Native Amber - Coop Ale Works

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews by Hopswagger:
Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ballewblake
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I'm amazed. Had a horrible experience so far in OKC with beer the I sit down to try another and I get this one, out of desperation no less. I wonder into o'connels where the selection is what you'd expect for a college/irish pub, not seeing anything that jumps out at me I start a convo with the bartender asking for oklahoma jewels, the suggests this one. Severed in a red plastic cup with a light brown head flowing heatily over the rim, I smell hops, malts, fruity yeast. Color isn't easily picked out but its looking a dark amber. Wow,the taste really wins me over. After a night of aweful 3.2 brewpub swill I'm amazed that this is here. Great sweet malts shine through with a smooth hop bittering finish. Very soomth and easy to drink. Two thumbs up for coop!

Photo of Mora2000
2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this can. My first beer from COOP.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, grass and iced tea. The flavor is toffee and some very bitter vegetable flavored hops. I don't really like the interplay of the malt and hops in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dwren89
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can, Bruery tulip, no freshness dating.

This beer is absolutely amber like a pair of earrings I have bought in Prague. The appearance is very promising, with a deep, red-influenced amber spilling out into the glass and a tight knit, creamy, classy, off-tan head forming up. Really excellent; attractive packaging, delicate lacing and a jewel-like glow. Just put a damn date on it, everybody, not just Coop!

Crisp but fruity hops were also immediately apparent and pleasing. A brisk overtone of pine becomes soapy and then citrus and berries join in. There is an obviously robust dose of malt, with graham cracker and caramel.

The flavors are possibly more basic; caramel malts dance with yellow grapefruit and pine. The finish is wonderfully bitter and lingering with a bit of soap.

Feel is very thin for a 6.2% Amber Ale. The flavors stand up very well for a watery and gently carbonated beer. Some more bubbles might just do the job.

Quite an impressive entry from this relatively new brewery into an all too often mundane category. I love that they can and in the 16oz format. The price point is on par with Sierra Nevada on a per ounce basis and for this beer seems worth it.

Photo of dbossman
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Herbal hops, breadyness, a slight nuttyness. Biscuitty malt really picked up once warm

T: Much toasty malt, some biscuitty malt, herbal & woody hops, some dryness & caramel up front. Some flinty hop notes as this warms, biscuitty malt & dryness once warm, some toffee & a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with woody hops, citrus & slight sulphur tinge & more biscutty malt

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & good balance

Super drinkability, great take on the style. This kicks fat tire in the booty. This one will be in the rotation as long as I can score it...

Photo of Janderson91
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pittsburghkid66 for sending this one as an extra! No freshness info. Enjoyed on 08/03/11.

A - Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. Pours an almost clear dark orange/red color with a one finger white head. Leaves pretty sticky lacing down the sides.

S - Very bready, biscuity malt aroma with a light citrus and grapefruit hoppiness. Just average.

T - Quite balanced with that bready malt flavor and some nice crisp hoppiness. Leaves a balanced sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Pretty creamy with some prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a good, easy drinking, above average amber.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick buff-colored head with lots of froth and lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is exceptionally hoppy and malty with earthy-spicy dominating over resinous-citrus to make it interesting. Low yeast ester contribution to the flavor. Flavor is a very well balanced explosion of caramel and toasty malt and earthy/spicy hops. Finishes malty and bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium with generous CO2.

WOW. Overall, I'd say this is the best U.S. style Amber Ale I have ever had from this region, and possibly anywhere else.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ILikeBrew for this extra.

A: It pours a deep amber color that reveals a beautiful red hue. There is a two finger off white that displays excellent retention and tons of lacing.

S: It smells of toasted malt and caramel with the hops creeping in at the end. The more it warms the more fruity and hoppy it smells. Some notes of vanilla and biscuits are also detectable.

T: The flavor is big an juicy with the hops asserting themselves followed by a solid malt backbone. The malts are full of caramel and biscuit goodness. It has a savory aspect to balance the hops that I really dig.

M: medium bodied with just enough carbonation to get the point across. It finishes dry and bitter.

O: I really enjoyed this for an amber. I is not my favorite style per se, but I would seek this one out again if it was available in my area. Cheers!

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey amber colored body and floating bone head.

Nose starts with sunflowers, then honey wheat bread and earthen chamomile. Brightens as it warms. Well done.

Wonderfully creamy up front, but just for a bit... eventually leading to an equally executed bitter finish. In between is the real treat - what a malty, bready body! Copper, ashen & chalky, staying grounded but still finding an arc. Made more complex with notes of honey and ginger. This beer peaks beautifully, then cascades to that piney hop finish.

Light in body and perfectly crisp... the show moves quickly but is still filling and satisfying.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this!

Pours a nice dark auburn color, with a very creamy off-yellow colored head. Left fantastic lacing.

Plenty of caramel and toffee on the nose, along with a smidge of nuttiness and a hint of grassy hops.

Wow, this is a very flavorful beer. Plenty of sweet, caramel malts, some toffee, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Plenty of grassy, floral hop notes cut the sweetness wonderfully, leaving a very balanced and drinkable amber.

Nice creamy texture, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Amber Ales can be a boring style in the wrong hands, but this is a shining example. It's not a hop bomb, and it's not overly malty. It's wonderfully balance, great tasking and a super sessionable amber. Thanks Chris!

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you to the kind sole who gave me this at ccb in april cause I was a visitor

pour was pretty good with a nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish it off.

Overall very solid and a nice sessionable

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can to Bruge hybrid glass on 2/23/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to webbcreative for including this one in our recent trade. Cheers Chris!

A: A woody hazel in appearance. It's cloudy as hell. A good 2+ finger head on a robust pour. Big, sticky lacing remains.

S: Smoky, with slight hints of a campfire on a rainy night. Earthy and herbaceous hop oil, with a pleasant finish of German chocolate cake.

T: Extreme hop presence up front, more then I was expecting. Is this an IPA? I get a bit of pimento on the mid-palate, followed by a finish of toasty malt.

M: This bad boy has some substance to it. It's creamy and heavy and really well done.

O: My first Oaklahoma brew, and it didn't dissapoint! This is one big, hoppy amber. More importantly, it's simply a well made and highly drinkable beer.

Thanks again, Chris!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The scores are above are from my most recent tasting.

Review of 7-11-2013: Most of notes from 2010 still apply but I want to comment on a few other points.

First, this beer is described as being an amber, but it seems like it goes a little bit closer to a hoppy brown ale to me.

Secondly, the head on this beer is huge. 1-2 inches easily.

Incredible aroma. Rich and full, a blend of rich mops and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel seems creamier and smoother than I remembered.

Overall this is my favorite local beer. I drink it often.

Review of 12-19-2010:
AP 4.5/AR 4.5/F 4.5/MF 4.0/OA 4.5

This is not your typical amber ale. I've enjoyed in tap before but am very happy that they are now canning this excellent beer.

Pretty dark amber liquid with 3/4 inch high off-white head.

Herbal hoppy aroma. Delectable flavor. Very hop heavy. I would compare this to more of a dark pale ale than a normal amber ale, except that there is a nice crisp malt background. Very dry. A tiny bit of coppery minerally note in there. Reminds me a little bit of a dryer, hoppier version of Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel is decent. Pretty high carbonation.

I like this beer a lot. Definitely a good session beer.

Overall, this is one of the best Oklahoma beer I've had. I highly recommend it.

Also should add that it is dirt-cheap right now. Around $6.50 for a 4-pack of 16 oz. pint-sized cans.

Photo of DeeZee83
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of K9AleingPiss
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is a nice translucent amber,with a nice bone colored head. The smell too floral for me. No yeast,or malty odor,almost more like a sports drink. If it had a bite,it would tast just like an IPA,maybe why I didnt care for this beer. Too grassy,metalic and citrus/floral taste...sorry to be so hard on this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

Back to Soonerland I go for yet another can tonight. It pours a lightly hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of dirty off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light cocoa, dank oak, dark greens, light cilantro, ruby red grapefruit zest, and a touch of pine sap. The taste focuses on the grapefruit (now with more rind!), pine, cilantro, and caramel, though I could swear the cocoa still exists in a thin vein in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a fairly solid brew, nothing too spectacular or noteworthy, but drinkable enough.

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Native Amber from Coop Ale Works
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