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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A 2001 Silver Medal Winner at the North American Brewers' Association competition. A deep-copper colored medium - bodied ale. Its fresh flavor is smooth and carefully balanced with a nice mellowness and hint of caramel malt balanced by medium hop bitterness. It is an all malt beer that is naturally carbonated. A very drinkable beer all on its own and pairs well with all kinds of foods.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenster (4) - , TAIWAN - OCT 19, 2008 does not count
12 OZ bottle poured in a glass. Hop flavors very subdued.Short head. Tasted overly sweet. Was easy to drink. I would try it again but I would not go out of my way to buy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2008
Poured copper from the tap with a thick head of white foam. Faint caramel and hop notes. Malty and balanced. One of the few Oak Creek beers I’d drink again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin and fading off-white head. Light aroma with some toffee and pine, similar taste. Pretty unremarkable. Its sort of like their Nut Brown, but add some hops and take away some malty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, BitBucket! Pours dark burnished amber with a thin, sloppy grayish rim of foam. Sweetish, piney nose. Medium, slightly creamy body. Mid-palate very close to neutral. Some caramel, some brown bread, some sweet pine needle hop...but not much of any of those things, really. Neutral finish. Too polite to stake a claim for itself.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Murky and dark amber with floaties. Sweet malt base (caramel, toast, light nuts). Earthy, bready, kind of yeasty and slightly musty. Mild bitterness. OK, but boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
Pours an amber color with a healthy head. Did not enjoy at all. Too sweet..something was off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a minimal head. Nose is brown sugar and malt. Palate is pretty much the same sweet likr honey. Thin mouth feel and minimal lacing. Meh, ok I guess. Better than the mass produced crap any day of the week.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours a hazy copper with lots of rising bubbles, some fine sediment, and a sizable, frothy, ecru head that diminishes gradually, leaving no lace. The nose is an unexpected, sweet, anise note up-front, like black jelly beans, followed by a touch of a caramel malt note; very candy-like. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a sweet, clean finish. Wow! This is unlike any other amber that Ive had: a sweet, rounded malt front, black licorice (much like on the nose, only more pronounced), and a light mint note, in support. Hops play absolutely no role whatsoever in the flavor profile. I tend to dislike ambers unless they pack a solid hop bitterness to support their malt bill. I also tend to get a distracting metalic note from many beers in this style. I get neither from this brew, and surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. Its fairly sweet but very quaffable. Scanning the other reviews for this beer, I have to wonder if Oak Creek has an issue with consistency or their bottling line. The reviews are all over the place, and I found this one to be far better than its score would indicate (a rarity for me). Ill have to have the in-laws, in Sedona, send me some more of this one to see for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
soren2007 (8) - USA - MAR 1, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Smells like an amber ale missing the hops. Amber/caramel color. Starts off sweet and dry, ends malty and bland, like its missing the hops. Its pretty heavily carbonated and not smooth on the palate. They claim the following: "balanced by medium hop bitterness", "an all malt beer that is naturally carbonated", but I didnt see either of those elements.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
doubelknv3 (1088) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Clear amber with no head. Mild floral and malt-honey aroma notes. Honey, carmel, and very sweet flavour. Bland and sweet finish.

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