Indiana Amber - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 07-28-2002

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Reviews by tykees88:
Photo of tykees88
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- red to brown colored brew. A pretty lackluster head here. almost none.

S- Caramel malts. Bread, some spicy hop scent

T- This one taste like it smells. The hops are just in the background. A spicy kick at the end. But it's all malt all the time here.

M- Light to medium bodied. A little bit of a medicine quality here keeps it from being really light.

O- Sorry Oaken Barrell. I want to like you, I really do. But here is just another lackluster performance. Won't drink it again

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on a sixpack purchased in Evansville. No freshness information, but a new arrival at the Winetree Liquor Store on Washington Ave., so it should be fresh.
Pours a clear, copper amber body with some "floaties" in suspension. Minimal beige head with some skimpy lace.

Aroma is mostly caramel and toffee with some subdued spicy hops. A note of red apple peel adds a pleasant dimension.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation varied from bottle to bottle, ranging from overcarbonated to undercarbonated. Not good.

Taste has a sweet toffee dominance with spicy hop undertones. Hops have an earthy note, as well, and add good balancing bitterness. Finishes dry and clean.

Not a bad amber, but the carbonation variance from bottle to bottle is troubling.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via a trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of pale and caramel malts with very light amounts of heavier toastiness. Also present are earthy and slightly leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. The malts are clearly in control with caramel and light toasted flavors up front. Midway through, very light hints of chocolate come into play before they’re chased off by leafy hops which carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this was a solid and vanilla beer for the style, with a solid malt profile backed by light hops. Worth a shot, but not worth going out of your way.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm shoe-polish brown body with a very slight haze and a few large bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a thin broken ring around the rim even with a vigorous pour.

S- This beer has a nice sweet brown malt nose with some soft green hops at the finish.

T- This beer has some good toasted malt flavors that are dry but not very dry. They are quickly followed by some smooth green hops flavors and then some hop bitterness. There are some faint caramel notes and some dry biscuit in the malt as it warms and the pine quality comes out of the hops a bit more also. Also as it warms the hops hang on my breath keeping the taste alive. In the finish there is a faint off-flavor that is kind of nugget tasting.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint watery texture.

D- This is a session beer with nice malt qualities and soft but fresh hops but it has a slight off quality in the finish. It taste a bit like malt extract was used or a slight tin taste but it is very faint. This beer was picked up at the brewery 3 days ago so I don't think it was oxidation or abused.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent looking brew, nice amber color. I do enjoy the scent though, nice and malty, and maybe a little sweet. The taste though is dominated by the hop bitterness, with is just strong enough to keep you from downing more than a couple, unless your tastes run that way.

On a side note, I accidently half-froze one of the bottles, and it absolutely devastates this beer, reducing the flavor to a watery shadow of its former self. Careful when chilling this one.

Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber in color, with light carbonation and no lace.

The nose is crusty French bread, yeasty. Not bad at all, and actually quite appealing.

Taste is rich, grains and toast, Very refreshing and flavorful, this one's among the better amber ales I've had in some time. High marks to this session-worthy ale!

Photo of WoodBrew
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oldest Daughter Gymnastics....check. Donuts with Dad with the youngest Daughter....check. Did erands....check. 11mi run....check...Hockey practice with son....check. BEER...FINALLY! Started tonite off with a lil OB Amber. I dunno about this beer....its not bad....but its not I was hoping. The color is amber/red with decent ecru head and very nice lacing. The smell is definitely graining and the taste has something familiar but just cant quite place. Its better than the usual fair, but I wouldn't drive miles to get it. Lastly, I could session if I had to.

Photo of RickS95
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish brown with almost no head. Any head that was there is gone before you blink.

Has a rich, malty smell that combines with a piney hop scent.

Nothing special about the taste. You'll notice the caramelly malty flavor before a hint of pepper hits the tongue.

There's a complexity on the palate as the sweetness gives way to the peppery bitter hops in the swallow. As the beer warms, the caramel notes strengthen, giving it even more sweetness to offset the bittering in the finish.

Nothing wrong with the beer, just very average. Decent alcohol and does go down pretty well.

Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts an angelic female raising a glass of beer above her head. Also list original gravity as 13 degrees P.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 of an inch of very light tan, creamy head. This settles quickly into just a thin coating on the beer. The beer itself is a brilliant red. The head leaves nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, caramelized, malts. Slight undertone of hop bitterness.

Taste: Lots of upfront hop bitterness, mixed with caramel malt. Finishes with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Great, full body.

Drinkability: I have to admit, I am usually not a huge fan of this style group, but this is a nice full flavored beer that I could have mor eof.

Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated, clear and the hue was amber.This beer left no lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose was hoppy and malty and the flavor was bitter tasting and it left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light bodied.This was not a bad beer, but it wasn't a great beer either.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Standard slightly sweet amber beer. Mild hops, light sweetness comes through with pleasant aftertaste, a good session beer, no need for a lengthy review. On par with Saranac amber. Decent but won't knock your socks off. Wish to visit the brewery sometime.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sultry label, about the hottest redhead angel I have ever seen...

The beer has a dull red glow under direct light but otherwise appears brown.

Dull bready aroma, mildly spicy suggestion of rye.

Malty flavor, also spicy and mild rye. Dry aftertaste, pretty dull overall. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Kind of a chore to drink. Astringent and woody bitterness. I'm not going to be looking for this one again.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a red/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells mostly like caramel malt, along with some pine hops and a nutty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, piney hops and a bit of a fruity taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and enjoyable. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd pick it up again in the future. It's definitely worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God, some of the beers that make it into my fridge surprise even me at times. Grabbed this one out tonight while watching movies. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.

Decent pour, nothing really standing out here for me. Nice dark amber color with a good clarity to it yields streams of carbonation that could be seen going up through the glass, Small head of white fades quickly and evenly leaving only token lacing. Aroma is bread, hints of caramel, light earth hops and a touch of grass. Clean taste, mellow body that is well carbonated and not overdone at all. Smooth caramel and light bitter finish leaves you a little dry and looking for another sip.

Overall not bad, I have to say this was a very nice and very sessionable little ale. Nothing knocking down the doors about it but it worked. Would not mind it again.

Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been fortunate to sample several beers from this brewery, but this is my first bottled beer from them, and I have to say it was something of a letdown in light of the fine brews I've had on tap at the brewery restaurant. A bit thin and light, with some caramel malt, but not as much as I would have expected. A bit tart with just a touch of steely metal at the finish. Lacked the personality I've enjoyed in other Oaken beers.

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose isn’t too strong - I can get a little bit of caramel and toasty maltiness to it, but little else. Taste is definitely toasty and very slightly burnt, with the maltiness coming throughout the drink.

Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a fine creamy tan head that leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is mild and spicy with toasted malt and cinnamon. Well balanced flavors of toffee and mild spice with a good herbal hop note to balance. Finishes with a tea like bitterness. Medium light bodied with prickly carbonation. A nice beer from a nice local pub. These guys make a really nice DIPA, I wish they would bottle it.

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really try to support my home state brewers whenever I'm back home in northwest indiana - whether it's three floyds (munster), upland (bloomington), backroad (laporte) or oaken barrel (greenwood). Recently finding great enjoyment in oaken barrel's snake pit baltic porter, i picked up a six pack of this indiana gem at wise guys in crown point, in. This is a great session beer. Enjoyed in my duvel tulip this beer just gets better and better. Very tasty. Full bodied. Another great brew from oaken barrel.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 reddish amber color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit (citrus and apples) and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and other fruits. Then a complementary but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while there may be better beers in the style this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Indiana for me!

Pours a cherry-ish mahogany with a tan head that quickly thins to a vanishing patch.

The smell is malty - caramel, nutty, a bit of toast and pine.

The taste is sweet caramel balanced by pine. Hops support and give some balance to the maltiness. In my mind this leans towards "red" more than "amber" though I know that it is the same style - something about its maltiness. The balancing pine notes works itself in nicely. Finishes with a semi-sweet touch.

It's medium-bodied with firm carbonation.

A nice example of a Red Ale - It says "Hoosier-Style Red Ale" - well - there's a nice piney touch to a caramelish "red" character. Well done!

Thanks again, John!

Photo of flyingspatula
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet color! Nice malty smell and taste. This is a pretty good amber ale! It seems familiar for some reason, but I can't think of the beer it reminds me of. It's got a nice drinkability. I can really tatse the sweetness of the grain. I will definitely try this again. Not too flat, not too carbonated.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scarlet, with a fine head and great lace even with a bar glass.

The nose of this beer my girlfriend and I settled on as "homebrew-y". That's not a slam; the beer is quite fresh hopped, though the hops are clearly not the focus. Major bready, biscuitiness cut through with a nice (nobel?) earthy hop presence.

This reminds me much of session cask bitters I enjoyed in England, with more of a freshly hopped wort taste and aroma.

Mouthfeel perfectly fits style, lots of chewy malt cut with perfectly modest bitterness. Your dad would like this.

This beer is nothing out of this world, but is a damned fine session beer I would have again. Paired perfectly my ham sandwich.

Photo of cameraman
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20oz. pint glass with a copper color with hints of orange in the glass, there is very little evidence of a head. The aroma of malty sweetness is very prevalent, folowed by some spicy and floral hop scents. The taste is very mild, the dominayes the taste as it did with the aroma, but the scent of hops don't come through in the taste. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, with a little tingle of carbonation. Though I was expecting more hops in the flavor, it took nothing away from this beer. I found myself drinking another one soon after I finished the first. When I drink this beer one word comes to mind, session.

Photo of mwalters
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was at a hotel in downtown Indy and was pleased to see a craft beer available in the lounge. I ordered a bottle of it and loved the label, very nice artwork.
I figured this would be more of a session beer and was not disapointed. Very approachable. The color was actually a little more amber than I expected, very nice tone. The pour had a nice head that stayed around for awhile but was not overly foamy. Very nice nose with a caramel and a roasty character that shown through. Mouthfeel was good. Flavor was quite crisp and very enjoyable. I ordered another one and found it to an enjoyable beer that was well crafted.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Low hop aroma with malt dominating. Amber colored beer with good white head. Strong malt flavors with a decent hop finish. Medium bodied with caramel sweetness. Bigger malt flavors that other beers, but had some good hop bitterness to balance it out. Smooth, and malty. This is a good step up from a watery pilsner.

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Indiana Amber from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
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