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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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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-24-2013 23:41:20 | More by shigg85
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, ruby red and amber brown color with a thick, fluffy head of off white foam which lent some nice sticky lace to the glass.

S: Smells fruity and complex, with a slight peppery aroma and a dizzying whiff of dextrose and alcohol.

T: Very sweet and fruit-laden maltiness at first. A big, slick sugary caramel malt flavor is complicated with deep berry and fruit flavors ranging from grape, plum and cherry to strawberries and raspberries. A slight alcoholic burn and herbal hop complex intensify the flavor. It comes together a bit more as the ale warms, but it's a sipper to be sure.

M: Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet with a stinging, slightly cloying feel.

D: Definitely one to share with a buddy. AT 7% and with a character as complex as this ale has, you should sip it in limited quantities. Very interesting and a fruity ale flavor fanatics dream. Quite good.

09-08-2009 15:19:41 | More by Gambrinus1184
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a golden amber color. 2 finger off white head has good retention but dies down to whisps of foam on the top. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass but tends to slide down into the beer.

S- Tons of caramel and bready malts in this. Darker fruits come into play with a distinct grassy floral hop nose. There are a couple light spices in this and overall this makes the beer have many complex aromas.

T- Bigger caramel malts right at the front of this. Some light toffee notes come in right after with some light darker fruits. Light piney hops in the this come from the middle onto the ending. Sweet alcohol in the ending of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts on the palate after teach sip with some sweet alcohol flavor in the aftertaste.
Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blending together well for the most part.

D- This beer was good but not all that I thought it was going to be. The flavors were good in it and for that drinking 22oz would be no problem. The sweetness in it though made it a little rough once it started to warm up.

05-11-2010 04:10:42 | More by alleykatking
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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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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.
No best before date notched.

Pours a murky maple in color. Half-inch, creamy off-white head that lasts as a whispy sheet with pools of bubbles. Thin and spotted lacing with a decent hold.

Sweet caramel and toffee malts; hints of fruity esters: apple, lemon, and plum. Caramelized brown sugar.

Semi-sweet toasted malt character; big wheat and grain presence that is rather clean. A background of fresh fruit: apple, grape, cherry, plum; all of which aren't tart at all. Hints of alcohol lead to the aftertaste of semi-sweet brown sugar, fruit, and wheat.

Almost full in body; smooth, near creamy on the palate. A nice balance of malt and hops.

A pleasasnt offering with nice qualities, but rather reserved in terms of flavor and abv %, when I think of a 'Strong Ale'.

08-28-2006 21:02:07 | More by NEhophead
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

My buddy (Naugros on the website) brought a bottle back from his trip and shared it with me to knock this style off my list. After this review I only have two left (happoshu and kvass).

I drank this beer in a wheat glass. It was deep brown with about two fingers of head that retained really well. It left some decent lacing on the glass. You can see a lot of particulates in the lower third of the glass.

In the nose I get sour, some malt, and a venous presence. The flavor is consistent with the smell. I get a little bit more malt than in the nose. I also pick up more of the sour.

This beer is a little heavy for summer. I would recommend it for the cooler months.

07-08-2012 03:56:48 | More by ummswimmin
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer is a treat and one of the better offerings from Berkshire. The beer pours a clear copper mahogany color with a small but creamy off white head, decent retention, some lacing too. The nose is big malt palate in the pale malt variety, a deep caramel aroma, and a sweetish slightly fruitishness. It is primarily a big pale malt nose though, not overly aromatic, but good.

The taste is a deep caramel flavor, with a big malt palate, some roasted notes, and a sweetish almost candied butterscotch flavor maybe a tad brown sugary. The beer is not much carbonated, medium bodied, quite smooth, a slight hop presence more towards the finish, and maybe some warming ABV in the finish as well. For a 7% beer, this hides and masks the alcohol extremely well. This is a solid, big malty beer and is a nice treat. L'Chaim.

11-15-2008 20:14:39 | More by albern
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-16-2012 06:47:08 | More by PatGreer
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2014 15:03:25 | More by Doomcifer
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2013 02:02:44 | More by trevorpost
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a clear brown with a lot of light head. Smells wheaty and fairly nondescript. It's exactly as mild as I expected. Tastes sweet and malty. A nice wheat presence with some fruits of some sort. Raisins perhaps? Overall pretty good for what it is. Nothing crazy but solid

04-02-2011 17:38:37 | More by Urbancaver
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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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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Ruby, off white head has nice retention with some lacing.

S - A little light on the nose with fresh baked bread and a touch of floral hops.

T - Depths of malt in this one with baked bread, hints of chocolate, molasses, nuttiness... a little wheat twang. Minimal hop presence, finishes a little sweet with some booze heat. Nice.

M - Medium body, silky smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some booze.

O - My first of the style, but I reckon its a pretty good one.

11-03-2012 23:28:19 | More by garuda
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Berkshire Brewing Company River Ale
22 oz brown bottle
The freshness date is not notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy and murky brown with orange highlights on the bottom of the glass. Decent head on top, but the sticky, webbed lacings are worth noting.

Pleasant aroma of caramel malts and fruity pear notes. Mild hop whiffs with a touch of butter cream.

This is a very tasty brew and better than one might expect. Sweet brown sugar, caramel malts and toasted grain flavor. Slight orange fruitiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly soft and round. The drinkability level is exceptional. Nicely balanced and the carbonation level is modest. This beer goes down so easy and it's very deceiving at 7.0%. I have yet to be let down by a BBC product.

12-03-2005 22:54:08 | More by Hibernator
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2011 14:41:32 | More by Lawnboy33
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-18-2011 19:03:06 | More by mctizzz
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

BBC's River Ale has always sort of confused me as to which style it is but now I see it falls into that rather ambiguos "American Strong Ale" category...

Pours a very nice dark auburn with a nice, tight creamy white head that clings to the glass very well.

Smell is sweet caramel, honey, lots o malt, bread dough and a bit of alcohol. Lots of good smells drawing me in...

Tastes extremely toasty, roasty, biscuity, malty, caramely and delicious! Lots of sweet honey and brown sugar combine well with that hint of alcohol warming. Such a great beer that is very straightforward and simple.

Super smooth and easy drinking, wow I am easily going to polish off this bomber myself...especially since they don't sell this any other way.

03-21-2009 01:32:20 | More by indiapaleale
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.