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River Horse Special Ale ESB - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Special Ale ESBRiver Horse Special Ale ESB

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BA SCORE
74
okay

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Reviews by abents:
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abents

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the brew. Busy red and whit label with no dating.
Explodes out of the bottle causing me to spill a little on the floor; because, of course, I had no glass ready to pour it into. Needless to say this one's got a huge white head made up of larger bubbles. The beer itself sits a murky amber that you can almost see your fingers through as I hold the glass. Smells slightly sweet with caramel malts and a tinge of lemon/citrus. Woah, we got the funk. Was not expecting that one. Need to regroup and figure out what's going on here.
I'm guessing this is not what they were going for, it's got a distinct lemony funk to it, but with nothing else going on this beer it is not pleasant. Kind of an off weird tasting beer that has little to no hop flavor and on the lighter watery side.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 05:04:33 | More by abents
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -5.4%

03-20-2014 18:52:47 | More by harpus
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Pennsylvania

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.4%

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Connecticut

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

08-22-2013 18:09:33 | More by Varkias41
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-27-2013 19:53:22 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +26.2%

05-17-2013 05:18:21 | More by Slatetank
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a reddish brown color nice 1 finger head of an off white tint, no real lacing though.
S - Caramel and toffee malts, an odd alcohol scent, but there's not much alcohol in this beer? Some sour candies and stale bread as well.
T - Tastes like a bad brown ale, all malt flavors with barely any hops or even bitterness. Very bland, and mildly tart
M - Thin fizzy, no good flavors resonating (not that there were any to begin with)
O - Horrid example of an ESB, River Horse needs to go back to the books on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:23:26 | More by Omnium
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -5.4%

12-24-2012 03:14:00 | More by cliff1066
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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claspada

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange with a very large off white head with good retention.

Aromas begin with sweet pale malt and some light honey/caramel. As it warms you get some slight doughy, roasted maltiness with a bit of earthy hoppiness.

The tastes follow the nose with light caramel, toasted bready maltiness with some light toffee flavors as well. Light and clean earthy hoppiness emerges more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and earthy but mainly clean and crisp.

Overall this is a decent, flavorful and balanced ESB. Nothing to mind-blowing but quite satifying considering the ABV, but nothing close to the traditional quality English examples or even as good as many American interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:43:35 | More by claspada
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cde1218

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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Maryland

2/5  rDev -36.9%

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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy-amber with a thick, foamy, long lasting white head and some lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and some fruity notes. Body is medium and crisp. Bready, caramel malt is balanced on the palate by earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Good brew but not “special”.

Serving type: bottle

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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

03-12-2012 16:22:41 | More by DSlim71
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.4%

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DreaminBeer

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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at TJ Smith's and it was okay. if they had a better tap selection last night we wouldn't be talking today. Pours a plain average, came to me clear amber but with nary any carbonation and utterly lacking off head.
Aroma was basically just caramel malts with hardly anything to speak of. Taste is plain and average tasting with malts. There is a sutle nutty finish. Drinks smooth but feels abrasive with a bitter or grain husk finish.
No I don't really much care for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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River Horse Special Ale ESB from River Horse Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.