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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

199 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 51
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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billybob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-13-2013 22:51:24 | More by billybob
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-10-2013 20:30:33 | More by jim_carignan
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, coppery brown with visible dregs on the bottom. Light tan head that really lasts and coats the side, promising lacing.

Fruity nose from the wheat yeast, something akin to plums with a touch of treacle in the back. Grassy aromas waft up as well.

Taste really follows the smell with the treacle turning more to molasses. Dark fruit (again, could be plum) with a slight wheat tang to it. A little bit of a red wine sense in the aftertaste.

If you're looking for a light, bright wheat beer for a summer day, this is not it. This is right in the medium level for body and is a little sticky on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 00:29:30 | More by Naugros
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. The appearance is a dark brown-amber color with a thinned head and no real lacing. Aromas are thin but apparent with a slightly smoked malt aroma, sweet roasty caramel tones to it. Taste excels beyond what the aromas hinted at; strong sweetness of bready malts. Good mouthfeel helps smooth this drink out without hindering a solid carbonation. Overall, an excellent drink from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 03:52:34 | More by fitzy84
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in a pilsner glass.
best by date 10/13/11. (year is a bit smudged, at least i think/hope that's an "11")

pours a translucent, dark amber tone while yielding a finger and a half of a creamy/foamy beige head. decent retention and lacing; overall a beautiful looking beer.

nose is appetizing. very wheaty with a big sweet malty presence to it.

taste is exceeds the nose. bold notes of wheat, caramel, brown sugar, and a underlying fruitiness i can quite pin down. pretty damn fantastic. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a real pleasant surprise. did not expect to enjoy this beer as much as i am. just really flavorful and tasty. hands down my favorite offering to date from berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:37:39 | More by perrymarcus
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-31-2013 19:23:42 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-13-2011 02:23:16 | More by Yabev15
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured from a brewery fresh 22 oz bomber.

A deep caramel brown color with a short lived white head that has nice retention and left fair lacing through out the brew. Head fades to a long lived ring at the edges. Fine carbonation.

The aroma of this brew seems to be sweet malt with highlights of alcohol and ripe fruit. Nice smelling brew.

The taste is carmel malts and fruity up front, Then sweet caramel malt notes that balance it out. Also has a bit of a alcohol and a hoppy dry finish.

Mouth feel is medium with a dryness that sticks to the back of the mouth and tongue.

Not a bad brew at all, though not as complex as their other offerings like the Coffee house porter, Rasberry Strong Ale and Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 01:25:25 | More by Citadel82
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lpayette

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Appearance- pours a crystal clear dark copper on the first half of the pour. When I poured the rest into my 23oz pint class the yeast clouded it up big time. I was pleasantly surprised by the color- looked better without the yeast, but was interesting to see how much it changed.

Smell- Sweet, medium amber malt, some chocolate/dark malt, tart apples, fruity alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Tingly, slightly alcohol fruityness up front (banana), quickly followed by some smooth maltyness (that reminds me of an alt). A hint of apples is evident throughout.

I was taken by surprise by this beer. The label told me: "this is going to be boring." Just goes to show you to not judge a beer by its label. Had no clue that this was an american strong ale either as there is little information on the label. Adding the yeast into the beer mellowed it out quite a bit, as the banana flavors really come through and mask some of the fruity alcohol esters and reduce the corresponding tingling sensations.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 06:29:53 | More by lpayette
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-02-2012 12:33:58 | More by sailorastro
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ThirstyBird

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent choice from BCB. This one is about two shades darker than their APA, being somewhat ruby-colored when held up to a light, with a decent tan head. The head lets go a lovely bouquet of malty caramel and even a little alcohol, but also some nice dark tones of toffee and fruit. This is one of those beers I want to smell as much as drink. The malt is front and center with this one, but you'll find that the hops gives a subtle whack as you swallow. The 7.0% ABV gives it some warmth, but the alcohol remains in the background. As with many BCB beers, the carbonation is relatively low so the overall feel is smooth, making the beer highly drinkable. Worth going out of your way to find and, as always, it's extremely affordable. Buy two.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 01:58:51 | More by gfreed
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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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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-31-2012 03:21:43 | More by WhitmansNiece
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aquatonex

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-red with a small lacey, creamy head. Very nice color. Smells a bit of acrid alcohol with powerful fruit tones. I couldn't quite place what kind of fruit. Perhaps berries and maybe a little peach? It wasn't so clear cut, must have been some mix. Taste was dominated by the odd fruit mix, I would have liked a more distinct flavor that I could pinpoint, though it was good. Also, it had a creamy bready flavor. #9 is better though. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Didn't have too much of an aftertaste either.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 23:13:14 | More by aquatonex
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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3%
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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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep ruby amber with a nice off white head, leaves some pretty good lacing.

S: Toasted malt, fruit, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Really fruity and malty up front, with a caramel like sweetness. Also a bit of a hop bite to it, bitter. There is quite a bit going on here. A great tasting American Strong Ale, but unusually fruity, it works though and is delicious.

M: Creamy and silky smooth, very enjoyable, with a medium body and a low carbonation that worked in its favor.

D: This is yet another great offer by Berkshire, in the description, the bar considered it the East Coast version of "Fat Tire." Suggest this highly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 01:51:34 | More by mostpoetsdo
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a keg for a wedding party at a "packy" across the street from the brewery. The beer was FRESH, almost a little too fresh. Heavy caramel flavor, almost sickly/syrup(y).

Being that it was a cool Cape Cod late summer evening, the beer went nicley with the weather-many of the party goers really enjoyed it. This is a great sipping beer, it is very strong, and very sweet. A great New England Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2005 16:02:09 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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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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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-26-2012 01:43:23 | More by milkbone_underwear
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.