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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 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 raszputini

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with a healthy white head. Nice lacing that sticks around. Not much nose, slight malt. Taste is well balanced but very light for my tastes. There's just not much there. A little toffee and malt, with a very understated hop finish. Not horrible, easily drinkable, just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 04:56:37 | More by raszputini
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 robwestcott


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 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 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 Thorpe429


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light amber color with a slight off white head. The nose brings forward some basic malt characteristics with a little bit of year--lightly toasted bread, caramel, and some nutty character. The taste is mostly just a bit of toast with a very mild hop and yeast presence. Feel is moderate with good carbonation. No noticeable flaws, but not particularly special

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 22:08:17 | More by Thorpe429
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 dataskatt

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed in this amber ale. Maybe I'm just used to very full-flavored beers, but this one tasted watery to me.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear amber. Thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Mostly caramel.

Taste: Has a nice caramel and nutty flavor, but the taste doesn't linger. I wanted more fullness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, watery, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, but not enough flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 13:51:53 | More by dataskatt
Photo of TaiPan

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 06:28:03 | More by TaiPan
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 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
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is amber with good clarity. An off white one-finger head with a small amount of retention.

Smell is mostly toasted malt. Almost an earthy/nutty aroma.

Taste is toasty malt, with a hint of earthiness. Minimal sweetness with little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has mild carbonation.

Drinkablilty is pretty good. Nothing too special flavor wise, but I wouldn't mind having a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 22:58:26 | More by MrStark
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 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 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 donkeyrunner


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear amber with a medium white bubbly head. Some spider web lace up top and ok retention.

Firstly a strong scent of sweet caramel that quickly changed to a milder roast malt.

Crisp, tea like, mildy roasty biscuit malt. More flavor please!

I had just tried Natty Greene's pale ale and was blown away. This was a dissapointing follow up.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 20:28:30 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always like to try the local brews, trying to keep in in NC if you know what I mean!

This beer is an amber in appearance (duh!), it is full boddied, and smells a little pungent.

The tase is pretty good, there are other ambers from the area that are much better in taste (well to clairify there is one in particular, but they cant seem to brew a consistant taste!) This is a very drinkable amber ale and is still far superiour to any of the mass produced abmer ales I have tasted (I.E. Killians etc) Mike the brew master at Natty greens is a great Brew master, and has found a pretty good one here!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 18:06:55 | More by ncbeermonger
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 Onenote81

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Minimal head that fades quickly. Good amber color. Smells earthy with hops. The taste wasn't there for me. A little on the bitter side. Bready taste there also. Not on my list for ambers, but a good drink anyways.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 20:57:15 | More by Onenote81
Photo of bboven


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber body, clear with head that fades to a ring of lace after a moment.

Two-row barley and slight caramel in the aroma, a bit of breadiness, but not much else.

Lots of subdued malt, no hop bitterness to speak of but its there because the beer's not cloyingly sweet. Great job letting the hops do their job without bragging about it.

Very crisp and bubbly, slightly drying.

An amber that's better than some for sure, but not the best out there. Could use just a touch more flavor over-all.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 21:29:03 | More by bboven
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with the merest suggestion of coral when backlit. The tight-bubbled crown is thick and creamy, with a golden ecru hue that matches the beer very well. The foam melts rather than deflates, gracing the lace with a wide swath of lace-like lace in the process.

Thanks to the malt bill (plenty of mid-range, toasted, nutty varieties) the nose is on the Oktoberfestish side. It's also relatively balanced, with an earthy hoppiness that doesn't overly impress. Solid, but not spectacular.

Flavor follows aroma, both in terms of character and quality. If you like your ambers to favor bocks or Oktoberfests rather than APAs, then Buckshot Amber should be right up your alley. Since I prefer citrusy hops over earthy-herbal ones, I'm not fully onboard.

The biggest problem with this Natty Greene offering is that it doesn't have a flavor hook, and, therefore, isn't that interesting or distinctive. The balancing bitterness is enjoyable (26 IBUs), but it isn't enough to get the job done. Looking back at my other reviews from NGP & BC, this one isn't that far out of line in terms of likeability.

The fact that the mouthfeel is a little too light is probably a function of slightly too much carbonation. It's decently creamy, though, especially given the sub-5.0% ABV.

Just because Buckshot Amber Ale doesn't fit my prefered amber ale profile doesn't mean that I can't recognize its quality. That said, if these guys have any aspirations of joining the upper tier in North Carolina (Highland, Duck-Rabbit), they need to crank it up a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 13:46:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Very vague malt aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Mild malt presence, at best. Subtle sweetness. No more than a hint of bitterness. Then it's gone!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty basic; there's just not much character to this thing at all.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 02:05:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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 msubulldog25


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle showcasing the stern image of Mr. Greene and an 'historic' type proclaiming 'BUCKSHOT'. Best when served by 13JAN08. This bottle was sent by Metalmonk - cheers to Jeff.

A: Pours a fairly rich auburn/amber, considerably hazy and without much visible carbonation. Uneven filtration has let alot of the tiniest particulates sift through, which tends to augment a rosier, chestnut-colored appearance. Head starts at about 1/2 finger of tight ivory and reduces to a filmy cover, pockmarked by random rising carbonation and a few scattered soap bubbles.

S: Sweet and malty, smells of lightly toasted cereal grain and gummy caramel with an added fruit tartness that sneaks its way in.

T: Malty grain with a bit more toasted-ness than the smell indicates. Enough hops to dry out the malty sugars and a notable tart apple/fruit quality that enters in the middle. For a beer that starts rather grainy-sweet, this bitters quite a bit midway through and ends on a chalky-dry note.

M: Seems thin, too slick for the style. Mild tartness is interesting and the tongue curls just slightly on the tip due to it. Or is it a sticky graininess that causes a reaction akin to licking an envelope flap? Body is thin, carbonation light, mouthfeel isn't memorable.

D: Pretty easy to consume at under 5% abv - sessionable even. All in all, a middle-of-the-road amber that has its quirks but is somewhat appealing. I suppose I'd have it again, but wouldn't put too much effort in seeking it out again. but I'd like to try it on draught somewhere, as it seems the reviews are a bit stronger when its fresh from the tap...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:24:13 | More by msubulldog25
Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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