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River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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River AleRiver Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002)
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-24-2013 00:20:41 | More by DrewBest
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cbutova

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -27.1%

Didn't think this was gonna be a 7% beer, I guess the whole bomber will be fun... proclaims itself as a "Dark American Wheat Ale" on the bottle.

A- Dark brown with a massive, creamy light tan head. Good head retention and a nice coat of lace.

S- Opens with a blast of pure banana. After that calms down I get raisins, dark roast malt and some definite wheat. Bread is big too. Kind of like chocolate banana bread. Nice at first but fades just a bit.

T- Starts out dark with raisins, dark fruit, and slightly roast nutty malt. The finish brings on a huge blast of bread and unfortunately, some alcohol. The rest of the flavor doesn't keep it in check and it throws the balance off taking away from what could have been a great beer.

MF- Moderately thick body that is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is nice, on the lowish side and works well with the strong flavor. Slightly bitter.

DB- Damn this gets alcoholic... probably the "strongest" 7% beer in existence. The aroma led me to think it was going to be very complex and smooth but the alcohol really takes away here.

11-17-2010 03:14:36 | More by cbutova
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ThirstyBird

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%

Served on tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI
A - Light amber with an off white head
S - Cherry cough syrup, malt
T - The cherry cough syrup prevailed with the sweet malt backbone. It got better as with warmed but couldn't get past the cough syrup flavor.
M/F - Very smooth. Medium body
D - Nice body but will need to re-sample as the flavor was one dimensional on this draft plus I have always enjoyed Berkshire's offerings in the past.

12-30-2008 00:43:34 | More by ThirstyBird
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%

Served on tap at Bison County in Waltham in a pint tulip glass.

Appearance: aptly named River Ale. Slightly hazy, brown, indistinct foam on the top not really resembling a head of beer, negligible lacing.

Aroma: sweet and nutty, hint of toffee and spicy hops

Flavor: typical crystal malt, dull mouthfeel

Drinkability: didn't finish this one.

09-21-2007 17:50:16 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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ipogios

Cyprus

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%

Easy to drink any time with average taste and smell. I have to admit thought that look for an alternative if i was to enjoy a beer in a pub. If no other alternative, being a beer fan i would drink it and not complain about it

11-13-2002 05:09:01 | More by ipogios
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!).

Poured light brown, almost a deeper orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate and nuts. Tastes of caramel, chocoalte, nuts and had a sugary sweetness as well.. Thinner body. Although this had the typical Brown Ale profile, I found the tastes and aromas didn't really mesh together well. It was as if they were each fighting each other and and definitely did not blend.

Notes from 1/16/07

11-24-2008 16:39:40 | More by hopdog
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-03-2012 19:12:35 | More by chrispoint
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-19-2014 18:43:34 | More by mklisz
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-27-2012 22:39:38 | More by jbertsch
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

07-15-2012 15:01:06 | More by PeteRiz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%

Dark amber and very cloudy; decent tight-bubbled head (long lasting). A touch of lace on the glass.

Dark burnt-sugar malty aromas; light hop, like a spice. Some yeasty smells as well. Inviting.

Simply put, this reminds me of a really good homebrew--complete with the yeasty flavors and sweet malts. There is very little bittering hop and the aftertaste is largely sweetness. Nice body. This seems to be a hybrid of Scotch and Brown Ales. Worthy of a tasting.

09-02-2005 00:04:08 | More by smcolw
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours relatively clear and dark brown, with a light head that leaves a ring of lace. The aroma is not terribly complex -- some nutty malts and spicy sweetness. It reminds me of a doppelbock, or maybe a weizenbock made with American yeast. On the palate, initial sweetness gives way to thick, molasses and savory spice flavors, with an increasingly nutty, very sweet finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and a bit viscous, with minimal carbonation. Overall, this beer is OK, but it doesn't have a hook -- there's no one thing that's special about this beer. Still, it's drinkable and tasty enough.

05-06-2007 03:48:27 | More by geexploitation
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%

Thanks to AdamDC for sending this along. I've been happily surprised & healthily disappointed at various point by BBC brews, so who knows where this will lead.

Poured into two Darkness snifters for my wife & I. Tons of sludge...not just sludge, but actual chunks, in the bottom. Leave those there! A deeply burnished, spit-shined copper ale sits here with me. You look real purty comin' outta that mouth. Smell is subdued to the point of non-existence. A touch of alcohol, memory of fruits.

River Ale packs a lot of heat for its 7% ABV. The sweetness & alcohol is out front, wearing the number 7 & probably sporting Nikes. After the unexpected blast of alcohol, there is a bouquet of funeral fruits, tied to the caramel malts. Very sweet. No hops to be found, which might have dialed some of the sweetness back into a better area code.

Good enough brew, but too sweet for my taste. Really struck me as a borderline fruit beer more than a strong ale.

01-30-2010 02:30:37 | More by maximum12
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%

Big thanks to my Vermontish mate Charlie for sharing this one with me.

Pours a ruby/golden hybrid with pleasant off-white head that sinks quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles and some specks in the middle. Lacing is sticky but not very plentiful. Looks nice, but not great.

Nose is very malty and kind of English in character, lots of toffee notes and some pleasant floral hops. A hint of mint, lavender and rosewater on there, and a hint of some brandy alcohol as well, a little bit phenolic. Pleasant, herbal & fresh, with a good malt backbone.

Tastes quite nutty, with a lot of cashew and marzipan character on the front. Gets malty quickly with more toffee character and a hint of diacetyl buttery goodness raising the sweetness just a bit too much on the mid. Finish is quite spicy with a noticeable alcohol twang, and some slightly chewy notes on the back. A bit overly boozey with not quite enough flavour to cover it. Maybe too attenuated? Or just not hoppy enough...

A decent body to this but a bit of harshness from the booze. A bit drying on the back, but yeah, good texture.

Not a bad drop, but just needs more flavour to keep me interested. Fair punch but not enough flourish.

04-06-2010 03:29:21 | More by laituegonflable
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

Sampled on cask at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A - Light brown and hazy with a moderate beige head and good lacing.

S - Some nutty and bready malts but not a lot of aroma.

T - A flat somewhat bland start with a smoky, earthy flavor that develops midway through. There's not much room to hide with a cask presentation. This one doesn't have any off flavors that detract from it but it didn't have much that stood out either.

M - A nice smooth and creamy texture.

D - This was a pleasant, easy to drink beer. At 7%, it's not much of a strong ale but it was enjoyable enough.

07-01-2009 11:29:06 | More by GJ40
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

A- This is a really good looking beer. Body is a crystal clear dark, rich amber hue. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy slightly off-white head that eventually fades to a thick collar and has good retention from there. Some lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S-Nose is good. Rich caramel malt is the main character, molasses is heavy in there as well. A big earthy presence is also there as well as a slightly metallic scent.

T-Taste is mild upfront and offers a mild earthy dirt presence. Some caramel malt and toffee are also there. The finish offers a touch of earthy hops, a touch of roasted malt, toffee, and a big metallic flavor-which is kind of a turn off.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight body. Slightly oily and pretty smooth.

D- Pretty interesting brew. Looks great, smells great, tastes ok. Decent brew from BBC overall. The only turnoff is that weird metallic presence across the board. The mouthfeel is great and ABV completely hidden. I have a bunch more BBC brews to try around the house and am looking forward to them.

04-27-2010 17:08:29 | More by PittBeerGirl
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-19-2013 01:04:27 | More by mlefebvre7
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-01-2012 16:37:45 | More by smutty33
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Stimack

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Brew poured from a 22 oz (normal presentation from BBC) bomber to a deep brown color with a smallish head that has nice retention and left fair lacing through out the brew. The aroma of this brew seems to be sweet with highlights of alcohol and fruit. Nice smelling brew and it smells like it would be at 7%! The taste is very sweet and fruity up front, maybe a little too much? The middle has a bread/malt flavor that tries to balance it out. Also has a bit of a alcohol on the very end of the experience. Not a bad brew but once again it does not seem to be as rounded as their other offerings like the Coffee house, Imperial Stout or the Lost Sailor. (If you read my reviews you would see I really liked them!)

06-04-2004 02:08:46 | More by Stimack
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-06-2012 22:04:15 | More by Dope
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-11-2012 23:20:15 | More by dubdrop
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-24-2014 08:01:02 | More by DBosco
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-06-2012 20:10:02 | More by asafarc2
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-16-2014 01:46:36 | More by Fettpopps
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Rook162

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-13-2012 00:27:26 | More by Rook162
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River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.