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Dead Horse Amber Ale - Moab Brewery

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Dead Horse Amber AleDead Horse Amber Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.95%
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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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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RWLawman

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

05-31-2013 05:25:06 | More by RWLawman
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

07-06-2012 19:00:38 | More by peteramullen
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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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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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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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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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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11%

05-11-2014 15:02:47 | More by mendvicdog
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

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

California

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -11%

07-20-2013 05:45:45 | More by slatetupelo
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3/5  rDev -11%

07-25-2014 13:17:51 | More by HRamz3
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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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Fabric8r

Montana

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

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

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-15-2013 20:36:08 | More by harpus
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-13-2013 23:24:54 | More by LuckyJohn
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paresis

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-19-2014 01:39:07 | More by paresis
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DoubleJ

California

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-28-2014 01:48:27 | More by DoubleJ
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fluid oz bottle. Poured with such a big head that the whole glass was foam. It took several minutes for the pillowy foam settle down. From the label: "Named after the scenic overlook near Arches National Park. A traditional english mild ale with a well balanced malt to hop ratio." Slight chill haze in the bottle, it looked a bit copper in color. Being an amber ale, the most obvious taste is the hops bitterness. Not much taste until after you swallow then the hops kicks in on the tongue. I don't pick up much on the maltiness promised on the bottle. I had this on draft at the brewpub and it seemed a bit better. I had to transport this bottle by car a long distance - maybe the beer suffered. I pick up a slight sulfur smell. A bit fresher and I can see this as a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 19:33:48 | More by mjohn27603
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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
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