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Dead Horse Amber Ale - Moab Brewery

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

3.28/5  rDev -3%

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.

04-28-2014 01:48:27 | More by DoubleJ
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

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

Germany

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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

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

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer pours a hazy very slightly reddish golden wit a large white rocky head and a moderate to thin mouthfeel. The smell was slightly malty/breadlike with a light citrus undertone. The taste was very much like the smell with a light maltiness fading to an increasing hop bitterness. This was overall a very decent amber ale that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't seek out.

03-19-2003 18:46:42 | More by fattyre
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

04-10-2013 02:36:18 | More by tone77
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emerge077

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

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

Washington

3.59/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

05-26-2014 04:25:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.2%

05-11-2014 15:02:47 | More by mendvicdog
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-08-2013 01:05:29 | More by warpedrevolution
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

06-05-2012 05:02:24 | More by megahurts4
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Fabric8r

Montana

3.18/5  rDev -5.9%

Just a little above average, this beer is best as a summer ale. Light in body and color, somewhat sweet at first, then finishes very dry and bitter. Overall, the flavor is average for a beer of this style. This beer goes well with pizza, for instance, but not much else. They say "you can't beat a dead horse", but I think you can if you wanted to....

07-12-2004 18:34:40 | More by Fabric8r
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Zorro

California

3.01/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-31-2014 00:06:32 | More by cbutova
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

05-27-2007 01:28:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

04-11-2013 22:55:11 | More by woodychandler
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-21-2012 01:08:33 | More by cfalovo97
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -26%

12-13-2013 22:55:31 | More by nmann08
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2012 06:24:17 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

A hazy, very slight reddish, golden Amber Ale with a large white rocky head. The smell is sweet and of fruit of some sort (grapefruit). The taste is light malty with a mild-mild bitter end. It feels light in my mouth. a very drinkable Amber Ale. To quote the label, "You Can't Beat a Dead Horse.

(source: Beers Across America)

02-02-2003 19:52:21 | More by Bunnyhop
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-12-2011 21:41:19 | More by jmdrpi
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warmstorage

California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12 ounce bottle, no dating, no ABV stated, but since it's Utah beer sold in grocery stores, by definition it's 3.2% ABW (~4% ABV) or less.

Pours into imperial pint glass a bright clear medium copper, a little carbonation shows.

Aroma is minimal, bready fruit and slight fruity sweetness.

Taste is limited, a little sweet malt, some bread/biscuit, and moderate floral hops. Nothing stands out. In that sense, it's well balanced, but well balanced mediocrity isn't anything to brag about.

Thin bodied, average mouth.

Overall, a vaguely drinkable lawnmower beer, with no huge flaws other than the lack of interesting flavor or body. I certainly won't spend much more money on it, if any.

12-19-2006 23:19:10 | More by warmstorage
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mactrail

Washington

3.79/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

03-18-2014 05:31:11 | More by mactrail
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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.