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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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 81
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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Photo of cbleary
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
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 msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle showcasing the stern image of Mr. Greene and an 'historic' type proclaiming 'BUCKSHOT'. Best when served by 13JAN08. This bottle was sent by Metalmonk - cheers to Jeff.

A: Pours a fairly rich auburn/amber, considerably hazy and without much visible carbonation. Uneven filtration has let alot of the tiniest particulates sift through, which tends to augment a rosier, chestnut-colored appearance. Head starts at about 1/2 finger of tight ivory and reduces to a filmy cover, pockmarked by random rising carbonation and a few scattered soap bubbles.

S: Sweet and malty, smells of lightly toasted cereal grain and gummy caramel with an added fruit tartness that sneaks its way in.

T: Malty grain with a bit more toasted-ness than the smell indicates. Enough hops to dry out the malty sugars and a notable tart apple/fruit quality that enters in the middle. For a beer that starts rather grainy-sweet, this bitters quite a bit midway through and ends on a chalky-dry note.

M: Seems thin, too slick for the style. Mild tartness is interesting and the tongue curls just slightly on the tip due to it. Or is it a sticky graininess that causes a reaction akin to licking an envelope flap? Body is thin, carbonation light, mouthfeel isn't memorable.

D: Pretty easy to consume at under 5% abv - sessionable even. All in all, a middle-of-the-road amber that has its quirks but is somewhat appealing. I suppose I'd have it again, but wouldn't put too much effort in seeking it out again. but I'd like to try it on draught somewhere, as it seems the reviews are a bit stronger when its fresh from the tap...

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Photo of Neehan
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Durge
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a thin but steady off white head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, a little wheat and a hint of brown sugar. Tastes of of bready brown sugar and yeasty tartness. It's simple, a bit dry with a sort of apple overtone. Pretty clean and refreshing. Quite easy drinking. A satisfying enough choice worth a try and likely to please most tastes.

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

This was a good red ale. It had a decent head and a good smell. It was balanced well. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Just right for the style. I could drink this beer again. A good red ale. Had this on tap at the brewery. One of the better red ales I have had in a while.

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Photo of JBStith
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of sinistrsam
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 aquatonex
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 389 ratings