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Dead Horse Amber Ale - Moab Brewery

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 3
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:
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 nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  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.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is 4% ABV. Pours a orangy/golden, nice carbonation with a small head. Leaves some lacing around the edges. Scents of hop, malt, and dry fruit. The taste is great as with most UT beers. Light body with a great sweet after taste. Many of these can be had, it's a very nice micro for a UT brew. Would recommend.

Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Color is a stained orangish-yellow, clear bodied, thin whitish head and spotty lacing. Smell has a stale malted fruity sense, kinda like dried peaches or apples. Sweet and dry on the nose. Taste is moderately sweet with some fruity tones of dark orange and mild hops giving a nudge of citrus and spice. Feel is shy of medium bodied, closing in on thin with a loose front and lacking in the finish some. A bit bland and plain but refreshing enough I guess.

Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can't beat a dead horse, eh? We'll see about that. Pours a lazy orange copper into a pint glass. Small, dense head of off-white, that sticks around. Nose has hints of crystal malt caramel and toasted grain. Solid hop aroma, on the ganja side with resinous bitter notes. Taste is very similar. Weak malt strives for sweetness but comes across toasted and caramelly. Can't quite balance the resinous, bitter hop flavors. Moderate bodied amber/pale ale. Leans toward hops for sure. A nice, UT-constrained hop ale that is a nice session beer for those who like there hops.

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.