Dark Horse Rod | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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86
very good
70 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drxandy on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ye Olde Saloon in Royal Oak.

What a fine, fine beer... something about it. I know a lot in this style can taste similar, but I get a sort of almost coffee flavor from the malt that I really dig and it gives this beer excellent drinkability. Not bitter at all, and super smooth at 7.1% ABV. Nice surprisingly clean flavor coming from this one. I'm not sure that Dark Horse bottles this, but they ought to, and to make it year-round. One of the better I've had in the style... refreshing to have an amber that's not hopped to high hell. Props, Dark Horse.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 7/21/12

A) Pours a dark, rusty/crimson brown; dense appearance. One half finger head thins to a soapy layer. Some drippy lace.

S) The aroma has strong notes of floral hops, sweet bread and caramel. Milder hop overtones of citrus and pine. Full, resinous aroma. Smells pretty good.

T) While exhibiting a balance in the aroma, the taste has much more focus on the hops here there is a showing of pine and citric pepperings. Toasted bread and caramel; somehow this beer manages to stay rather dry.

M) Medium-plus feel; it is resinous and oily. Puffy, rolling carbonation.

D) Overall, ROD is maltier than I prefer. That said, it has full flavor and is not lacking in feel. I appreciate that in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Dark Horse Rod from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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