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Dead Horse Amber Ale - Moab Brewery

Dead Horse Amber AleDead Horse Amber Ale

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%


Brewed by:
Moab Brewery visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-29-2002)
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mactrail

California

3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 05:31:11 | More by mactrail
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Zorro

California

3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-23-2014 01:39:46 | More by Zorro
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 23:04:28 | More by smakawhat
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Jsteez

China

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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. I have had English mild ales and I am not sure if this is a proper English mild. However, it is a decent American version of this style. I could pick some malty tones out in the nose as well.

T-A fruity peach taste. Very low hops, toasted malts, and the backend left a peach taste that lingered for a while. The overall taste was dominated by peaches with a light roasted malt undertone. Not bitter whatsoever and I would have liked this style to have a mild bitterness to it. I could not sense any hops.

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.

Serving type: can

08-09-2013 19:03:09 | More by Jsteez
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 22:55:11 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 02:36:18 | More by tone77
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2013 14:57:34 | More by inlimbo77
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 05:02:24 | More by megahurts4
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RedBiddy

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 19:05:59 | More by RedBiddy
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kflorence

California

2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 06:05:43 | More by kflorence
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colts9016

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:01:50 | More by colts9016
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dnichols

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 19:30:47 | More by dnichols
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 06:47:08 | More by paulthebeerguru
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:14:18 | More by Bitterbill
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gwood

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 05:31:31 | More by gwood
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:55:26 | More by emerge077
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 20:39:26 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:32:57 | More by plaid75
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 21:47:17 | More by NJpadreFan
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 00:10:36 | More by MuddyFeet
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 16:34:12 | More by jwc215
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and pale hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky and is dominated by a pale, musky hops flavor. Despite the hearty malt character, there’s very little sweetness. This one tastes more like and English Pale Ale or an ESB to me.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, there are certainly several other beers with a kick as mild as this beer’s that I would prefer to drink if I’m going to go for a lighter style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 01:28:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Hieroglyphic-looking motif of a "dead horse" baking under the sun on the well-designed label, with a tagline: "You Can't Beat A Dead Horse"...we'll see...thanks to Wasatch for sending this.

A: Pale amber, almost a dark honey, but with an amazing towering head. At least 4-fingers high after a vigorous pour, this off-white frothiness descended ever-so-slowly, never reducing to much less than 1/2 fingers worth of fluffy cream.

S: Smell is fairly weak, light biscuity malt and roasted nuts.

T: Not the typical malty amber, this one has a surprising but likable jolt of sourness, faint spiciness and bitter hops. Hop-malt balance is good, producing a flavorful ale that doesn't lean much toward one or the other.

M: Crisp & somewhat biting, but not aggressively sharp. The mouthfeel is generally mild/light and carbonation is light-medium.

D: Nice to try. Not outstanding but wouldn't turn down another either. ABV is unknown, but something tells me this is a lower one, sessionable and certainly drinkable for 2 pints at least. Thanks again, John.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 00:23:57 | More by msubulldog25
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Vancer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber pour, plenty of ivory head and lace – nice looking brew with those streaky laces in my NB tulip glass. Toasty bread and malt in the aroma, which carried over into the taste. Very doughy and bready. Tangy, sour and very dry in the finish.

Amber ales are a lighter breed of beer, and this one personifies the style.
I could see this being a staple session brew if commonly available.


Hats off to Wasatch for a fine frosty sent from Utah!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 20:30:58 | More by Vancer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Equal parts amber and orange with a sparse cloud of fine particulates. The cream colored cap is attractive, both after the pour and as it begins to depart. Thin, feathered rings of lace make their way to the glass and should continue to march downward as I drink. Solid.

The nose is pretty nice as well. I'm glad to see that Moab didn't skimp on hops. The beer has a wonderful fruitiness about it that smells like a combination of U.S. varieties (citrus) and U.K. ones. It's difficult to make an amber ale stand out, but the brewers have done a credible job of it.

Dead Horse doesn't quite hold up on the palate due to a too light mouthfeel (warning: personal preference alert). A little more pale malt would have done wonders. The hop flavor is as enjoyable as I thought it would be after the sniff test, but it fades too quickly. This is one of those beers that are too light for their own good.

It's a pretty safe bet that the ABV is somewhere around 4%. I had a 4.9% stout yesterday that tasted much bigger, so I know it's possible to cram a lot of flavor into a so-called session beer. I continue to hope for more flavor with each mouthful... and continue to be disappointed. Since I hate to beat a Dead Horse, I'll stop complaining now.

The mouthfeel is the least enjoyable aspect of the beer. It fades to watery prior to the finish, which is never a good sign. I haven't been too unkind, though, since amber ales aren't known for their mouthfilling creaminess.

This is my first Moab beer (thanks Wasatch) so I don't yet have enough information to pass judgment on the brewery as a whole. The basic framework for the construction of a quality amber ale is present, it just needs to be fleshed out a little. This Dead Horse could use a little more life.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 13:52:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
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