Dead Horse Amber Ale - Moab Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 68
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-29-2002

Dead Horse Ale is named after the scenic overlook near Canyonlands. A traditional english mild ale with a well-balanced malt-to-hop ratio. The perfect beverage to compliment all foods
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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Poured from a tallboy can to a chalice with a medium amber hue (also had it on draft last night at Moab Brewery). A white head rises to one finger with a thick foamy texture. Head retention is decent as it falls to a medium ring with some haze on the middle. Webbed splotches of lace at the top with spots below.

S- Very mild aroma but in strength not style. I stress to pick up notes of cereal grain, light fruits, caramel grains and something like corn.

T- Picks up here as it becomes much easier to follow and gains strength. English yeast character of light spice phenolics, dried fruit, bread and apple esters. Hops and grains bring spicy, floral, toasty caramel, nutty cereal and lightly sweet notes. Corn hint again makes me wonder as Milds are often brewed with maize.

MF- Light bodied but a texture between foamy and fizzy keeps it from feeling at all watery. Carbonation is medium to high. Just a tad bitter.

I am not sure how many other Amber Milds I have had but this satisfies with attributes from both spectrums. (1,179 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. I think it's pretty attractive!

Smell: light malt aroma with a rather toasty/biscuity character. There's also a very, very light fruitiness present which I think takes a bit of an edge off the biscuit. Not too bad.

Taste: lightly toasty malt with the biscuit character from the aroma pared back nicely. I think this has a nice flavor to it; it's hard to get much out of a mild, but they've done so here.

Mouthfeel: light body with a high level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this is a very drinkable brew. I think it would be perfect for tailgating -- now if they would only distribute to Seattle! (792 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a fine one finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet, mildly biscuit malt, tea, a hint of nuts. Flavor follows, with mild, almost diluted biscuit malt, a hint of grassy hops, finishing with a dry hop bitterness with little hop flavor. Light bodied with good carbonation. The malt and light hops seemed very English in flavor, and although the flavor felt a bit attenuated, that seems fair for an ale named "mild". Good malt flavor and light, but English style hops. This is not a style I have much experience with, so I'm not sure how much flavor I should be expecting. The taste that is present is pleasant, but light and appropriately British. (762 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Tall boy! 16 ounces to go with dinner, on to the beer:

A half-inch of head rests on top this electric orange liquid with yellow hues. The glass becomes covered in spotted lace all the way down. The aroma has an interesting fruitiness to it, like dates. A kiss of plain chocolate and a slight amount of hops brings some hope to the taste. There is some flavor, although it's simple and not intense. A kiss of chocolate and vague esters make much of the flavor, which overall is okay. It's light bodied and a little watery, but would be an okay choice as a lower alcohol beer. (575 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a pleasant caramel, malty nose with a touch of hops. Sudsy in the mouth with a decent pile of foam in the tall glass.

Malty and warm. This has a note of the fruity English flavor. Some tangy, leafy hops with just a twang of bitterness. All very tidy and well-mannered.

This is one of the better Utah supermarket brews. Very drinkable, mild, pleasant quaff. From the 16 oz can bought at Emigration Market in Sal Lake City. This can is several months old, and still has a spritzy freshness. (501 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of caramel and tea. Little bit of her4bal hop but not real strong.

Starts out with a big caramel taste just like the scent. Toasted grain and a slight sensation of mineral water on the tongue. Very mild bitterness. It is OK but on the mild side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a distinctly middle of the road ale. (379 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Slightly cloudy and opaque, deep orange amber. One finger creamy white head presented, falls quickly with speckled lacing and a simple collar.

Great nose on this brew. Ripping toasty grains, dry and crackely. Good amount of barley and a sense of bulgur earth dense quality. It is meaty.

Palate delivers nicely. Light bodied mild character, lots of crackery character. Slight orange hop angle but the grains on this just chomp all around. Very light but not too watery, with plenty of flavor.

Good solid mild, getting impressed with the few offerings I've had from this brewery. (626 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a dimpled English beer mug.

A-deep copper, amber, and cloudy look. Poured a foamy, white 2-finger head. The head dissipated quickly into a thin bubbly surface. It left minimal lacing on the glass due to the watery consistency.

S-Very mild. There was a sweet smell that reminded me of freshly cut apricots and peaches. It is a decent American version of this traditional English style, perhaps. Mildly malt-forward.

T-A fruity peach taste. Very low hops, mild toasty malts; aftertaste was peachy and it lingered. The overall taste was dominated by peaches and a light roasted malt undertone.

M-fairly smooth and light. A bit watery. High carbonation, light/moderate in body.

Overall, drink this from a glass. It tastes terrible from the can. From the glass, it's not great, not bad, just a little above average. Not sure why this ale is classified as an English Pale Mild Ale. It tasted like a regular malt-forward American Amber Ale to me. Some of their Utah competitors brew much better brews. To be fair, I'd say this brew fits the month because this is the time of year when peaches and apricots have ripened in the hot summer sun. Fairly refreshing. (1,885 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once more, a tip o' the wood to my local, in-person trader, tone77, who recently dropped off a load of CANs (among others) in furtherance of The CANQuest! I made a change request as the words "Dead" and "Horse" should be separate(d), plus the CAN (seemingly) identifies it as "Dead Horse Premium Amber Ale" and as a SuppO once told me, "No one is going to get in trouble for providing too much information. It is when you provide too little that fog and confusion sets in." We'll see.

From the CAN: "You C[AN]'t Beat a Dead Horse"; "Amber Ale"; "Say m[oh]-ab, you pilgrims!"; "Rejoice"; "10 Million Years In The Making"; "Dead Horse Ale is named after the scenic overlook near Arches National Park. A traditional English-style mild ale with a well balanced malt to hop ratio."

The Crack unleashed a brimful CAN and an inverted Glug produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a nutty, caramel malty scent. Mouthfeel was medium and the nuttiness of the malt was immediate on the tongue along with a light grassy hoppiness. I CANnot say that I CANsider myself an expert on the style, but in looking at the site's description, I would say that this is an excellent example. The finish had a light butteriness which is apparently okay in the style. At only 4.0% ABV, it could easily be a session beer, but I always feel like I need more hops. Say Moh-are, you hopheads! (1,481 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some malts, a bit nutty. Taste is smooth, very easy drinking. Some hops up front, followed by the malts and a bit of nuttiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing, easy drinking beer. (300 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, 12/23/12
DFH IPA glass

A: slightly hazy burnt orange color. Slightly off white fluffy head. Frothy. Sticks around.

S: Getting lots of nuttiness on the nose. Not a lot of hops. Mostly grainy and sweet malts.

T: Light hop bite up front. Then it's all sweet grainy malts on this one. Really light and easy drinking. Finish is clean and fairly crisp.

M: Light to medium bodied. (387 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moab Brewery Dead Horse Pale Ale
on tap at Copper Creek Grub and Pub in West Valley City, Utah

Appearance: nut brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: nice hops and slight apple.

Taste: nice grains, slight hop, and a really faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a nicely crafted brew. It has lots of flavor and isn't watery. (352 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dead horse is an appropriate symbol for this beer. It needs CPR desperately. It is light on all respects. Light in color, lacing, mouthfeel, taste, and general satisfaction. The brewmasters need to serve an apprenticeship at a northwest brewery. It's OK on a hot day when there is nothing but Bud, Miller, and Hamm's as alternatives - but that's not saying much. Joseph Smith...you need googles other than those made of stone. (428 characters)

Photo of kflorence
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JUL 21, 2007

"You Can't Beat A Dead Horse"

I was hoping for more out of this beer, I had never heard of it and bought it because of the slogan which made me chuckle. The beer is fairly carbonated, tastes of toasty malts and hops. I was disappointed with the overall flavor, which was bland with a bitter aftertaste. Very dry. Not my style, I look for more flavor out of my ambers.

Apparently you can beat a dead horse. (461 characters)

Photo of colts9016
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is from my notes. in 2008. Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.
Appearance: A thin head that is ivory in color. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange highlights.

Nose: A hints of citrus, malt with a slight sweet aroma.

Taste A good malt flavor and the hops is very hard to distinguish what the flavor profile is.

The mouth feel sweet malty texture. with some creaminess.

Overall: The body of the beer is thin & watery he finish is mild. I feel that the beer lacks a lot of character and life. I will revisit this beer. (555 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured a hazy light amber with a thin on half finger head that receded fast to a slight ring around the collar. There was spotty lacing.

S: It had the smell of lightly roasted grains, sweet light white fruit (pears and apricots) and hints of mild spciy hops.

T: It began with sweet lightly toasted malts, bready white yeast, hints of fruit and occasional touches of white spices.

M: It was light bodied with a thin texture, light carbonation and very light ABV. Clean wet finish

D: Mild flavors, smooth texture, balanced body and clean finsih make this a nice and easy session brew. (593 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moab Dead Horse Amber Ale
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. nice amber color, more orange than red. nice off-white head, with decent retention. light lacing.

S: not quite the aroma I was looking forward to. smells of sauerkraut and metal.

T: some of that cabbage is in the flavor as well, which is a huge turnoff to me. nothing really stands out to me with this one. big lack in flavor.

M: too carbonated, major lack in body.

D: not up to par with the rest of the beers in this style. I couldn't finish it. (523 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

First off, the label says Moab Brewery Belgrade Mt so I'm slightly confused here(contract brewed?) but:

It pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy gold with a 2 finger+ head of foam. Better than average head retention.

The smell has some earthiness, hops, and some fruit.

The taste has an initial malt roastiness to it followed by some citrus hops and then it all seems to fade away. Quickly. Hmm...the finish is *very* watery as is the mouthfeel and I'd have to say that this isn't a very good stab at the style at all. The label says it's in the tradition of an English style Mild but if that's the case..um....nah, I'd give another example of the style a chance. No problem.

Bottom line: A very average brew at best and 1 I'd not consider to drink again. (810 characters)

Photo of gwood
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a clean pint glass...

Pours straw colored, almost orange in the darker light of the dinning room here. Smells of caramel malts and very slight grassy hops. Some sweet caramel malt up front followed by a nice earthy hopping that finished clean, at first. There's a slight tinge to the aftertaste that I can't quite pick out (no freshness date on the bottle). Feels watery on the tongue, actually a bit watery across the board...nothing really stands out all that much. Completely drinkable on a nice summer day but I've got gotos in the fridge that'll be pulled first. (578 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is inkjetted "7908" on the bottom, maybe the BB date?

Puffy, convex head of foam on a lovely deep amber-orange body. A ring of lace with descending sheets of foam are left along teh edge.

Aroma of creamy peanut butter, which follows in the flavor. Quite a big specialty malt presence. Lightly bitter, although sweet malt steals the show. A little grainy, but smooth and round instead of having a rough hewn feeling. Maybe a little oatmeal, or malt-o-meal for the 80s generation.

Very light and easy drinking, in the English Mild tradition (style as stated on the label). Several wouldn't be out of the question in warmer weather. (642 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is semi cloudy gold and overly carbonated. The Head is a way big 5 fingers, white and leave tons of lace in its wake.

The smell is floral hopy and light malt.

The taste follows, nothing great a typical amber ale, slightly sweet, mildly roasty.

The mouthfeel is ok, lighter body and lots of carbonation.

The drinkability is ok not a beer to go after and seek out but better then BMC.

MK (446 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light clean grain with a smattering of musty hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt and a suble, yet spirited grassy hop. An overall fresh taste.

The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation.

Overall a clean and crisp ale that gains points for its good drinkability. Thanks to Wasatch. (447 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dead Horse- Amber

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light copper with a small fizzy head.
S- Marmite and molasses.
T- Light molasses with a touch of roasted oat/ wheat. Thin dry earthy hops flavor in the end.
M- Very thin, watery. Flavor and dryness kick in, in the end.

Overall- Just to thin and watery. (306 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle.

Poured a thin brownish gold in color with a dense white foam that never quite vanished. Nose is "wet"--strong water tones and not much else. But maybe a bit of malts if a really look.

Very weak flavor. More like carbonated water with some off flavors than a beer to me. Malt flavors are thin and more noticeable in the aftertaste than with each sip. Just some ever so slight hop presence, but again I find it more in the aftertaste. I would forget I was drinking a beer if it were not for the aftertaste. Medium to light mouthfeel that leans toward watery. Probably a nice quaffable beer on a hot summer day after yard work but not something to savor in the evening. (704 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed light amber with a very thin hed that immediately becomes spots and disappears.

The smell is of slightly roasted grain with a touch of earthiness and vague fruitiness. Very mild.

The taste is of slightly roasted grain. Earthy, slightly fruitiness bitterness gives it a nice balance. Taste is fine, though nothing full, but restrained and too watered down. Clean finish.

The feel is watery thin, though some flavor manages to hang on for a bit.

Mild is an understatement. Easy enough, with just enough flavor, to drink one, but too watery and overly mild, even for a mild ale, to keep interest or want another.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Utah. (703 characters)

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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
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