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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,181
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
379
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel amber body with a nice head and lacing

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy and grainy on the nose

Taste: Slight caramel notes followed with a sharp, bitter hoppy finish that was slightly metallic

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice, but I would like to see a bit more caramel malt to balance the hoppiness more effectively

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Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a crystal clear brown-amber with a rather small beige head. The head mostly disappears quickly.

M: near medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

AROMA: Plenty of medium malt, with toasted grain and caramel.

The aroma is basically duplicated by the flavor [3.75]. Nothing fancy here but also nothing amiss, just a straightforward amber with plenty of caramel malt flavor. Not a beer geek beer, but an excellent choice to help steer newbies into craft beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some ruby red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a very thin film, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts with just a touch of nuttiness and toffee notes. There are light amounts of earthy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of toasted malts with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness. Light amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin...

O: Similar in flavor to an Oktoberfest in flavor and easy to drink but this one is not really anything special in my opinion.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice deep copper with a head that leaves a generous amount of lace for the style,slight aromas of caramel and roasted malt but was a little weak.Taste was not weak however full caramel and toffee flavors with a hint of pizza dough a touch dryeness in the finish from a pretty generous amount of hop for the style.A real nice amber ale very quaffable and tasty at the same time.

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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of off-white foamy froth. Retains with a sturdy rich look that leaves a good bit of thick spotty lacing behind. The aroma has a LOT of toasted caramel breadiness going on with it, which gives the nose quite the citrus tinged tang in the nostrils. A touch of floral hops and spice hang on the edges but this is overall fairly roasted and tangy.

The taste is sticky sweet with caramel malts that spreads out in the mouth with a toasted feel. Hops give this a zesty and herbal citric tang as well as some light drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a relatively crisp sharpness to it but smoother feeling in the mouth overall.

Not bad. The heavier roasty feel of this was a bit of a turn off at first but the sweetness took more control as this warmed and managed to pull it together to keep this decently drinkable.

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of ZEB89
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -12%
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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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with the merest suggestion of coral when backlit. The tight-bubbled crown is thick and creamy, with a golden ecru hue that matches the beer very well. The foam melts rather than deflates, gracing the lace with a wide swath of lace-like lace in the process.

Thanks to the malt bill (plenty of mid-range, toasted, nutty varieties) the nose is on the Oktoberfestish side. It's also relatively balanced, with an earthy hoppiness that doesn't overly impress. Solid, but not spectacular.

Flavor follows aroma, both in terms of character and quality. If you like your ambers to favor bocks or Oktoberfests rather than APAs, then Buckshot Amber should be right up your alley. Since I prefer citrusy hops over earthy-herbal ones, I'm not fully onboard.

The biggest problem with this Natty Greene offering is that it doesn't have a flavor hook, and, therefore, isn't that interesting or distinctive. The balancing bitterness is enjoyable (26 IBUs), but it isn't enough to get the job done. Looking back at my other reviews from NGP & BC, this one isn't that far out of line in terms of likeability.

The fact that the mouthfeel is a little too light is probably a function of slightly too much carbonation. It's decently creamy, though, especially given the sub-5.0% ABV.

Just because Buckshot Amber Ale doesn't fit my prefered amber ale profile doesn't mean that I can't recognize its quality. That said, if these guys have any aspirations of joining the upper tier in North Carolina (Highland, Duck-Rabbit), they need to crank it up a few notches.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of tdm168
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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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3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, amber-toffee coloring with a ton of carbonation and a clingy, low profile, off-white head that leaves a filmy lacing along the glass. Aromas of sugary sweetness, with tangy caramel, roasted nut, and hints of chocolate. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with more of the toffee and chocolate combination coming to the foreground. Roasted notes turn to a slight char character at the tail-end of the palate, with a subtle bitter hops character shining through there, as well. Smooth and light in mouth. Drinkable throughout, with a roasted and sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, with a slightly sweet linger. This is a very drinkable brew, but it doesn't do anything to separate itself from the middle ground of this style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head. Some light lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and a bit of fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste: caramel, toffee, some dark ripe fruit sweetness, and a mild earthy tone create a mild mannered amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a decent sessionable beer, but overall can be a bit boring after two pints. Nothing great, but nicely drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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