Bear Naked Ale | Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
New York, United States
adkbrewery.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
Ratings:
197
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 33
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 smithj4
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that descends to a thin lasting cover. Little lace.

The smell is of sweet grain with some caramel. Apricot and peach fruitiness with mild citrus in the back.

The taste is of sweet caramel and grain. Bready dough balanced by an apricot/peach fruitiness with a hint of citrus. Finishes on the sweet side.

Lighter side of medium bodied, it is very smooth.

Well-done and pretty unique. High drinkablilty with enough nice taste to keep it interesting. According to John (jcwattsrugger) who was good enough to bring this back to share, it was listed as an alt...Here it is listed as an APA (the website doesn't say). Oddly enough, I could see it fitting broadly into either (though the alt would clearly be an American interpretation. Regardless of style, it's a fine "session" brew!

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Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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 tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fresh and vibrant citric hop and a light doughy pale malt.

The taste was upfront breezy citric hops. A light doughy malt and touch of wheat rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style. Perhaps a bit cleaner due to the inclusion of the wheat malt.

Overall a very tasty hop forward ale. Very quaffable.

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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 Stinger80OH
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pathman
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -43.7%

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 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 TheBeerdedCharmer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 cosmicevan
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visit this pub every summer with the wife when we stop by lake george for our annual summer weekend of relaxation.

Poured a deep golden color with lively carbonation. Very earthy. Overly malty but not in a bad way. Touch sweet. No real notable smell to the brew.

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