Oak Creek Amber Ale | Oak Creek Brewery and Grill

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Oak Creek Amber AleOak Creek Amber Ale

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Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep copper-colored medium-bodied ale. It's fresh flavor is smooth and carefully balanced with a nice mellowness and hint of caramel malt balanced by medium hop bitterness. It is an all malt beer that is naturally carbonated. It is very drinkable in it's own and pairs well with all kinds of steaks, chops, roasted meats and spicy foods.

Added by Gusler on 09-06-2003

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by JohnnyJam:
Photo of JohnnyJam
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what I was thinking when I picked this up. I thought it was a pale ale so imagine my surprise when I tasted it. I was pleasantly surprised because this is a style I'm not that familiar with except for Fat Tire.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no date code into a pint glass and got about one finger of head.

A: Pours a dark honey-brown color. A relatively aggressive pour gets about one finger of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to almost completely cover the top of the glass worth foam to the end. The lacing is basically nonexistent.

S: Smells of sweet bread and a little caramel, maybe a little brown sugar.

T: Initially there is a sweet taste like sweet bread, caramel, or biscuit. Malty and a little nutty. It definitely ends very sweet.

M: Mild carbonation but it goes down good. It liners on my tongue but not at all in a bad way.

O: This beer is more than average but this is not my go to style of beer. I like it but I prefer more hop in my beers than this style probably uses. I rarely drink beer from a bottle but this beer is good out of a bottle. I tried it that way the other day after working out in the yard.

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Photo of Bszymkow09
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mattster
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Glass.

Poured an off white head of 1" that dies down to light lace around rim and across top of slightly hazy brown brew.

Smell is of malts: almost a slightly corny smell. Taste follows through with a corny taste. A little bit of nutty nuance, nothing out of this world. Bubbles are harsh at first, but do die down. I am not sure this would be something I would ever try again, but I do try to support the local breweries.

Sort of a shame because I really don't care much for this brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very unusual beer. Pours very dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is nutty and caramel. Flavor is the same, but with a sour finish. I don't know how this can be called an amber. Not sweet, not transparent. I'd call this a stout or a porter, and not a very good one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brewery & Grill in Sedona.

Crystal clear, deep amber color with a white head of modest size and duration. Very little lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts with a strong dose of caramel and very faint hops.
Flavor: Sweet caramel malts with more bittering hops than the nose suggests.
Nice medium body; perhaps a bit light in carbonation; slightly dry finish.
O: a rather good amber.

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Photo of Beer21
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice creaminess. Full-bodied in color and head. Excellent lacing. Color is more amber than red.

Smell: Molasses and brown sugar. Definitely sweet, but very mouth watering. Not terribly strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A nice nuttiness. I don't love the initial bitterness, but this goes down smoothly. The finish of roasted nuts and sugar is pleasant and makes up for the initial burn.

Drinkability: One of the better ambers.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing dark-amber/orange-copper body beneath a short but creamy off-white head. The head retention is average, but the creamy collar that remains leaves some short walls of thin lace and some spots and streaks behind.

The nose expresses delicately citrusy hops (seems like cascade) within a gently sweet, caramel-drizzled malt base.

The flavor follows suit, and the gently bready (not biscuity) malt displays a medium caramel accent. That runs start to finish, showing spritzes of citrusy, floral, and gently spicy hops along with flickers of yeasty fruitiness as it goes. A firm bitterness balances it from beneath, and then rises to bring it to a short, dry finish.

Seeing as how this comes from Arizona where it can get pretty hot, I understand why they'd want want to keep this one a little more to the refreshing side. And although it's not quite what I think of as an amber ale, it's at least a bit more caramelish than an American pale ale. Kind of a hybrid.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an efferevescent chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Sweet malt

T: Sweet malt & brown sugar. Seet grainyness folows. finishes sweet & dry

MF: Light/medium bodied, nicely carbonated & well balanced

Drinks okay, a nice restrained amber

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Westlake1
4.74/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love visiting Sedona for the mountain biking, hiking, scenery and restaurants, but another thing I really look forward to is having an Oak Creek Amber. It is as good as any Amber beers I have tasted. Very smooth beer with no aftertaste. The geographic distribution of this beer must not be so great, I am surprised there are so few reviews compared to some of the Eastern counterparts.

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Photo of DblDiamond
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a clear dark amber color with a modest and frothy head that is an off white color, the resident lace a thin but covering sheet. Nose is malt, sweet, and buttery, grainy, with the start nicely malt laden and a bit sweet, the middle is light. Finish is middling on the carbonation and the hops decent in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a decent beer but not a great beer and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Fossil
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. I had this as part of a sampling as well as on draft at a couple of restaurants. Ambers are not my favorites but this one was more interesting than many of the others on the list.

The appearance is typical of an amber, darker than a pale, lighter than a brown. The smell was not very impressive but, to me, ambers never are. The flavor, however, was very interesting. A unique maltiness that is both sweet and complex with bread and a little dark fruit.

This was a very drinkable beer and one I was happy to see at every place I stopped at.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdlb44
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meathookjones
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Body is a light cloudy amber hue with small of white head. The head recedes down to a few bubbles quickly and there is an absence of any lace. Light caramel malty tones in the nose with a touch of fruity sweetness. Weak but pleasant. Sweet malt dominates the flavor as expected with caramel and light fruit notes. Odd dirty taste detracts from the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is as expected. Drinkability is hurt by the lack of overall flavor. This was not bad in any way really just a bit tasteless and uninspired. Thanks to nvsblman and the secret bunny 05 for the bottle.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this a few days ago on my still ongoing vacation to Arizona. I am in Sedona with my family until Friday. Got a bottle of this Monday night at a Thai restaurant we were at for dinner. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a fairly hazy, light amber copper brown color. The off-white head is 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when poured. Sets to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass about 10 minutes after being poured with a thin surface layer Thin to decent lacing. Aromas of caramelized malt and a slight hint of spice and some citrus hops too. Flavors of sweet caramelized malt malt and a hint of spice, followed by a bit of citrus hops. Has a crisp, sort of bready mouthfeel with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Not too shabby here and it went well with my food.


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Photo of AEArider
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass after a quick run. Honestly, I'm not one to normally sip a beer immediately after a run, but it was oddly tempting. And honestly, it was a good choice. Had an overall light mouthfeel and enough carbonation to be refreshing, but not 'fizzy.' Poured a decent off white head with decent lacing. Smell was of caramel and sweet malt, and the taste more or less matched, with a limited but noticeable hop profile. I guess the chemistry of my tastebuds may be a bit dynamic, but I swear a couple of times I've had this beer (drank a six pack over the course of about 10 days) I noticed a pretty distinct sour flavor, but it didn't come through this specific trial.

Good beer, have it in your fridge after your next marathon.

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Photo of kfirestone
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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