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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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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

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
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-05-2013 18:59:03 | More by zrab11
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prisdefer

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-01-2013 23:03:17 | More by prisdefer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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]

Thanks Thorpe!

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
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billybob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Washington

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
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wburch1967

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Tennessee

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
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Thorivan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-04-2013 19:06:07 | More by Thorivan
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.