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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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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2003)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 22:46:05 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnKenn

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-21-2014 02:15:12 | More by JohnKenn
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:13:06 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-21-2014 19:45:40 | More by RevCraig
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale copper with weak, fast-fading head. Soft aroma of sour molasses, rather unconventional as well. The taste and mouthfeel redeem it: several layers of gentle malt, and a nice crisp, balanced finish with a linger of faint copper. Mouthfeel is excellent, round yet refreshing. Not a great amber overall, and lacking in any striking flavours.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:16:57 | More by dreamchaser
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Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bright clear ruby brown colour, creamy white head, average lacing. 3.5

S - honey malts, nuttiness. Soft toffee caramels, butterscotch, some lemon hop character but mostly sweet malts. Good round aroma. 3.75

T - more bitterness, some sourish malt, lots of caramel and grainy nuttiness, butterscotch, light apricot fruitiness. Leads to a quite dry finish, average and too malt dominated.

M - light with a caramel malt body, fairly high carbonation leading to a crisp finish, easy session amber, malty forward 3.25

A malty sweet amber with light bitterness and some sour bitterness and mineral finish. Good beer, fairly average profile, could be more interesting and have a more balanced body.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:01:17 | More by mick303
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, thin film that quickly recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with next to no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains leaving no lacing down the glass. Lousy head for sure.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee and butterscotch notes. Some bubble gum and hints of melon on the nose. Alright here.

TASTE: Lots of caramel and grainy, sweet malts up front, with a sweet and grainy finish again. Bold aftertaste is sweet toffee, sweet grains, bread and notes of floral hop bitterness. Lots of bread and sweet toffee.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Pretty creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes crisp. A touch of sweetness lingers. Pretty decent feel for the style.

OVERALL: Noting wrong with this one, though nothing remarkable about it either. It's perhaps a little too grainy and sweet for my palate and the head could definitely use some work, but I would certainly drink it again if it was offered to me. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 19:58:41 | More by Jeffo
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-12-2013 21:15:19 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

06-16-2013 10:42:21 | More by TheBeeraholic
Photo of RefillMyglass

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

03-12-2013 01:40:18 | More by RefillMyglass
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

01-17-2013 12:52:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-10-2013 01:10:39 | More by HATS4BATS
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -37.3%

11-06-2012 19:45:59 | More by cfalovo97
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-30-2012 18:40:32 | More by ZachRusk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

02-26-2012 20:58:09 | More by galluch
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:19:40 | More by liamt07
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6%

12-02-2011 00:37:57 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

11-30-2011 16:44:42 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 08:02:39 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 19:29:39 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pours a clear amber colour. Head is very short lived.

s a little cloying...malty...very little hop flavours....

t a little bit of hoppiness in the flavour..slight smoky flavour in the malt aftertaste.

m average for the abv.

o not a bad amber...probably wouldn't be my first choice, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:01:27 | More by Mit
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 21:24:25 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-26-2011 17:20:17 | More by RedAleMan
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:57:16 | More by Antikythera
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colour that starts off with some bubbly head that quickly dissipates into nothingness with no lacing. Smells of caramel malt. Very clean flavour, lots of sweet malt with a hint of hop bitterness. A little bit under-carbonated, but not a bad mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but I don't plan to buy it again, though I would try it on tap if I saw it at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:15:52 | More by kwjd
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Old Credit Amber Ale from Old Credit Brewing Co.
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