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Old Credit Amber Ale - Old Credit Brewing Co.

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Old Credit Amber AleOld Credit Amber Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Credit Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2003

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.64/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems that the OCB is releasing packs a lot closer together. I haven't even finished mix pack #3 and #4 has already come out.

Appearance: A crystal clear amber the leans towards brown when not in the light that had a body that boasts excellent carbonation. However, after the pour not even a half finger of head and no retention whatsoever is a bit of a downer.

Smell: A rich toasted bread malt, dominated the nose. A very diverse background with notes of maple, caramel, fruitiness, and floral hops. It is sadly however held back by a bit of a sour scent, reminiscent of sour milk, which is thankfully quite subdued.

Taste: Unsurprisingly malt dominates the entire experience. There are notes of sour that periodically make an appearance and it finishes with a slight touch of floral hops, but for the most part this is a lot of toasted, bread like, caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is decent, as it helps out all aspects of the beer and the malt aftertaste is very nice. There isn't much in the way of transitioning to talk about as there is such a malt presence, but it is there. Really the biggest flaw on this one, is the complete lack of head.

Drinkability: Apart from that slight sour note, the beer is surprisingly medium bodied. It is quite refreshing and there are no issues with gas but I'm not sure if I could drink these all night.

Final Thoughts: All around, a decent beer and at $3.25 a bomber there is a certain appeal there. Really though, the only problem I have with the beer is the fact I only ever see it in Bombers. I'd really like to see it come in six packs, just to make it easier to transport. Still, a decent brew that is worth a try, just needs more head.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pourhouse 50. Malt aroma, slightly amber colour with lace. Aggressive carbonation. Fresh. Malts dominated over any pronounced hop, on the sweet side. Lighter mouthfeel, but not watery. Had it to get going, session beer.OK or its style.Drying aftertaste.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of WillAndSarah
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hay/straw, caramel/butterscotch, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. There are also some herbal flavour.. hay/straw.. and a touch of chocolate. Unfortunately there is a bit of an odd vinegar like flavour mixed in too. It ends with a malty/vinegar herbal aftertaste.

Overall – I will admit that it got better as it warmed up, but it still reminded me of a bad home brew. I wouldn't buy or drink this one again.

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of liamt07
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from OCB giftpack, 341ml into a tulip.

Aggressive pour yielded about a finger and a bit of white head, loose retention with some pretty decent lace, above a red-orange body. Nose has a bit of caramel, some hops, a bit of mineral character and whole wheat bread. Some diacetyl. Taste has some caramel malt, butter and acetylaldehyde. A bit of metal in the finish. Malty with a faint bitterness in the finish. Weird fruitiness throughout. Carbonation is too high, and body is a watery medium. Other than looks, there's nothing redeeming about this one. Not that good of a beer by any stretch.

Photo of RefillMyglass
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down very fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of roasty malts, caramel, floral hops and light fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty malt character, a bit of caramel, light fruitiness and light hops bringing a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with an overall light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle, the sixth of six from this OCB 'discovery pack', and one of three from a brewery I have only now discovered.

Pours a bright (and appropriate) orange-amber colour, generating less than a finger of creamy, off-white head. It has mostly wilted away within a few minutes, but leaves in its place a thin cap and decent lacing on the sides. Looks like any other decent amber. I am a fan of the aroma - lots of butterscotch malts, with brown sugar and honey as well. Not a lot of hops but I like this smell enough to forgive that.

The taste follows the nose - malt-forward with lightly toasted bread, doughy and only a little grainy. Caramel or brown sugar are pretty prominent but not cloyingly so, balanced by some light floral hop bitterness toward the end. Medium-light bodied, a little thicker than macro ambers, with moderate carbonation that gives it a good bite. Very drinkable; two or three of these in a sitting would be no problem.

A serviceable amber, better than mediocre but not really anything special. I'd drink this again, on-tap maybe but I can't really see myself buying it from a store. An unremarkable inclusion in this season's discovery pack.

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Antikythera
4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale amber with a lacy head.

S: burnt caramel? In an amber ale?

T: the caramel mostly goes away and is replaced by fruity esters by the time it's swallowed. Sounds weird but isn't unpleasant. As the beer warms up the esters become less banana-ish and more hoppy. I can't remember the last time I wrote this much about how a beer tastes. This is surprisingly complex.

M: fizzy, but not overly so; leaves a pleasant slipperiness in the mouth.

O: I got this in a sampler pack of Ontario craft beers, and it sat there in the bottom of the fridge until all the other ones were gone. I don't know why, I think it was because I missed the word 'amber' on the label. I like ambers in general. A very pleasant surprise, and out of everything in the pack the one I would be most likely to buy a case of on its own.

Photo of funkengruven
4.29/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice red with a little excessive fizz, much like a soda. Smell is of caramel malt, with a smooth oaked smell, quite pleasant. Taste is really nice, smooth oaked flavor with hints of caramel and malts. This is so smooth, easy to drink, I'll be sure to populate my fridge with more of this in the future.

Photo of bryehn
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear copper that pours with a little white head. No retention, but it does try to lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee.

T: Balanced to the sweet side with a caramel flavour. A little grainy.

M: Light body; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but not very engaging.

Photo of JohnKenn
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Viggo
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/orange, thin off white head forms, disappears rather quickly, some lace spots, no retention. Smell is sweet, honey and citrus, interesting floral aroma, clean malts, not too bad. Taste is sweet, malty, some caramel, floral/citrus, pretty similar to aroma, very clean though, low bitterness, easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Enough complexity, but easy drinking, carbonation is a touch high, but not bad.

After finishing the bomber, I decided it gets some more points. As it warms a nice nutty maltiness comes through, quite nice, much smoother.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep amber with a thick white head, some nice lacing. That's where this story ends.

Not much of a smell, somewhat fruity and bready.

Tastes sweet, fruity and biscuity malts, bready. No real body or depth. I find it's lack of hops disturbing...

Pretty thin mouthfeel, but fortunately it is a thirst quenching ale, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Credit's Amber Ale ("OCAA") is 5.0% alcohol by volume and we sampled it in a 680 ml bottle purchased from the brewery's on-premises retail store.

We poured the bottle according to the recommendation on the company's web site (a nice touch on Old Credit's part...click on "How to Pour A Premium Beer"), and OCAA poured a clear, deep copper colour with about 2 centimetres of foamy beige head. The head lasted for about 5 minutes before resolving itself into a ring that left no lacing or spotting down the glass. Caramel malts dominate the aroma with just a hint of floral hops and fruit. As hard as I try, I just can't identify the type of fruit though. The flavour is of toasted caramel malts up front, with a hint of fruitiness that again I just can't pin down, transitioning to a dry and slightly bitter finish with a mild toasted malt/bitter aftertaste. Carbonation was fairly light which contributed to the smoothness of the beer, and OCAA was light to medium bodied. When all's said and done, a respectable, refreshing beer, but personally I would have preferred a cleaner finish. As with Old Credit's Pilsner, take this one out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before sampling for a much better experience

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Old Credit Amber Ale from Old Credit Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.