Indiana Amber
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,011
Ranked #45,745
3.46 | pDev: 12.72%
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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ShortCircuit from Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite red ale still in production, since Rad Red isn't being made any more. This is one of few beers I like just as well on tap, in a bottle, or a glass.

It has an excellent color and aroma, good malt flavor, and just enough hops to keep it from being bland without overloading the malt.

Apr 20, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Standard slightly sweet amber beer. Mild hops, light sweetness comes through with pleasant aftertaste, a good session beer, no need for a lengthy review. On par with Saranac amber. Decent but won't knock your socks off. Wish to visit the brewery sometime.

Apr 13, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep, rusty amber, yet the body remains fairly translucent. Small, 1 finger, slightly off white head forms and retains well. Good lacing.

S- Lots of biscuit malts up front with some brown sugar sweetness backing it up. The latter half of the scent is more towards the hop side, with a touch of piney bitterness on the nose.

T- Predominantly malty up front and throughout the drink. Biscuit flavors from the scent are not as prominent in the taste, but still there. The hops bitterness from the scent transitions into the flavor fairly identically to finish the drink with a hint of a bite. Throughout the whole drink the brown sugar sweetness from the scent is very subdued and beneath the other flavors.

M- This beer is light across the tongue with a high level of carbonation. Really easy to drink, as neither the alcohol or flavor profile is overpowering.

Overall, just your average, everyday amber that a small brewery has to have in its lineup. Either needs more of the hops bitterness or more of the malt flavor profile to become more than just another micro flagship beer.

Jan 29, 2014
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maxwelldeux from Washington

3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose isn’t too strong - I can get a little bit of caramel and toasty maltiness to it, but little else. Taste is definitely toasty and very slightly burnt, with the maltiness coming throughout the drink.

Jun 06, 2013
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jkrich from Florida

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: reddish amber with brown highlights with a thin and foamy off-white head.
Faint, sweet and perfumy malt dominates the aroma with just a hint of hops; very restrained overall.
This amber has a surprising tangy and fruity taste with a very mild hop bitterness coming through. This ale becomes more balanced as it warms in the pint glass. A hint of roastiness complements the malt dominant flavor.
This medium bodied ale has a soft and rounded mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. A lingering, almost syrupy mouthfeel lingers on the palate, perhaps a little too long.
Another nice ale from Indiana. Overall, a flavorful, sessionable and malt accented amber but nothing really stands out.

Apr 14, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Some friends visiting from the hoosier state brought me a snack pack of singles and this was one of them.

Served in an Elysian snifter.

A: Poured sort of a grey-amber color, mildly cloudy (mostly chill haze), and almost devoid of head.

S: Definitely reminded me of cotton candy: big, explosively sweet, and with a bit of a fresh linen quality overall. Quite good.

T: The taste, on the hand, left a bit more to be desired. I don't mind ambers that are more on the malt side of the spectrum, but this was too watery and grainy. Yep, grainy... good descriptor. I could literally taste spent grains in the profile.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness was fine, but once again... thin, thin, thin.

O: This one had potential at the onset, but it ended up being a mere passing entry.

Mar 11, 2013
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cagocubs from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Darker than typical ambers. A few shades darker than copper, a brown hue with a nice thick ivory foam head that sticks around for a while.

S: Hops, citrus, some caramel sweetness.

T: A step above average. Has nice and eased hops with a nice sweet caramel taste coming through. Some nice refreshing citrus.

M: Light bodied, and easy to drink. A little too wet at the finish.

Jun 15, 2012
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is a dark garnet with a slight chill haze. Not much lacing.

The nose has some toffee, a bit of citrus and bread.

The taste is slightly sweet with toffee, caramel and bit of red apple. There is some slight bitterness for balance but as expected, malts are in charge.

The mouth is medium thick with a touch of slickness.

This was an easy drinker that went well with my food. I had three, so I would say session beer for sure!

Apr 23, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Balance is the name of the game with the introduction of oaken Barrel's Indiana Amber ale. Medium malt flavors are offset with the medium bitterness of hops with a light toffeeish citrusy intrigue.

Indiana Amber pours with a delightful dark amber, more of a garnet color and with nearly brilliant clarity. A light and creamy off white head caps the beer before relegated to a lace around the glass with broken pockets of foam that lace the glass behind each sip.

The malty-rich nose delivers a moderately strong scent of deep caramel, toffee even, along with more robust notes of brown sugar and toasted grain. Sweet breads and light plumby fruitiness round out the malt-forward aromas.

While the flavors start out with the sweet taste of toffee, brown sugar, and bready malts; the presence of hops aren't noticed until the mid palate introduces sharp citrus zest of oranges, grapefruit, and a spicier piney note that develops into a balanced bitter taste that offsets the malt sweetness in finish and aftertaste. Again, slight fruitiness and grain gives a bright note of complexity throughout.

Medium bodied, the brunt of malty textures lay heavily on the tongue and give a higher impression of fullness than what's probably actually there. Lighter carbonation rates and the delay of hop dryness only aids in the weightier impressions. But the late hop dryness and mild alcohol warmth aid in malty-dry sensation in finish and lingering after texture.

Indiana shows a lot of restraint, careful not to push into Pale Ale or IPA proportions. Instead, the beer relies on the caramel malts to carry the beer with a balance that tilts ever so slightly to the sweeter side until the bitter finish cleans the beer and closes with semi-dryness.

Mar 22, 2012
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber in color, with light carbonation and no lace.

The nose is crusty French bread, yeasty. Not bad at all, and actually quite appealing.

Taste is rich, grains and toast, Very refreshing and flavorful, this one's among the better amber ales I've had in some time. High marks to this session-worthy ale!

Aug 20, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via a trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of pale and caramel malts with very light amounts of heavier toastiness. Also present are earthy and slightly leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. The malts are clearly in control with caramel and light toasted flavors up front. Midway through, very light hints of chocolate come into play before they’re chased off by leafy hops which carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this was a solid and vanilla beer for the style, with a solid malt profile backed by light hops. Worth a shot, but not worth going out of your way.

Jul 05, 2011
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brewdenver from Colorado

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber in color. Poured a very low head. Minimal lacing and fingers. Not impressed so far.

S: There is a unique smell to this beer. If it is fermented or aged on oak barrels that would explain it. But can't tell for sure. It's not a smell that makes me think of an oak aged amber at all.

T: Lack of carbonation and a certain hop profile leave you guessing here. It drinks more like a pale ale than a red.

M: Thin in the mouth and low carbonation.

O: Not that great of a beer.

Apr 07, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oldest Daughter Gymnastics....check. Donuts with Dad with the youngest Daughter....check. Did erands....check. 11mi run....check...Hockey practice with son....check. BEER...FINALLY! Started tonite off with a lil OB Amber. I dunno about this beer....its not bad....but its not I was hoping. The color is amber/red with decent ecru head and very nice lacing. The smell is definitely graining and the taste has something familiar but just cant quite place. Its better than the usual fair, but I wouldn't drive miles to get it. Lastly, I could session if I had to.

Mar 19, 2011
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Sweetmambyjamby from Indiana

2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- red to brown colored brew. A pretty lackluster head here. almost none.

S- Caramel malts. Bread, some spicy hop scent

T- This one taste like it smells. The hops are just in the background. A spicy kick at the end. But it's all malt all the time here.

M- Light to medium bodied. A little bit of a medicine quality here keeps it from being really light.

O- Sorry Oaken Barrell. I want to like you, I really do. But here is just another lackluster performance. Won't drink it again

Mar 19, 2011
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flyingspatula from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet color! Nice malty smell and taste. This is a pretty good amber ale! It seems familiar for some reason, but I can't think of the beer it reminds me of. It's got a nice drinkability. I can really tatse the sweetness of the grain. I will definitely try this again. Not too flat, not too carbonated.

Mar 14, 2011
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cpolking from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark copper to brown, with a bit of ruby in the color as well. The aroma is of sweet caramel and fruit. The flavor is of deep, rich roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and fruit, but with a very dry and bitter finish.

Nov 03, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 reddish amber color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit (citrus and apples) and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and other fruits. Then a complementary but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while there may be better beers in the style this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Oct 23, 2010
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RickS95 from Indiana

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

Pours reddish brown with almost no head. Any head that was there is gone before you blink.

Has a rich, malty smell that combines with a piney hop scent.

Nothing special about the taste. You'll notice the caramelly malty flavor before a hint of pepper hits the tongue.

There's a complexity on the palate as the sweetness gives way to the peppery bitter hops in the swallow. As the beer warms, the caramel notes strengthen, giving it even more sweetness to offset the bittering in the finish.

Nothing wrong with the beer, just very average. Decent alcohol and does go down pretty well.

Aug 28, 2010
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urwithdave from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Thanks to ott2befishin for sharing.

A- Pours amber in color. A fingers worth of white head that fades fast. No lacing left.

S- Some doughy malt with hints of hops and a earthy smell.

T- The malts show up right away and take center stage. The hops are very subtle and really never really come out to play. The bready malts run the show. There really isnt much else to talk about.

M- medium bodied with a semi dry finish.

D- I wouldn't choose to drink more than a couple of theses in a row, but they do drink easily. Not overly impressed but it's a ok brew.

Jun 14, 2010
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KI9A from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, hazy brown, nice head, ok retention, good lace.

S: Sweet malt

T: very sweet malt, nice touch of caramel, and a slight hop bite. Really reminds me of a Marzen.

M: Slightly sticky, medium body

D: Wow, I can drink the hell out of these. Good ABV, good taste, nicely done.

May 24, 2010
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biggred1 from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a fine creamy tan head that leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is mild and spicy with toasted malt and cinnamon. Well balanced flavors of toffee and mild spice with a good herbal hop note to balance. Finishes with a tea like bitterness. Medium light bodied with prickly carbonation. A nice beer from a nice local pub. These guys make a really nice DIPA, I wish they would bottle it.

May 05, 2010
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kylehayworth from Indiana

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

A: Burnt orange/amber in color. It has a decent off white head that slowly forms.

S: Has a straight forward citrus/floral hop smell

T: Has a sweet malty taste, with some of the nose coming through in the taste.

M/D: Has a good body, moderate/high carbonation. I like some other beers from oaken better, but this one is worth trying.

May 03, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber with a tall tan head. Okay retention with some lace.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and doughy bread.

T: Candy malt sweetness for sure. The bread is there with notes of sweet fruit and a dash of citrus.

M Medium in body

D: Okay brew

Apr 19, 2010
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cadizkyguy from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really try to support my home state brewers whenever I'm back home in northwest indiana - whether it's three floyds (munster), upland (bloomington), backroad (laporte) or oaken barrel (greenwood). Recently finding great enjoyment in oaken barrel's snake pit baltic porter, i picked up a six pack of this indiana gem at wise guys in crown point, in. This is a great session beer. Enjoyed in my duvel tulip this beer just gets better and better. Very tasty. Full bodied. Another great brew from oaken barrel.

Apr 02, 2010
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baos from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce into my favorite jar.

A: Four finger tan head over a ruby body. Lacing is pretty decent and head retention isn't bad.

S: Deep malts with a hint of Oktoberfest hoppiness.

T: Deep caramelly pumpkin flesh Oktoberfest maltiness with the dry green tea hoppiness of an irish red ale. A brew that covers a wide spectrum of flavors from caramel sweet to green tea dry.

M: Crisp medium-light body. Good for this style.

D: Very drinkable at first it seems you have a fruity malty German brew that morphs into an irish red as it warm in the glass and on your palette.

Mar 19, 2010
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