Buckshot Amber Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 08-05-2004

Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich, Cara Pils, Special B

Hops: Magnum, Willamette (whole leaf), Santian

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

This one is a crystal-clear pale amber with a thin ring of head. Seems a little washed out in color.

This one has a bundle of marshmallow and red licorice on top of a sweet malt base, with just a hint of dryness. I'm not sure how "to style" this is, but I like it as I find the sweetness enticing and complex.

The same sweetness is there in the flavor, but it's more situated in the middle. This one starts extremely clean--almost flavorless--like seltzer water, but a lush, grainy sweetness blossoms out of it, soon fading to a rasp of carbonation. A bit of burnt sweetness lingers on in the finish with a touch of woody hops. The dynamism here is really neat, as each sip is a little trip from clean, to sweet, to burnt.

Feels dense and clean at first, but finishes just a bit on the sticky side.

I think this one is better than others suggest. I'm not sure how many of these I could have as the sticky finish gets old after a while, but I appreciate the novelty of the dynamism.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice deep copper with a head that leaves a generous amount of lace for the style,slight aromas of caramel and roasted malt but was a little weak.Taste was not weak however full caramel and toffee flavors with a hint of pizza dough a touch dryeness in the finish from a pretty generous amount of hop for the style.A real nice amber ale very quaffable and tasty at the same time.

Photo of newk340
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a translucent amber with a thin cream-colored head.

S: some hints of caramel and sugar, nearly no hops.

T: rather bland on the tongue, very mild hops with a caramel lacing.

MF/D: very drinkable, an excellent session beer for a hot day. light on the carbonation and mouthfeel.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and somewhat dull amber in appearance. Thin, sheeting off-white head. Aromas are soft, with caramel sweetness and a slight roasty-toasty character. Flavor is more of the same. Firm malt backbone supported by notes of Heath bar and bittering hops. Slightly bitter at the end, with a short-lived aftertaste. Drinkable, and another beer from Natty's that I'd enjoy on my subsequent visits.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a crystal clear brown-amber with a rather small beige head. The head mostly disappears quickly. [3.75]

M: near medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

AROMA: Plenty of medium malt, with toasted grain and caramel.

The aroma is basically duplicated by the flavor [3.75]. Nothing fancy here but also nothing amiss, just a straightforward amber with plenty of caramel malt flavor. Not a beer geek beer, but an excellent choice to help steer newbies into craft beer.

Photo of RKB2
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckshot has good aroma, color and feel, but the follow through taste is lacking the positives given by the other first impressions. Overall, a drinkable slightly above average beer. In my opinion it could use a little more of an edge or aftertaste. A good beer to start with in a progression.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-red out of that attractive Natty Greene's growler. Small head the doesn't retain well. A little lace and mild carbonation.

Aromas present a good malt/hops balance. As with the aroma, you get a solid malt/hops balance, with some caramel undertones. Pleasing bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

This one is easily drinkable under just about any circumstance. Solid, solid, solid.

Photo of tdm168
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel amber with a thin a layer of white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. The nose has notes of grains and burnt toast. The flavor has notes of sweet caramel, toasted malt, and mild earthy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This is a smooth beer and easily drinkable, but it's rather lacking in flavor and forgettable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of off-white foamy froth. Retains with a sturdy rich look that leaves a good bit of thick spotty lacing behind. The aroma has a LOT of toasted caramel breadiness going on with it, which gives the nose quite the citrus tinged tang in the nostrils. A touch of floral hops and spice hang on the edges but this is overall fairly roasted and tangy.

The taste is sticky sweet with caramel malts that spreads out in the mouth with a toasted feel. Hops give this a zesty and herbal citric tang as well as some light drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a relatively crisp sharpness to it but smoother feeling in the mouth overall.

Not bad. The heavier roasty feel of this was a bit of a turn off at first but the sweetness took more control as this warmed and managed to pull it together to keep this decently drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsides slowly to a minimal amount. Maintains nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of big sweet malt and slight piney hops. The flavor is of sweet malt, caramel, and very slight pine hop. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this is a decent Red Ale. Not my favorite that I have for the style nor from Natty Greene's, but still good. Has a pretty nice aroma and is very refreshing. A must try for any fan of the style.

Photo of cbleary
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a tasty and somewhat unique ale from Natty Greene's. It pours nicely with a humble white head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit more carbonation than I was expecting. It has a wonderful, balanced scent of several malts and fresh hops. Citrus hop flavors are strong in the flavor, but don't overpower it. This tastes something like a hybrid between a European and an American Amber Ale. Well balanced and very drinkable. Well done.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass in the Vintage wine shop at RDU airport in NC.

Pours a medium amber with reddish hues. Some fluffy white foam atop.

Smell and taste - notes of caramel and toffee malts. Light hop bitter at the close, to give a firm finish.

Overall a solid amber - certainly a great sirport choice amidst the land of Bud and Bud Light.

Photo of jsausley
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City traditional pint glass.

Natty Greene's is a local brewery from Greensboro, NC. Being someone more native of the Raleigh area, I was never as familiar with the Greensboro and Winston beers as the ones from Raleigh. However, that's not to say that Natty Greene's isn't a great brewery. I've had many of their beers but this is the first of their selection that I have reviewed.

A: A soft hazy amber with hints of brown. Some light carbonation. No residual rings from the head. A nice head on the pour with a correct hand. The head dissipates quickly however and leaves a small amount of bubbly residue on the top of the beer and around its edge. Decent but nothing outstanding, visually.

S: Smells of malt with a hint of garlic and lime. Roasted malts with some caramel and hoppy twang.

T: A good, cheerful amber ale. Smooth and full of qualities that you'd expect in an amber ale. Very exemplary of the style. The few notes that stand out are quite flavorful and nice. There is a strong toffee note to this beer. Some hoppiness, but a very low IBU beer. I'd guess about 18-21 IBU. Malty goodness full of toffee with a hint of perhaps caramel, aftertaste is earthy and not overpowering, some hops as well on the back of the tongue. Pleasant, expected, not outstanding. A good beer to drink with a meal when you're in North Carolina and Red Oak is not available.

M: Light, crisp with some carbonation. Fairly smooth, nothing unpleasant here. Very little tinge of alcohol (as expected with a very low 4.8% ABV. This beer could use a bump to about 5.5% in my opinion.)

O: Yummy, scrumptious and predictable. Toffee notes are a nice twist but otherwise this is a textbook amber ale.

Photo of antott0523
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent amber color with a sturdy off white head that sticks around. Great lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Bread, hint of caramel and dried apricot. That off putting smell you get when driving by or walking through a Budweiser factory.

T: Hint of malt sweetness like caramel
and apricot. Orange pith bitterness.

D: There's nothing undrinkable about this beer, but there's nothing particularly memorable.

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a deep amber hue that had a robust character and was topped by a decently thick off white head.

The scent is a touch weak but very nice. A scorched barley aroma is mixed with a roasted grain and malt that is very appropriate.

The flavor is more impressive as the roast and toasted grain is more evident. There is some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of burnt toast.

The feel is dry with moderate carbonation and an easy drinkability.

Photo of TaiPan
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lot of caramel malt flavor, but very grainy and unbalanced leaving a metallic afterthought on the palatte. Not a lot to say. A very pedestrian amber. I have enjoyed other beers from this brewery, but not this one.

I hoped this would be an enjoyable session beer, but I am highly disappointed.
**I will note that this is markedly better on draft.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this one.

A- clear amber/copper color. Fluffy frothy head that leaves behind a sticky lacing.

S- floral aroma and a toffee malt like note as well. not much else going on.

T- light metallic taste with sweet malts with no hops or not much distinct flavoring.

M- copper mouthfeel with sweet malts. light bodied beer that is smooth.

D-overall, not bad. I think this beer would be good at restauratn but i wouldnt purchase a sixer of it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Nice pour, amber in color with nice clarity. Lots of carbonation bubbling up towards the surface and a small one inch head of foam on top that settled down nicely with some good lacing. Aroma was lighter then I would have thought, caramel malts mixed with an herbal, earthy hop note. Hints of grass and light flowery notes, but needed a little more punch. Lots of caramel and brewed tea up front on the first sip. Well balanced and quite mellow. Caramel morphs intp herbal hops again with a nice little dry and bitter kick to finish it off. Solid medium feel and well carbonated made this one fine afternoon brew.

Overall solid I have to admit. I was not sure what to expect going in but was very happy with the result. Would go for this one again any day.

Photo of wcudwight
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear. Amber in color with a nice thick cream colored head. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass. Looks promising.
Lot's of sweet caramel in the nose. Smells kind of like sugar cookies. Little to no hops in the aroma.
Flavor leans on the heavy malt side for an amber ale. Lot's of caramel and toffee flavors. Just enough floral and earthy hops to balance it all out. Thank goodness the hops are there.
Medium to light on the mouthfeel. Very drinkable. With ambers going hop heavy this was a nice change of pace. Good session beer to have with a pizza or something. Glad Natty's now bottles.

Photo of Immortale25
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt and some caramel is actually quite pleasant.

T- Toasty malt brings more caramel notes. Very mild hop bitterness. Quite innocuous but it doesn't taste bad at all. A metallic aftertaste surfaces after a while.

M- Standard, actually a bit thin. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Was expecting much worse from this considering the score but its sweetness, quaffability and considerable amount of flavor sort of won me over. The only downfall was the thin mouthfeel but this really isn't a bad beer overall.

Photo of devilben02
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big, creamy beige head. The aroma is largely like a sweet wheat bread, with a little grassy bitterness to balance. The flavor is likewise very sweetly bready, with some light caramel and herbal hops adding some depth. The medium-light body feels resinous and somewhat astringent, adding some presence to hold up the reasonably balanced flavor profile. Overall, this beer is a nice amber, but being a nice amber will only go so far.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out with a nice half-inch head that slowly shrunk and stayed around in wispy islands. Beautiful, true amber color. This is a beer has a striking appearance.

-Smell 3.5: A very appealing caramel smell in the bouquet which is paired with a barley and slight hoppy smell. Very nice.

-Taste 4.0: Smooth up front with a slight barley taste, which quickly turns into a rich caramel and roasted grains flavor that is balanced by the alkaline flavor of the hops. Very smooth and thirst-quenching throughout. Delicious beer.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very smooth mouthfeel with an interesting level of carbonation that really tends to sneak up on you. Not overly carbonated at all; the brewers have achieved a solid balance.

-Overall 3.5: Very good to excellent Amber Ale, a style of which I am not really a fan. That tells you all you need to know about this beer: I don't normally like Amber Ales, but I really like this beer. Recommended.

Photo of mechamifune
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant amber color with a nice frothy, slightly off-white head. Carbonation is strong and evident in the pour.

Smell is very muted. The slightest bit of grain/caramel sweetness, but thats about it.

Taste is a little more full than the smell. Slightly sweet upfront then followed by a little bit of earthy hoppiness and ending with a hint of an adjunct-type aftertaste. Not a bad taste though, mind you, just not as rich as I might like for the style.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Full and smooth, easy to drink. Drinks more like a lager than an ale really.

Overall this is a decent beer that is easy to drinkwhile maintaining a decent-enough flavor profile. Would be a good "conversion beer" or for good for outdoor parties/tailgating.

Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber is an appropriate color description. Minimal head and lacing. Clear as can be.

S- A pretty standard smelling sweet/malty combo. I like the smell but nothing great stands out. Don't detect any hop presence.

T- Similar to the scent it has a nice sweet/malty flavor that is pleasing but not exceptional. Don't get much hop character if at all.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. It's a smooth drinking beer.

O- Just slightly above average across the board. What I would expect of a good amber ale. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shortly before Christmas, Natty Greene's flagship beers started showine up in bottles all over the Triangle after years of only being present at the brewery. This one pours a medium orange amber with minimal head. Nose is grassy hops and a little caramel malt. Pretty faint, though.

The taste is basic malt with a mild but lasting hop finish. A little heavy on the carbonation, particularly for the thinness of the body. Maybe a little more pale than amber here but pretty sessionable if you're so inclined.

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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.