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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Gnaw Bone Pale AleGnaw Bone Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
oakenbarrel.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 118
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 emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label has a grey background, instead of the brown one pictured.

Dark copper body, with an inch or so of foam initially. Spotty lace and a skim of foam left after the head dwindles down.

Malty aroma similar to whole wheat bread and peanut butter.

Flavor is spicy and malty, some caramel element, but the hops have largely dissipated. Aftertaste is bready, kernels of cracked wheat and oats. This pale ale tastes more like an imperial oktoberfest. Without much hop character, save for a bare hint in the aftertaste, i'm not sure how this classifies as a pale ale.

It drinks pretty well, full-bodied and satisfying...there's just something missing in the flavor profile.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange hued brown with a small creme head. Nose is rich in malts and a bit of caramel. Flavor is bringing the same, though more than just a bit of caramel. I almost feel like there is a real minor touch of an alcohol tone there, but it's pretty mild. Feel is fairly thicker on the liquid and carbonation is milder but still bringing a slight bite. A nice malty ale. I like.

Thanks to my Secret Santa tburkhart for this one. Cool label too.

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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 absolutely...be dangerous though cuz of the high ABV...can't even taste the alcohol....really good beer!

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer is a warm dark orange body that is crystal clear with a cascade of tiny bubbles rising to the top. The head is a creamy off-white that last for a bit and then turns into big rocky bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh green hops is strong with a faint lightly toasted sweet malt in the background. The hops have notes of pineapple grass and a faint skunk note but in a very nice way with a hint of pine resin in the background. This beer does not smell "skunked" it is just the hops have a faint skunk earthiness. The bottles were picked up from the brewery yesterday.

T- There is a nice fresh hop flavor that is grapefruit and earthy flavors that have a nice depth. The hops are quickly followed by a faint slightly sweet malt in the background. After a few sips the malt is not noticed anymore just the burst of hops remains. The finish is neutral with some nice green hops lingering in the mouth.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong tight fizz in the texture and the finish. It adds a bit to the hops but it feels like an overall distraction.

D- The bottle says the O.G. is 14 Plato which is a nice fact but it would be nice to know the IBU's if I was shopping for APAs. The beer has nice hop flavors that are a bit earthy had have some good flavors. There are some light caramel note in the malts but the taste buds quickly loose hold of them and just taste hops. This is a good solid beer and I will have to have some fresh from the brewery next time I am through that way.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting #2:

Golden with a decent light beige head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Very different almost all malt English-style Pale Ale in comparison to the old version. A touch of that bitter hop intensity but not nearly as bad. Possibly due to the 13 to 14 Plato increase per bottle label ... ? Medium bodied and smooth with a creamy malt sensation and a bitter hop finish.

Per Label: OG = 14 P

'4262' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 11/23/05

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Tasting #1 (written: 12/19/02) - scores were: 3, 3.5, 3, 3, 3

Light golden color and unfiltered with a huge rocky light tan head. This beer was way overcarbonated as it took me 5 minutes to pour it. Crisp, perfumey, flowery hop aroma was decent. Taste was all hops with little to no malt backing (bitter, bitter, bitter). Not well balanced. Light bodied and so airy it had almost no mouthfeel at all.

Per Label: OG = 13 P
Lasered Date (bottled): '2014'

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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 Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Aroma of malts, flowery hops, table salt, and bread.

The taste is more hoppy than the aroma. Orange and lemon zest pop along with toasted malts, and bread. Finishes with a light, bitter twang.

Light-to-medium bodied, clean and dry, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty nice APA from Oaken Barrel. An easy drinking brew with good balance.

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

Wonderfully floral hopping is the signature note for this pale ale. A nice rest from Cascades hops-laden pale ales, this beer focused on a light and airy aromatic hopping. Like Goose Island's IPA, this beer called to mind bergamot and Earl Grey tea. Quite flavorful without excess, and light-bodied without being watery. I was quite taken with this well-made beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Keg, in Clarksville, Indiana, as a single, my first sampling of a brew from this small, Hoosier brewery. Pours a hazy, orange/golden body with a rowdy, four finger, offwhite head that overflows the pint glass. Excellent retention and generous patch lacing. Aroma is interesting, with grassy straw, pine, and grapefruit hops, some earthiness, and an odd note of cardboard that is fleeting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Taste is mildly dry and bitter, mostly citrusy grapefruit with a note of earthy pine needles. Malt presence is subtle but well executed. Very nice taste is much better than the aroma portends. Very sessionable. Wish I lived closer to this brewery so I could have this on tap..

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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 JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color, although it had very little head and no lacing to speak of. Had a nice light hoppy/flowery aroma. Nice hoppy flavor, it was full, but not quite as strong or deep as it could be. Goes down fine. A nice, above average pale ale, I would definitely have more.

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Photo of Cresant
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this undated 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. Two fingers of off white head topped a cloudy golden honey colored body.

Smell was very aromatic. It jumped out as soon as I popped the top. Sweet malty bread-crust. Earthy.

Taste was flavorful hops bitterness. Citrus and powerful malts.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin in body and medium/mild in carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on location and ordered a pint. Pours a straw yellow color with some cloudiness but still slightly visible when held to the light. A decent head that remained through most of the tasting but did hide around the edges of the glass. Decent lacing as well.

The aroma had a good hop smell to it. For sweet and noticeable cascades smell to it. Limited malt with touches of grainy and biscuit touches.

The taste was hoppy for an APA. Or at least for a Midwest beer. A citrus taste with some floral lick to it. Cascades again. More of a floral taste at the top with a milder bitterness following. The malt blends and balances well. Although second fiddle to the hops, there is a sweet biscuit taste mixed with a caramel flavor. Some slight oily tastes but really not bad.

The body was light and I think if it were bigger it would support the beer more. Higher on the carbonation as well, maybe toned down more. Overall it was a good beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick and mousy 2” of cream colored bubbles. The head started falling slowly leaving a wake of lace behind. I can’t really tell how many bubbles are rising because it is so cloudy

Aroma: Oodles of hops. I get a whole bunch of citrusy hops that dominate the aroma profile. As you really get deep into the aroma, you can pick out some toasty notes as well as a bit of caramel sweetness. Other than this, there is hops.

Taste: The flavor is really hop driven also, but this pale ale doesn’t have the dry lingering bitterness that you find so often with APA. I think that this is a good thing. There is a little bit of dryness in the finish from the hops, but they don’t get harsh. There is a whole lot of citrus to this beer, and it stays in charge until the end. The balance of the finish is slightly toward the hops, but there is still a little bit of a toasty thing going on here that I suspect is Vienna malt.

Opinion: This is a decent beer. I like the balance for an APA because it actually lets some malt come through a little bit. It isn’t a key player, but there is a bit of sweetness and toasty backbone to the beer to give the hops a leg to stand on. I wouldn’t go so far to say that this beer was absolutely outstanding, but it definitely isn’t bad at all. I would drink this again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is really nice. Great looking brew that pours out a gorgeous cloudy apricot color with a huge, tightly built ivory head. Good retention and nice lacing that is lasting. The nose is all hops and the hops carry through in the taste. I consider the hops on this bottle to fairly herbal in character. There is substantial malt underlying the hops, but the malt really doesn't come through strongly against the hops. The feel is full and creamy, but not balanced well enough to create any crispness in the end. A good pale ale that is close to being very good.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thx to autumnaldave for pimping this out unsolicited

nice peachy pour with rising bubbles.. quickly dissipating thick head that leaves lacing and settles to a densely bubbled thin covering. clear. aroma is perfectly balanced between sugary caramel malts and medium aromatic hops. compared to some east coast apa's, this is huge in its aggression. light body and bitterness kicks in bigtime in the aftertaste. roasted malts in the flavor are also unexpected evoking an almost barleywinish dark sweetness. there is a grapefruit tang in here, but it is washed over and comes through as a hard-to-catch spicy hint.

i think this was called a pale ale to evoke a shock and awe response, and in fact this is an ipa through and through. i would love more bottles of this, especially considering my new love for southern tier pales and gumballhead. this takes that recipe and bumps it up to an extreme level.

very decent beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, topped with a one finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Caramel and floral aroma, biscuit, and overall fruity.
Fruity with caramel, toffee, floral, pine, biscuit and a light citrus taste. Grass and more citrus zest in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied, smooth and very easy drinking. Thanks to Qarre for the sample.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had hoped to get to the Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. while staying with family in Greenwood, IN. After all, it was only a few miles away. Unfortunately, a flu bug struck and derailed any chance of getting there as I helped tend to some pretty sick nephews. However, I was fortunate enough to find Gnaw Bone in a local liquor store and fortify myself against the nasty little bugs infecting my kin.
Gnaw Bone poured an inviting hazy apricot color with a ton of tiny bubbles supporting a firm, foamy white head. The head hung around and was the last thing left in the bottom of the glass despite leaving clumps behind in sheets. The smell was firmly of grainy malt and caramel with a pleasant dose of citrus mixed in. The taste had a modest caramel malt backbone well matched to the strong hops profile. Interestingly, the hops bite mellowed to a lightly bittered finish. The feel was medium-bodied and smooth despite the large volume of carbonation.
I found Gnaw Bone to be a pretty tasty APA. I polished off one in no time and had to get a second to really sit back with and mull over. This brew from Oaken Barrel Brewing is a well-balanced pale ale with no over-the-top hopped-out flavor more like an IPA. Wish I could have stopped into the brewpub to try it on tap.

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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 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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Gnaw Bone Pale Ale from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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