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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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85
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by zerk:
Photo of zerk
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper, slighly hazy, with maybe the most magnificent head I've come across... I poured this one about 10 minutes ago, and I still have more than an inch of foam! The aroma is beautiful, with an estery hop presence... notes of citrus, sour apples, and a spice I can't quite identify. Not so much targeted to the hop head, the flavor of this APA is more balanced, leaning to hops, but with a detectable maltiness as well. Finishes with a spciness, and a bitter bite. Has a very nice medium body. This is everything an APA should be... pleasing to all senses... hell, even the sound of the bottle opening was music to my ears!

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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..

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SMark
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oracle
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hazy amber color with a decent head of sudsy of white foam that leaves some lace on the glass. Nice citrus and floral hops in the nose with an earthy fresh dough quality. Taste is not out of the ordinary, good and hoppy with decent grapefruity hops and caramel maltiness. Well balanced. Pleasant medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. A nice APA, refreshing.

Photo of Cresant
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this undated 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. Two fingers of off white head topped a cloudy golden honey colored body.

Smell was very aromatic. It jumped out as soon as I popped the top. Sweet malty bread-crust. Earthy.

Taste was flavorful hops bitterness. Citrus and powerful malts.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin in body and medium/mild in carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of KrispyBrew
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark caramel color with lots of carbonation. 1.5 finger cream head with a good amount of lacing.

S- Grapefruit! With other sweet fruits and a light pine touch.

T- The grapefruit/hoppiness comes in at the start with very little bitterness and continues through with a doughy finish.

M- Starts off pretty light but grows exponentially, you get the sweetness of the grapefruit long after your last drink.

O- An incredible brew in my books and an extremely easy drink. I highly recommend it.

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours light to medium in body and a really nice rich gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose on this one is really impressive. It's very clean and crisp and overly hoppy. It has almost a perfect hoppiness, clean and somewhat sweet due to a gumball aspect. Possible cascade and centennial? I didn't expect that type of a nose. The flavors are solid and clean again. It has a nice and somewhat sweet hop presence, again of gumball. It's very solid and pretty hoppy for an APA even. It drinks really well and is pretty refreshing. This is a solid APA and worth a try. I'm not big on this brewery but this is a very solid beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from tburkhart courtesy of the Under 100-4 BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and brown sugar. Then there's a hearty malt character that comes in along with what seems like a bit of an alcohol sting which seems odd for a beer under 7% ABV. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I choose over this one.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I have routinely avoided because of its packaging. It comes to you, the consumer, in an ugly black 12-year old photoshop nightmare. Skull and cross bones, ugly oaken barrels, bad lettering. Ugh. The positive reviews on this site were the only things that made me even consider trying the brew.

After finishing a few of these beers, I couldn't get away from the analogy that this beer is the grittier, unwashed version of Sierra Nevada Pale. It sounds like a diss, but it is actually a complement. The beer pours out with a similar hue to Sierra Nevada, but a little bit darker with more yeast granules visible. The lacing is impressive - it looks like a stretched out landscape.

The beer is hoppy to the smell, but in a strange and unique way. When you take your first taste, you can't shake the feeling that the person who threw in the hops might just have been wearing too much cologne. There is a raw feeling to the hops, a spicy and perfumed taste that sort of shocks the tastebuds.

I would say that this beer is distinctive, but it appeals to a lesser audience than even the SNPA, which is surprising since it comes from Indiana. With a little more impressive maltiness, this beer would have gotten amazing ratings. On a related note, the mouthfeel was also a bit lacking. Watch out for the burps from this beer, they are intense!

Photo of cameraman
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An amber color, with an quater inch off white color head forms, that laces down slowly an d leaves a thin layer on top. The scent starts with a quick hit of malt, that is soon overtaken by a grassy, citrusy aroma, that dominates till the end. The malt comes out at the start of the flavor, the gradual growth of a citrus bitterness reaches its peak at the end. A slightly watery mouthfeel at the start, that blends itself to a more medium bodied feel. There is the slight foaming sensation on the palate, at the end, from the carboantion. A decent pale ale, the aroma was good, I was expecting more from the flavor, and the mouthfeel was a bit of a let down.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong hop aroma. Poured a hazy, light, copper color with a big, off-white, head. Good head retention and lacing. Since this is a dry hopped beer, the haze is consistent. High hop flavor with caramel and biscuit malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not too astringent and very easy to drink. Definitely a hop head favorite.

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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.