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River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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River AleRiver Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by arizcards:
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arizcards

Arizona

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

Picked up a single from Total Wine at the end of September for $1.49. Best by 10/28/13...oops.

Beer poured orange with a robust white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of northwest hops.

Taste is pretty good for a small beer. Nice pale and caramel malts meld nicely with citrus and tropical hops. Nice light lingering of hop bitterness remains after each sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall this is very tasty for such a small beer. This should be reclassified to be an APA. A nice beer if you want to keep things in control!

11-12-2013 00:10:27 | More by arizcards
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-26-2013 01:35:28 | More by Kappakoosh
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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."

07-18-2013 16:12:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Garrettshu

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-26-2013 02:28:49 | More by Garrettshu
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-07-2014 21:18:35 | More by LXIXME
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switzer

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-04-2014 15:50:03 | More by switzer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

10-19-2013 03:36:15 | More by biboergosum
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 01:30:01 | More by whatname
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

07-25-2014 19:46:04 | More by WoodBrew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +9.2%

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

05-19-2013 02:20:58 | More by russpowell
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-06-2013 05:29:55 | More by Hardcore
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Dwtucker90

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-15-2014 14:24:00 | More by Dwtucker90
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2013 03:55:53 | More by zonker17
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-09-2013 21:38:24 | More by ThisMoonlife
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jason_nwx

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-06-2013 20:24:39 | More by jason_nwx
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-17-2014 05:46:13 | More by Kevlee722
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-11-2013 12:13:06 | More by tone77
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-14-2014 04:03:19 | More by jsh420
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-05-2014 21:21:59 | More by fivetime
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mrcraft

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2014 04:35:50 | More by mrcraft
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-01-2014 14:04:42 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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tzieser

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-27-2013 06:57:55 | More by tzieser
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2013 18:02:05 | More by warpedrevolution
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blastoderm55

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-01-2014 00:08:39 | More by blastoderm55
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claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-26-2013 16:34:33 | More by claspada
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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.