Gnaw Bone Pale Ale - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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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!

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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 dangerous though cuz of the high ABV...can't even taste the alcohol....really good beer!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful gold color with a slight haze. A quickly receding white head tops the beer. Smells of light hops and sweet malts. First sip is full bodied and well balanced. The crisp hops lead the way and are well matched with a strong malt backbone. A creamy mouthfeel just adds to a great experience.

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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.

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Photo of manahansf
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a one finger creamy white head. The head retention is great and gives off a big aroma of citrus hops with a well balanced malty sweet backbone. The medium body coupled with moderately high carbonation allows the citrus hop flavor to dance on every part of the palate. Smooth drink and very flavorful. The finish sweetens and carries the citrus through as it fades slowly and leaves a slightly harsh bitterness lingering.

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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.

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

Golden with red hues, I some yeast from the pour and a little hazy

Smells great, the tangy floral hop aroma jumps right up from the pour.

This is a very tasty beer, the hops are definitely present, but not overpowering. Some pine flavor resting at the back.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. This has some good carbonation. I could drink this all day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color, although it had very little head and no lacing to speak of. Had a nice light hoppy/flowery aroma. Nice hoppy flavor, it was full, but not quite as strong or deep as it could be. Goes down fine. A nice, above average pale ale, I would definitely have more.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of capra12
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed solo poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy wheat with a hint of brown, with a frothy 1 finger head that dissipates nicely leaving a spotty lacing.

Smell: I get a ton of caramel malts in the nose that is dwarfed by a green herbal english hop.

Taste: This opens with a lightly roasted malt profile, a brief pause before the flood gates open to a floral and green hop profiles which reach and last way into the finish and aftertaste of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and light in bodied, leaves the palate slightly coarse. Kind of makes you take another and another sip to help with the dry finish, ha.

Drinkability: I would have this again no questions ask, I recommend this to those seeking a mild indian pale ale in disguise as a pale ale.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thx to autumnaldave for pimping this out unsolicited

nice peachy pour with rising bubbles.. quickly dissipating thick head that leaves lacing and settles to a densely bubbled thin covering. clear. aroma is perfectly balanced between sugary caramel malts and medium aromatic hops. compared to some east coast apa's, this is huge in its aggression. light body and bitterness kicks in bigtime in the aftertaste. roasted malts in the flavor are also unexpected evoking an almost barleywinish dark sweetness. there is a grapefruit tang in here, but it is washed over and comes through as a hard-to-catch spicy hint.

i think this was called a pale ale to evoke a shock and awe response, and in fact this is an ipa through and through. i would love more bottles of this, especially considering my new love for southern tier pales and gumballhead. this takes that recipe and bumps it up to an extreme level.

very decent beer.

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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.

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

The first thing I noticed was the unmistakeable smell of fresh hops, the kind of smell you get when you open the vacuum sealed bags when homebrewing. The smell reminded me a lot of the Cascades I have previously used. Not much else came through for me in the nose. Pours a hazy iced tea like color with a head made up of fairly large bubbles. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving only a trace left on the top during consumption. Flavor is largely dominated by hops, but the hops are not overly assertive. Noted some citrus and piney flavors. Finishes bitter and leaves a hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, topped with a one finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Caramel and floral aroma, biscuit, and overall fruity.
Fruity with caramel, toffee, floral, pine, biscuit and a light citrus taste. Grass and more citrus zest in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied, smooth and very easy drinking. Thanks to Qarre for the sample.

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

Pours a foggy orange hued brown with a small creme head. Nose is rich in malts and a bit of caramel. Flavor is bringing the same, though more than just a bit of caramel. I almost feel like there is a real minor touch of an alcohol tone there, but it's pretty mild. Feel is fairly thicker on the liquid and carbonation is milder but still bringing a slight bite. A nice malty ale. I like.

Thanks to my Secret Santa tburkhart for this one. Cool label too.

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

Overall, this is a pretty good brew, from a solid brewery. Unfortunately, I seem to be overlooking this one lately...

Golden-copper colored, slightly hazy. Nice thick head that dissolves into a thin lace. Leaves lace trail on glass. Spicy hop aroma that carries into the flavor. Nice bitter hop flavor, with a lingering bitter finish. Nice, smooth beer. Now I just need a hockey game to enjoy.

By the way, I'm pretty sure this brew is named for the small Indiana town of Gnaw Bone, which was named for Narbonne, France. Gotta love that Hoosier dialect!

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Photo of Heischman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Gnaw Bone Pale Ale/Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
City/State- Greenwood, Indiana
STYLE – American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV – 6.9%
IBU – 45
DATE – 18 JUN 2011
GLASSWARE – Tall Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Reddish yellow not quite orange, good flow of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice ½ head that stays with the beer with wonderful lacing
AROMA- Hops right off the kilt , in fact the hops is overpowering everything else.
TASTE – Pale Ale? No this is more like an IPA. I guess this is why it is called Gnaw Bone; I am gnawing on some hops here. AS I drink this the hops start to settle down.
MOUTHFEEL – Very crisp, and a lingering tickle in the checks
CONCLUSION – One I got past the initial hops blast I really enjoyed this beer. Next time I may try it straight out of the bottle to tone down the hops.

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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.

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

A honey coloured brew with a metric inch of off white head. This head reduces itself to a spit and lingers atop the surface producing some lace.

The nose is quite caramel malted with a decent amount of hop cluster. Smells very sweet and a bit toasted around the edges. Pleasant indeed.

The taste delivers the solid malt character that is evidenced in the nose. A good amount of bitterness ensues after the delicious toasted caramel and sugar aspects pass down the alimentary canal. Solid. This one seems to lose malt flavour intensity as I reach the depths of the glass. The bitterness seems to hold on for the long haul. A bit of yeasty character shows up in this time of lessened flavour. This brew is a nice pale that dances on the edge of identitiy crisis as it ponders being an Inda pale. At any rate it is enjoyable.

The mouthfeel seemed to transform into a thinner entity along with the malt flavours. It started out around medium with a good sugar heft and ended on a lighter note. Strange but still enjoyable.

The drinkability is good. Lip smacking sweetness from the malt body coupled with the hop character makes this an addicitve taste treat. Overall a nicely constructed brew.

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Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red orange with a modest head that quickly fades to a collar. A malty sweet. I sampled this with a plate of spaghetti. Before my meal I got a taste of malty sweet caramel. The hops didn't make their presence known until after some meat sauce. I'll have to try again with say, an omelet, but I liked it. The feel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. Nice job Oaken Barrel, my new favorite American pale ale.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange beer topped with 2+ fingers of rocky white head. Slightly hazy with bubbles racing to the top.

S: Piney hops. Some malt, but mostly piney hops. Distinct pineapple scent coming from somewhere.

T/M: Taste is similar to the smell, but more subdued. Sweet malt balanced with piney hops and a tiny citrus explosion. Slick on the tongue with decent carbonation.

D: Very drinkable from an alcohol and enjoyability standpoint. Solid.

Notes: Enjoyed this beer a lot, but feel like it is bordered on an IPA. I don't know where the line is drawn, or who cares, but I just thought I'd put it out there.

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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
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