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

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Added by dedrinker on 04-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very dry, pale and crystal malt scent that is grainy and a bit musty as well. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes grainy with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average amber, but nothing too great. It lacks any real aroma and is way too dry.

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Photo of beveritt
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Hugh Sisson has nailed this one. Nice deep amber color, with a decent head (disappeared quickly, however). Slightly caramel malt in the nose, taste is at once malty and biscuity (like the label says) and it has the advertised hop crispness at the end. Frankly, it was a great, drinkable addition to the Clipper City line and the fact that it's organic, makes my wife happy (she's not a beer lover, but she cooks and buys organic... so I get points for this beer). I liked it. Nothing too complicated, but very tasty indeed.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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 drtth
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The dark almost brown amber color beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a 1/2" head that soon recedes to a thin cover on the liquid.

The aromas are mostly malts without much in the way of hops showing.

The flavors seem a bit more complex than the aromas would suggest as there's some almost syrupy sweetness from the malt and some very light citrus in the background but without much bitterness to speak of.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with some moderate carbonation.

Drinkable but nothing outstanding. I could drink another if offered but won't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
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 donkeyrunner
2.17/5  rDev -33.6%
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 eporter66
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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 dsa7783
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of jdhilt
2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 smcolw
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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 beerad666
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
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 sccala
2.78/5  rDev -15%
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 mpyle
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Domingo
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 aubuc1
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours clear brown with a fizzy tan head.

Smells bready, malty with some faint fruit.

Tastes of lightly roasted malts and not much else.

Crisp carbonation feel keeps this light.

Not too interesting, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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 dedrinker
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark amber - almost brown in appearance with an off-white/ cream colored head of no other particular distinction. Aromas of metal and faint hint of caramel malt. The flavors were an extremley understated dry, toasted malt with a hint of caramel; the hops providing balance but no noticeable flavor or bitterness. Medium body - slides over the tongue and down the throat well, but leaving a decidedly neutral impression. After championing more aggressive styles, Clipper City seems to be stepping backwards towards a more prosaic and innocuous approach to craft brewing with this release. In fact, Clipper City Gold and Pale Ale are much preferable "ordinary" beers of marked quality and character compared to this one. I don't think going organic is doing any more for this beer either. I am a bit perplexed about their choice of this beer for a new release, as it is just a step above Shiner Bock, but from a brewery that can do a lot better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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 wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 scoobybrew
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Oxford Class Organic Amber Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 33 ratings