Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Jsteez:
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a 12 oz. bottle.
A-Poured a solid gold, almost honey color. A nice fluffy white 2 finger bubbly head rested atop the effervescent liquid gold for 4-5 minutes. Good retention. Some lacing left on the glass. Pretty good looking beer.
S-American hops were pretty dominant in the nose. Light honey malt, bready, and some cracker crumbs. Perhaps some sweet floral notes, too.
T-Going in was light and bready with hints of peach, honey, herbs, cracker malt, and slight citrus. The backbone was dominated by pure hops, which left a pleasantly dry, bitter aftertaste which was balanced by the honey malt present in the initial sip. Great taste for a light American blonde ale! No alcohol taste present because of the low ABV.
M-Light, smooth, and a certain crispness that reminded me of a spring seasonal. Borderline moderate/high carbonation, quite a light body, wet, and very drinkable. Thirst quenching!
Overall, a great ale to drink at this time of year and well into the summer. It's light, crisp, and smooth. A nice light ale that goes down like a lager, but packs enough flavor to have you cravin' for more than just one! And with the light ABV, it's easy to drink a few, no problem. Not bad for a light beer.
04-07-2013 08:05:40 | More by Jsteez
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4.01/5 rDev +7.5%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
Bright golden hue, perfect clarity. A head that other beer are jealous about adorns the top. Very aromatic; crackers, faint citrus, herbal, slightly floral, hop spice and grassy. Very crisp with a lighter body, expected being only 4.0%. Bready with grassy undetones, even hop flavor throughout and the bitterness at 28 IBUs is at an ideal level for balance. Orange pith, faint mint and a bit herbal with a mildly biscuity drying finish
Extremely drinkable and more than enough flavor to go around for its size, well done Deschutes!
02-27-2013 02:30:04 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Bright gold with foamy white head that is fairly persistent with some nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet citrus, biscuit and toast, light spiciness. Aromatic at first but fades.
Taste: Very delicate malt backbone of toast and biscuit. Nice hop balance, which includes notes of citrus, tropical fruits and even berry. I am surprised at the traditional hop makeup of this, I would have guessed new hops such as mosaic. Slightly spicy on the finish, but not bitter at all. Just balanced and easy drinking.
Feel: Smooth and creamy light body with low carbonation. Crisp, dry and a little tingly.
Overall: Both subtle and complex, which is not each to do. Supremely drinkable.
04-05-2013 22:10:16 | More by bsp77
3.1/5 rDev -16.9%
Mild yellow pour, seemed to have a little obscured haze throughout it instead of looking a little more professional.
Thanks to Reno Dave for bringing this to March Madness 2013, was a nice, simple palate cleanser, something so many neglected to account for. Aroma was negligible, if anything. Just sweet toasty malt in the smallest amount noticeable.
Taste, pretty marginal, some different yeast like ester flavor going on, also came across like there was a 10% wheat bill almost. Kind of a head scratcher. Stays away from the hops, but heck, even their inversion ipa seems to go that direction lately. Carbonation is substantially high. Some belgian hay in the mouthfeel.
I dunno, Deschutes used to be a brewery that was in my top 5 purchase history. Now, they seem to put all the hops into their bombers and kind of neglect the 6 packs. Heck, even Abyss is less bourbon barrelled than ever. This one wasn't bad, but it was just kind of there, to help wash away the mouth before the next beer.
A big no thanks to David Hurley of the El Dorado Casino sports bar area. Don't renege on promises made about our three days of bottle share half-way through. Integrity counts. Let us enjoy this beer next time instead of hassling your paying customers.
04-22-2013 17:17:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5 rDev +5.6%
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with an off-white, half finger head. Fair retention. An island of microbubbles forms in the middle, while more clings to on the edge. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.
Smell - Lightly toasted breadiness, with citric and slightly floral hop aroma. Touches on fruity esters.
Taste - Light touches of bread and caramel upfront, but then the hops take control. Not bitter, but bright. Mostly citrus (orange and lemon) with touches of floral and grassy character as it rounds into the finish. Nice, subtle lemon zest quality lingers gently well after.
Mouthfeel - Very light and refreshing, without feeling watery. Moderate, lively carbonation pops in the mouth, without being too bitey. Coats the tongue well, then goes down with phenomenal smoothness.
Overall - A light, (relatively) flavorful blonde with refreshing qualities. Not especially fond of blondes, but this one may be the occasional buy once the weather turns a bit warmer. Summer BBQ's, here this comes. Much better than their Twilight summer offering.
03-14-2013 05:41:01 | More by TheSixthRing
Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.