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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber ale aged in whiskey barrels. Sophisticated. Surprising. Tasty. Our Looping Owl is a medium bodied Amber Ale, brewed with Maris Otter Malt and Northern Brewer & Golding Hops, then aged in Grand Traverse Distillery Whiskey Barrels. A masterfully balanced and satisfying flavor with a slight ’whiskey kick’ and surprising hint of Oak. The owl may be the wisest bird in the forest, but even he needs to kick back and take a break every once in a while.

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3.8
hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was amber with a white head. Nose of citrus and floral hops and a blast of whiskey. Medium body. Flavor is bit on the whiskey and the finish is boozy and bitter. Damn good.

3.9
SG111 (1762) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Pours deep golden. Small white head. Aroma is bourbon, mild booze, amber malt notes, caramel. Flavor is scotch, toffee, caramel. Really good.

4.4
Csmcbndt (4) - Howell, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015 does not count
Great amber - medium body, barrel aged. If you’re not a fan of whiskey don’t let this scare you off - the taste is not overbearing or astringent.

3.7
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2015
tap at the brewery - Smells of oak and to my surprise kind of tart, but it doesn’t taste tart. Whiskey dominates the sweet, malty flavor and there’s a hint of vanilla. It’s medium to full bodied and very good.

3.8
gregwilsonstl (2466) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Amber. Smells like wood. Strong barrel oak flavor. Caramel. Tasted at Right Brain.

3.9
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 18, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Honey, toffee. bourbon... Sweet, warm, caramel. Smooth. Good.

3.5
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Aroma is vanilla, carmel, whiskey and apples, taste is whiskey, apples, and vinilla, very light for a ba beer, but pretty good for style

3.3
jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2015
Draft EBF. Need Label - Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of nuts, bourbon, whiskey and alcohol - medium body.

3.4
Dogbrick (12932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Hazy amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Spotty lacing. Malt, caramel and slight hops in the nose. Medium body with flavors of grainy malt, caramel and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Growler from the brewery served in a pint glass Review from notes: A - Hazy light brown with big bubbled head. Low retention with minimal lacing. S - Sweet woody malts, sugary fruit, apples, caramel, muddled whiskey aroma. T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts, slightly toasted, very fruity, mainly apples, woody tannins, there’s earthy/spicy bitterness but it’s hard to detect the source. There’s notes of mild earthy hops underneath the rounded nutty malts. Finishes semi-dry with notes of fruit and toasted wood. M - Medium weight with active carbonation that mellows out as it sits. Woody tannins are left on the aftertaste. Interesting brew. The malts and fruit combined with the wood create a complex mix of flavors that seem uncommon. Serving type: growler 01-19-2014


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