Organ Grinder Amber Ale | Mankato Brewery

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Organ Grinder Amber AleOrgan Grinder Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by garymuchow on 10-06-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 58
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber color with white head. Grass, malts, cereal, and some earth tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a mostly malt focus, a little grass sneaks in.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sandy blonde-brown with a 1/2 finger of head, sliver of head remaining after a minute or so. 30% transparency.

Aromas of candi sugar, caramel malts, and slight yeast. It's very sweet and decadent.

Flavor is downright delicious. Lots of sweet sticky caramel, candi sugar, oats, with some nice hop presence at the end.

Feel is medium bodied with a nice moderate carbonation.

Overall? One of the best damn Amber Ales on the planet. This is so good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Organ Grinder pours a dark amber color with a nice sized lacing head. There is a very weak malty aroma. The taste has a sharp malty backbone, with nice subtle hops. Nice flavors, slightly flat body. Overall its a veyr nice drinking amber ale, very smooth, easy to drink, flavorful.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - somewhat cloudy copper body under 2 fingers of khaki, spotty lace

S - malts, caramel sweetness

T - light malts, slight caramel sweetness, nuts, hop bitterness moves in toward the end

M - light/medium body, high amount of prickly carbonation

O - Not bad, not outstanding.

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- poured out of a brown bottle, this beer pours a dark amber color. Not much lacing or head at all.

Smell- has a strong malty scent to it. Maybe some caramel and a bit of nutty smell to it as well. Smell is OK, not impressive.

Taste- On the front end it has a light and malty flavor to it. There are hints of caramel and nut flavor, but not much. The back end is fairly sweet and warm, the aftertaste is a bit dead and doesnt leave much flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied, a decent amount of carbonation, maybe a bit more carbonation than I would like for an amber ale.

Overall- This beer is not that impressive for a craft beer. This is the quality taste, and mouthfeel I would expect from a macro beer. The only thing that is really enticing about this beer is the aroma, and even that is not that impressive. I would drink this casually at a bar over any Yuengling or other amber type beer, but is not something I would get really excited about.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/ copper color with just over one finger of head that held on for awhile before settling to a thin cap. Modest amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Certainly smells of its German ingredients. A little toasted malt and noble hops. The yeast seems neutral and not adding any influence.

Has a nice toasted malt flavor in a way that Germans like their beer. Not as hoppy as I would of wished as this is very much in the malty spectrum. Just a slight pepper hop flavor. Slightly sweet finish.

Lighter body with adequate carbonation. Nothing really of note. Might actually feel a little thin.

Probably Mankato's least impressive beer. I was hoping it would be like Schell's Pale Ale of yesteryear. Nothing like that beer as this is more toasted and less hoppy. I would of liked more hops but it is very approachable with good German flavor qualities.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with bronze hues. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost no lacing. The aroma is full of caramel with some nice nuttiness in the background. The taste is unfortunately less full than the aroma. There is still some caramel and nut flavors, but they are somewhat subdued. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a texture that feels both sugary and thin at the same time. Overall, this is an okay beer that I wouldn't complain about having to drink if there were no better choices available, but I can't see myself drinking it otherwise.

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Photo of Greggy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brilliant amber with just the faintest sediment present. The head is off white and recedes quickly to a cap.

Honey and warm bready biscuit on the nose. There is just loads of caramel here. Very reminiscent of some of my favorite Oktoberfests.

Starts out malty but there is very little sweetness present which really surprised me given the nose. Again, very Oktoberfest-eque here... although an ale. Dark caramel and almost some dark fruit notes. The maltiness transition into a subtle bitterness in the finish.

M- Smooth and clean.

D- Very interesting. I was expecting it to taste like Fat Tire after examining the nose but it's a different animal completely. I get a lot of German Amber Lager character here. I'd love to have this with some sausage!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery and then took home a growler.
Brilliantly clear amber with golds and browns. One inch off -white head that settles out fairly quickly.
Aroma was kinda' tight with a soft yeast quality and hints of malt.
Nice toasty and crunchy quality to the malt. Soft, but noticeable hopping with some flavor and gentle bittering.
Moderately light feel and carbonated at a medium level.
A solid drinking ale. Nothing shocking or bold, but nothing discouraging or unpleasant either.

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Organ Grinder Amber Ale from Mankato Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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