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River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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River AleRiver Ale

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
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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exonthebottle

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

05-22-2013 07:03:44 | More by exonthebottle
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twloco

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-17-2013 22:32:38 | More by twloco
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Lane_in_ID

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

09-18-2013 05:16:34 | More by Lane_in_ID
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topdown

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

08-06-2013 20:27:58 | More by topdown
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huh? I've had over a case of this and ot reviewed it? Bottle, best by Sept 10, 2013.

A- it pours a clear gold with about an inch of foam(served cold). Good lacing.

S- the nose has some lemon citrus and notes of malt..thinking sweet, maybe some bread.

T- the taste has a nice bitter hoppy punch. Lots of lemon citrus on the front end with bready notes and mild sweetness on the back end. Very tasty for the given abv.

M- good solid body for such a low alcohol brew and perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel gets a yay from me.

O- such a drinking joy whenever I pop the cap on a bottle, it's the closest thing to a go to beer. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 12:19:50 | More by Bitterbill
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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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philaduffia

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-13-2013 21:57:40 | More by philaduffia
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Idaho

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-27-2013 06:57:55 | More by tzieser
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ginuwin794

Idaho

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-09-2014 03:44:27 | More by ginuwin794
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PBIU

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-07-2014 02:51:33 | More by PBIU
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-05-2013 22:19:24 | More by EFR94
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trytoketchup

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2013 01:59:06 | More by trytoketchup
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OMsweetOM

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-14-2014 20:36:20 | More by OMsweetOM
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-28-2014 17:17:27 | More by Thedaver4220
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Pacioli1445

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-02-2014 01:20:18 | More by Pacioli1445
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-26-2013 00:31:46 | More by jvillefan
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-14-2013 00:14:55 | More by ethanmc12
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy copper hue complimented by a thin off white head. wispy lace. light caramel maltiness with a lemony citrus aroma greets the nose. the taste profile is toasted malt and light citrusy hop notes. well balanced and refreshing. there is a bit of lingering bitterness but very appropriate for what they are trying to accomplish. it's simple, yet rewarding. light bodied with a delicate mouthfeel that throws down some hop coarseness as a bonus. as a session ale, this one is quite drinkable and quite quenchable.

overall this is a nice, low ABV blonde ale that spices up an otherwise boring style. definitley could be a warm weather slammer, or a picnic and lawn mower type of beer. for me it's an end of summer barbecue beer on Labor Day 2013. bought on clearance, it's a steal.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 21:43:34 | More by budgood1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:20:58 | More by russpowell
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soju6

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice golden color with a firm head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of Citrus and mild malt with a bit of fruit in the background.

T: Initial taste of citrus, with a mellow malt sweetness with fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Lots a flavor compared to most Golden Ales. Very nicely balanced.

O: Beer is a good example of the style. It is very enjoyable and goes down way too easy. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:17:44 | More by soju6
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Walletsworth

North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark gold with a finger of head and plenty of lacing that doesn't recede at all. Smells mostly of corn which threw me a little bit. Thought it'd be more hoppy. Tastes more grainy and has a lot of corn taste as well. Although there is a nice piney bite on the back end that I like.

Overall a decent beer that I would be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:29:16 | More by Walletsworth
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden sunshine with lots o'carbonation. A fluffy white head sits atop this brew.
The aroma has a biscuit malt smell with some hoppy spiciness.
Taste is quite good really, but I noticed a heavy bit of cloying. Biscuit malts and some hops are in the taste.
Refreshing brew that drinks oh so easy, my only problem was the cloying.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 10:57:13 | More by micromaniac129
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a pale copper color with a tightly beaded head that laces the glass proficiently.
Aroma of floral hops and a bit piney as well. In the taste, much like a pale ale with lemony citrus hops, also coming across tea like. Reminds me of a pale ale, which is essentially what it is. Medium bodied feel with a spot on medium-high carbonation. Overall this is a refreshing, easy drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:16:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.