Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.24/5 rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Best by 06/13/13. 4.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and appealing simple label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Purchased earlier tonight. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Deschutes.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. This is what a blonde should look like, but I'd like a bit more vibrance from the colour. Uneven light lacing as the head recedes.
Sm: Pale malts, caramalt. Grainy as hell. A bit grassy. Light floral hops. Somewhat bready. A hint of minty spice. Graininess dominates. A mild strength aroma. Brings a fair bit to the table for an otherwise simple style. I'm intrigued. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
T: Pale malts and caramalt forms the unobtrusive backbone. Light floral hops. Dominant grainy and grassy character. Light bready/crackery character. A hint of minty spice adds a nice touch. All around a well balanced brew with a seeming simplicity that disguises impressive subtlety for such a straightforward style. It doesn't have a high depth of flavour, but it's a pleasant refreshing brew. Very enjoyable to drink.
Mf: Decent body. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Slight overcarbonation. Emphasis is on drinkability in the texture. Complements the flavour profile well. Crisp.
Dr: Drinkability is high; that's the whole point. It's a quaffable brew that refreshes. Highly sessionable. This will be a good beer to lure macro lager drinkers into craft, but it doesn't offer much to impress those of us well acquainted with the style. It's a bit Kolsch-lite for my tastes. I see what Deschutes is doing, but they might have been better off brewing an approachable pale ale for this market. Like it, don't love it. I'd like to revisit it on-draught.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 04:46:25 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
2.53/5 rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
I must've gotten a bad pint of this. Mine was served at the local Famous Dave's BBQ place, and was nothing like everybody is saying it is. I found it flavorless, thin, no mouthfeel, and under carbonated.
I will have to try this from the bottle, I know Deschutes wouldn't make a product this poor. However, I will adjust my review when that time comes, but not before.
I guess it had an excellent head and lacing. That's all the good I get from it.
Serving type: on-tap
02-06-2014 05:43:20 | More by Kyle_Hanson
4.01/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.
Appearance - Great orange color. A little hazy. Lots of stickage. A very handsome beer.
Smell - A bit of malt. A touch of citrus aroma. Faint pepper.
Taste - Citrus hops on a mild malt backdrop. Slightly spicy. Slightly tart. Bitchin'!
Mouth - Fizzy. Oily.
Overall - A wonderful combination of sweet malt and citrus/tart hops. Imagine a California Pale Ale, only a little less so. Very chugable (I could knock down a few of these in quick succession). Another winner from Deschutes.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 04:21:54 | More by T100Mark
Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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