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River Horse Special Ale ESB - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

161 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.78%
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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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

wrightst, Thursday at 03:45 AM
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

buzzy, Mar 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

cmq103, Feb 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

NYR_Rob, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

BeerForMuscle, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Slatetank, May 17, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Omnium, Apr 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

IPAchris, Nov 13, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

claspada, Sep 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

cde1218, Sep 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
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”.

mikeg67, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

DreaminBeer, Feb 19, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

micromaniac129, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
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River Horse Special Ale ESB from River Horse Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.