River Pig Pale Ale | Angry Minnow Brewpub

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River Pig Pale AleRiver Pig Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Angry Minnow Brewpub
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tavernjef on 04-12-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of browncty
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an amber color from the can. It is a excellent American Style Pale Ale. It's a perfect amount hop flavor, good appeal to people who don't like the real hoppy IPA's but like an ale. This is a local brewery with limited distribution. If you're in Northern Western Wisconsin and you can find it purchase some, awesome beer. This is a true craft beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gitchee Gumee Brewfest - Chill haze rusted gold color with a sturdy medium sized creamy cap of lively ivory foam. Thin sheets of lacing sticks.

Aroma is a intreguing display of orange and pineapple fruit, light caramel malt backing, overall mildly pungent with a raspy fresh floral tone to its hop presence.

Taste mirrors the aroma quite nicely here, solid hop tones bringing in a briskly good orange and pineapple fruit, crisp, fresh, tame yet eagarly filling with a decent bite and bitterness. The fruits tend to come through more than the floral notes due to its sweeter caramel backing.

Feel is about medium; crisp, smooth, tamingly good citrusy fruits, the grab of hop bite is about right for an APA. This was one of the nicest of the drinkers at the fest. Growler and session worthy.

On another note: Between these guys and the people at Rock Bottom I could say where I could've hung out the most. They were a blast to talk to and super friendly. I will be making an effort to try and stop in when ever close to the area of Hayward.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served an Imperial Pint Glass. The Beer is bronze with off-white head. Nice lacing.

Cascade and centennial hops show in the nose. Nice pine & citrus smell.

Nice bitterness balanced by slightly toasted malts. Lots of citrus pine goodness. Maybe a SNPA clone. Nicely nuanced beer.

Midlevel carbonation balanced by silky mouth. Session beer to the max.

Very enjoyable beer that was fresh and well made.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper body. Frothy beige head leaves a good amount of droopy lace. Solid aroma. Nice caramel malt tones and grassy, leafy hops. Nicely balanced flavor, and that's not to say there are some nice hop attributes going on. Hops are grassy, resiny, pine sappy, leafy... all on top of a nice base of caramel/crystal malts. Medium full body with a nice amount of carbonation. Easy, flavorful drinker. Got a 4 pak of cans when I was staying in Wassau for the Packer/Bucs game...made for a nice poolside beer.

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4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Cfred371
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Economart in Spooner, close to the source

Look: The beer poured a dark amber color with a light light khaki head. I don't see too much carbonation coming from the bottom. I let this sit out 15-20 minutes so the temperature is likely somewhere in the mid forties.

Smell: The smell is malts with some earthy hops. I got some pine as well as dankness. I was surprised by how different this was from most other pale's I've had of late

Taste: There's some initial sweetness followed by pine and that dank flavor kicks in near the last third of the finish.

Feel: this is a medium to thicker mouth feel, and has a bitter dry ending leaving that resinous flavor in the mouth.

Overall: My initial reaction was that this beer is about a 3.75 to 4, but as I was describing the beer I realized I really liked a lot of the things used to judge this beer. I think a 4-4.25 is about accurate. If you take this for what it is, a pale ale that was around before most of the extremely hopped trends, this is an excellent brew. Next time I'm home i'd consider grabbing this.

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Photo of slyke
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the Angry Minnow's River Pig Pale Ale in bottles at the Marketplace Food's liquor room in Hayward. I had enjoyed the beer on tap at the brewpub and thought I'd bring some home.

Appearance is a clear amber color with half an inch of white head that fades to a thin ring pretty quickly.

The nose is dominated by sweet caramel malt notes with a bit of a meaty aroma as well.

The taste is sweet with those caramel-like notes again. Slightly more malt than hops in this one. It reminds me of Fuller's London Pride. A fairly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly coating in the mouth, but finishes clean.

Drinkability is solid. If you like the style (and I do) this one is definitely worth a try, especially if you enjoy London Pride. It is an American Pale Ale that calls to pale ale's roots in England. Recommended.

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Photo of nuebs
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darklordlager
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple at Stella Blues in Eau Claire recently.

Pours a medium copper with very little head.

Smell was nothing too special--pale malt, a little caramel malt and sweet citrus hops.

Taste was very good--Somewhat similar to SNPA, though a little darker and with a bigger malt backbone. Hops had a resiny quality that reminded me of a wet-hopped beer, which was enjoyable.

Very sessionable pale ale from a brewery that is new to me. If I see this again, chances are I'll give it a whirl.

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Photo of Mjcourtney17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of joe1510
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
Angry Minnow

River Pig Pale Ale fills the glass a mildly hazy tarnished copper with a few highlights hinting toward amber. When backlit the body takes on more of an orange hue and shows more haze. An ample two-plus finger dirty white sudsy head formed on the pour and left patchy spotted lacing as it settled to a thick cap. There is zero carbonation noticeable throughout the body.

A combo of candied grapefruit and candied orange rinds lead the hop profile and are met with a floral quality that almost matches the fruitiness but falls just short. There's an earthy maltiness like can be found in some English-styled IPAs but are quickly pushed aside by a healthy dose of caramel. The hops come across as very candy like and beg me to take a drink.

The flavor seems to follow the aroma fairly closely. The earthy malts come through more then the nose suggested but the candied fruitiness quickly pushes them aside before a quick zip of lime flashes through mid palate. The caramel maltiness shows up toward the backend and makes a strong showing. The fresh citric hoppiness finishes things off with a nice showing of some of those floral qualities. Overall it's a very well balanced APA.

River Pig's body leans toward moderate with a thinner feel on the swallow as the carbonation picks up. The bitterness never grows like I was hoping but the body does have a sneaky velvetiness that comes around on the finish.

Each glass I pour goes down easier and easier. This is a very well balanced pale ale with a solid caramel drizzled citric quality that keeps things flowing easily.

River Pig is a solid, enjoyable APA. I've drank this the last couple years while on vacation and thoroughly enjoy such a fresh, quality beer in such a beautiful setting. Stop by the pub if you get a chance, the food is hard to beat.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buebie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a pug glass. Producing about 2 inches of off white head. Leaving a thin cap and generous collar. Color is gorgeous, pale copper amber with redish hues.
Lace leaves behind lace lines as the beer recedes.
Aroma of malty maple syrup drenched rolls on butter. Malty to say the least, with mild hop spice, floral hop leaf and very faint citrus.
Flavors are pretty malty with a good amount of sweetness and caramelized sugars. Faint grain flavors too, as well as a light hop profile, mild bitters and leafy flavors with also mild citrus.
Lingering with some hops and sweet grain flavors.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, with carbonation balance
This is a remarkable sessioner for sure, that I gladly would seek out again.


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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

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