Chad9976 (1541) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.
Appearance: Pretty shade of dark copper/brick orange-red. Very hazy, but some carbonation visible. Forms a small, yellowish, soapy head that mostly fizzles away and leaves trace lacing.
Smell: Light perfumey flowers with sweet malty undertones. Slight confectionary notes of caramel, toffee and nuts.
Taste: This is a by-the-book amber ale. The flavors are akin to an Oktoberfest with the Midway flavors of candy apple, fried dough and roasted nuts - only with the intensity turned way down. Lightly bitter up front which gives way to sweet, confectionary notes of toffee and hints of red apple. The only problem the volume is set on low. Sure, there’s plenty of maltiness to carry the palate, but not enough hops to give it some bite. The complex, but mild palate is very drinker-friendly, though and Bear Naked Ale would make an ideal starter amber for the craft beer neophyte.
Mouthfeel: Lower end of medium-bodied, but not thin or watery per se. Seems a little tepid, but bitterness gives it some intensity on the tongue. Slight malty, sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability: Bear Naked Ale is one of those beers that’s easy to drink because it’s not a beast of a beer. The tenable palate and low ABV of approximately 5% makes it quite light even for the style. Good as drink on its own or with bar fare or a stew or gamey meat.
Overall, this is a pretty standard American amber ale - not bad at all, but not all that impressive.
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear caramel. White head. Nose/taste of caramel, bread, brown malt and light hops. Medium body.
deyholla (9265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced slightly. Aroma had a light grassy hop note with a nice bread a hay that made the aroma. Flavor was very similar with a malty heart and just a bit of underlying grass in the finish.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin-moderate linen white head that barely made it to the second sip and left very little lace. Mild aroma of malt along with a few notes of orange. The flavor is mostly malt with just a hint of caramel. Mild-moderate hops bitterness at the finish. Middle-of-the road.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a clear amber-orange color with a a finger of white frothy head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring, but laces okay.
S - Aroma is full of cirrus hops and some sweet fruity aromas. There is also a touch of sweet lightly roasted carmel malts in the background that breaks through.
T - Starts off with some fruit esters and orange peel flavor. Lots of fruit elements here. Through the middle the malt comes through alongside some hop bitterness. The finish has some nice sweet fruit flavors and more of the hop bitterness that linger nicely.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very nice and all around crisp beer. Lively on the tongue and very clean finish.
D - Extremely drinkable. The flavor is fairly sweet, but it stays balanced throughout. Feels very nice and crisp and very refreshing.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours clear coppery orange with a small creamy beige head that leaves a trail of blebby lacing. Aromas of fruity, slightly bready malt, caramel, and a little bit of pine. The flavor is spicy pine, a little dough, and slightly sweet caramel/berry. Very drinkable and smooth, with moderate carbonation. A solid beer; this growler didn’t last long.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of caramel, some peppery splashes, tea. Tastes of sweet citr4us, rosey, some caramel notes, earthy finish. Enjoyable.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery. Slightly orange amber with a thin to medium white head. Light caramel note. Slightly sour grains, malt. Finishes with a lot of grain flavor.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Dégustée en fût au pub. De couleur ambrée-cuivrée et claire. Nez malté de grains pâle avec des notes de céréales, de caramel et de miel, très léger de houblon herbeux aux notes florales. Mince-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture aux notes crémeuses. Notes de grains de malt pâle lors de lentrée en bouche suivi dun moyen goût malté comprenant un mélange de céréales, de pain et de notes de caramel très doux puis en finale lon retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec de faibles notes florales. Post-goût court-moyen, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux. (juin 2008)
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUL 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at brewpub: Minimal white head, light malt aroma, golden color. Sweet malty taste with almost no hop presences.