Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale - Picaroons Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a dark orange almost copper with a generous whit foamy head.
Smells of hops and some butterscotch with a hint of yeast.
Taste of bread/grains caramel and some citrus. Definitely a sweet edge which fades into bitterness even a touch of sour is present in the lingering aftertaste.
Carbonation is quite high. Leaves a dry finish with a bit of sour.
Thanks to polloenfuego for this bottle!
06-16-2014 13:38:44 | More by byronic
3.43/5 rDev +7.2%
Simeon Jones River Valley is indeed amber - a gloriously lustrous amber. Its complexion is perfectly clear, brightly polished and almost entirely one uniform tone. The head pearl white. It is reminiscent of a precious antique amulet; it looks like it's worth fifty times its actual value.
The aroma doesn't get much help from the hops. This isn't that kind of Amber Ale. Lightly toasted grain makes for a fairly plain backdrop (which some brewers would exploit with citric or resiny hops) and imparts only minor elements of biscuits and butterscotch.
The palate benefits from a brief hop appearance; a grassiness arises on the finish. That is quickly chased away, however, by a biscuity and nougat-like sweetness. The texture is very grainy and the beer dries out quickly; a hefty maltiness results in a disproportionate amount of flavour.
This beer is named after a 19th century mayor of St John, New Brunswick, and is brewed in the tradition of the hearty, robust ale he is purported to have made. I believe it. This beer fits that description, lacks any trace of modern adjuncts and avoids aggressive hopping.
Simeon Jones River Valley Amber is exactly the kind of ale that turned me - and I'd wager many others - onto craft beer. While it's a little dull for my tastes now, I still appreciate the beer for the very same qualities I did when I first reviewed it eight years ago: quality and quaffability.
10-20-2013 18:02:50 | More by biegaman
3.35/5 rDev +4.7%
I am a Picaroons fan and this is my least favorite of their brews. Still it's better than any mass market US beer/ale. It approaches the lightness of a lager. It would be the best lager I've tasted but it's not a lager--it just has the texture and taste of one under the name "ale."
03-11-2013 05:45:46 | More by ahemahem
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.89/5 rDev +21.6%
pours a deep orange, amber with a tint of golden around the edges, reddish center
,thin sparse head. thin lacing, just the right amount of carb for the style.
reminds me of mollasses or honey and barley, sunflower seeds, a root vegetable tone, some smoke, maybe a hint brocolli, a nice hop follow up in there.slight alcohol note.pleasent. not skanky..but a memorable nose.its smell is something this beer attracts me with..
4 is a high ranking nose for my reviews.
level. a proper ale. has depth and charectar that grows on you.
not overly sharp, but still a bit more fresh tasting than some similars.
malty as promised by the color, and evened out with grains and hops.
has a good balance. a great beer to enjoy for the taste.
swift. it goes down very easily. almost too easily, as i quickly want to drink more.
ive had half of my pint gone before i can properly describe the thing. :)
very smooth overall, with a pleasant amount of carb, and a great overall feel.
as with most of the picaroons offerings, i review them regularly because it is located in my city, and i try to purchase locally to support the small creative brewers..
but biases aside, this is an ale that has been held in a brewing tradition , initially, when i had first tried this beer my tastes were not yet expanded to the point of understanding it, i found it strange and didnt know what to think. this was some years ago, and have since, learned to love it. as with all picaroons beer, if you can get it, give it a try. not the typical. this is a great one if you like ambers.
i personally wish more ambers would be available.
as this one has shown me how awesome they can be.
01-30-2013 01:50:51 | More by ghisty
3.98/5 rDev +24.4%
Clear, deep amber color. Decent head with a slow settling. Some spots on the glass.
Dark caramel malt aroma. A touch of earthiness. Pleasant.
Rich body and low carbonation make this a heavy beer. Creamy. Lots of caramel flavor, but it is not sweet. Good hop presence that provides balance but not notable bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly dry malt and a touch of alcohol.
08-26-2012 18:59:23 | More by smcolw
3.45/5 rDev +7.8%
500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one
Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel, corn
Taste & Mouth - There is a higher than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some hay/straw and a light amount of pine. It ends with a malty caramel aftertaste with a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness.
Overall - Nothing here that will blow you away, but the taste is well rounded and pleasant. Not something that I will go out of my way to track down but it was worth trying.
02-27-2012 15:18:45 | More by spinrsx
3.25/5 rDev +1.6%
Had on tap at the St. John Ale House. Served into a pint glass.
Appearance: minimal head, amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: deep caramel malt
Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and honey
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet
Overall: An above average sweeter red that is decent but does not stand out. It could use a bit of hops to balance some of the sweetness. This is nothing I would turn down, nor request again though.
09-16-2011 14:09:45 | More by tigg924
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -2.2%
A clean, crisp red ale. There was an oversized head that regressed rather fast. Some uneven lacing left behind. The smell is of honey and oats. Also a soapy aspect to it. The taste is sharp. An overdose of carbonation is to much. Acidic and heavy on the stomach. Leaves mouth a little bitter, but tart. Overall, an OK beer that is easy to consume and is better than most major breweries.
03-26-2011 01:24:13 | More by spree92
2.4/5 rDev -25%
Bottled on: 04/01/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits
A: Dark hazy red body with four fingers of white fluffly head. Head dissipated quickly and leaves thick patchy lacing.
S: Faint aromas of sweet malts. Nothing else I can notice.
T: Weak notes of caramel matls and some hops. Tastes like watered down Richards Red if a comparison is needed.
M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The carbonation is way to high in this, it's quite bad.
D: Not good in any area. Overall a bad brew.
07-05-2010 00:59:09 | More by Long813
Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale from Picaroons Brewing Co.
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