Buckshot Amber Ale | Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Buckshot Amber AleBuckshot Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich, Cara Pils, Special B

Hops: Magnum, Willamette (whole leaf), Santian

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272

Added by oberon on 08-05-2004

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 371
Photo of BeerborneVet101
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rather smooth flavor, light, with a slight nutty aftertaste.
Overall a "good" craft and local Greensboro NC brewery
Would order again when I'm back to a location with a limited beer menu

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Photo of aquatonex
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a short head, good lacing throughout. Wheats, hints of fruits are present in the nose. Taste is a little stronger than others in the style, which is good though. A nice blend of wheats, creamy barley, slight fruits, and a moderate hops bring a very satisfying flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and enjoyable. A hearty amber that I'd definitely have again if I'm ever in Greensboro.

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Photo of cbleary
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a tasty and somewhat unique ale from Natty Greene's. It pours nicely with a humble white head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit more carbonation than I was expecting. It has a wonderful, balanced scent of several malts and fresh hops. Citrus hop flavors are strong in the flavor, but don't overpower it. This tastes something like a hybrid between a European and an American Amber Ale. Well balanced and very drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had some code but it is indecipherable. Served in a tulip glass.

Poured a mostly clear deep copper with a thick white head. Head faded slowly to a small (maybe half a centimeter thick) cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

Smells is mostly malty with a bit of hops. I detected a faint metallic smell.

Tastes primarily of grain, but is well balanced by bitterness. Unlike their Pale Ale the bitterness here rather nice and not overpowering. Sweet and caramely, but not cloyingly so as I've found with a number of other amber ales.

The carbonation level is reasonable, and the body is light without being overly thin. A pretty good balance.

I could quaff this all night long. A nice well balanced ale, and much preferred by me to their pale ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass in the Vintage wine shop at RDU airport in NC.

Pours a medium amber with reddish hues. Some fluffy white foam atop.

Smell and taste - notes of caramel and toffee malts. Light hop bitter at the close, to give a firm finish.

Overall a solid amber - certainly a great sirport choice amidst the land of Bud and Bud Light.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Nice pour, amber in color with nice clarity. Lots of carbonation bubbling up towards the surface and a small one inch head of foam on top that settled down nicely with some good lacing. Aroma was lighter then I would have thought, caramel malts mixed with an herbal, earthy hop note. Hints of grass and light flowery notes, but needed a little more punch. Lots of caramel and brewed tea up front on the first sip. Well balanced and quite mellow. Caramel morphs intp herbal hops again with a nice little dry and bitter kick to finish it off. Solid medium feel and well carbonated made this one fine afternoon brew.

Overall solid I have to admit. I was not sure what to expect going in but was very happy with the result. Would go for this one again any day.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

This one is a crystal-clear pale amber with a thin ring of head. Seems a little washed out in color.

This one has a bundle of marshmallow and red licorice on top of a sweet malt base, with just a hint of dryness. I'm not sure how "to style" this is, but I like it as I find the sweetness enticing and complex.

The same sweetness is there in the flavor, but it's more situated in the middle. This one starts extremely clean--almost flavorless--like seltzer water, but a lush, grainy sweetness blossoms out of it, soon fading to a rasp of carbonation. A bit of burnt sweetness lingers on in the finish with a touch of woody hops. The dynamism here is really neat, as each sip is a little trip from clean, to sweet, to burnt.

Feels dense and clean at first, but finishes just a bit on the sticky side.

I think this one is better than others suggest. I'm not sure how many of these I could have as the sticky finish gets old after a while, but I appreciate the novelty of the dynamism.

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Pours a clear and dark amber ale, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of caramel malts, light brewed tea, and creamy sweetness.

Taste is of brewed tea, caramel malts, and sugary sweetness. Beer then settles into biscuit, dough, and a nice crisp and earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, good crisp carbonation, and nice fullness.

Drinkability is good. Nice solid and very sessionable amber ale. Reminds me a lot of Alaskan Amber, I'd be happy to drink this one again if it was available in my local liquor store.

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Photo of fields336
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 12 oz bottle in a shaker pint glass.
100179 printed on the back (Julian date 179- Born on June 28)

A: brown, amber, dark red with 2.5 fingers eggshell white head. Head is thick and creamy, leaves sticky lacing on the sides of glass

S: bready, caramel biscuity malts dominate the nose. A slight grassy/ floral hoppy hops.

T: huge caramel malt notes with some bready notes and a coppery taste too, a nice bitter hop presence as the beer moves the the back of the palate. Really good flavor

M: really carbonated, medium bodied, creamy head stays for a while in your mouth and then the hops cleanse your palate, really nice.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear. Amber in color with a nice thick cream colored head. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass. Looks promising.
Lot's of sweet caramel in the nose. Smells kind of like sugar cookies. Little to no hops in the aroma.
Flavor leans on the heavy malt side for an amber ale. Lot's of caramel and toffee flavors. Just enough floral and earthy hops to balance it all out. Thank goodness the hops are there.
Medium to light on the mouthfeel. Very drinkable. With ambers going hop heavy this was a nice change of pace. Good session beer to have with a pizza or something. Glad Natty's now bottles.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and somewhat dull amber in appearance. Thin, sheeting off-white head. Aromas are soft, with caramel sweetness and a slight roasty-toasty character. Flavor is more of the same. Firm malt backbone supported by notes of Heath bar and bittering hops. Slightly bitter at the end, with a short-lived aftertaste. Drinkable, and another beer from Natty's that I'd enjoy on my subsequent visits.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out with a nice half-inch head that slowly shrunk and stayed around in wispy islands. Beautiful, true amber color. This is a beer has a striking appearance.

-Smell 3.5: A very appealing caramel smell in the bouquet which is paired with a barley and slight hoppy smell. Very nice.

-Taste 4.0: Smooth up front with a slight barley taste, which quickly turns into a rich caramel and roasted grains flavor that is balanced by the alkaline flavor of the hops. Very smooth and thirst-quenching throughout. Delicious beer.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very smooth mouthfeel with an interesting level of carbonation that really tends to sneak up on you. Not overly carbonated at all; the brewers have achieved a solid balance.

-Overall 3.5: Very good to excellent Amber Ale, a style of which I am not really a fan. That tells you all you need to know about this beer: I don't normally like Amber Ales, but I really like this beer. Recommended.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a nice semi-translucent amber to a sun king shaped pint with a hint of a short lasting head leaving minimal lace.

aroma of caramel, cinnamon and faint spices. big malts, undetectable hops.

sweet malts and caramel up front. a bit of a tangy bite near the back of the mouth, no hop presence. very sweet and pleasant.

medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet, no bitter.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of EJ6759
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into a pint glass. It has a nice amber appearance itch a good head a good lacing. The tast is better than average in the amber category. The mouthfeel is good ands it is well carbonated. Overall, this is a solid B to B+ beer. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly clear, orange amber hue, with a one finger head.

S - Smell of floral notes, hops, mild fruit.

T- Bitter notes of the malt hit the back of the tongue, along with some mild fruit notes. Using the words "notes" a lot. If this beer was a musical note, it would be more TV on the Radio, versus the Foo Fighters. More mellow, less rocking in the taste department, but still enjoyable. Some smokey flavors are present as well.

M- Mouthfeel is good, some sharp carbonation notes, but nothing too over bearing or detracting.

O - Overall, a solid amber. Not too complex, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-red out of that attractive Natty Greene's growler. Small head the doesn't retain well. A little lace and mild carbonation.

Aromas present a good malt/hops balance. As with the aroma, you get a solid malt/hops balance, with some caramel undertones. Pleasing bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

This one is easily drinkable under just about any circumstance. Solid, solid, solid.

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Photo of jsausley
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City traditional pint glass.

Natty Greene's is a local brewery from Greensboro, NC. Being someone more native of the Raleigh area, I was never as familiar with the Greensboro and Winston beers as the ones from Raleigh. However, that's not to say that Natty Greene's isn't a great brewery. I've had many of their beers but this is the first of their selection that I have reviewed.

A: A soft hazy amber with hints of brown. Some light carbonation. No residual rings from the head. A nice head on the pour with a correct hand. The head dissipates quickly however and leaves a small amount of bubbly residue on the top of the beer and around its edge. Decent but nothing outstanding, visually.

S: Smells of malt with a hint of garlic and lime. Roasted malts with some caramel and hoppy twang.

T: A good, cheerful amber ale. Smooth and full of qualities that you'd expect in an amber ale. Very exemplary of the style. The few notes that stand out are quite flavorful and nice. There is a strong toffee note to this beer. Some hoppiness, but a very low IBU beer. I'd guess about 18-21 IBU. Malty goodness full of toffee with a hint of perhaps caramel, aftertaste is earthy and not overpowering, some hops as well on the back of the tongue. Pleasant, expected, not outstanding. A good beer to drink with a meal when you're in North Carolina and Red Oak is not available.

M: Light, crisp with some carbonation. Fairly smooth, nothing unpleasant here. Very little tinge of alcohol (as expected with a very low 4.8% ABV. This beer could use a bump to about 5.5% in my opinion.)

O: Yummy, scrumptious and predictable. Toffee notes are a nice twist but otherwise this is a textbook amber ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this one.

A- clear amber/copper color. Fluffy frothy head that leaves behind a sticky lacing.

S- floral aroma and a toffee malt like note as well. not much else going on.

T- light metallic taste with sweet malts with no hops or not much distinct flavoring.

M- copper mouthfeel with sweet malts. light bodied beer that is smooth.

D-overall, not bad. I think this beer would be good at restauratn but i wouldnt purchase a sixer of it.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a deep amber hue that had a robust character and was topped by a decently thick off white head.

The scent is a touch weak but very nice. A scorched barley aroma is mixed with a roasted grain and malt that is very appropriate.

The flavor is more impressive as the roast and toasted grain is more evident. There is some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of burnt toast.

The feel is dry with moderate carbonation and an easy drinkability.

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Photo of FloppyDog
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Very light orange, almost yellow-orange in color with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dominated by floral and some spicy hop character. I am getting no caramel malt at all.

Taste is, as expected, dominated by the same type of floral and spicy hops upfront. Bitterness in the middle, with malt just barely making an appearance before the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, even with the hop domination, which is surprising, but is probably due to the relatively lower carbonation level in this beer.

Overall, an good easy-drinking, hop-driven amber ale, but not a standout.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the outside table a pale amber with a tan compact head.

The aroma was fruity with a slight hoppiness.

The flavor had a grainy character with a light caramel and a nice medium hop bitterness.

The finish was dry with lingering hops and the body was medium.

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Photo of newk340
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a translucent amber with a thin cream-colored head.

S: some hints of caramel and sugar, nearly no hops.

T: rather bland on the tongue, very mild hops with a caramel lacing.

MF/D: very drinkable, an excellent session beer for a hot day. light on the carbonation and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt and some caramel is actually quite pleasant.

T- Toasty malt brings more caramel notes. Very mild hop bitterness. Quite innocuous but it doesn't taste bad at all. A metallic aftertaste surfaces after a while.

M- Standard, actually a bit thin. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Was expecting much worse from this considering the score but its sweetness, quaffability and considerable amount of flavor sort of won me over. The only downfall was the thin mouthfeel but this really isn't a bad beer overall.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at JP Looneys in Greensboro, NC.

A - Clear, beautiful red in color with a small head by the time it got to my table. What was there stuck around a while and left some moderate to good lacing.

S - I couldn't detect much other that some toasted malts and a whiff of hops.

T - Borderline sweet toasted malt comes through first, but is limited in it's overall strength. A mild and pleasant floral/earthy hop flavor follows, with only trace bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, worked well for the brew. A little slick, but also felt a little thin.

D - I really enjoyed this brew as an easy drinking beer throughout the night. Flavorful without too much to think about.

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Photo of JBStith
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had Natty's Buckshot Amber Ale last night at the GSO Grasshoppers baseball game. This is a pretty good summer drinking beer.
Appearance: Great, deep amber appearance. Good initial head with moderate retention and low lace.

Smell: Good malty smell, not much hop aroma present.

Taste: Malty with low hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. not too heavy and not too light, right in the middle:

Drinkability: Quite good on a hot summer night due to the clean malt taste and low bitterness.

Overvall a good solid beer. I will drink more at future ball games. Can't beat it at $5 for a 24 ounce pour.

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