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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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aasher

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 02:45:46 | More by aasher
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Heischman

Georgia

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-

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 16:32:49 | More by Heischman
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 20:24:12 | More by ColdPoncho
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:43:11 | More by WoodBrew
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tykees88

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 16:48:59 | More by tykees88
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capra12

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:24:27 | More by capra12
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buschbeer

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 18:32:46 | More by buschbeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:16:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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manahansf

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 14:35:49 | More by manahansf
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mwa423

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:25:37 | More by mwa423
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:29:19 | More by yourefragile
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:54:55 | More by taylorhamrick
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kegger22

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:15:04 | More by kegger22
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beerhobo22

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:51:49 | More by beerhobo22
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 23:11:12 | More by ATLbeerDog
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:19:07 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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biggred1

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:51:21 | More by biggred1
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bheilman

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:11:57 | More by bheilman
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:18:17 | More by Monkeyknife
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 07:15:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 01:34:43 | More by marcobrau
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emerge077

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:05:55 | More by emerge077
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SMark

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 22:30:49 | More by SMark
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JamesS

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 14:25:15 | More by JamesS
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cameraman

Kentucky

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:40:12 | More by cameraman
Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.