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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
New York, United States
adkpub.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BBM on 06-07-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
35.77%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 195
Photo of Kinger22
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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

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Photo of Gajo74
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of rorjets
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of jadpsu
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Scobea63
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
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).

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Photo of MDDMD
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-slightly hazy light amber color with a modest off-white head and some lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, slightly fruity, slight herbal

T-citrus, orange, stale bread, light pine, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate, carbonation

O-OK, but profile had a strange stale bread taste to it

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

damnit, someone finally opened a brewery in lake george, that was supposed to be my master plan... unfortunately these beers seem relatively uninspired and generic, but give the people what they want i guess. i actually like this amber ale just fine though. it pours clear and light maple syrup in color, with a short but persistent tan head. the nose is a little extracty, with more sugar showing that i like, but with some coppery and biscuity notes that work well together. the taste is all malt, not hops at all coming through, more of an english style in that regard. it could stand a little more hop balance, especially on the back end where the sweetness expands. i love the feel, great clarity and crispness for the style, very drinkable, very summery, very approachable and sessionable. lower abv makes it even more so. clean all the way through, light for an amber as far as body goes, and plenty of carbonation. if i were making beers here, i wouldnt be making light amber ales, but this is plenty passable.

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Photo of Bowersm
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting beer. Had on the shores of lake George and enjoyed it very much. Just a good, solid ale without any bad issues. Not too much stood out about it aside from just generally enjoying it.spending the week in lake George and look forward to enjoying more beers from Adirondack Brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange-amber hue with a crystal clarity and a goodly effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Decent.

Smell: nice aroma with plenty of caramel, bread and biscuit. There's also a light fruitiness here with a hint of citrus that works quite well. I actually like it.

Taste: flavor is rather caramelly with a light biscuit component and another hit of that light fruitiness. This is an amber that I actually rather like.

Mouthfeel: a surprisingly heavy and well-integrated carbonation gives this beer a good creaminess despite a somewhat light body. I like it a lot.

Overall: this is a tasty and drinkable amber that I would gladly quaff again. Good stuff.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Semi cloudy copper, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Toasted note, some caramel and toffee, some (not much) fruit notes as well.

T-Poor blend of toast/butter notes, with from fruit. No bitterness to speak of.

M-Light, not much carbonation, slightly watery.

O-A poor beer, a mess. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something but this beer does not have much going for it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale copper with white film that trails. Apples and butter on the nose.
Pear drops, a butterscotch hit, and branchy (English?) hops.
Crisp, soft, light to medium.

A diacetyl bomb, and too fruity on top of that. Not to alt style, but not sure what this is trying to do.

A messy hybrid.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tawny yet light copper with a bit of haze. A few random bubbles rise to the small off-white head. It keeps a ring of foam and leaves an okay amount of lace.

S: Citrus, floral/herbal, barest hint of spicy hops. Some bright fruity esters. Background, lightly toasty pale malt. Smells good, but I want more umph.

T: Balanced, but leaning to the hops. Fruity citrus of orange & tangerine up front, floral/herbal/spicy in the middle, end is lingering citrus & herbal which gets increasingly woody as the finish continues. Lots of light, bright, juicy esters are mingled with the hops. Toasty pale malts provide a good platform for the hops show, and just a hint of sweetness. Quite a nice showcase of hops and nice fruity esters.

M: Just medium budy but still with a hint of chew. Lightly balanced carbonation. Bright & refreshing – leaning to crisp – yet only semi-drying finish.

D: Nice juicy-fruity citrus – both from hops and esters. Rather more pale and amber. Lighter body, loads of citrus hops, mild malts, and all the light & fruity esters. Regardless of style, it is a very nice, characterful, tasty, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head. Mild chill haze to the otherwise solidly amber color.

Some earthiness to the aroma with a mild floral hop in the background.

The flavor is an improvement from the smell. There's a light sweetness that went unnoticed to the nose. The hop is also more pronounced, although the swallow and aftertaste leans to the malty side. The body is watery, but the carbonation is below expectations as well.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy blood-orange/brown color from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A cute, 1-finger head appeared, with some decent of lacing down the glass.

S: Malty aromas of apple, barley, and a touch of citrus. Not much on the nose, and it smells a bit thin.

T: Sweet up-front, with an oaty, bready middle, and a bright swallow. Thin flavor character, with lots of bread, malt, and nut tastes, with a hint of apples and grapes. It seriously tastes like a lager, not a pale ale. Out of the bottle, this doesn't bring much to the table outside of a tastier session beer alternative.

M: Thin, with a slightly meaty middle, but an overall watery complexion that leaves something to be desired.

O: This beer is a straight-up, middle-of-the-road beer, with more lager flavor than one would expect. On draft, I remember it being much more delicious, but seeing as how the bottle is most readily available, I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat brilliant copper body with a thin white head that surprisingly leaves some light lacing.

S: Not a strong aroma but a pleasant one. A nice nose of sweet caramel malts, fruity esters, bready notes, and citrus hops.

T: A nice toasted upfront flavor balanced with cracker-like grainy malts, caramel, light hops, and a fruity backbone.

M: Lively carbonation; thin to medium body; clean and crisp texture.

O: A little off for the style and I expected a little more hops. However, this one is very easy to drink letting one put down 4-5 of these in one sitting. Definitely one of my go-to beers there.

EDIT 10/10: Had a fresh fresh bottle from the brewery and it tasted like hops covered in caramel. Amazing! Really good!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a great golden color that is entirely clear with a very thin head of foam that dissipates quickly
S: nice hoppy notes, earthy tones, slight sweetness
T: great taste, really represents the style well, nice hopiness, slight underlying maltiness
M: smooth across the palate initially with very little carbonation, leaves a slight lingering dryness in the mouth
O: really love this brew, incredibly drinkable, delicious

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Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery-amber body with a very small off-white head.

S: Something off - metallic/minerally and maybe some wet cardboard.

T: Some sweet, fruity malt underneath, followed by a metallic hoppy bitterness. Lingering minerally bitterness; a touch earthy.

M: Fairly sharp carbonation. Body is close to medium in heft.

O: OK. Glad to support local brewers.

Notes: Bottle calls it an Amber Ale, though it's listed here as a Pale. . . .

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