Gnaw Bone Pale Ale | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Gnaw Bone Pale AleGnaw Bone Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 118
Photo of bwood06
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 finger head in height that is off white with a slight orange tint in color. The head is a thick froth and dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is slightly hazy and bright amber in color with moderate carbonation based on a medium amount of bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. 4/5

S - Very sweet aroma with grapefruit, mango, papaya, and a bit of pineapple. Really a very citrusy aroma with a bit caramel backing up the citrus and light malt reminiscent of white bread acting as an undertone base. 4/5

T - Lightly sweet at the start with just a hint of caramel and buttered white bread. A bit of a light cracker note too. The hops really start to come in right in the middle with grapefruit playing the starring role and being backed up by mango, papaya, and pineapple. Light hint of green apple along with the grapefruit. Bitterness is really not all the harsh but it does linger lightly on the palate after swallowing. 4/5

M - Light carbonation burn on the outset which transitions to a bit of a creaminess which is unexpected. Medium bodied. Very little drying but drying does linger somewhat. 3.75/5

O - Well balanced beer between sweet and bitter with the hops playing the starring role, providing both sweet citrus and bitter notes. Creamy mouthfeel that comes through at times is a bit odd but not unpleasant. 4/5

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Photo of KrispyBrew
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark caramel color with lots of carbonation. 1.5 finger cream head with a good amount of lacing.

S- Grapefruit! With other sweet fruits and a light pine touch.

T- The grapefruit/hoppiness comes in at the start with very little bitterness and continues through with a doughy finish.

M- Starts off pretty light but grows exponentially, you get the sweetness of the grapefruit long after your last drink.

O- An incredible brew in my books and an extremely easy drink. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate off-white head and a few floaties in it. Nose is quite light and has a little bit of hoppiness to it. Taste has a light bit of bitterness up front, but has a strong malt backbone to it. Not a lot to this beer, but it’s fairly drinkable.

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Photo of BWED
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. botttle poured into a tumbler

A- Very hazy copper, with big chunks of yeast suspended in the body. Two finger white yellow head, retains well, and lots of lacing.

S- Citrus, sweet fruit, with a little pine.

T- A bitter, grapefruit-hoppiness, and a slight bready finish. Well balanced.

M- Thicker than I expected, but good. Bitter taste, but it doesn't overwhelmingly stick to the tongue.

O- Solid Pale Ale. Drink it! If you're not afraid of some yeasty floaters.

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

Citrus zest and butterscotch sing the praises of this balanced and zesty American Pale Ale.

Gnaw Bone pours with a bright copper apprearance, spirited carbonation, and a creamy white foam stance that retainse the session easily and adorns the glass with intricate patterns of lace.

The superb balance of malt and hops define the beer from initial sip until the crisp and refreshing finish, doing so with a base malt flavor of graham crackers, caramel, and butterscotch. The rebuttal hop profile of grapefruit zest, orange zest, and light lemon acidity gives a sharp and citrus taste that offsets the malt sweetness perfectly. The flavors of malt recess in the finish and allow for the hop bitternss to dictate in a dry malt and slightly resin finish. Strong are the alcohol flavors of detergent.

Medium-dry textures go ahead and promote a dry and warming finish far in front of what's normally expected of Pale Ales and more so found in IPAs. Very crisp as the mid palate ushers in an early fleeting malt character and an elevated hop bitterness, dryness, and alchol warmth.

Gnaw Bone is a strong Pale Ale that has the dry malt flavor and feel that's more normally celebrated in IPAs, but it's the buttery component of malt and the slight soapy taste in alcohol that detracts for me.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean orange-amber, with a thick head of foamy suds. Impressive, extensive lace.

Nose is full of crisp citrus, pine, and floral hops. Excellent!

Taste is grapefruit-citrus hoppy, smooth and well-balanced with the malts, though. A fine pale ale from a brewery I hope to drink more from in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste.

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Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours light to medium in body and a really nice rich gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose on this one is really impressive. It's very clean and crisp and overly hoppy. It has almost a perfect hoppiness, clean and somewhat sweet due to a gumball aspect. Possible cascade and centennial? I didn't expect that type of a nose. The flavors are solid and clean again. It has a nice and somewhat sweet hop presence, again of gumball. It's very solid and pretty hoppy for an APA even. It drinks really well and is pretty refreshing. This is a solid APA and worth a try. I'm not big on this brewery but this is a very solid beer.

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Photo of Heischman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Gnaw Bone Pale Ale/Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
City/State- Greenwood, Indiana
STYLE – American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV – 6.9%
IBU – 45
DATE – 18 JUN 2011
GLASSWARE – Tall Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Reddish yellow not quite orange, good flow of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice ½ head that stays with the beer with wonderful lacing
AROMA- Hops right off the kilt , in fact the hops is overpowering everything else.
TASTE – Pale Ale? No this is more like an IPA. I guess this is why it is called Gnaw Bone; I am gnawing on some hops here. AS I drink this the hops start to settle down.
MOUTHFEEL – Very crisp, and a lingering tickle in the checks
CONCLUSION – One I got past the initial hops blast I really enjoyed this beer. Next time I may try it straight out of the bottle to tone down the hops.

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

No indication regarding freshness.

A - Hazy amber, loads of floaties. Small white head with good retention.

S - Grapefruit, tropical fruits, little malt balance. Smells more like an IPA

T - Hops, citrus, salt?, light malt, bit of spice on the back. Nice complexity, off flavors are not prevalent.

M - Decently smooth, medium body, a touch dry.

O (D) - yeah, this is pretty good. Seems much more like an IPA, though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank God It's Friday!!!! What a way to start the weekend...A lil Gnaw Bone Action! Must say that I am presently surprised by this very tasty American Pale Ale!! The color is a hazy copper that poured with Generous head and is lacing very nice. The smell is decent, not over powering but certainly can smell the hops and faint citrus. The taste is very well balance, a bit of a bite at the end, but after a few draws it dissapears. Session this beer dangerous though cuz of the high ABV...can't even taste the alcohol....really good beer!

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Photo of tykees88
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Orange to amber color. not quite a finger head. That hangs around for about enought time to say hello then goodbye.

S- Some hops on the nose. But it smells sweet, leaving me to believe that

T- It is just a maltier version of an APA. The hops are present near the finish. I only notice them on the slight bitter swallow.

M- Medium bodied brew. Carbonation is bubbly. I think the head was pretty much just carbonation bubbles.

O- It's ok. Not going to revisit you GnawBone. Sorry.

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Photo of capra12
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed solo poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy wheat with a hint of brown, with a frothy 1 finger head that dissipates nicely leaving a spotty lacing.

Smell: I get a ton of caramel malts in the nose that is dwarfed by a green herbal english hop.

Taste: This opens with a lightly roasted malt profile, a brief pause before the flood gates open to a floral and green hop profiles which reach and last way into the finish and aftertaste of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and light in bodied, leaves the palate slightly coarse. Kind of makes you take another and another sip to help with the dry finish, ha.

Drinkability: I would have this again no questions ask, I recommend this to those seeking a mild indian pale ale in disguise as a pale ale.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in pint glass. Hazy orange/amber body with golden highlights. Two inches of of white head.

S - Citrus and floral hops.

T - Citrus hops are at the forefront followed by a solid malt backbone.

M - Moderate mouthfeel. I get a slight chalky sensation.

D - This is a good APA. I could drink gallons of it. It was a nice pick up for a mix sixer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from tburkhart courtesy of the Under 100-4 BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and brown sugar. Then there's a hearty malt character that comes in along with what seems like a bit of an alcohol sting which seems odd for a beer under 7% ABV. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I choose over this one.

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Photo of manahansf
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a one finger creamy white head. The head retention is great and gives off a big aroma of citrus hops with a well balanced malty sweet backbone. The medium body coupled with moderately high carbonation allows the citrus hop flavor to dance on every part of the palate. Smooth drink and very flavorful. The finish sweetens and carries the citrus through as it fades slowly and leaves a slightly harsh bitterness lingering.

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Photo of mwa423
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy yellow with excessive head (3 fingers at least) Very stick head on the glass.

S - Strong smell, some dark bitter malt but also a bit of hop. Confusing smell, not particularly pleasant but also not off putting.

T - Very bitter taste, closer to an English Pale Ale than an American. The malt backbone is far thicker then I would have imagined.

M/D - Mouthfeel is far too thick and cloying to be enjoyable as an APA. I wouldn't at all call this a drinkable beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a translucent honey amber, with a dense cream colored head, nice retention and a thick coating of sticky lacing. Floral and mild fruity hops on nose, with grain and toasted malt background. Not very strong, but nicely balanced. Lighter side of medium bodied with a sharp pinch of carbonation and a resiny aftertaste. Flavor is strong on grain and toasted malt, with mild earthy, piney hop profile in finish, none of the sweetness from the nose is present. A nice, full earthy ale, not too crazy about the flavor, but overall a nice, hoppy APA.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks a little hazy, but a nice golden color, with a moderate 1cm+ head, that kind of collapses to ring, leaving little bits of lacing. Nothing out of the ordinary. The smell is filled with some nice floral hops, a bit of citrus zest. Not much on body, really smells like a bitter hop tea or something, with a kind of sulfurous yeasty smell. The taste really matches the smell in many respects. Overall, this is a little more bitter than I expected, but honestly, I think that with a bit more malt body - it would be fixed. Tastes a bit like centennial hop tea, some Amarillo, too, a bit bitter, very floral, quite a bit of citrus, mixed in with a pungent, herbal, resinous finish. Again, I think this would be good with more malt, at best now it's crackery, and that's it. The body is pretty good, around medium, the carbonation is nice, just a bit of a tickle. This is enjoyable, too. But I think the bitterness gets to be a little too much without some balance. I would come back to this again if it were fixed up a bit, but as it stands, nothing too interesting.

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Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red orange with a modest head that quickly fades to a collar. A malty sweet. I sampled this with a plate of spaghetti. Before my meal I got a taste of malty sweet caramel. The hops didn't make their presence known until after some meat sauce. I'll have to try again with say, an omelet, but I liked it. The feel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. Nice job Oaken Barrel, my new favorite American pale ale.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong hop aroma. Poured a hazy, light, copper color with a big, off-white, head. Good head retention and lacing. Since this is a dry hopped beer, the haze is consistent. High hop flavor with caramel and biscuit malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not too astringent and very easy to drink. Definitely a hop head favorite.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful gold color with a slight haze. A quickly receding white head tops the beer. Smells of light hops and sweet malts. First sip is full bodied and well balanced. The crisp hops lead the way and are well matched with a strong malt backbone. A creamy mouthfeel just adds to a great experience.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date, into a Flying Dog shaker...

A - Golden colored body with amber tints. Healthy two fingers of head that almost looks like off white bubble bath foam. Sticking the the glass quite nicely.

S - Good hop aroma here, with big citrus, grass, and pepper. Hay seems to be the only aroma I'm getting out of this that does not seem to come from the hops. There is a fresh (not cooked) vegetable aroma coming out of this beer that actually seems appealing.

T/M - Big fruits (grapefruit) from the hops, balanced out by spiciness and grassiness from the hops and some slight maltiness defines the entry for me. Seems to be a little on the watery side, both in body and in the midpalate/finish. Finishes dry, grassy and spicy. Did seem to be a bit boozier than I would like too.

D - Not bad, not great. Does a good job coxing out hop flavors, but could you something more to back it up. I feel like I have pales that are similar in ABV that do a better job masking their alcohol. Overall, not a heavy recomendation...

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hazy amber color with a decent head of sudsy of white foam that leaves some lace on the glass. Nice citrus and floral hops in the nose with an earthy fresh dough quality. Taste is not out of the ordinary, good and hoppy with decent grapefruity hops and caramel maltiness. Well balanced. Pleasant medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. A nice APA, refreshing.

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

Poured into a duvel glass. Had a nice head and nice color. The smell is fruity and with a solid hop background. The taste is very pleasant, nothing too unusual for a pale ale, it has the nice citrusy flavor with a bit of spice to follow. The aftertaste is nice and doesn't really diminish or sour. The beer is very drinkable and I'm pretty surprised the alcohol content is so high. I'm definitely going to try out some more stuff from this brewery.

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