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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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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
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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Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  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.

secondtooth, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of durwood64
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

durwood64, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -19.6%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bigmanmac
5/5  rDev +34%

bigmanmac, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

aasher, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Heischman
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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
SERVING TYPE – Bottle
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.
-JH-

Heischman, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No indication regarding freshness.

A - Hazy amber, loads of floaties. Small white head with good retention.

S - Grapefruit, tropical fruits, little malt balance. Smells more like an IPA

T - Hops, citrus, salt?, light malt, bit of spice on the back. Nice complexity, off flavors are not prevalent.

M - Decently smooth, medium body, a touch dry.

O (D) - yeah, this is pretty good. Seems much more like an IPA, though.

ColdPoncho, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

WoodBrew, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of capra12
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

capra12, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

buschbeer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

manahansf, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of mwa423
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy yellow with excessive head (3 fingers at least) Very stick head on the glass.

S - Strong smell, some dark bitter malt but also a bit of hop. Confusing smell, not particularly pleasant but also not off putting.

T - Very bitter taste, closer to an English Pale Ale than an American. The malt backbone is far thicker then I would have imagined.

M/D - Mouthfeel is far too thick and cloying to be enjoyable as an APA. I wouldn't at all call this a drinkable beer.

mwa423, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a translucent honey amber, with a dense cream colored head, nice retention and a thick coating of sticky lacing. Floral and mild fruity hops on nose, with grain and toasted malt background. Not very strong, but nicely balanced. Lighter side of medium bodied with a sharp pinch of carbonation and a resiny aftertaste. Flavor is strong on grain and toasted malt, with mild earthy, piney hop profile in finish, none of the sweetness from the nose is present. A nice, full earthy ale, not too crazy about the flavor, but overall a nice, hoppy APA.

yourefragile, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks a little hazy, but a nice golden color, with a moderate 1cm+ head, that kind of collapses to ring, leaving little bits of lacing. Nothing out of the ordinary. The smell is filled with some nice floral hops, a bit of citrus zest. Not much on body, really smells like a bitter hop tea or something, with a kind of sulfurous yeasty smell. The taste really matches the smell in many respects. Overall, this is a little more bitter than I expected, but honestly, I think that with a bit more malt body - it would be fixed. Tastes a bit like centennial hop tea, some Amarillo, too, a bit bitter, very floral, quite a bit of citrus, mixed in with a pungent, herbal, resinous finish. Again, I think this would be good with more malt, at best now it's crackery, and that's it. The body is pretty good, around medium, the carbonation is nice, just a bit of a tickle. This is enjoyable, too. But I think the bitterness gets to be a little too much without some balance. I would come back to this again if it were fixed up a bit, but as it stands, nothing too interesting.

taylorhamrick, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

kegger22, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of beerhobo22
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

beerhobo22, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

biggred1, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of bheilman
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass. Had a nice head and nice color. The smell is fruity and with a solid hop background. The taste is very pleasant, nothing too unusual for a pale ale, it has the nice citrusy flavor with a bit of spice to follow. The aftertaste is nice and doesn't really diminish or sour. The beer is very drinkable and I'm pretty surprised the alcohol content is so high. I'm definitely going to try out some more stuff from this brewery.

bheilman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Aroma of malts, flowery hops, table salt, and bread.

The taste is more hoppy than the aroma. Orange and lemon zest pop along with toasted malts, and bread. Finishes with a light, bitter twang.

Light-to-medium bodied, clean and dry, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty nice APA from Oaken Barrel. An easy drinking brew with good balance.

Monkeyknife, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 06, 2008
Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.