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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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 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 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 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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of MrStark
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is amber with good clarity. An off white one-finger head with a small amount of retention.

Smell is mostly toasted malt. Almost an earthy/nutty aroma.

Taste is toasty malt, with a hint of earthiness. Minimal sweetness with little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has mild carbonation.

Drinkablilty is pretty good. Nothing too special flavor wise, but I wouldn't mind having a few.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bboven
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber body, clear with head that fades to a ring of lace after a moment.

Two-row barley and slight caramel in the aroma, a bit of breadiness, but not much else.

Lots of subdued malt, no hop bitterness to speak of but its there because the beer's not cloyingly sweet. Great job letting the hops do their job without bragging about it.

Very crisp and bubbly, slightly drying.

An amber that's better than some for sure, but not the best out there. Could use just a touch more flavor over-all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -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 Durge
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +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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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 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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Buckshot Amber Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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