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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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into a tumbler glass. No freshness dating.

Nice saturated orange color, it glistens in the light jewel-tone amber. A halo of delicate lace decorates the glass, along with some spotty foam around the edges.

Smells like grainy wet barley, sweet and a little funky. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Slightly astringent feel, light malt sweetness, lightly toasted bread, vague citrus. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Lacking in the hop department but otherwise drinkable. Would like to try a fresher sample someday, Redrover i'm looking at you ;)

Fun fact: Hayward, WI is home to the world's largest fish (sculpture). The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is home to a 4-story, hand-sculpted fiberglass Muskellunge, aka the Big Musky.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can courteously provided by JP. Have a mentioned how glad I am that he found his way home? Have I also mentioned my unabashed love for canned quality, and in particular, hopped canned quality?

Pours a rusty trombone amber with little staying power and a minimal amount of surface spotting - on the darker side of a pale. As much as I try to conjure the demons from within, there is a reluctance to heed my wishes.

Nose is very malt driven with candy apple front and center. Floral and pineapple lurk underneath, but the caramel puts a firm heel down on the proceedings.

Taste follows the lead set by the nose: faint bitterness, caramel drizzled orange, and a fairly clean finish. Could stand a hops infusion and a maltectomy...stat.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, and low-moderately carbonated.

Overall, I’m happy for the opportunity to try this. I really enjoy being surprised when a friend says they brought something back from a trip. Geeky? No doubt. But I dig it none the less. A decent, easy drinking pale, that could stand a bit more brightness and a bit less on the malt-o-meter.

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

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A: Amber rusty brown. About a half finger of beige head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Loads of caramel malt. The hops are barely detectable. Just a hint of bitterness.

T: More caramel malt. Mild hop profile in the finish.

M: Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

O: Easy to drink straight from the can. Which I managed several of while chilling in the water up north.

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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 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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Photo of samie85
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark amber/orange with a two finger white head, that leaves thick lacing.

S-Smells of pretty sweet butterscotch with some pine and grapefruit.

T-The butterscotch comes through a little in the taste with some light bitter pine and grapefruit.

M-Really slick mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation. The combination of the slickness and the butterscotch lead me to believe there's some diacetyl present.

D-This has the potential to be a pretty solid beer but the diacetyl is pretty distracting.

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Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of d5001986
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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River Pig Pale Ale from Angry Minnow Brewpub
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