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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

197 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 8 | 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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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-31-2013 19:23:42 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-03-2013 01:53:02 | More by DerekMorgan
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-04-2013 07:38:07 | More by JTomczak
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Yallnumbskulls

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-25-2012 00:58:20 | More by Yallnumbskulls
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jski

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-02-2012 00:17:04 | More by jski
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-27-2014 23:35:39 | More by Durge
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-03-2014 14:45:43 | More by rorjets
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean light brown beer with amber highlights. Has a big beige head, mabye a little lace. The aroma is full of malt and a nut like sweetness. That nutty malt sweetness is carried through in the flavor with a light smooth hop finish to balance off the taste. Note: inexplicably this is my favorite Bershire brew. I just enjoy drinking it everytime I put it into a glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 22:42:21 | More by ybnorml
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KajII

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

Poured a cloudy medium brown with a large frothy off white head that was mostly diminishing and had excellent lacing.The aroma was heavy of roasted caramel malts, molasses with nice hints of an earthy yeast, toffee and raisons. It tasted sweetly smooth and mildly acidic in the beginning then progressed to a nice sweet malty flavor and had notes of caramel and dried fruit with the flavor lasting a nice while. Mouthfeel was medium in body and nice and creamy in texture with a nice mild carbonation. Overall a fantastic tasting Dark Wheat Ale, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 15:20:27 | More by KajII
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-19-2012 08:31:12 | More by savagepm
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-18-2012 23:05:52 | More by mattparsons
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jsboates


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-11-2012 13:52:50 | More by jsboates
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-05-2014 21:08:21 | More by berkshire413
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Thorivan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-04-2013 19:06:07 | More by Thorivan
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Hagbard

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBC's River Ale is a strong robust beer that pours a hazy dark brown capped with a fairly thick white head. It is murky, like a river that's running low. It smells a bit like mollases with a distinct alcoholic twinge. There is a nice malty base supporting everything. The taste is interesting and complex. Loaded with brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, and finishing with a hoppy bitterness. Throughout, there is huge malty base that imparts a nice sweetness that never becomes cloying. It's a great tasting beer, the only fault is that the alcohol is too hot and harsh, especially for only 7%. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy and seems appropriately full. The drinkability is good. This is a nice beer to be sure, one that I'll definitely be revisiting.

I have 2 complaints about the packaging of this beer. First, the best buy before date was not notched. At 7% and bottle-conditioned, this probably isn't much of an issue. Still, it's frustrating to see the dates, but not a notch. Secondly, the label makes no mention of the strength or style of the beer. The picture of 2 guys rafting on a river made me buy it thinking it was a light, refreshing, maybe hoppy brew. I was a little disappointed when I opened it to find a 7% strong ale and not the refreshing brew I was expecting. This didn't affect my review of the beer itself, but I thought it was something I should mention.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 16:20:13 | More by Hagbard
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber color with a off-white head and some lace.

smell - Nice malt taste here with some caramel taste.

taste - Lots of malt here with some hops present.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Real nice taste, recommend this beer. Big on malt and taste here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 01:47:57 | More by auxiliary
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super fizzy 1 finger head fades quickly, over a hazy dark molasses auburn rosy red color w/ a billion bubbles floating up.

N: Toasty malts w/ caramel, a little syrup, malty sweetness, slight roastiness, and a slight sour tanginess that is a little odd

T: Lots of malts, a decent sweetness too, with more syrupy molasses, brown sugar, little caramel... with all that is a sour flavor, like it was a soured mash or slightly infected beer that hasn't really taken control yet. Aside from that is more toasted malts, some roast, little wheaty and reminiscent of a bock.

M: Lighter but syrupy, and tons of carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet, more syrupy malt with some sour lingering malt flavor, more like a soured malt than an infection, but its def. there. Little toasty and a hint of spiciness, with a touch of bitterness round off the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:30:05 | More by jlindros
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown Bomber--->Pint Glass. No Freshness Date

A: Pours a brownish color with a red hue. Small off white head, with some lacing.

S: Sweet creamy malts with a slight alcohol kick. Mostly malts.

T/M: Medium bodied and smooth. Malts are sweet and have hints of caramel and toasted goodness. The higher alcohol aroma is prevalent right off the bat. A taste of wheat and a light hop bitterness is also mixed in.

O: If malty brews with a kick of wheat is what you like than this one is for you. The malts taste great, however I would have liked a little more hop balance to even it out.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 22:04:13 | More by mnrider
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Company's River Ale, thanks to BA goodbyeohio, poured from a 22 oz. brown glass bottle with freshness or best by date anywhere on the label or body and poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured an amber with gold edges and a finger and a half of briliant white head of heavy bubbled white head that retained fairly well and left thin white bubbles. The nose was surprisingly vanilla and oaky with a hoppy spice in the background. River Ale tasted mellow and warming with a malt presence that reminded me of a decent barley wine and a slight, almost unpresent, hop presence. No alcohol taste anywhere in the drinking. This a drinkable, but undistinguished - I was expectin more hops, for I believe Arrogant or Double Bastard to be the standards of the style, but a still very, very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 06:05:23 | More by edmundfitzoil
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I gave this Strong Ale a solid 4 due to its impressive cloudy (almost unfiltered) appearance. Solid brown, little head, some lacing.

Smells malts, some ABV. Im looking forward to this. Maybe some citrus, and bread.

Yummy. Malty, but not too malty. Smooth, yet some ABV to spice it up. Not a full bodied ale, but overall a solid choice.

Sits well. Nothing impressive. Down good. The ABV is not overpowering at all.

Overall a wonderfull, yet not overly impressive beer selection. Im happy to have this local fresh selection. I will definately have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 21:56:14 | More by JasonA
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shredsofautumn

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased on 10/30/2010. I figure it's an appropriate Halloween beer due to the fact that It's entitled the "River Ale". Berkshire Brewing, based in South Deerfield, is within close proximity to the Deerfield & Mill Rivers. Crossing one of these two, I cannot remember which, is the Eunice Williams Bridge in Greenfield where numerous tragic events occured, leading to the covered bridge being one of the most haunted places in Massachusetts.

Appearance- Murky dark brown with straw hues. Not much of a head on this one, but the lacing is nice.

Smell- Earthy. Slight soil notes, huge butterscotch malts hit you in the face, very slight hopped finish.

Taste- Crisp initially. Leads into a strong lip smacking hopfest and finishing with a strong sweetness of malts and sugar. After swallowing, the heat from the alcohol warms well in this cool weather. Doesn't taste like any wheat beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel- Thick. Full. Creamy finish.

Drinkability- Good. Tasteful, thick, quality flavors. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:15:30 | More by shredsofautumn
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour resulted in a finger's worth of ecru head with good retention. The color was a cloudy golden amber. The nose was mildly sweet, sort of like butterscotch, but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel was medium with a solid caramel taste on the tongue. The finish was lingeringly caramel-like. It really masked its alcohol well, but the sweetness was a bit overpowering for a hophead such as myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 08:50:07 | More by woodychandler
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jamescain

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Light brown with a white head about 2 centimeters thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Slightly hoppy, pine and citrus, with sweet toffee malt coming though.

Taste: Slight bitterness but mostly malty. A little sweet for my taste, but balanced with a nice addition of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light to medium body, easy to drink, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I thought it was good, having not knowing anything about this beer before I drank it, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 21:11:37 | More by jamescain
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and best-by 4/8/08; brewed with a portion of wheat malt and sampled a month ago. It pours a deep crimson, with medium carbonation and two inches of tight, light tan head that recedes to a clingy collar. A bit of a wheat twang in the nose, along with grassy malts, caramel, molasses and some earthy, leafy/green hops. Very malty body, with flavors of caramel and earthy/grassy malts, hints of chocolate and toffee, tart wheat and a mild, clean bitterness. It has a medium, lightly-carbonated body that delivers a staying maltiness while becoming ever crisper and dryer. An interesting brew that is hard to define - wouldn't really peg it as a strong ale, but not really sure what else to call it. While not my favorite from BBC, it is fairly tasty and quite drinkable for a beer with an above-average ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:18:38 | More by mmmbeer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a cold 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
the beer pours a chestnut and copper hue with some small flakes of precipitate. the beer is also with a soft fluffy beige head of 2 cm foaming up with some larger bubbles in the center of the foam.
Aroma is sweet malt with some brown sugar and caramel, I also get a bit of spicy character, which was unanticipated, but pleasant. Wheat twanginess comes through on the nose as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and very tingly carbonation. texture is smooth and easy drinking making for an enjoyable physical experience.
Flavor is some sweet fruity malt with a little red grape and some caramel mixed with wheat twang again as on the nose. Finish brings back the small amount of cinnamon that was on the nose. It is an enjoyable beer and I dont get any hop character nor any real booziness.
The beer is not overly complex, but is certainly not flawed and makes for an enjoyable evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 02:30:49 | More by sulldaddy
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.