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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2013 01:01:52 | More by zeff80
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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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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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2014 12:40:45 | More by InspectorBob
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Wasatch

Utah

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 18:33:28 | More by Wasatch
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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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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-30-2013 06:51:00 | More by rab53
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -16.2%
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."

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryan C. for this one. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy light honey gold color with under 1/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lace.

The aroma had a very light grain base with some very light floral hops on the edges. The flavor profile was pretty much the same, just a light brighter and more well defined. The grain gave a nice earthy base, and the hops showed a slight fruitiness.

The body was good, full without being heavy, smooth and with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, a nice little brew that would make a good match for various outdoor activities. Worth grabbing a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:34:16 | More by beertunes
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-08-2013 05:43:00 | More by dmorgan310
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 12:13:06 | More by tone77
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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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champ103

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Downhouse in Houston.

A: Pours a reddish/orange color with a touch of haze. A one finger white head forms, and recedes after a few minutes. Light lace is left behind.
S: Fairly neutral in the nose. Grains, toasted malt. A bit of sweetness. Light grassy hops. Though not very aromatic.
T: Toasted grains, caramel and crystal malts. A light sweetness. A touch of grassy hops. Nothing lingers. Inoffensive and enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, and pretty clean. Just a tad watery though. Easy to drink. All day with this. "Poundable" as they say.

A nice little session beer. Very enjoyable, and I will be sure to pick up a few six packs. Not the best session beer I have had, but no bother. Something to drink when you don't want to contemplate the beer. Basically, Deschutes made exactly what they wanted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 00:22:15 | More by champ103
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Gobzilla

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-16-2014 09:18:07 | More by Gobzilla
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-01-2013 06:18:15 | More by twelveinches
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-14-2014 00:33:47 | More by mattmarka1
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-28-2013 06:55:56 | More by jenray
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arizcards

Arizona

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-07-2014 19:24:43 | More by TX-Badger
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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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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2013 03:55:53 | More by zonker17
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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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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.