Oosik Amber Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oosik Amber Ale is a true German-style altbier, brewed with pale, Munich and crystal malts. Deep amber with copper highlights, Oosik sports a toasted and caramel malt profile, balanced by traditional noble hops. A special yeast strain ferments this ale at cooler lager temperatures, giving it a smooth malt character and a clean finish.

11 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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Reviews by ccrida:
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4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the new MSBC loft, Oosik Amber Ale is clear bronze, with light edges and a darker core, with a creamy off-white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is really yummy, fruity esters and fresh bread.

Taste is great. Loads of bread but clean, not grainy, sweet but not cloying, just a solid, really well made amber. Not hoppy, almost like an ESB.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth and lighter bodied.

Drinkability is exceptional. Really well made, tasty and sessionable. Wow, I'm really surprised, I put off trying the for too long!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar on the wharf a couple weeks ago, sorry for the late upload of this but here's my notes.
Obviously, the body was a semi dark red color. The bar pour yielded no head.
The smell had a really malty make up to it with a little roasted chocolate - ness to it with a decent roasty nutty/caramel aroma around it.
The taste was malty sweet with an amplified breadiness to it.
The mouth feel was heavy as I had a hard time trying to finish it due to how my tongue felt trying to get the whole pint down.
Honestly, not a bad beer but I'm just wondering why a brewery would name a beer after a whale's penis.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at Humpy's. dont think this is retired.

Pours a clear amber/orange with ok head and minimal lace. Appears very clear. Nose is creamy with malts. Taste is good, but has a wierd kind of cream flavor that turns me off a little bit. It tastes like an amber ale, but it tastes kind of fake. Malts dominate, almost no hop flavors. Some wierd spice, but not in a terrible way or in a particularly good way. A good beer, but wierd enough that I wouldnt strongly recommend it. Mouthfeel is average, and drinkability is too, but the wierdness kind of makes it less drinkable than it seems at first. Ice cold its better. Not my favorite from m sun, but ok.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Appears to be clear. Small but lasting head. Good steaks on the glass.

Semisweet caramel malt start to the nose. Low hop.

Rich body but with an equally high carbonation level. The malt comes across sweet and toasty. The swallow draws out some bitterness but if isn't the main flavor. It does, however, create a decent aftertaste. Somewhat complex.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent aroma and body.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, amber color with ruby highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bready malty with a touch of citrusy hops. Some floral notes, too.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a bread-like malt backbone. There was a nice bitter bite from some citrusy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale that finishes clean and dry.

O - This is a pretty good amber ale. It could be good in their regular rotation.

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4.76/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of jsprain1
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really it's more of a red color than an amber in my eyes, but hey, it still looks nice. Thick, long lasting head that is compact looking. Sheets of lacing.
S- Smells of toasted grain, lightly hoppy.
T- Toasted malt, and a good nutty flavor to it. The hops don't seem to mingle well, as there is a light citric character that just doesn't work well for me with the grain bill.
M- A bit sharp on the carbonation. Decent body. Dry finish.
O- A decent amber. It's got some good notes, but I think I would change their hop usage. As dry and crisp as it is, it sits a little heavy for the style. But it's a quality one beer brew. Went pretty well with peanuts at the ball game.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at teh brewery. I seem to remember a good amount of bitterness not usually found in the local ambers. Pretty good, but not a take-homer for me. Not sure about its true availability.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at GABBF

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Oosik Amber Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 33 ratings