Bear Naked Ale - Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 159
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Adirondack Pub & Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BBM on 06-07-2007

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Photo of JMB22
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Bowersm
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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!! (728 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (739 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

I enjoyed this brew on a recent trip to the Lake George area. I had it both on tap and in the bottle. The appearance is a rich amber, with a tall creamy head. The aroma is malty, with a firm American hop scent in back. Well balanced, and not as sweet as I expected. This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Fully in body, and enjoyable. (341 characters)

Photo of rorjets
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz bottle, which is stamped 'Best by 4/10/15', into a pint glass. Nice off white head rises on the pour, with a bit of lacing as it is consumed. Body of the beer is copper in color, clear with mild carbonation. Aroma is on the light side, slightly herbaceous. This brew is a Top-fermented ale with Munich malt, and it says on the bottle 'all natural', and 'refrigerate'. But I don't think it requires refrigeration, and 'all natural' is a very generic term. The first sip yields a malty sweetness, with a bit of grassy flavor, a hint of fruit with a suggestion of bitterness at the end to clean the palate. I love the label, and also the cap, which features different mountains in the Adirondacks and lists their elevations. Overall, an enjoyable amber ale! (778 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber/gold color into the glass. Minimal white head. Aroma was pleasant, fruity, with traces of American hops.

The taste had a very nice balance between the malt profile and hops. The hops were not overdone at all, if anything they were reserved for an APA. Slight grassy flavor along with citrus. Mouthfeel was medium. This is a pretty solid beer from what is a pretty solid brewpub. (407 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Laurel, MS>
A: Hazy light in amber color with short cap of off-white tight head with decent retention and a nice side lace at the top of the pour.

S: Aroma has some bready malts with some caramel sweetness, graininess, and herbal, hops notes of earth or dirt

T: The flavor has some citrus notes with some caramel sweetness.hops that run through the finish. Not dry or bitter, which are more to my liking.

M: Light to medium body.

O:: Better than average, in a style that I generally like. (496 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

damnit, someone finally opened a brewery in lake george, that was supposed to be my master plan... unfortunately these beers seem relatively uninspired and generic, but give the people what they want i guess. i actually like this amber ale just fine though. it pours clear and light maple syrup in color, with a short but persistent tan head. the nose is a little extracty, with more sugar showing that i like, but with some coppery and biscuity notes that work well together. the taste is all malt, not hops at all coming through, more of an english style in that regard. it could stand a little more hop balance, especially on the back end where the sweetness expands. i love the feel, great clarity and crispness for the style, very drinkable, very summery, very approachable and sessionable. lower abv makes it even more so. clean all the way through, light for an amber as far as body goes, and plenty of carbonation. if i were making beers here, i wouldnt be making light amber ales, but this is plenty passable. (1,018 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visit this pub every summer with the wife when we stop by lake george for our annual summer weekend of relaxation.

Poured a deep golden color with lively carbonation. Very earthy. Overly malty but not in a bad way. Touch sweet. No real notable smell to the brew. (263 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

More of a golden orange in color than a Amber. Very little head, and what is there fades to just a skim quickly. Nose is faint and has a bit of a murky stink to it. Flavor is very hollow and is missing the real malt backbone that I look for in this style. Overall it just fell short for me. (296 characters)

Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tall pilsner pokal at Reel Seafood (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown-amber with short cap of off-white small-bubbled head with decent retention and a collar of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is subdued to say the least with some medium crystal malt caramel sweetness, pale malt graininess, and herbal, earthy hops notes.

T: The flavor is solid nothing more, delivering the middle of the road amber flavors you expect. Nice moderate caramel sweetness up front cut with herbal, lightly citrus hopping. Nice clean beer with no esters. I don't get any of the diacetyl that others have reported, although it does finish a bit sweeter than I like. Low bitterness.

M: Light-medium body with reasonably soft carbonation and not a very dry finish but not bad.

O: Pretty average run of the mill amber ale. Good not great but clean and inobtrusive. (864 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery-amber body with a very small off-white head.

S: Something off - metallic/minerally and maybe some wet cardboard.

T: Some sweet, fruity malt underneath, followed by a metallic hoppy bitterness. Lingering minerally bitterness; a touch earthy.

M: Fairly sharp carbonation. Body is close to medium in heft.

O: OK. Glad to support local brewers.

Notes: Bottle calls it an Amber Ale, though it's listed here as a Pale. . . . (434 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-slightly hazy light amber color with a modest off-white head and some lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, slightly fruity, slight herbal

T-citrus, orange, stale bread, light pine, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate, carbonation

O-OK, but profile had a strange stale bread taste to it (295 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head. Mild chill haze to the otherwise solidly amber color.

Some earthiness to the aroma with a mild floral hop in the background.

The flavor is an improvement from the smell. There's a light sweetness that went unnoticed to the nose. The hop is also more pronounced, although the swallow and aftertaste leans to the malty side. The body is watery, but the carbonation is below expectations as well. (412 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale copper with white film that trails. Apples and butter on the nose.
Pear drops, a butterscotch hit, and branchy (English?) hops.
Crisp, soft, light to medium.

A diacetyl bomb, and too fruity on top of that. Not to alt style, but not sure what this is trying to do.

A messy hybrid. (296 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautifully creating foam over a light amber brew lingering nicely to hang out and lace the glass
Nice aroma of fields of malted flowers
Taste starts bold some sour lingers watering the palate
Pleasant and interesting enough to go for another sip
Color matches name carbonation seems ok
Thinking must check out this beer at the source (341 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Semi cloudy copper, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Toasted note, some caramel and toffee, some (not much) fruit notes as well.

T-Poor blend of toast/butter notes, with from fruit. No bitterness to speak of.

M-Light, not much carbonation, slightly watery.

O-A poor beer, a mess. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something but this beer does not have much going for it. (374 characters)

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