Bear Naked Ale
Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Bear Naked AleBear Naked Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,087
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,227
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 13.82%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
243
From:
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  55
SCORE
78
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Bear Naked AleBear Naked Ale
Notes: A medium-bodied amber ale with a brilliant copper color, top fermenting ale yeast, and a high proportion of Munich Malt creating a clean, crisp beer with a toasty, fruity backbone.

30 IBUs
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 243 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

1.72/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bear Naked Ale pours a nice copper color, with a large, long lasting lacing head. Aroma is sour, and earthy. Flavor is sour and very earthy, hints of clove and flower. Flat feel. Tried a FEW bottles, not sure if this is the flavor or an overall bad batch.

Oct 12, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with an off white head reminiscent of antique lace.

Sweet malt bread grain with floral and bitter herb hops.

Sweet malt bread up front with notes of caramel and molasses backed by floral and bitter herb hops.

Sep 04, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear copper in color with minimal head. Taste is big caramel malt and dark bread. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet. Nice and refreshing malty beer. Good

Aug 28, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good head production, and good retention. Body appears slightly hazy and lively, but upon close inspection, turns out to be transparent, even in thicker portions of the glass. Body is a light copper color.

Nose is a little odd, with a hard to place tone that sticks out like a sore thumb (the way a sore thumb sticks out, not the way a sore thumb smells, which would be ... I don't know, exactly). Honey, caramel, toast, clove, flowers, nutmeg, grass. Mild to moderate bitterness, appropriate for the style.

Butterscotch (but not diacetyl) up front; toast; caramel grain; honey; mint; toasty finish.

Very, very lively on the palate. Almost a touch too fizzy. All in all, a pretty decent amber ale.

Feb 16, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a beer of the month club. Relatively clear, amber to copper colored with a slight head of off-white foam. Scent is fairly subdued, with some caramel notes and some spiced scents. The caramel notes come across loud and clear in the taste, along with a decent amount of nutty bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a bitterness to the aftertaste that is a bit more spicey (hops) rather than the nutty in the tail end of the taste. The taste is pretty subdued overall, so I could imagine pairing this with just about any food or weather combination.

Feb 03, 2020
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CHickman from New York

3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Gore mountain, pours amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy beige colored head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Smells nice and malty with caramel, brown sugar and crackers. Flavor is rich and malty, with caramel, light floral hops, graham cracker, toasted grains and biscuit. Very easy to drink with average carbonation and a light feel.

Feb 24, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color with a quarter to half inch foamy off white head, little retention, but some lacing.
S: A savory bouquet as warms. Aromas of pear, caramel, and biscuit.
T: Dry. Taste focuses mostly on bready side of nose. Sharp bitterness at first, but less in the middle, but a sharp pepperiness at the end.
M: Light bodied and light to moderately effervescent. Relatively bitter bite at end leads to not quite clean finish.
O: Enjoyable and drinkable, if a little less than complex.

Jan 15, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with voluminous quick fading bubbelie head. On the nose, caramel apple hints. Toasty and bready w nutty caramel notes. Dry and slightly bitter.

Dec 24, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rust/copper color, slightly high carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt caramel. Taste is similar with a mild bitter hop taste that sort of lingers in the background. It seemed a bit different than some other amber ales I've had lately in a positive way

Oct 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy light brown to amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. Lace slides into the beer. The aroma had some sweet to roasty nuts, toast and biscuits, and grassy hops for some bitterness. The flavor tried to blend the hops to malts but mainly stays with the malts as the forerunner of the taste. Semi-dry roasty sort of nutty aftertaste which holsters the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt fine where it is. Semi-smooth on my tongue. Overall, fairly nice amber ale worthy of coming back to.

Sep 10, 2017
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Cavalieri from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and caramel tastes, has a very unique taste that has the dank hops but no bitterness. Very warm flavors yet great for a summers day. Paired with some BBQ wings it compliments the sugar in the sauce very nicely.

Aug 19, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber copper color with medium head.
Smell is faint sweet malt and a bit of caramel.
Taste is faint caramel followed by grapefruit and citrus.
Not your typical amber.

Aug 13, 2017
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As most ambers do, this pours and amber color with a light white head. The smell has hints of hops, malts and caramel. The taste is heavy doses of caramel, followed by subtle flavors of others, including malts.

Oct 21, 2016
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atr2605 from New York

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a fairly clear copper/amber color with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel, some biscuit, herbal hop aroma
T-more carmel and biscuit, with herbal hop bitterness following and citrus notes. kind of a weird combo
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-not a horrible beer, but not the flavors I would look for in this style of a beer. maybe a bit too much citrus and not enough malty ready flavors

Jul 04, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with thin lace. Green apple aroma and taste as well as some toasted malts. Slightly hoppy. The best way for me to describe this brew is clean in aroma and taste. However, I would have liked it to be more flavorful. It wasn't bad, but certainly not memorable.

Oct 11, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer offers caramel sweetness up front, although reasonably restrained while still showing itself as an amber. Then onto herbal, grapefruit, citrus peel and the beer low bitterness and flavor in general.

Sep 21, 2015
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz bottle, which is stamped 'Best by 4/10/15', into a pint glass. Nice off white head rises on the pour, with a bit of lacing as it is consumed. Body of the beer is copper in color, clear with mild carbonation. Aroma is on the light side, slightly herbaceous. This brew is a Top-fermented ale with Munich malt, and it says on the bottle 'all natural', and 'refrigerate'. But I don't think it requires refrigeration, and 'all natural' is a very generic term. The first sip yields a malty sweetness, with a bit of grassy flavor, a hint of fruit with a suggestion of bitterness at the end to clean the palate. I love the label, and also the cap, which features different mountains in the Adirondacks and lists their elevations. Overall, an enjoyable amber ale!

Jan 29, 2015
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Laurel, MS>
A: Hazy light in amber color with short cap of off-white tight head with decent retention and a nice side lace at the top of the pour.

S: Aroma has some bready malts with some caramel sweetness, graininess, and herbal, hops notes of earth or dirt

T: The flavor has some citrus notes with some caramel sweetness.hops that run through the finish. Not dry or bitter, which are more to my liking.

M: Light to medium body.

O:: Better than average, in a style that I generally like.

Dec 18, 2014
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Scobea63 from New York

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

First time trying beer from this brewery and flavor could have had potential but cannot get past the "soapy" taste in every swig right out of the bottle. My wife and son said the same thing so not just my taste buds. Disappointed.

Nov 30, 2014
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Suds from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

I enjoyed this brew on a recent trip to the Lake George area. I had it both on tap and in the bottle. The appearance is a rich amber, with a tall creamy head. The aroma is malty, with a firm American hop scent in back. Well balanced, and not as sweet as I expected. This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Fully in body, and enjoyable.

Sep 01, 2014
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev 0%

More of a golden orange in color than a Amber. Very little head, and what is there fades to just a skim quickly. Nose is faint and has a bit of a murky stink to it. Flavor is very hollow and is missing the real malt backbone that I look for in this style. Overall it just fell short for me.

Aug 25, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tall pilsner pokal at Reel Seafood (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown-amber with short cap of off-white small-bubbled head with decent retention and a collar of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is subdued to say the least with some medium crystal malt caramel sweetness, pale malt graininess, and herbal, earthy hops notes.

T: The flavor is solid nothing more, delivering the middle of the road amber flavors you expect. Nice moderate caramel sweetness up front cut with herbal, lightly citrus hopping. Nice clean beer with no esters. I don't get any of the diacetyl that others have reported, although it does finish a bit sweeter than I like. Low bitterness.

M: Light-medium body with reasonably soft carbonation and not a very dry finish but not bad.

O: Pretty average run of the mill amber ale. Good not great but clean and inobtrusive.

Jul 25, 2014
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outdoorbrewer from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautifully creating foam over a light amber brew lingering nicely to hang out and lace the glass
Nice aroma of fields of malted flowers
Taste starts bold some sour lingers watering the palate
Pleasant and interesting enough to go for another sip
Color matches name carbonation seems ok
Thinking must check out this beer at the source

Sep 23, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The Bear Naked Ale is a decent simple to drink amber. The beer poured a hazy amber with thin head that did not lace. The scent and taste were fairly non-descript...pretty much a simple amber. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this beer is ok...definitely sessionable....but slightly boring.

Sep 15, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a very thin head. Hmm. I don't see much if any amber here.

Sweet malt greets the nose. Not a sign of hops anywhere. Solid, if bland.

Ditto on the flavor. Crisp and full of sweet malt. Otherwise, there isn't much else here to savor.

Finishes clean.

The second weakest beer in the Adirondack mix pack that I bought. I would suggest aiming for a true amber hue and adding some more hops. An amber ale doesn't have to be hoppy but the right touch of hops will add more drinkability (my opinion anyway).

Jul 28, 2013
Bear Naked Ale from Adirondack Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 243 ratings