Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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2.53/5 rDev -32.2%
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.
02-06-2014 05:43:20 | More by Kyle_Hanson
4.01/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-25-2014 04:21:54 | More by T100Mark
3.74/5 rDev +0.3%
Deschutes' blonde ale session offering pours a rather dark goldenrod-orange color with a fair amount of white froth. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pale grains, lemon-lime citrus, pineapple, and floral roadside weed, along with a little diacetyl buttery sweetness. Taste largely follows the nose and is unassuming, mellow, and pleasant if uncomplicated and bucolic: Pale malt and hints of caramel and vanilla custard, lemongrass, citrus pith ... Cascade hops. A little diacetyl as suggested by the aroma. Moderately carbonated and body falls just short of semi-chewy, classic blonde ale when it comes to these parameters. Finish quite bitter, with slight mint/pine and grain husk astringency. Underwhelming compared to many of Deschutes' other brews but has enough hop aroma/flavor to keep my attention. Certainly far more subtle than Twilight summer ale, which takes the blonde ale blueprint but adds near-pale ale levels of hopping (see that review).
12-22-2013 00:45:55 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.61/5 rDev -3.2%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this
Appearance: A bit darker than I would have expected for a blonde, but I'll take it - mostly clear orange gold - some copper as well - small, white head, fades to borderline nothing, but leaves some nice lacing
Smell: Definitely mild, but some nice citrus and light malts - fleshy oranges, with a hint of grapefruit - some floral and lightly grassy notes - light, pale malts and a touch of caramel - light bread and some light crackers
Taste: About as mild as the aroma, with a lot of charm - floral citrus, with some light orange flesh and a hint of grapefruit - nice citrus flavors, virtually no bitterness - touch of mint - pale malts with some light caramel - lightly grainy - lightly bready with a side of crackers - nicely balanced, definitely drinkable
Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, nicely carbonated, extremely drinkable
Overall: Best consumed while living in a van, down by the river!
<Obligatory Deschutes makes drinkable beers joke here.> This is not the best thing I've had from Deschutes, but it's still tasty. I could drink a few dozen.
12-05-2013 06:03:11 | More by angrybabboon
Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.