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Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/18/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, especially with the 4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:52:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-01-2013 20:01:43 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-09-2013 02:59:04 | More by Texasfan549
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

08-15-2013 22:04:48 | More by largadeer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:30:04 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-04-2013 00:00:07 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Monde, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz into a goblet chilled.

The color is a lightly hazed golden with thin off white cap with ultra fine bead head retention is good. The smell is fruity and has an herbal hop aroma with a slight citrus-lemon peel like scent. The feel is great, medium light body with medium carbonation with a milld bitterness and clean overall feel with a light yeast fruitiness.

The taste is great with herbal hops and has a slight malt presence up front with a mild lemon zest and yeast flavor. The yeast brings a slight fruitiness to the taste which blends well with the mild citrus in the taste. The overall drinkability is great, I enjoyed this and for a 4% beer it is not lacking in flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:03:49 | More by Slatetank
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2013 04:11:53 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at an irish pub in park city, of all places. apparently a low abv selection made for the states with funny laws. I was impressed with this though, it pours a clear sunny color, with an inch of lasting rich fluff on top. the nose is mellow malt, light and crisp, crackery, with a honey sweetness, meadow springtime feeling beer. the taste matches the nose, crisp and clean, balanced, with a decent bit of bittering hops coming through the straw malt profile. very very drinkable at a low abv, fuller bodied too for its color, which I like a lot. this was an outstanding beer on a big hangover, just something to ease the headache away and reestablish myself. I always associate Deschutes with big bold beers, experimental stuff, and a penchant for creativity, but this simple everyday drinker is also something to behold in its own way. I really enjoyed it, and could easily drink pint after pint of this. everything a lighter beer should be. well done!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 16:52:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More amber than blonde in color. Pleasant appearance with plenty of carbonation. A watery body with a hint of soda water in the flavors.

Taste of crackers and not much else to start. Definitely a Blonde Ale in that regard. Some slight fruitiness and a little sweet malt. No real hop flavor that I can find. Still, it's refreshing and drinkable, and it's hard to complain about the mild flavor given the 4% ABV. Maybe they're brewing this for the Utah supermarket trade. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 04:25:30 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a medium white head. Good retention with substantial lacing.

S: Bready notes, light green grape, fruity hop character, berry.

T: Sweet bready notes with light notes of citrus and melon. Light tartness in the finish; I like the notes of sugar cane.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly clean, easy drinking.

O: The new one from Deschutes, quite a flavourful session beer. A good starter beer for the novice, but with enough flavour to interest the seasoned craft beer drinker looking for something lighter, light beer done right.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:36:05 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-18-2013 04:17:44 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 04:46:25 | More by kojevergas
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +7%

06-04-2013 23:23:12 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-21-2014 06:27:23 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-23-2013 03:03:52 | More by duceswild
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-24-2013 07:12:14 | More by rab53
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Uh oh.. American Blonde.. but it's Deschutes! Let's see if there is hope.

This is quite dark for a blonde, sort of a pale amber with orange semi-clear body and some good fast rising carbonation in places. A nice reddish tint to this also. Head is fluffy and large settling at a big four fingers and a whipped up top. Pretty solid and impressive.

Very light toasty grains, a small sense of caramel sweetness to match with a light sugar presence. Hints of cinnamon and light toasty white bread. Quite good also. Hmm so far so good.

The palate brings the nice toast and white bread waffle sweetness on first sip, but it disappears very quickly under a somewhat wet body. Toasty finish at least, with a good mix of honey sweetness and mild caramel sense. Very clean. Really dig this kind of doughy sweet waffle like flavor.

Overall just wish there was a bit more depth, but this is real easy drinking and has a nice flavor palate compared to most blondes I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 22:55:09 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-15-2013 01:40:11 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 17:17:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP tonight.. Pours clear light orange... decent white head.. splotchy lacing.

Nose is malt centric with dry biscuity essence and some crisp pale malts... light floral hoppiness... maybe some background citrus hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a long finish for such a low ABV brew.. pale malts and dry toast carry the hops for a while...

Light body with a balanced carbonation.. very very drinkable and is going to be a fridge staple during the coming hot months.

3.5/3.75/3.75/4/4

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:55:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-23-2013 16:53:36 | More by drummermattie02
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-22-2013 00:56:34 | More by rolltide8425
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-03-2014 20:15:22 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-13-2014 04:18:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.