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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: 78 | Ratings: 370
Photo of TaiPan
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lot of caramel malt flavor, but very grainy and unbalanced leaving a metallic afterthought on the palatte. Not a lot to say. A very pedestrian amber. I have enjoyed other beers from this brewery, but not this one.

I hoped this would be an enjoyable session beer, but I am highly disappointed.
**I will note that this is markedly better on draft.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Portion of a 12 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color, with a rather dinky-looking white head. Looks pretty good regardless.

S: All I pick up here is some unsweetened caramel.

T: The faintest twang of fruity esters builds to a caramel-y finish. Extremely unassuming.

M: Crisp, dry, and light. If you're going to showcase little in the way of flavor on the palate, this is how you do it.

O: Nothing wrong with this per se...it's just so bland, though. Really just one step up from BMC in my opinion.

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Photo of raszputini
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with a healthy white head. Nice lacing that sticks around. Not much nose, slight malt. Taste is well balanced but very light for my tastes. There's just not much there. A little toffee and malt, with a very understated hop finish. Not horrible, easily drinkable, just not that good.

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Photo of avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt, light hops, and grain.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt and a little hoppiness up front with a massive blast of grain and a bready quality in the finish. The grain is very overpowering and doesn't allow the other ingredients to shine.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not my favorite amber. The flavor is just far too uneven for it to be successful.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a glass. Reddish copper color with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing on glass. Nose fairly monotone malty, not much happening. Perhaps some wet paper there as well. Taste, straightforward, not too involved malts with a mild tingle, rather mild hops. There's something slightly woodsy in the latter part of the taste. Not particularly complex or blended. The label says "filtered" but I'm afraid that they filtered a lot of the taste out. Mouthfeel clean and dry, not noteworthy.

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Photo of dataskatt
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed in this amber ale. Maybe I'm just used to very full-flavored beers, but this one tasted watery to me.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear amber. Thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Mostly caramel.

Taste: Has a nice caramel and nutty flavor, but the taste doesn't linger. I wanted more fullness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, watery, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, but not enough flavor for me.

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Photo of tdm168
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel amber with a thin a layer of white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. The nose has notes of grains and burnt toast. The flavor has notes of sweet caramel, toasted malt, and mild earthy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This is a smooth beer and easily drinkable, but it's rather lacking in flavor and forgettable.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn with a khaki head leaving decent lace.

Smell is sweet, bready.

Taste is pretty generic, some bitterness to counter the sweetness, herbal hops

Mouthfeel is light, a little watery, dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, a boring, session amber. Average all around.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Very vague malt aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Mild malt presence, at best. Subtle sweetness. No more than a hint of bitterness. Then it's gone!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty basic; there's just not much character to this thing at all.

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Photo of antott0523
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent amber color with a sturdy off white head that sticks around. Great lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Bread, hint of caramel and dried apricot. That off putting smell you get when driving by or walking through a Budweiser factory.

T: Hint of malt sweetness like caramel
and apricot. Orange pith bitterness.

D: There's nothing undrinkable about this beer, but there's nothing particularly memorable.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a red amber color with little head. Smells of malts and like twizzlers..Taste some hops and malts with a bit of caramel..don't get any hint of toffee though. Drinks pretty smooth and lives a bit of a hoppy taste. Overall just ok, nothing special.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear amber with a medium white bubbly head. Some spider web lace up top and ok retention.

Firstly a strong scent of sweet caramel that quickly changed to a milder roast malt.

Crisp, tea like, mildy roasty biscuit malt. More flavor please!

I had just tried Natty Greene's pale ale and was blown away. This was a dissapointing follow up.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a dark copper/amber with a big foamy white head. Good lacing adn retention. Lots of malt in the nose, some sweetness to it, alcohol and maybe some caramel? The caramel really comes out in the flavor, as does wheat, but beyond that theres nothing very complex or interesting about it. Not very hoppy. The mouthfeel was somewhat crisp, but not bitter. It was decently smooth but not creamy. I might try this again but it was overall rather bland.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Minimal head that fades quickly. Good amber color. Smells earthy with hops. The taste wasn't there for me. A little on the bitter side. Bready taste there also. Not on my list for ambers, but a good drink anyways.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light copper/deep amber in color with a decent-sized, off-white head with o.k retention. Carbonation settles quickly and doesn't stick to sides of glass.

Toasty and malty sweet on the nose with a slight earthiness (?) from the hops. A slight nutty aroma creeps in to add a little depth, but isn't present enough to override the slightly bland overall smell of this one.

Flavor is toasty-malty. Maybe I taste some spiciness from the hops if I try hard enough. Sweetness increases as beer warms, but seems to me not too characterful overall, or slightly muddled. There is some nuttiness in the aftertaste, and it is enjoyable. (Probably my favorite part. Wish it was featured more!) Mid-level bitterness on the palate, a little bit less in the aftertaste.

Medium body. A sticky dullness in the finish, with slight hop bitterness and fleeting nut character.

An o.k drinker. Decent, but not terribly complex maltiness for a slightly malt-balanced beer.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always like to try the local brews, trying to keep in in NC if you know what I mean!

This beer is an amber in appearance (duh!), it is full boddied, and smells a little pungent.

The tase is pretty good, there are other ambers from the area that are much better in taste (well to clairify there is one in particular, but they cant seem to brew a consistant taste!) This is a very drinkable amber ale and is still far superiour to any of the mass produced abmer ales I have tasted (I.E. Killians etc) Mike the brew master at Natty greens is a great Brew master, and has found a pretty good one here!

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Photo of farrago
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin head of dark cream white, lots of larger bubbles help it dissolve down to the surface quickly, any lacing slides down the glass sides rapidly enough too. Very clean and transparent amber red color, lightly hued, only a few random bubbles scattered here and there. Sweet nose of caramel, toffee, chocolate and croissant to pastry dough flakes, does manage to mix in some bitter hops notes, green and leafy, light black tea accents, little really discernible fruit or citrus elements. Medium-bodied, foamy and on the creamy side in terms of mouth feel, here you do get peach/apricot and lemon peel along with the cut grass and mineral to metal fleck flavorings. In the end, though, it still comes back to the malty caramel and toffee stuff. Some pucker on the finish. Credible enough but not likely something I’d actively seek out. Suspect it tastes better on draft than in the bottle as here.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Raleigh pub.

Pours an amber gold with a white lacing.

Nose is coppery and bready with a hint of brown sugar malt.

Flavor is mildly hoppy and again bready with some brown sugar malts and a hint of coppery undertone.

Medium body with tingly carbonation.

Decent but not stellar, never been a huge fan of the style but there are others I like better than this one. Would have it again in a pinch, but there are other beers I would have first, including at NG's.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a medium brown with a yellow hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy off white head that diminished to a thin layer of residue and lasted throughout creating some really good spotty sticky lacing.

The aroma was of mild bread and grain malts, an herbal hop and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of toffee and caramel.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with just a mild hint of toffee at first and then got a little hop bite with a nice caramel note at the end. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time with a slight hoppiness left at the finish.

Mouthfeel was just a bit above light in body with the texture being a bit watery and a tad dry with a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice tasty Amber ale with a nice mild hoppiness to it. But it seems that everything I try from this brewer is quite tasty.

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Photo of delta490
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear amber. The head is white, fizzy, and short-lived. Almost no head and lacing. Aroma has a slight grain and caramel flavor to it. The taste is pretty bland and there isn't much distinct or notable about it. The body is thin and slightly watery with a little bit of a hops bite on the finish. Okay.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the back label but there is nothing discernable as a freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium amber. Quite a bit of carbonation is rising from the bottom. A half-finger of buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin skim, a ring around the edge, and patches were the carbonation surfaces.

Smell: Though relatively subdued, it is malty and sweet. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and dark fruit esters are immediately noticeable. Cherry licorice is prominent as well, and there is a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Though not light, the mouthfeel reminds me of Alka-Seltzer. At least at first. That impression fades as the beer warms. Much like the aroma, the flavor is subdued as well. It mostly mirrors the smell: caramel, toffee, toasted malts, raspberry and maybe a little plum, cherry licorice, and a hint of cocoa. Each sip leaves a nice, beery bite coating the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability: It’s good enough. I wish it were a more flavorful, though. It definitely has the complexity, but needs to be bolder.

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Photo of Neehan
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bready and watery but a nice appearance and smell. The light, smoothness makes it drinkable although it seems to lack some bit of substance. Pleasant but simple, perhaps a bit too simple. Sours a bit as it warms. Good session choice. I'm interested to see how the bottling venture goes for Natty's.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Chili's in Winston Salem.. Sadly in a frozen mug...

A: Nice red amber color, with about a 1/2 fingers worth of head, that stuck around and have very nice lacing all the way through the session.

S: Not getting much more that toasted malt and a light touch of floral hops.

T: OK the toasted malt is on the sweet side.. Pretty mild over all with but nicely balanced with a mild floral hops with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting with a moderate carbonation... Little thinner than I was expecting.

D: I have to say it was a very hot day and this beer helped cool things down... The ABV was good and it went down very easy.. Not a bad session beer... Little thin for my taste for the style but overall not a bad little brew.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice simple beer with pretty decent taste. Pours a clear lighter amber with a white head that sticks around all the way through, and leaves a little lacing. Smells simple and just drinkable. Taste is a toasted caramal malt mostly, maybe a slight choclate biscuit as it warms, but just barely, enough hops to balance but not noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this beer is pretty good but simple, as long as you go in knowing that with this beer then I think you will be pretty happy with it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light amber color with a slight off white head. The nose brings forward some basic malt characteristics with a little bit of year--lightly toasted bread, caramel, and some nutty character. The taste is mostly just a bit of toast with a very mild hop and yeast presence. Feel is moderate with good carbonation. No noticeable flaws, but not particularly special

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