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Bear Naked Ale - Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adirondack Pub & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BBM on 06-07-2007)
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, Jun 06, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to heading north to have a Bear Naked. It's a pretty refreshing brew best in the warmer months, but pretty good all year. It doesn't have the foamiest head, but it's not terrible either. It has a pretty clean, almost cleansing finish so it really pairs well with a variety of foods, it's too bad the brewpub it comes from doesn't have a stronger menu. Its very drinkable. The taste is almost fruity, not terribly hoppy and over all the years it's been very consistent, which gets a big atta-boy because it's such a small batch brew.

JMB22, Oct 16, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fresh and vibrant citric hop and a light doughy pale malt.

The taste was upfront breezy citric hops. A light doughy malt and touch of wheat rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style. Perhaps a bit cleaner due to the inclusion of the wheat malt.

Overall a very tasty hop forward ale. Very quaffable.

plaid75, Sep 22, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting beer. Had on the shores of lake George and enjoyed it very much. Just a good, solid ale without any bad issues. Not too much stood out about it aside from just generally enjoying it.spending the week in lake George and look forward to enjoying more beers from Adirondack Brewery.

Bowersm, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

CountryRock2001, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Vt_beer_sampler, Apr 12, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a great golden color that is entirely clear with a very thin head of foam that dissipates quickly
S: nice hoppy notes, earthy tones, slight sweetness
T: great taste, really represents the style well, nice hopiness, slight underlying maltiness
M: smooth across the palate initially with very little carbonation, leaves a slight lingering dryness in the mouth
O: really love this brew, incredibly drinkable, delicious

BigPlay1824, Aug 09, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber-orange color with a a finger of white frothy head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring, but laces okay.

S - Aroma is full of cirrus hops and some sweet fruity aromas. There is also a touch of sweet lightly roasted carmel malts in the background that breaks through.

T - Starts off with some fruit esters and orange peel flavor. Lots of fruit elements here. Through the middle the malt comes through alongside some hop bitterness. The finish has some nice sweet fruit flavors and more of the hop bitterness that linger nicely.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very nice and all around crisp beer. Lively on the tongue and very clean finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. The flavor is fairly sweet, but it stays balanced throughout. Feels very nice and crisp and very refreshing.

ngeunit1, Feb 19, 2011
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4.04/5  rDev +20.2%

Dougwillhike, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

PhillyNole, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

fishguyac, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

baccala, Dec 01, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that descends to a thin lasting cover. Little lace.

The smell is of sweet grain with some caramel. Apricot and peach fruitiness with mild citrus in the back.

The taste is of sweet caramel and grain. Bready dough balanced by an apricot/peach fruitiness with a hint of citrus. Finishes on the sweet side.

Lighter side of medium bodied, it is very smooth.

Well-done and pretty unique. High drinkablilty with enough nice taste to keep it interesting. According to John (jcwattsrugger) who was good enough to bring this back to share, it was listed as an alt...Here it is listed as an APA (the website doesn't say). Oddly enough, I could see it fitting broadly into either (though the alt would clearly be an American interpretation. Regardless of style, it's a fine "session" brew!

jwc215, Aug 10, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange-amber hue with a crystal clarity and a goodly effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Decent.

Smell: nice aroma with plenty of caramel, bread and biscuit. There's also a light fruitiness here with a hint of citrus that works quite well. I actually like it.

Taste: flavor is rather caramelly with a light biscuit component and another hit of that light fruitiness. This is an amber that I actually rather like.

Mouthfeel: a surprisingly heavy and well-integrated carbonation gives this beer a good creaminess despite a somewhat light body. I like it a lot.

Overall: this is a tasty and drinkable amber that I would gladly quaff again. Good stuff.

flagmantho, Jul 23, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A gentle pour from the growler yielded a thin white head, which quickly dissipated. No apparent lacing. The body was a medium amber color with no visible carbonation.

S- The nose is packed with crackerlike pale malt... with hints of dried fruit and nuts... and just a trace of low-alpha hop aroma.

T- The taste is a near-perfect replicate of the nose... just a bit more fruity with ale yeast esters, and some additional burnt candy sugar flavor.

M- Medium body with lots of soft carbonation... with a slightly grainy texture from the unattenuated sugar.

D- Very sessionable. Refeshing, delicious and well-balanced. Too bad I don't live in NY- It may be quite some time before I have the pleasure of sampling this again!!

jgasparine, Sep 13, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat brilliant copper body with a thin white head that surprisingly leaves some light lacing.

S: Not a strong aroma but a pleasant one. A nice nose of sweet caramel malts, fruity esters, bready notes, and citrus hops.

T: A nice toasted upfront flavor balanced with cracker-like grainy malts, caramel, light hops, and a fruity backbone.

M: Lively carbonation; thin to medium body; clean and crisp texture.

O: A little off for the style and I expected a little more hops. However, this one is very easy to drink letting one put down 4-5 of these in one sitting. Definitely one of my go-to beers there.

EDIT 10/10: Had a fresh fresh bottle from the brewery and it tasted like hops covered in caramel. Amazing! Really good!

BrewCrew2010, Aug 16, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tawny yet light copper with a bit of haze. A few random bubbles rise to the small off-white head. It keeps a ring of foam and leaves an okay amount of lace.

S: Citrus, floral/herbal, barest hint of spicy hops. Some bright fruity esters. Background, lightly toasty pale malt. Smells good, but I want more umph.

T: Balanced, but leaning to the hops. Fruity citrus of orange & tangerine up front, floral/herbal/spicy in the middle, end is lingering citrus & herbal which gets increasingly woody as the finish continues. Lots of light, bright, juicy esters are mingled with the hops. Toasty pale malts provide a good platform for the hops show, and just a hint of sweetness. Quite a nice showcase of hops and nice fruity esters.

M: Just medium budy but still with a hint of chew. Lightly balanced carbonation. Bright & refreshing – leaning to crisp – yet only semi-drying finish.

D: Nice juicy-fruity citrus – both from hops and esters. Rather more pale and amber. Lighter body, loads of citrus hops, mild malts, and all the light & fruity esters. Regardless of style, it is a very nice, characterful, tasty, and drinkable beer.

SickGnar, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

pjkelley82, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

nyrblue2, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had a great light to it. Nice and golden view through the glass. It's aroma was very pleasant. I could smell the faint odor of the hops lightly. Surprisingly, the hop flavor was very well balanced to the thiness of the drink. One could sip the drink fluidly without being shocked with hops flavor. Personally, maybe I would have had the flavors be stronger, but the drink itself can definitely be drank by a general audience. Its light flavor allowed it to be a very drinkable beer for its flavor.

fitzy84, Aug 30, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Johnnyutah713, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

danwho, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Fahz, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Fluffypuff11, Nov 27, 2012
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Bear Naked Ale from Adirondack Pub & Brewery
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