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River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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 confer:
Photo of confer
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Only my second Deschutes with the first being Mirror Pond
Pours a nice cloudy gold with a lot of froth hanging around.
Smell is really underwhelming , very faint citrusy hops.
Taste is good for a blonde, this one is probably really refreshing on a hot summer day.
I guess I was expecting more of a hop presence, but for the style it was pretty good.

confer, Oct 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +11.1%

easy to drink, like a pale ale light

moundbz, Oct 12, 2014
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."

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Garrettshu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Garrettshu, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

LXIXME, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

switzer, May 04, 2014
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.

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

whatname, Jul 07, 2013
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Justdoit1234, Oct 28, 2014
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

russpowell, May 19, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Hardcore, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Dwtucker90, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

zonker17, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jason_nwx, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of mike_dawson
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

mike_dawson, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Kevlee722, Aug 17, 2014
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.

tone77, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

jsh420, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

fivetime, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tjcamm, Sep 07, 2014
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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.