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McKinney Eddy Amber Ale | Piney River Brewing Co.

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McKinney Eddy Amber AleMcKinney Eddy Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Piney River Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the heart of Texas County, McKinney Eddy on the Big Piney River was home to our friend and master blacksmith, Charlie McKinney. Charlie toiled over an anvil with purpose, passion and pure Ozark creativity—an inspiration for our handcrafted amber ale.

20 IBU

Added by AlCaponeJunior on 12-11-2011

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a finger with cream colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Some toasty notes, faint grapefruit

T: Toastyness, faint woody hops, some pine & dryness, faint orange peel up front. Grapefruit & orange peel, plus pine as this warms, some caramel , toffee & breadyness as this warms. A little hazelnut sneeks in with that. Finishes piney, with caramel, & woody hops & just a bit of orange peel, plus grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, & fairly nice balance

A nice Amber I will buy again

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of plumberman63
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the can pool side, so not sure what it looked like. The aroma is roasty and slightly sweet. Taste is malty caramel with a hint of bitter. was a ok but not something I would search out. Had to try since I was here in Salem Missouri.

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours to a frothy buff head that laces and persists. Color is a solid, hazy amber, Aroma is fresh pale malt, crystal malt and a bit of floral hops and candy sweetness. Flavor is malt forward with a nice floral hop middle and soft bitterness at the end to balance the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is comfortably light-medium. Overall, a very accessible, drinkable and balanced malt-oriented brew that satisfies those who appreciate hops but need a bit of a break.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is no red or amber ale. This is a brown ale through and through. And I do not care for brown ales. The flavor was dominated by tones of chocolate, nuts, and hints of coffee. Extremely disappointed.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of Kittiwakedave
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scaliasux
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown. Hazy. Short, off-white head, persistent.
Aroma is medium roast malts. Light chocolate and raisin.
Hoppier than I expected from the aroma. Still to the malty side. Caramel, raisin, a little bitter coffee. Light citrusy hops. Seems a little thin.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can pours a pretty hazy copper color with a decent cap of tan head. Retention is average and not much for lace.

Nose is cotton candy, toffee and nutty. Smells pretty decent and not as boring as many an amber can tend to be. Has a fruity presence that is interesting, but not quite sure intentional.

Taste has a nice amount of walnut and toast with a touch of caramel. A nice amber with a fuller than average mouthfeel. It has a really nice interplay of drinkability and complexity. I could drink a few of these, I like it...one of the surprise beers on my recent trip to NW AR.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dieck
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jrcmlc
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of jokelahoma
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Blackthorn Ouzza and Pub in Joplin, MO

Poured a lovely amber (go figure) with a decent head that faded quickly.

Smell is nice at first. Good caramel notes, and a bit of hippiness. Then the evil shows up... diacetyl. Once I get a whiff of it I can't get past it. I smell butterscotch.

Unfortunately the taste confirms it. Don't get me wrong. It's really subtle. It almost adds to the beer, disguising itself as a toffee flavor from kettle caramelization. But no, it's there. Other flavored are dead on, with caramel, good hoppy favors that play a secondary role, etc. sadly, it's butterscotch I notice first and foremost.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium, but not oily.

Overall this is a really good beer waiting to happen. Good caramel flavors balanced with the right amount of bitterness. Control the discreetly, and this one rates a four+, easily.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good looking Amber, definitely red (with orange notes) and mostly clear, a pretty good head and nice sheets of lace.

Smell is plenty malty, fruity, earthy with some hop notes.

Taste is pungently malty, lots of fruity notes and some floral flavors, with a good hoppiness.

Body is slick and sweet, heavier than I expected for an Amber but still quite drinkable.

This is a pretty darn good beer. Even though Amber ales aren't my favorite style, I could easily buy this one again. I love that it's in cans and being made by a small brewery. I definitely want to try more of their beers.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of rye, hops, hint of pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of rye, hint of pale malt, hint of pine, hops, and a hint of tea. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma and body, but too sweet.

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Photo of wlgoodman
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a fairly long-lasting, off-white head of bubbly foam that left some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is fruity and malty with a dose of caramel sweetness. Mild floral notes.

T - Fruity and malty with caramel, toffee and bread crust. Bitterness is mild with a grassy bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a refreshing dry finish.

O - This is a solid amber ale. Could be great for a session on a camping trip.

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Photo of estlinska
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sendbeer
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kronusjohn
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of moarmare
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wages
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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