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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Gnaw Bone Pale AleGnaw Bone Pale Ale

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002)
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Reviews by tykees88:
Photo of tykees88
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

A- Orange to amber color. not quite a finger head. That hangs around for about enought time to say hello then goodbye.

S- Some hops on the nose. But it smells sweet, leaving me to believe that

T- It is just a maltier version of an APA. The hops are present near the finish. I only notice them on the slight bitter swallow.

M- Medium bodied brew. Carbonation is bubbly. I think the head was pretty much just carbonation bubbles.

O- It's ok. Not going to revisit you GnawBone. Sorry.

tykees88, Mar 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Purchased at The Keg, in Clarksville, Indiana, as a single, my first sampling of a brew from this small, Hoosier brewery. Pours a hazy, orange/golden body with a rowdy, four finger, offwhite head that overflows the pint glass. Excellent retention and generous patch lacing. Aroma is interesting, with grassy straw, pine, and grapefruit hops, some earthiness, and an odd note of cardboard that is fleeting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Taste is mildly dry and bitter, mostly citrusy grapefruit with a note of earthy pine needles. Malt presence is subtle but well executed. Very nice taste is much better than the aroma portends. Very sessionable. Wish I lived closer to this brewery so I could have this on tap..

merlin48, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer is a warm dark orange body that is crystal clear with a cascade of tiny bubbles rising to the top. The head is a creamy off-white that last for a bit and then turns into big rocky bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh green hops is strong with a faint lightly toasted sweet malt in the background. The hops have notes of pineapple grass and a faint skunk note but in a very nice way with a hint of pine resin in the background. This beer does not smell "skunked" it is just the hops have a faint skunk earthiness. The bottles were picked up from the brewery yesterday.

T- There is a nice fresh hop flavor that is grapefruit and earthy flavors that have a nice depth. The hops are quickly followed by a faint slightly sweet malt in the background. After a few sips the malt is not noticed anymore just the burst of hops remains. The finish is neutral with some nice green hops lingering in the mouth.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong tight fizz in the texture and the finish. It adds a bit to the hops but it feels like an overall distraction.

D- The bottle says the O.G. is 14 Plato which is a nice fact but it would be nice to know the IBU's if I was shopping for APAs. The beer has nice hop flavors that are a bit earthy had have some good flavors. There are some light caramel note in the malts but the taste buds quickly loose hold of them and just taste hops. This is a good solid beer and I will have to have some fresh from the brewery next time I am through that way.

rhoadsrage, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%

This is the first true six pack that i've picked up in a long time after being on a huge singles kick. I've only had a few of Oaken Barrel's brews but I've never been let down or truly overwhelmed. It pours a nice orange with a large white head with many fine bubbles and doesn't immediately disappear! Aroma is very hop-centric. Large notes of citrus and maybe a little bit of pine. Taste was nice and full of citrus bite followed by a sweet but faint caramel finish. A very respectable Pale Ale and it's availability in my region can't be beat.

soper2000, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of SMark
3.88/5  rDev +4%

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 45° with slightly more than 1 finger of white foamy head. Head retention was approximately 5 minutes with a layer of foam hugging the side of the glass at the end. The color was clear, light amber with slight yellow effects.

There were crisp, clean hop aromas and a bit of sweet malt.

The hop taste was prevalent and very satisfying for pale ale. Hints of sweetness were very faint with the bitter taste of hops coming across quite well.

The hops seemed to linger on the roof of the mouth and then were drawn toward the back and traveled out the nose. A slight tickling sensation was experienced on the tip of the tongue.

This was a beer with a good clean refreshing taste and would be very easy to drink during a session. I will keep this one in mind on trips to Indy.

SMark, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Clean orange-amber, with a thick head of foamy suds. Impressive, extensive lace.

Nose is full of crisp citrus, pine, and floral hops. Excellent!

Taste is grapefruit-citrus hoppy, smooth and well-balanced with the malts, though. A fine pale ale from a brewery I hope to drink more from in the future.

secondtooth, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Thank God It's Friday!!!! What a way to start the weekend...A lil Gnaw Bone Action! Must say that I am presently surprised by this very tasty American Pale Ale!! The color is a hazy copper that poured with Generous head and is lacing very nice. The smell is decent, not over powering but certainly can smell the hops and faint citrus. The taste is very well balance, a bit of a bite at the end, but after a few draws it dissapears. Session this beer absolutely...be dangerous though cuz of the high ABV...can't even taste the alcohol....really good beer!

WoodBrew, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

freewill35, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

No freshness date, into a Flying Dog shaker...

A - Golden colored body with amber tints. Healthy two fingers of head that almost looks like off white bubble bath foam. Sticking the the glass quite nicely.

S - Good hop aroma here, with big citrus, grass, and pepper. Hay seems to be the only aroma I'm getting out of this that does not seem to come from the hops. There is a fresh (not cooked) vegetable aroma coming out of this beer that actually seems appealing.

T/M - Big fruits (grapefruit) from the hops, balanced out by spiciness and grassiness from the hops and some slight maltiness defines the entry for me. Seems to be a little on the watery side, both in body and in the midpalate/finish. Finishes dry, grassy and spicy. Did seem to be a bit boozier than I would like too.

D - Not bad, not great. Does a good job coxing out hop flavors, but could you something more to back it up. I feel like I have pales that are similar in ABV that do a better job masking their alcohol. Overall, not a heavy recomendation...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

zonker17, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Gnaw Bone: an unusual name for a pale ale; for some reason the name suggests a barleywine-style ale to me, but whatever.

This beer poured with a ton of carbonation. Big, loose bubbles filled half the glass. When the foam never really settles, leaving a bone white, rocky head. The aroma is fantastic: lemon verbena mixed in among a more general floral aroma; almost like a perfume. The brewer describes the aroma as "nose rattling" which sounds a bit violent. It wasn't that huge for me, but I really liked the initial smell of this beer.

The flavors are a bit more mellower thane expected, but good. Citric hops mixed in with a toasted malt and oaken flavor. Perhaps aged or fermented in barrels? (There's no indication of this on the brewery's website, so perhaps it's just the suggestion of the name.) This beer gets a bit musty towards the finish, which I find sort of appealing (perhaps because I like this character in Belgian-style ales), but seems out of place. The finish is toasty dry and a bit bitter and hot, but this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this brew. Overall, a decent pale ale that is more drinkable than it's nearly 6 percent alcohol content would suggest.

Thanks to RedBaron for the trade.

marcobrau, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of oracle
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

Beer poured clear medium copper with low density thin head. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Smell was pretty typical pale ale, hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly citrus scents with a little pine.

Taste was sharp, hoppy, piney and bitter, all the things I like in a pale ale.
Nice clean finish

oracle, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Label has a grey background, instead of the brown one pictured.

Dark copper body, with an inch or so of foam initially. Spotty lace and a skim of foam left after the head dwindles down.

Malty aroma similar to whole wheat bread and peanut butter.

Flavor is spicy and malty, some caramel element, but the hops have largely dissipated. Aftertaste is bready, kernels of cracked wheat and oats. This pale ale tastes more like an imperial oktoberfest. Without much hop character, save for a bare hint in the aftertaste, i'm not sure how this classifies as a pale ale.

It drinks pretty well, full-bodied and satisfying...there's just something missing in the flavor profile.

emerge077, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of illestkilla
4/5  rDev +7.2%

illestkilla, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

LJWalker, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Highstplz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Highstplz, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

I had hoped to get to the Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. while staying with family in Greenwood, IN. After all, it was only a few miles away. Unfortunately, a flu bug struck and derailed any chance of getting there as I helped tend to some pretty sick nephews. However, I was fortunate enough to find Gnaw Bone in a local liquor store and fortify myself against the nasty little bugs infecting my kin.
Gnaw Bone poured an inviting hazy apricot color with a ton of tiny bubbles supporting a firm, foamy white head. The head hung around and was the last thing left in the bottom of the glass despite leaving clumps behind in sheets. The smell was firmly of grainy malt and caramel with a pleasant dose of citrus mixed in. The taste had a modest caramel malt backbone well matched to the strong hops profile. Interestingly, the hops bite mellowed to a lightly bittered finish. The feel was medium-bodied and smooth despite the large volume of carbonation.
I found Gnaw Bone to be a pretty tasty APA. I polished off one in no time and had to get a second to really sit back with and mull over. This brew from Oaken Barrel Brewing is a well-balanced pale ale with no over-the-top hopped-out flavor more like an IPA. Wish I could have stopped into the brewpub to try it on tap.

Boilermaker88, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle

A - Served in pint glass. Hazy orange/amber body with golden highlights. Two inches of of white head.

S - Citrus and floral hops.

T - Citrus hops are at the forefront followed by a solid malt backbone.

M - Moderate mouthfeel. I get a slight chalky sensation.

D - This is a good APA. I could drink gallons of it. It was a nice pick up for a mix sixer.

buschbeer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Huntingtonbasser
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Huntingtonbasser, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of flaminghomer
3.73/5  rDev 0%

pretty good looking beer. a light gold copper color and a very good head. everything is pretty much a standard high quality pale ale. very nice hoppy aroma and taste. some spicy apple smell in the nose. very crisp and clean taste. better than Indiana Amber, i'm glad i bought it.

flaminghomer, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Wonderfully floral hopping is the signature note for this pale ale. A nice rest from Cascades hops-laden pale ales, this beer focused on a light and airy aromatic hopping. Like Goose Island's IPA, this beer called to mind bergamot and Earl Grey tea. Quite flavorful without excess, and light-bodied without being watery. I was quite taken with this well-made beer.

Brent, Dec 17, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Morganboyne, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate off-white head and a few floaties in it. Nose is quite light and has a little bit of hoppiness to it. Taste has a light bit of bitterness up front, but has a strong malt backbone to it. Not a lot to this beer, but it’s fairly drinkable.

maxwelldeux, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Hoosier18
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Hoosier18, Sep 26, 2013
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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.