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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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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-03-2013 07:38:08 | More by philaduffia
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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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justme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-27-2013 18:33:11 | More by justme
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dangermusic

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-29-2013 02:54:37 | More by dangermusic
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-13-2013 18:36:41 | More by jwps214
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flagmantho

Washington

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Stone's Public House in Ashland, MA.

Appearance: nutty brown hue with a moderate haze and almost no head as poured. Still pretty attractive.

Smell: light chocolatiness and a hint of wheaty malt that leaves me wanting a taste.

Taste: rich chocolatey flavor with a nice hint of raisins and toffee. It almost reminds me of a mix between a double chocolate stout (without the roast) and a toffee-laden nut brown ale. This beer does dark wheat ales real justice!

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth, soft creaminess that really soothes the soul. Just wonderful.

Overall: this beer absolutely rubs me the right way. More please!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 00:50:48 | More by flagmantho
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wburch1967

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-03-2013 11:40:24 | More by wburch1967
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-02-2013 15:51:58 | More by hockeyfighter19
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-01-2013 02:02:44 | More by trevorpost
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-28-2013 20:06:02 | More by BigOldOaf
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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-24-2013 23:41:20 | More by shigg85
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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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hopley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

03-30-2013 00:05:10 | More by hopley
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-10-2013 01:39:37 | More by bluerabbit
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-02-2013 02:17:33 | More by Gatch
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-03-2013 02:40:23 | More by AnitaBrewski
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-31-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Reviewing my first in this rare style...

Pours with a huge off-white head, showing excellent lacing and very good head retention. Beer is mostly clear and dark amber in color.

Aromas are very pleasing, with a malty, sweet start, plus typical wheat yeast smells of cloves and bananas. Also has a bready and caramel character from the malts.

The taste is in line with the nose -- sweet and malty with caramel, fruit and spicy flavors. The earthy hops lend a low bitterness. Also has some nutty tastes.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is smooth, malty and sweet, but in balance.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. Highly recommended

Thanks to davey101 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:19:50 | More by sommersb
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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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Rusty_Pabst

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-20-2012 05:06:51 | More by Rusty_Pabst
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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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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-17-2012 16:57:36 | More by RichD
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy mahogany color with a fingers worth of head

S: Starts off with a good deal of wheat, spices, and fruit. The hops provide some light fruit and floral notes. Some nuttiness also comes through, mostly almonds that lend a sweet cherry note as well

T: Starts off with a nice fruitiness that combines with the nuttiness. Lightly spicy. Wheat comes through at the end. The nutty almond/cherry notes are the key point with the fruity hops nearly standing up to them

M: Light-medium bodied with a solid level of carbonation

O: A very solid dark wheat, with a good amount of fruitiness and flavor. Very easy to drink, and solidly refreshing. I can see why this is at the top of the style

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:09:49 | More by BEERMILER12
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-11-2012 23:20:15 | More by dubdrop
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.