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River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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River AleRiver Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

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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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!

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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.

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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.

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