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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
76
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003)
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Reviews by jamesg60:
Photo of jamesg60
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice tasting right off the bat not over bearing like some micro brews who over kill with citrus. Little foggy small head but I good tasting this a drinking ale unlike others where you can only drink one because there are to heavy.

One of the better Summer Ales and it helps that it is a local NJ brewery..

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey light golden color with a light head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is definently malty and grainy with some light sweetness.The taste has a nice malty backbone but nothing really gives it some umph.This a solid brew easy to drink quite a few of these not very complex.

Photo of Kjanisch7
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jakester
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is from a sampler case I got at Shelbourne Beer Dist. near Reading. No friggin' date on the label, bottle, or case. C'mon, guys! A little help!!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of white bubbles. The head quickly drops to tiny islands and a ring, with no lacing. Looks highly effervescent.

This has a faint, sour like aroma (from wheat?), not unpleasant, though I'm not sure it's supposed to be there. Very faint light malt smell, if you work a little bit. Not much there.

The first flavor is slightly tart, kind of like a wheat beer. Flavor is pretty thin, with no discernable hop taste. Very slight hop bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. A pretty long tartness is the finish.

Not a very good beer. This was my first River Horse beer, and if all the other beers in this sampler are like this, they won't be in business too much longer. At least date the fucking things!

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Photo of Mikkiicky
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of pjvie
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of dacrza1
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 27, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... OCCASION: a ton of yard work done today--time for a reward...APPEARANCE: cloudy, slightly murky yellow-orange body; good effervescence; white, thick, soapy head; sporadic whips of lacing... AROMA: some lemon zest, some dishwasher detergent as well; faint wheat and clove... PALATE: slightly lively; easily drinkable, as the style would suggest; light in body and not fizzy--flat?... TASTE: instantly off-putting funk that doesn't subside with the next sip (wet cardboard?); malt is somewhat abrasive as well; this is NOT what summer tastes like to me... OVERALLL: sadly, a second chance at a first impression, and yet the same result: a bafflingly unsatisfying flavor married to a thirst-quenching body; plenty of other summer ales deliver more taste and harmonious experiences...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

River Horse- Summer Blonde

Now that I live 10-15 minutes from River Horse I can finally sample what they have to offer.

Appearance- cloudy fizzy yellow with a thin white soapy head.
Smell- grassy, wheat, and sweet.
Taste- sweet, almost sugery. Light wheat/ grain flavor.
Mouthfeel- watery.refreshing. goes down smooth. A definite lawn-mowing beer.

Overall- a decent/mediorce summer blonde,won't offend.

Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body is capped by a creamy head of bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and some whispy surface foam. Lacing, however, is limited. The nose is intriguing with a soft, wheat-tinged grainy malt that's smoothed by a light touch of buttery diacetyl and backed by a subtle fruitiness. The body is medium and it appears creamy and smooth in the mouth due to a fine, moderate carbonation. The buttery diacetyl found in the nose is a bit stronger in the flavor, yet it actually seems to work for the beer by combining with a grainy maltiness that's gently balanced by mildly spicy hops. There's a malty sweet flavor to it that I associate with the dextrins delivered by cara-pils malt; but it's not overdone and it retains a refreshing quality. It finishes with a lingering note of sweet malt that slowly receeds to reveal some gentle background hop flavor and delicate bitterness. Overall, a very decent summer beer that might not be really refreshing right after mowing the lawn, but has a little bit more malt flavor to it for when you're relaxing after a late evening cookout. Enjoyable!

Photo of BklynTerp
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Bdel34
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of broller
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DS31
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of drcarver
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy yellow body with a small white head.

S - Peas. It smells like peas. I'd say sweet peas, like the kind you find in your freezer section. A little citrus in the front, but its all peas after that. I gave it a 2 because I don't like peas, but if you like peas by gum this is your beer.

T - Light and crisp with a sweet malty aftertaste. And what a shock, it tastes like peas, but not nearly as strong as the smell.

M - Clean and crisp. Light bodied.

D - Goes down nicely once you get rid of the pea flavor.

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Pub in Mendham NJ.

River horse summer. Clear bright gold some foam to start. Light citrus nose. Smooth citrus taste light wheat. Crisp summer beer that is quite refreshing. May not be complicated but I'm enjoying. 375 35 375 325 375

Photo of tjd112
4.65/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into same brewery's pint glass

Appearance - Very golden colour with white head, good retention, some lacing

Smell - Faint apricots, some malts and hops

Taste - Apricots, cherries, maybe a little bit of citrus, a somewhat sweet, but not too cloying beer

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied

Drinkability - Smooth

Overall - A great summmertime brew

Photo of disruptor32
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
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