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Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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382 Ratings

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

nae412, Today at 02:36 AM
Photo of ricke49
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

hands down the best 4% ABV beer I've ever tried. macro-lights eat your heart out! Deschutes don't make no junk.

ricke49, Monday at 11:51 PM
Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

cultclassic89, Sunday at 03:43 PM
Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance (4.25): Hazy orange golden color with a finger or two of off white head

Smell (4): A bit more pungent than most blondes i come across; Apricot, lemongrass, bready malt, light spices

Taste (4) Clean bready malts, lemongrass, mild spices

Mouthfeel (4): Heavy light body; Very easy drinking with slight bitterness.

Overall (4.05): This puts some pizzazz into the average, boring blonde ale. The flavors are exceptionally clean and i could put back a ton of these without getting tiired of it. Deschutes really does specialize in easy drinking yet tasty beers!

Bone53, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Canada_Dan, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Alexander_Brittain, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

DMc8ride, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Copper, slight haze, lots of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of yellowish foamy head.

S: Orange candy, berries, strawberries, blueberries, pine, taffy.

T: Bergamot, berries, orange, cinnamon, dried cloves,

M: Medium light body, medium foamy, powdery carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Pleasantly surprised. A very well done beer. Dry, spicy, with west coast hop character. Bought in Chiang Mai, drank Oct 10th, 2014.

patre_tim, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ShanePB, Oct 08, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -18.5%

aphamer, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nmgreen, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Wsherry1
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%

Wsherry1, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

I got this on tap toward the end of the summer, but it wasn't my favorite Deschutes brew. Just didn't quite stack up to some of their other offerings. Almost a witbier or Belgian white as compared to the blonde that it's classified as here. Decent, but probably wouldn't pick that one if other Deschutes products were available.

dcscientist, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

GRG1313, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s nice to see a golden ale with character, the Deschutes River Ale named for the Deschutes River which runs through Bend, OR. Big slightly hazed golden body with a billowing white head appears in my new Roundabout brewery imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has citrus hops mellow but there, with a grassy hay fresh cut grass character as well. Nice full on lighter biscuit malts in there extremely limited simple ingredients can create a clean dead on sessional ale as proved with this is beer from Deschutes.

Flavor is liquid bread with some citrus earthy dank hops assertive bitterness mellows as the bread like malt sweetness arises on the sides of the palate to finish pretty clean, blind tasted you may think this was a lager. I love the low alcohol, 4% abv and packed with flavor we need more of this style.

Mouthfeel rich malt layers provided a nice body with some girth to it, mellow to moderate carbonation level goes down smooth nice crisp dry finish very much feels like a lager with more body.

Overall, incredibly impressive golden ale as they describe it on the label, I know I could drink this as a dessert island beer for sustainability.

WVbeergeek, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

qcghost, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget.
Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal.

28 IBU.

Best by date: 02.25.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: Nice lacing. Orange/yellow. Some opaqueness.

S: Orange, spice.

T: Flower, lemon, biscuit. Citrusy.

M: Crisp. Nicely carbonated.

O: This is super easy to drink and it has excellent balance. It's much more complex than other blondes probably because it's so hop forward. I liked it.

WAbeerfiend, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mojo, Sep 22, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

efsulliv, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Moose90, Sep 19, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -22.8%

CraftoMatic, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

twenteone, Sep 18, 2014
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Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.