice darker red/amber hue with a thin one finger head that faded to leave a light quarter inch off white head and light lacing.

S - Aromas are heavier on the biscuit and caramel, though there is some Cascade hops tucked behind it. Lightly fruity malts, faint faint pine.

T - Taste is rather malty sweet and caramel heavy, bread/biscuit, floral hops, faint faint citrus with more sweetness towards the end. Very, very light pine bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the stickier side, decent carbonation, just drinks heavy.

O - Overall these guys wanted a malt/biscuit heavy Amber ale and well, the succeeded. That being said, this is not my kind of amber...I like much more hops in it. Not my thing.

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Photo of dwren89
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: not great clarity, a little murky, brownish red and with a nice creamy tan head

Aroma: definite caramel and bready ness that is cut by delicious pine notes.

Taste: a deceptively malty taste that carries strong caramel and bready flavors, a slight toastiness, and some delightful pine notes to balance. Very well balanced and with a strange complexity that american ambers seldom can achieve. I truly enjoyed this beer

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly creamy, mouthfeel with medium carbonation

Overall: Great and surprising complexity of caramel and bready flavors complemented by nice piney hop character. One of the best amber ales I've ever had.

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Gotta thank Ken for this.

A - Dark rust red with a 1 finger light khaki head. Fades quickly and leaves just a trace of a ring with spotty lacing.

S - Sweet Amber malt with citrus and fruity hops. Some nice bread, biscuit, and pine round it out.

T - Starts somewhat sweet with bread, biscuit, and caramel malt. Floral and citrus fruit hops take over in the middle, then sweetness again. Finish is a nice grapefruit with a bitter pine bite.

M - Medium body with some carbonation. A bit sticky with a good bitter finish.

O - This resembles Oskar Blues G'Knight and that is a good thing. If you are looking for an Amber with a decent hop presence, this fits the bill.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with Beertracker- thanks!! 16 oz can poured into pint glass. Appearance is crimson and clear with nice fluffy white head with heavy lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice malty presence with caramel and amber malts bringing some grain and bread to the profile. There is also a nice presence of piny hops in the back. Taste starts with caramel and biscuit and is followed by sturdy pine hops. Really nice balance here, great example of the style. Mouthfeel is moderate and smooth. Oerall, a very solid Amber Ale and worth a try.

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Photo of dbossman
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish/brownish copper hue with a huge, bready, thick, tan-colored head and fairly fantastic lacing

S: Light citrus hops with a subtle bready malt base--toasty with some subtle toffee notes; pretty subtle but pleasant

T: Great balance of a piney, grassy bitterness with a chalky roastiness; the sweet bready malts and bitter grassy hops play well off each other

F: A creamy full bodied, chewy beer

O: This is one of my favorite ambers--just a solid everyday beer

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Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can courtesy of Bradley R. Thanks pal!

Pours an opaque, dark and somewhat dull amber with a finger of slowly settling cream-colored head. Sticky lacing remains clinging to the glass. Aroma is malty up front, caramel sweet, with a light toasty aspect, followed by some citrusy, resinous hop notes. Overall fairly subdued in the nose - it's not exactly what you'd call deeply aromatic.

This beer tastes like it's a lot bigger than it is; there's a much more assertive hop bitterness in the flavor, again citrusy and with piney resin notes, and there's a distinct booziness that fools you into thinking this is more in the 9% area than the 6% it actually is. Lots of full-bodied malt flavor, with caramel and toastiness, but the sweetness is very much held at bay by the ample bitterness. Moderately lingering aftertaste has a vaguely aspirin-like quality.

Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Pretty decent, but not exactly easy drinking. Ideally this would have a little more overall sweetness and hop character rather than simply a whole lot of that aspirin bitterness. The hints of toasty bread and pine are both subtle and appealing notes in both the aroma and the taste but unfortunately they're stomped on a bit, robbing the beer of added complexity. Glad I got to try this but to be perfectly honest I wouldn't be running out for more if this was available in the northeast.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack in 16oz. Cans. The first brewer I know of that all I saw were cans.
Pours a nice, deep amber. Small one inch tan head. Minimum lace but did leave a glass ring.
Aroma is mostly hop with a Bread like back note.
Taste is of an up front hop that carries over to the mouthfeel and lingers. Malts round out the finish and smooth out the crispness.
Overall a good drinkable brew if you got a taste for an assertive flavored beer. Goes well with a burger or steak. Best part, no can taste, good job.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is back in high gear following an extended hiatus at the end of the school year. tone77 gives me too much credit for this one as these CANs were presented to me by Coop's brewer during SAVOR in DC with a promise of more to follow. Our thanks to any and all CANtributors!

From the CAN: "We like to believe that Native Amber is a perfect blend of hops and malt. Caramel and biscuit notes carry the Cascade and Cluster hop additions through to a wonderfully round finish. Native Amber is both rich, and easy on the palette [sic]. We offer you Native Amber in a [CAN] so that you may explore the world, seeking out new and exciting adventures all while protecting our planet. Cheers!"; "From the Earth"; "Made in Oklahoma City"; "OK + COOP = AWESOME"; "100% wind powered".

The Crack & Glug evinced yet another brimful CAN and produced just under two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was more of a coppery-amber than the standard orangish-amber and with NE-quality clarity. The biscuit malt was the star on the nose, underlain with a minty hoppiness. Mouthfeel had a pleasant softness to it and the taste was like a Girl Scout Thin Mint! No, really, the malts gave it a taste like chocolate animal crackers and the hops came through with a light mintiness. Finish was semi-dry and I was beginning to think about what to do with that last CAN. I think that I should trade it so as to spread the love and wealth, but it also occurs to me to Bogart it. I remember hearing at one point that Ambers, as a style, were dead and I was dubious then and grateful now that they are still going strong.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The can man, woodychandler, comes through with another canned beer,my first from OK. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of both hops and malts. Taste is considerable hops up front, some bitterness, malts showing up at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WesM63
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice dense 2 finger light brown head. Head retention and lacing are abundant.

S: Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of pine/resin. Might be a tiny bit of smoke going on as well.

T: Pretty close to the nose. Sweet caramel malts for the most part, some smokeyness is coming through as well. The hops "bite" you on the end of the taste.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: First of all, many thanks to my buddy 4Balance for sending this my way. Secondly, excellent brew. Very easy to drink with just enough hops to let you know they're there.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark ruby red with a light tan head. The nose is of a dipa gone south. Sweet malts, fruity berries, a hint of musk, and a faint note of citrus. The taste is stale and papery, sweet caramel malt, berries, cardboard, resinous hop. Highly carbonated, soft body, a hint thin.

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Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to 4balance for this and several other awesome beers!

Poured from 16oz can to dimpled mug:

Pours exactly as it should: a still, amber body capped with healthy dollops of off-white cream and sticky lacing.

The nose is pretty intriguing... spruce-like hops, caramel malts, quite fresh... fresh grass, soft fruits, pretty inviting for what is typically such a tame genre.

Smooth on the tongue. Served just bellow cellar temp, the dense, creamy head make this one too easy to drink. This maintains a level of complexity without taking away from its approachability, which is a balance that isn't often achieved. Many of the highlights from the aroma show themselves in the taste.

Overall, very grateful to have had the opportunity to try this one. And especially grateful that I've got another in the fridge!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

P: Small amount of frothy head that recedes quickly and leaves behind a thin layer of froth. Slightly hazy with a rich dark amber body.

S: Right off the bat a huge hop aroma followed by bisquity and semi-sweet malt. Cinnamon and clove are also play a supporting role.

T/M: Bready with a generous dose of earthy hops. Alcohol is well hidden amongst the nutty, wood and pine oil. The mild citrus backdrop adds to this sticky but playful brew with a dry finish.

O: This is probably my favorite Amber by far. This is a great interpretation of the style with a great hop and somewhat funky out of the norm flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice mahogany amber color. Rich white head, very fluffy. Really coats glass.

S- Strong malt here but some really unique hop flavor coming through. Some red apple skin, metal, dirt.

T- Really has a bite. There is some real smoke to it. It really has like a bbq sauce thing going for it. I don't know if it's great flavor, but it's a pretty unique amber and that's hard to say. Pretty balanced but the hops here are kinda ok.

M- Too much syrup left on the tongue. Should be a lot crisper. Takes a lot away from its drinkability. Carbonation is strong here, doing everything it can to wipe out that syrup, failing.

O- Surprised here, not a bad beer. I am not a big fan of Ambers. So, I would have to call this one above average.

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Native Amber from Coop Ale Works
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.