Old Credit Amber Ale | Old Credit Brewing Co.

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Old Credit Amber AleOld Credit Amber Ale
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Old Credit Amber AleOld Credit Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Old Credit Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2003

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Antikythera:
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4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale amber with a lacy head.

S: burnt caramel? In an amber ale?

T: the caramel mostly goes away and is replaced by fruity esters by the time it's swallowed. Sounds weird but isn't unpleasant. As the beer warms up the esters become less banana-ish and more hoppy. I can't remember the last time I wrote this much about how a beer tastes. This is surprisingly complex.

M: fizzy, but not overly so; leaves a pleasant slipperiness in the mouth.

O: I got this in a sampler pack of Ontario craft beers, and it sat there in the bottom of the fridge until all the other ones were gone. I don't know why, I think it was because I missed the word 'amber' on the label. I like ambers in general. A very pleasant surprise, and out of everything in the pack the one I would be most likely to buy a case of on its own.

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pourhouse 50. Malt aroma, slightly amber colour with lace. Aggressive carbonation. Fresh. Malts dominated over any pronounced hop, on the sweet side. Lighter mouthfeel, but not watery. Had it to get going, session beer.OK or its style.Drying aftertaste.

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Photo of JahTurbo
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hay/straw, caramel/butterscotch, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. There are also some herbal flavour.. hay/straw.. and a touch of chocolate. Unfortunately there is a bit of an odd vinegar like flavour mixed in too. It ends with a malty/vinegar herbal aftertaste.

Overall – I will admit that it got better as it warmed up, but it still reminded me of a bad home brew. I wouldn't buy or drink this one again.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of liamt07
2.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from OCB giftpack, 341ml into a tulip.

Aggressive pour yielded about a finger and a bit of white head, loose retention with some pretty decent lace, above a red-orange body. Nose has a bit of caramel, some hops, a bit of mineral character and whole wheat bread. Some diacetyl. Taste has some caramel malt, butter and acetylaldehyde. A bit of metal in the finish. Malty with a faint bitterness in the finish. Weird fruitiness throughout. Carbonation is too high, and body is a watery medium. Other than looks, there's nothing redeeming about this one. Not that good of a beer by any stretch.

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Photo of RefillMyglass
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down very fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of roasty malts, caramel, floral hops and light fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty malt character, a bit of caramel, light fruitiness and light hops bringing a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with an overall light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle, the sixth of six from this OCB 'discovery pack', and one of three from a brewery I have only now discovered.

Pours a bright (and appropriate) orange-amber colour, generating less than a finger of creamy, off-white head. It has mostly wilted away within a few minutes, but leaves in its place a thin cap and decent lacing on the sides. Looks like any other decent amber. I am a fan of the aroma - lots of butterscotch malts, with brown sugar and honey as well. Not a lot of hops but I like this smell enough to forgive that.

The taste follows the nose - malt-forward with lightly toasted bread, doughy and only a little grainy. Caramel or brown sugar are pretty prominent but not cloyingly so, balanced by some light floral hop bitterness toward the end. Medium-light bodied, a little thicker than macro ambers, with moderate carbonation that gives it a good bite. Very drinkable; two or three of these in a sitting would be no problem.

A serviceable amber, better than mediocre but not really anything special. I'd drink this again, on-tap maybe but I can't really see myself buying it from a store. An unremarkable inclusion in this season's discovery pack.

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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Long813
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mindsquall
4.29/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice red with a little excessive fizz, much like a soda. Smell is of caramel malt, with a smooth oaked smell, quite pleasant. Taste is really nice, smooth oaked flavor with hints of caramel and malts. This is so smooth, easy to drink, I'll be sure to populate my fridge with more of this in the future.

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Photo of bryehn
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear copper that pours with a little white head. No retention, but it does try to lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee.

T: Balanced to the sweet side with a caramel flavour. A little grainy.

M: Light body; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but not very engaging.

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Photo of JohnKenn
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Revisited this with a review on October 5, 2016. 650 ml bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - not quite as Amber as I ember but still generally Amber hued. Clear with modest carbonation and a decent finger of white head which recedes quickly.

Smell - some grain and caramel, not too interesting and slightly solvent smelling.

Taste - pretty much like the nose, fairly clean but many ambers are better than this. Coarse grain, but flavours are slightly metallic and nearing adjunct territory.

Mouthfeel - smooth and light bodied, good carbonation, nothing wrong here.

Overall - had this pegged as a 3.25, not much has changed, other than despite a reasonable price, the beer just isn't good enough to make it into my rotation. An ok beer for cheap Canadian craft for a relatively straightforward style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber/orange, thin off white head forms, disappears rather quickly, some lace spots, no retention. Smell is sweet, honey and citrus, interesting floral aroma, clean malts, not too bad. Taste is sweet, malty, some caramel, floral/citrus, pretty similar to aroma, very clean though, low bitterness, easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Enough complexity, but easy drinking, carbonation is a touch high, but not bad.

After finishing the bomber, I decided it gets some more points. As it warms a nice nutty maltiness comes through, quite nice, much smoother.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep amber with a thick white head, some nice lacing. That's where this story ends.

Not much of a smell, somewhat fruity and bready.

Tastes sweet, fruity and biscuity malts, bready. No real body or depth. I find it's lack of hops disturbing...

Pretty thin mouthfeel, but fortunately it is a thirst quenching ale, but not something I would seek out again.

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Old Credit Amber Ale from Old Credit Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 46 ratings