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River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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82
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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: Seanibus on 05-08-2013)
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Photo of Wasatch
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best By: 6/18/13

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, a slight yeast note, with some hop notes. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall a tasty summer brew, will go great on HOT days. Surprised me that I saw this in the local Smith's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +11.1%

easy to drink, like a pale ale light

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever brought this to the March Madness tasting as a palate cleanser!

Pours a faint, similar to straw yellow with a 3/4" white head on it. Almost nothing to the aroma, completely neutral.

Taste, very neutral as well. Faint amont of malt and hops, lots of water. Easy drinking. Extremely soft impact on the palate. I guess leans malt over hops since it is smooth. Yeast offers nothing in terms of flavor addition to the beer. No off flavors though. There is nothing wrong with this beer, I get what they were going for, it has a place. Its just not, in the words of Homer Simpson "welcome to flavor country."

Photo of Garrettshu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. The name is duly evocative of my experience rafting down the lulling river through Bend a few summers ago.

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with two skinny fingers of densely foamy, lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some randomly archaic sea-plume lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, warming lemon pie, and peppy herbal, leafy, and grassy hops - simple, sure, but enticing all the same. The taste is semi-sweet pale grainy malt, with soft touches of caramel and toasted white bread, a bit of aged (read: forgotten in the vegetable crisper) lemon rind, and grassy, earthy, and wet hay hop esters.

The carbonation is rather sedate (and upon inspection, barely supportive, but what the hell, eh?), the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes pretty off-dry, the fruit-tinged bready malt really carrying on.

For this ultimately muddled style, Deschutes does very well by it - the balance of hops and game-worthy malt is more than I might expect for an average example therein. Maybe this is really an APA, maybe it isn't, but I'm sure all those Red Chair fans would throw a hissy fit if I more forcefully suggested the former. A pleasantly diverting session ale.

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The River Ale is decent....nice for a summer session. Having this one in Park City. The beer is well balance taste with typical golden ale like hops with some sweet malt base. The scent is carries hints of lactose and orange rinds. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew.

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD 07/02/13

Pours amber with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears & a touch of hay

T: Follows the nose, some grassy & lemony notes mix with bready sweetness up front. Pears, a bit of Golden Delicious apple, hay & peppery hops along some dryness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with hay & a kiss of lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance, would've preferred a slightly heavier hand with the hops

Highly drinkable old-school blonde. I will buy more of this as the mercury climbs, not a lief-changing beer, but super solid

Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dwtucker90
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mike_dawson
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready, malty. Taste is refreshing, malts, some breadiness, a bit of lemon, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, probably best enjoyed on a hot day.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.