Indiana Amber | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Indiana AmberIndiana Amber

Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 07-28-2002

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by jkrich:
Photo of jkrich
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maxwelldeux
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on a sixpack purchased in Evansville. No freshness information, but a new arrival at the Winetree Liquor Store on Washington Ave., so it should be fresh.
Pours a clear, copper amber body with some "floaties" in suspension. Minimal beige head with some skimpy lace.

Aroma is mostly caramel and toffee with some subdued spicy hops. A note of red apple peel adds a pleasant dimension.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Carbonation varied from bottle to bottle, ranging from overcarbonated to undercarbonated. Not good.

Taste has a sweet toffee dominance with spicy hop undertones. Hops have an earthy note, as well, and add good balancing bitterness. Finishes dry and clean.

Not a bad amber, but the carbonation variance from bottle to bottle is troubling.

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Photo of rottnbkr
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of glid02
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm shoe-polish brown body with a very slight haze and a few large bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a thin broken ring around the rim even with a vigorous pour.

S- This beer has a nice sweet brown malt nose with some soft green hops at the finish.

T- This beer has some good toasted malt flavors that are dry but not very dry. They are quickly followed by some smooth green hops flavors and then some hop bitterness. There are some faint caramel notes and some dry biscuit in the malt as it warms and the pine quality comes out of the hops a bit more also. Also as it warms the hops hang on my breath keeping the taste alive. In the finish there is a faint off-flavor that is kind of nugget tasting.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint watery texture.

D- This is a session beer with nice malt qualities and soft but fresh hops but it has a slight off quality in the finish. It taste a bit like malt extract was used or a slight tin taste but it is very faint. This beer was picked up at the brewery 3 days ago so I don't think it was oxidation or abused.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent looking brew, nice amber color. I do enjoy the scent though, nice and malty, and maybe a little sweet. The taste though is dominated by the hop bitterness, with is just strong enough to keep you from downing more than a couple, unless your tastes run that way.

On a side note, I accidently half-froze one of the bottles, and it absolutely devastates this beer, reducing the flavor to a watery shadow of its former self. Careful when chilling this one.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of RickS95
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.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts an angelic female raising a glass of beer above her head. Also list original gravity as 13 degrees P.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 of an inch of very light tan, creamy head. This settles quickly into just a thin coating on the beer. The beer itself is a brilliant red. The head leaves nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, caramelized, malts. Slight undertone of hop bitterness.

Taste: Lots of upfront hop bitterness, mixed with caramel malt. Finishes with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Great, full body.

Drinkability: I have to admit, I am usually not a huge fan of this style group, but this is a nice full flavored beer that I could have mor eof.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated, clear and the hue was amber.This beer left no lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose was hoppy and malty and the flavor was bitter tasting and it left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light bodied.This was not a bad beer, but it wasn't a great beer either.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sultry label, about the hottest redhead angel I have ever seen...

The beer has a dull red glow under direct light but otherwise appears brown.

Dull bready aroma, mildly spicy suggestion of rye.

Malty flavor, also spicy and mild rye. Dry aftertaste, pretty dull overall. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Kind of a chore to drink. Astringent and woody bitterness. I'm not going to be looking for this one again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a red/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells mostly like caramel malt, along with some pine hops and a nutty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, piney hops and a bit of a fruity taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and enjoyable. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd pick it up again in the future. It's definitely worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of Bloodeclipse
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Highstplz
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BogAl
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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

God, some of the beers that make it into my fridge surprise even me at times. Grabbed this one out tonight while watching movies. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.

Decent pour, nothing really standing out here for me. Nice dark amber color with a good clarity to it yields streams of carbonation that could be seen going up through the glass, Small head of white fades quickly and evenly leaving only token lacing. Aroma is bread, hints of caramel, light earth hops and a touch of grass. Clean taste, mellow body that is well carbonated and not overdone at all. Smooth caramel and light bitter finish leaves you a little dry and looking for another sip.

Overall not bad, I have to say this was a very nice and very sessionable little ale. Nothing knocking down the doors about it but it worked. Would not mind it again.

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Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been fortunate to sample several beers from this brewery, but this is my first bottled beer from them, and I have to say it was something of a letdown in light of the fine brews I've had on tap at the brewery restaurant. A bit thin and light, with some caramel malt, but not as much as I would have expected. A bit tart with just a touch of steely metal at the finish. Lacked the personality I've enjoyed in other Oaken beers.

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Indiana Amber from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 119 ratings