Old Credit Amber Ale - Old Credit Brewing Co.

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Old Credit Amber AleOld Credit Amber Ale

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 14.29%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2003

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
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 spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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 liamt07
2.76/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +5.4%
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 Antikythera
4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
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 +36.2%
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 Derek
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Viggo
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +3.5%
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 +23.2%
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

Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650mil bomber...pour revealed a crystal clear amber beer with copper tones....hard pour gave a fluffy white cap that stacked out of the glass and reduced to a sticky lace. Fair nose..understated...wisps of apple, caramel, musty pine. Medium light body..wet.. hop pronounced ( Cascades)...malts are sufficient( carastan) but sit slightly in the background....smooth prompt finish is hoppy with slight musty- bread after taste...a nice light amber ale...good ingredients and very drinkable...get it as fresh as possible...nothing stands out but this is underestimated as a session ale...this is the second beer this brewery makes I consider understated and drinkable....if you like smooth quality drinkable micros this is your brewer who delivers standard micro taste with drinkability...but no surprises...session beers all the way.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with a miniscule head and almost no lace. The aroma is sweet and grainy. The taste is of fruit sherbert, butter and caramel. There's also some tangy yeast esters and a hint of sour milk. Hops are very subdued, too much so. The mouthfeel is slick and lightly carbonated. The finish is sweetish and completely lacking in bitterness.

This beer is on the verge of being cloying, it could really use some hop character. Its not that bad and worth a try if you like English style ales or vapid Ontario Micros.

Photo of Jeffo
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Photo of kwjd
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber colour (I'd think so!) with considerable carbonation. Pretty good head that stuck around for some time. Pretty attractive looking. Hops come through very well in the aroma, nice and clean. Flavour is equally clean, with some bite from the hops. Body is dominated by the amber malt. I'm not a huge fan of this style but this beer does a decent job. Though I can't find too much to complain about I still did not really enjoy this beer.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a near-clear reddish bronze with 1 cm of fine bubblesthat quickly fade to a thin ring. leaves some spots on the glass. aromas of caramel & butterscotch, even stewed fruits! unsurprisingly malty taste, but i'm a fan of malts. maple in the finish. sweet and fizzy, like a soda -- definitely goes down easy.

It says on the OCB Discovery Pack label that this beer was conditioned at sub-freezing temperatures for two months before packaging -- I wonder if it would have been more cloying if they hadn't done that. Overall, highly drinkable, a bit too sweet for a true session ale, but I might get this again when next in Ontario.

Photo of NightINgale
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

680ml bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Amber body, pretty clear, with tonnes of initial carbonation. Frothy beige head dissipates in a few minutes, leaving a foam ring on the beer. Below average head retention and some lacing.

S - Toasted malts, with some pronounced toffee and/or caramel notes. A little floral and quite bready. Not much in the way of fruitiness at first.

T - A good toasted malt base, with hints of caramel and some sweetness. The finish is fairly dry and moderately bitter, though the hops are virtually not distinguishable. Nothing too interesting about it. With temperature, the beer develops a gentle nuttiness, and maybe just a hint of apple.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. A little thin. Some crisp carbonation.

D - Despite being quite ordinary, Old Credit Amber Ale can make a very good session ale. It has got enough flavour to keep you interested, while being drinker-friendly all along.

Photo of TheHammer
3.64/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of dreamchaser
3.29/5  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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a thin, white head that fades down to a ring of foam at the fringes.

Lots of fruity esters come off the nose, with lots of caramelized sugars as well. Maybe the slightest hint of diacetyl.

The taste is good, sweet caramel and a slight bit of hops in the finish, very restrained and balanced a tad towards the sweet side, without being cloying. A little toasty and fruity. No real hop flavor (or aromas) to speak of, just a tinge of bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

As for drinkability, well, yeah. It's approachable and good enough to knock a few back without thinking too much about it. But ultimately it's kind of boring.

Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First out of the bottle this beer is quite harsh on the nose and the palate. It has a very metellic aroma and is overcarbonated. It gives up a moderate head that quickly settles to a ring.

It needs to sit a while before you can have an honest go at it.

Seetish malts and just a gentle hint of hops to this one. Moderately bitter and still has a metallic quality after sitting a while although the edge is clearly off it.

Simple and plain, better than a macro, but nothing special.

Photo of Mit
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Not quite crystal clear, definitely amber, and with a lackluster head.

S - Extremely fruity aroma, with some butterscotch as well. There's a red flag going off screaming infection/poor storage.

T - Extremely buttery, with toasted grain and slight tartness. Hop character is quite low, giving a muted, dry bitterness.

M - Probably the strong point of this beer. Mildly carbonated and smooth.

D - Meh. Possibly if it were fresher. Reminds me very much of some other unpasteurized micros I've gotten from the LCBO that did not fare well.

Photo of mick303
3.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Old Credit Amber Ale from Old Credit Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.