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

Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%

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

Hops: Magnum, Willamette (whole leaf), Santian

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272

(Beer added by: oberon on 08-05-2004)
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Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a short head, good lacing throughout. Wheats, hints of fruits are present in the nose. Taste is a little stronger than others in the style, which is good though. A nice blend of wheats, creamy barley, slight fruits, and a moderate hops bring a very satisfying flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and enjoyable. A hearty amber that I'd definitely have again if I'm ever in Greensboro.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2005 02:18:01 | More by aquatonex
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had some code but it is indecipherable. Served in a tulip glass.

Poured a mostly clear deep copper with a thick white head. Head faded slowly to a small (maybe half a centimeter thick) cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

Smells is mostly malty with a bit of hops. I detected a faint metallic smell.

Tastes primarily of grain, but is well balanced by bitterness. Unlike their Pale Ale the bitterness here rather nice and not overpowering. Sweet and caramely, but not cloyingly so as I've found with a number of other amber ales.

The carbonation level is reasonable, and the body is light without being overly thin. A pretty good balance.

I could quaff this all night long. A nice well balanced ale, and much preferred by me to their pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 05:52:13 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 17:32:49 | More by cbleary
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 14:06:47 | More by KTCamm
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Pours a clear and dark amber ale, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of caramel malts, light brewed tea, and creamy sweetness.

Taste is of brewed tea, caramel malts, and sugary sweetness. Beer then settles into biscuit, dough, and a nice crisp and earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, good crisp carbonation, and nice fullness.

Drinkability is good. Nice solid and very sessionable amber ale. Reminds me a lot of Alaskan Amber, I'd be happy to drink this one again if it was available in my local liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 05:08:56 | More by flexabull
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 20:57:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of fields336


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 12 oz bottle in a shaker pint glass.
100179 printed on the back (Julian date 179- Born on June 28)

A: brown, amber, dark red with 2.5 fingers eggshell white head. Head is thick and creamy, leaves sticky lacing on the sides of glass

S: bready, caramel biscuity malts dominate the nose. A slight grassy/ floral hoppy hops.

T: huge caramel malt notes with some bready notes and a coppery taste too, a nice bitter hop presence as the beer moves the the back of the palate. Really good flavor

M: really carbonated, medium bodied, creamy head stays for a while in your mouth and then the hops cleanse your palate, really nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:45:06 | More by fields336
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:38:51 | More by wcudwight
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 12:04:31 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a nice semi-translucent amber to a sun king shaped pint with a hint of a short lasting head leaving minimal lace.

aroma of caramel, cinnamon and faint spices. big malts, undetectable hops.

sweet malts and caramel up front. a bit of a tangy bite near the back of the mouth, no hop presence. very sweet and pleasant.

medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet, no bitter.

drinkable - yep.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:56:55 | More by robwestcott
Photo of BeerDocT


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:03:48 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2006 22:31:22 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly clear, orange amber hue, with a one finger head.

S - Smell of floral notes, hops, mild fruit.

T- Bitter notes of the malt hit the back of the tongue, along with some mild fruit notes. Using the words "notes" a lot. If this beer was a musical note, it would be more TV on the Radio, versus the Foo Fighters. More mellow, less rocking in the taste department, but still enjoyable. Some smokey flavors are present as well.

M- Mouthfeel is good, some sharp carbonation notes, but nothing too over bearing or detracting.

O - Overall, a solid amber. Not too complex, but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:00:59 | More by Apellonious
Photo of Dodo2step


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 18:57:13 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of EJ6759

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into a pint glass. It has a nice amber appearance itch a good head a good lacing. The tast is better than average in the amber category. The mouthfeel is good ands it is well carbonated. Overall, this is a solid B to B+ beer. It's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 20:56:53 | More by EJ6759
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at JP Looneys in Greensboro, NC.

A - Clear, beautiful red in color with a small head by the time it got to my table. What was there stuck around a while and left some moderate to good lacing.

S - I couldn't detect much other that some toasted malts and a whiff of hops.

T - Borderline sweet toasted malt comes through first, but is limited in it's overall strength. A mild and pleasant floral/earthy hop flavor follows, with only trace bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, worked well for the brew. A little slick, but also felt a little thin.

D - I really enjoyed this brew as an easy drinking beer throughout the night. Flavorful without too much to think about.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 16:40:24 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 02:53:55 | More by KYGunner
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the outside table a pale amber with a tan compact head.

The aroma was fruity with a slight hoppiness.

The flavor had a grainy character with a light caramel and a nice medium hop bitterness.

The finish was dry with lingering hops and the body was medium.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 21:06:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of FloppyDog

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Very light orange, almost yellow-orange in color with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dominated by floral and some spicy hop character. I am getting no caramel malt at all.

Taste is, as expected, dominated by the same type of floral and spicy hops upfront. Bitterness in the middle, with malt just barely making an appearance before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, even with the hop domination, which is surprising, but is probably due to the relatively lower carbonation level in this beer.

Overall, an good easy-drinking, hop-driven amber ale, but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:14:38 | More by FloppyDog
Photo of newk340


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:38:46 | More by newk340
Photo of JBStith

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had Natty's Buckshot Amber Ale last night at the GSO Grasshoppers baseball game. This is a pretty good summer drinking beer.
Appearance: Great, deep amber appearance. Good initial head with moderate retention and low lace.

Smell: Good malty smell, not much hop aroma present.

Taste: Malty with low hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. not too heavy and not too light, right in the middle:

Drinkability: Quite good on a hot summer night due to the clean malt taste and low bitterness.

Overvall a good solid beer. I will drink more at future ball games. Can't beat it at $5 for a 24 ounce pour.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 13:56:04 | More by JBStith
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 21:37:46 | More by thagr81us
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:23:31 | More by daliandragon
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2004 22:09:08 | More by oberon
Photo of Kegatron


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 17:12:44 | More by Kegatron
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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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