Oxford Class Organic Amber Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Oxford Class Organic Amber AleOxford Class Organic Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dedrinker on 04-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 33
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I don't know what compelled me to pick this bottle up, but... Okay, I'm not sure how to finish that sentence. The beer pours a clear garnet brown topped by a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light maple syrup, wheat, and dusty citrus fruits. The taste is very similar, resembling sharp citrus notes drizzled with maple syrup, all with a tinge of orange-peel bitterness. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an average amber at best, something I really have no interest in drinking again.

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Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a dark amber, almost brown color with a small white covering on top of the beer.

Aroma mostly gives off sweet malts with some caramel and bready flavors. The taste is malty with caramel and toffee and a little bit of roasted malts being present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a decent beer that had a pretty good flavor to it. It was definitely more malt focused then some of the ambers that are big in the hops, but that's not a negative thing if you like malty beers.

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Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has an earthy malt nose

T - Follows the nose starts off malty then a touch of bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good beer and probably the best organic beer Ive had pretty easy to drink worth trying

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Photo of mountdew1
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown. A very thin off white head that left a small ring on top. Aroma was earthy, with some sweet malty and some oatmeal undertones. Taste was sweet at first, with a small amount of bitterness at the end. Some touched of burnt grains also. Felt watery in the mouth, didn't coat well at all. Carbonation was nice however. Easy to drink, but mouthfeel made it more of a sipper than it should have perhaps been. Not very quenching.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear dark amber/brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. No nose. Flavor is a muted sweet malt, no many hops, very un-amber. Boring. Buy by Sep 2008. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this to fill a mixed 6 pack, apparently its some organic section of the Paper City brewery...a brewery I haven't had much luck with in the past. Not much to say about this beer... kind of the run of the mill quaffable amber ale. Pretyt drinkable and some decent caramel flavor to it but very watery and light bodied. As I've said in past reviews I find the whole organic thing a bit of a marketing gimmick but this was a nice drinkable beer.. nothing more than that.

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Photo of mpyle
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a slightly coarse white head with good retention.

Aroma shows a lot of caramel malt, a bit of copper penny, a bit of chocolate?

Nice malty flavor, some caramel sweetness and almost a hint of roastiness, but perfectly balanced by the hops. Hop flavor is secondary, but evident. Finishes with a subtle bitterness.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming.

D'ability - Probably the strongest aspect of this beer. Flavorful, but not overpowering. Would be easy to down several of this nicely balanced ale.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Translucent dark red color. Thin white head that instantly vanishes--no lace, no retention, nada. Freshness dated!

Smells like cranberry juice.

Tastes like cranberry juice with horrible seltzer-like carbonation.

I'm pretty sure this is cranberry juice, not beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mellow amber-brown color with minimal carbonation and a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with only a bit of hops showing in the nose. Seems a bit weak or perhaps it needs to warm up.

Taste is sweet wtih a dash of hops. Seems middle-of-the-road to me but is inoffensive and a bit dirinkable.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and hops. Not bad.

Easy to drink but otherwise, it's not much else. If you want an easy to drink amber ale, this could be for you. Otherwise, I'd seek out more flavor elsewhere.

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Photo of beerad666
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish golden amber color and the head quickly recedes. Overall the aroma is very pleasant. There is a nice sweet smell with a hint of almost caramel. On the flip side the taste isn't that sweet at all. It is almost more tart with a light hop finish. This is a decent beer overall especially for an organic ale. Nice and refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle received from the micro of the month club to a standard pint glass. Bottle recommends a purchase by date of October, 2008.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with two-fingers of light tan head that disappears at a decent pace.

Smell: Very sweet malt, with hints of caramel.

Taste: Bready malt and as the smell would suggest pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation level, thin-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Not a bad tasting brew and would try again if I found one before the "purchase by" date came and went.

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Photo of eporter66
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review, so as a novice, hopefully I am getting the descriptions correct.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearnance - Brownish Red, did not seem to have or hold much of a head.

Smell - Nice aroma, - very pleasant

Taste - Flavorful, malty and not over carbonated. It was not bitter at all.

Drinkability - A very drinkable beer, went down easy. I enjoyed the taste and would definitely have one if I saw it out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking clear slightly darker brown. Nose is slightly nutty and has an almost acorn aspect. Flavor hits with malts and a consistent nutty tone. Leafy and just barely wood as well. It's like drinking a tree!! Or something. Feel has a bit of a thicker liquid feel. Carbonation is fairly full. Well as an amber this beer sucks. But as a nut brown, I'd say it was pretty good. I'd actually like this one to last a little longer than 12 ounces.

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Photo of deereless
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, solid layer of foam - 4.00, S: From a couple feet away the beer is evident, it has a somewhat sour smell like fermenting berries or apples, hint of caramel malt - 3.25, T: The nose is slightly deceiving as malt plays more of a role on the tongue than the nose, mildly flavored, some sharp hops on the end which are more noticeable as the beer warms - 3.25, M: Smooth and creamy, like heavily creamed coffee - 3.75, D: Overall this is beer is somewhat of a disappointment, mild on many levels - 3.00

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours to a reddish root beer color, foamy tan head. Head fades slowly. Smells lik e red licorice and molasses. Taste is dryer than expected for an ale of the style.. Carbonation is good but mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. Taste in kind of one dimensional with a more bitter than sweet constant from start to finish. A good brew but I wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of sccala
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a brown glass bottle with, not coincidentally, a natural, organic looking label with the picture of a field and some barley. Poured into a pint glass, and....

...Appearance- Eh. delivered a 2 finger head with weak retention. No lacing at all. The beer has a standard amber ale color.

Smell- I'm sorry, but I didn't smell anything really. I can smell a bit of hops, but that's it really. It wasn't a bad smell, but more like...no smell.

Taste- Average amber ale taste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth to drink, and unlike most amber ales, a hoppy taste on the way down.

Drinkability- Average. Easy to drink. Certaintly one of those beers where you can have one after another, but I've got a fridge full of Raison d'etre, so I'm only having this one!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - light head, some minor lacing, clear amber color

S - strong malty taste with a very faint trace of hops

T - very balanced taste with a touch of malt, slight hop on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is a very mild beer, but well done for an organic I suppose. Most beers marketed as 'organic' I usually find terribly dull. This is, however, a slight step above.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber copper with a little white head and low to medium carbonation. Smell is of a sweet lager and the flavor is fruity yet not citrusy--perhaps a slight hint of apple or pear. It feels medium bodied and tart on the tongue with a sweet tartness left afterward. This is a pretty decent amber and the fruity hints make it original and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Domingo
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Granted I really don't care about something being Organic or not (it was a beer-of-the-month item) this wasn't bad at all.
There's nothing really wonderful with it, but there's nothing wrong either.
It's pretty much a run of the mill copper colored amber ale with a graham cracker/gingerbread-like malt base, but enough hops to keep it in perfect balance. The only knock on it is that it's a little too mild. It almost feels a little watered down. I can see macro fans loving that, though.
It's not quite up there with Alaska Amber or even Fat Tire, but it's still better than many.
For a brew that's going for the organic angle, it's not losing much (taste-wise) by doing so.
If that's a big deal for you - grab this.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Pours a deep, dark, ruby-red hue with hardly any head...
Aroma: Hints of amber and grain with mild nuances of caramel and vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, clean and refreshing, though not as flavorful or robust as many other depictions of the style... Rather light-bodied to say the least...
Mouthfeel : Loose, watered-down mouthfeel...
Certainly a refreshing organic ale but definitely not heavy on flavor...

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was refreshing but tasted and smelled like very little. Not much here to react to, for better or for worse. So, inoffensive, but can't be rated at anything better than average.

Color was quite nice - a gorgeous copper with nice head. Aroma - I got nothing. Flavor was slightly sweet maltiness, but I struggled to taste much. Mouthfeel was smooth.

This was a refreshing beer for a warm day, but I have trouble recommending it.

This was a Microbrew of the Month offering.

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Photo of beveritt
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown, 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a field of grain in muted tones. Purchase before date of October 2008.

Appearance: Pours with barely two fingers of light tan head. This settles quickly into a thin coating of foam, not even covering the top of the beer. Eventually disappears completely. No lacing. The beer itself is a dark honey amber and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet malt, with aromas of grape juice and caramel. No hint of hops in the smell.

Taste: Weak biscuity malt, very slight bitterness at the end. Not much else here. Quite honestly, this tastes more like iced tea than beer.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is average, not great, but not watery.

Drinkability: What can I say, this beer isn't gross, not by any stretch of the imagination, but it is very bland, much more bland than I would expect an amber to be. Lose the carbonation and I really think you could pass this off as a glass of iced tea.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color. Moderate head that leaves only the lightest of spotty lace.

Metalic aromas of aluminum. More malt than hop. Fairly non-descript.

The flavor is an improvement to the smell with some round malt base and definite hop flavor following up. Not a complex beer, but it tastes good enough to order a second. The body middle-of-the-road with corresponding carbonation.

This beer reminds me of the friendly neighbor next door. He's pleasant enough but you wouldn't have him over regularly.

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Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark amber color with decent amount of head, some soapy lacing on the glass.
Smells lightly of fresh hops & sweet malts and an overall breadedness.
Biscuit malt and a faint hop character make up the flavor. Fresh bread note along with caramel make up the finish.
Nice crispness and a subtle hoppiness twang the mouth.
Overall an easy-drinking, if inoffensive, amber ale. The fact it is certified-organic puts it a step above other domestic ales, otherwise not much more than average.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark tea-like brownish amber with a thin white head.

The smell is tea-like with sourish fruits, toast and a hint of caramel.

The taste is of tea-leaf, sourish fruitiness (sour apples?), toast, a hint of lemon, some secondary caramel. Bitterish notes show up in the finish.

Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Thin overall with grain a bit over toasted. Sourish notes sort of interfere. Not liking this one much, though it has a certain drinkability (notwithstanding a less than great aftertaste) to it.

Mr. Sisson can do better than this - organic or not!

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Oxford Class Organic Amber Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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