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

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Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 30.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 64 | 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 avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt, light hops, and grain.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt and a little hoppiness up front with a massive blast of grain and a bready quality in the finish. The grain is very overpowering and doesn't allow the other ingredients to shine.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not my favorite amber. The flavor is just far too uneven for it to be successful.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a red amber color with little head. Smells of malts and like twizzlers..Taste some hops and malts with a bit of caramel..don't get any hint of toffee though. Drinks pretty smooth and lives a bit of a hoppy taste. Overall just ok, nothing special.

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Photo of antott0523
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of RKB2
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear amber. The head is white, fizzy, and short-lived. Almost no head and lacing. Aroma has a slight grain and caramel flavor to it. The taste is pretty bland and there isn't much distinct or notable about it. The body is thin and slightly watery with a little bit of a hops bite on the finish. Okay.

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Photo of jsausley
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - deep amber with a thin white head and little in the way of retention and lacing

S - weak nose, mostly bready smells

T - caramel malt flavor with a dry finish that has a bit of a bitter edge to it.

M - medium thick, average carbonation

O - I don't know. Nothing about this beer just grabs me as outstanding, but yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was refreshing, easy to drink, and just seemed to hit the spot.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours red orange with very little head, just a little lacing. Smells of caramelized malt and slightly fruity. Tastes of fruit, berries and slight maltiness. Beer is light bodied a tad heavily carbonated, good finish. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Amber to light brown and mostly clear. Pours a ½” inch head that fades quickly. Decent amount of lacing and moderately carbonated.
Aroma: toasted bread, caramel malts, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish.
Flavor: Flavors the aroma – a significant malt presence dominates this brew. Nice mix of toffee, whole wheat bread, and earthy hop spice.
Overall: A very good session beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, amber-toffee coloring with a ton of carbonation and a clingy, low profile, off-white head that leaves a filmy lacing along the glass. Aromas of sugary sweetness, with tangy caramel, roasted nut, and hints of chocolate. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with more of the toffee and chocolate combination coming to the foreground. Roasted notes turn to a slight char character at the tail-end of the palate, with a subtle bitter hops character shining through there, as well. Smooth and light in mouth. Drinkable throughout, with a roasted and sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, with a slightly sweet linger. This is a very drinkable brew, but it doesn't do anything to separate itself from the middle ground of this style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little session Red Ale. At 4.9% you could drink a few of these. Pours a clear amber color into my pint glass. Decent size white head and good lacing. Head retention is above average. Smell is mild. Some caramel and bready malts.

Nice mild taste, a little grassy hops balances the malty flavor. Caramel and bready malts make up most of the taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but still acceptable. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

Worthwhile as a session beer. Nothing outstanding about it.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear amber, barely any head, thin and fizzy, little lacing
S - Caramel and bready malts, and thats really it.
T - Sweet malts, some toasted grains and nuts, which come out more as it warms up, and eventually you pick up some of the hops, but they're kinda faint.
M - Thin, kinda watery and metallic.
O - This is just a kind of average beer, drinkable on a hot day, not something I'd seek out though.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the back label but there is nothing discernable as a freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium amber. Quite a bit of carbonation is rising from the bottom. A half-finger of buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin skim, a ring around the edge, and patches were the carbonation surfaces.

Smell: Though relatively subdued, it is malty and sweet. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and dark fruit esters are immediately noticeable. Cherry licorice is prominent as well, and there is a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Though not light, the mouthfeel reminds me of Alka-Seltzer. At least at first. That impression fades as the beer warms. Much like the aroma, the flavor is subdued as well. It mostly mirrors the smell: caramel, toffee, toasted malts, raspberry and maybe a little plum, cherry licorice, and a hint of cocoa. Each sip leaves a nice, beery bite coating the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: It’s good enough. I wish it were a more flavorful, though. It definitely has the complexity, but needs to be bolder.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Portion of a 12 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color, with a rather dinky-looking white head. Looks pretty good regardless.

S: All I pick up here is some unsweetened caramel.

T: The faintest twang of fruity esters builds to a caramel-y finish. Extremely unassuming.

M: Crisp, dry, and light. If you're going to showcase little in the way of flavor on the palate, this is how you do it.

O: Nothing wrong with this per se...it's just so bland, though. Really just one step up from BMC in my opinion.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice simple beer with pretty decent taste. Pours a clear lighter amber with a white head that sticks around all the way through, and leaves a little lacing. Smells simple and just drinkable. Taste is a toasted caramal malt mostly, maybe a slight choclate biscuit as it warms, but just barely, enough hops to balance but not noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this beer is pretty good but simple, as long as you go in knowing that with this beer then I think you will be pretty happy with it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some ruby red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a very thin film, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts with just a touch of nuttiness and toffee notes. There are light amounts of earthy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of toasted malts with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness. Light amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin...

O: Similar in flavor to an Oktoberfest in flavor and easy to drink but this one is not really anything special in my opinion.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head. Some light lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and a bit of fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste: caramel, toffee, some dark ripe fruit sweetness, and a mild earthy tone create a mild mannered amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a decent sessionable beer, but overall can be a bit boring after two pints. Nothing great, but nicely drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | 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.

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.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark copper that verges on red with a rocky, almond head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing and some carbonation behind.

Buckshot has a big, sweet caramel component with lightly toasted malt, honey and green tea in the background.

Well balanced between sweet and bitter, however, malt flavors dominate with nuts and caramel. The finish is pleasant, quick and mild with lots of tea flavors and background herbal notes.

A light body with vigorous carbonation that takes over with each sip. Alcohol as expected is absent.

This is a solid, sessionable beer. However, it lacks the qualities required to make it memorable. This would be a fine beer for tailgating or other outdoor activities.

I very much enjoyed this gift and think it is worth trying again.

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Photo of EJ6759
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.