River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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4.39/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured into Weizen glass
A: Mud brown to dark translucent copper with a tan 2 finger head. Leaves all around lacing.
S: Sweet and bready malts; chocolate, caramel and nutty aromas.
T: Fantastic malt flavors: toasty grains, fresh bread, sweet malts. Hints of caramel and hints of chocolate. Very subtle hop presence that present earthy and ever so slightly bitter tones. Possibly some dark fruity tones in the finish.
M: Viscous body with mild carbonation.
A: Definitely a brew for a malt aficionado. River Ale is super tasty and fairly unique, certainly worth trying when you can find it. River Ale is a year-round brew for BBC, but I think it is an excellent beer for fall.
09-05-2013 20:21:36 | More by KelsoSaaz
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
22 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7% ABV, Best by 07/12/11
[Review from notes taken on 06-13-11]
A - Hazed through completely, the chocolaty brown beer has golden highlights and a plump tan head. Good retention but little lace is left adorning the glass.
S - Crisp wheat aroma that's soft but full. Chocolate notes immediately set this beer apart. Nice balance of earthy, mulch-like Willamet hops. Yeasty undertones carry through to a caramel malt finish.
T - Much maltier than I had anticipated, this is loaded with chocolate and caramel tones with overlapping yeast and soft wheat. Little balance comes from the earthy hop notes.
M - Medium-bodied and soft with a clean but estery, sweeter finish. Mild spice notes add depth to the feel.
O - A very nice wheat ale with good malt tones and mild hop balance. The yeast qualities add esters and phenols that work well with the brew as a whole.
08-17-2013 14:36:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
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!!
06-09-2013 00:50:48 | More by flagmantho
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
02-01-2013 05:19:50 | More by sommersb
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.