Dead Horse Amber Ale | Moab Brewery

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Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States
themoabbrewery.com

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dead Horse Ale is named after the scenic overlook near Canyonlands. A traditional english mild ale with a well-balanced malt-to-hop ratio. The perfect beverage to compliment all foods

Added by beernut7 on 08-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.44/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of Brewman7284
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is 4% ABV. Pours a orangy/golden, nice carbonation with a small head. Leaves some lacing around the edges. Scents of hop, malt, and dry fruit. The taste is great as with most UT beers. Light body with a great sweet after taste. Many of these can be had, it's a very nice micro for a UT brew. Would recommend.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Slightly cloudy and opaque, deep orange amber. One finger creamy white head presented, falls quickly with speckled lacing and a simple collar.

Great nose on this brew. Ripping toasty grains, dry and crackely. Good amount of barley and a sense of bulgur earth dense quality. It is meaty.

Palate delivers nicely. Light bodied mild character, lots of crackery character. Slight orange hop angle but the grains on this just chomp all around. Very light but not too watery, with plenty of flavor.

Good solid mild, getting impressed with the few offerings I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moab Brewery Dead Horse Pale Ale
on tap at Copper Creek Grub and Pub in West Valley City, Utah

Appearance: nut brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: nice hops and slight apple.

Taste: nice grains, slight hop, and a really faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a nicely crafted brew. It has lots of flavor and isn't watery.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, very slight reddish, golden Amber Ale with a large white rocky head. The smell is sweet and of fruit of some sort (grapefruit). The taste is light malty with a mild-mild bitter end. It feels light in my mouth. a very drinkable Amber Ale. To quote the label, "You Can't Beat a Dead Horse.

(source: Beers Across America)

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Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light clean grain with a smattering of musty hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt and a suble, yet spirited grassy hop. An overall fresh taste.

The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation.

Overall a clean and crisp ale that gains points for its good drinkability. Thanks to Wasatch.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once more, a tip o' the wood to my local, in-person trader, tone77, who recently dropped off a load of CANs (among others) in furtherance of The CANQuest! I made a change request as the words "Dead" and "Horse" should be separate(d), plus the CAN (seemingly) identifies it as "Dead Horse Premium Amber Ale" and as a SuppO once told me, "No one is going to get in trouble for providing too much information. It is when you provide too little that fog and confusion sets in." We'll see.

From the CAN: "You C[AN]'t Beat a Dead Horse"; "Amber Ale"; "Say m[oh]-ab, you pilgrims!"; "Rejoice"; "10 Million Years In The Making"; "Dead Horse Ale is named after the scenic overlook near Arches National Park. A traditional English-style mild ale with a well balanced malt to hop ratio."

The Crack unleashed a brimful CAN and an inverted Glug produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a nutty, caramel malty scent. Mouthfeel was medium and the nuttiness of the malt was immediate on the tongue along with a light grassy hoppiness. I CANnot say that I CANsider myself an expert on the style, but in looking at the site's description, I would say that this is an excellent example. The finish had a light butteriness which is apparently okay in the style. At only 4.0% ABV, it could easily be a session beer, but I always feel like I need more hops. Say Moh-are, you hopheads!

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a pleasant caramel, malty nose with a touch of hops. Sudsy in the mouth with a decent pile of foam in the tall glass.

Malty and warm. This has a note of the fruity English flavor. Some tangy, leafy hops with just a twang of bitterness. All very tidy and well-mannered.

This is one of the better Utah supermarket brews. Very drinkable, mild, pleasant quaff. From the 16 oz can bought at Emigration Market in Sal Lake City. This can is several months old, and still has a spritzy freshness.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MFMB
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this tonight on tap, it was smooth and very drinkable. I'd order again.

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Photo of beernut7
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This light amber colored brew presents first with a sweet grassy aroma and a lacy white head. The brew is quite hoppy on the spice side with the perfect amount of bitterness. The body is light than many ambers, but with the perfect hop profile this brew comes off as quite refreshing. "You can’t beat a Dead Horse."

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. I think it's pretty attractive!

Smell: light malt aroma with a rather toasty/biscuity character. There's also a very, very light fruitiness present which I think takes a bit of an edge off the biscuit. Not too bad.

Taste: lightly toasty malt with the biscuit character from the aroma pared back nicely. I think this has a nice flavor to it; it's hard to get much out of a mild, but they've done so here.

Mouthfeel: light body with a high level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this is a very drinkable brew. I think it would be perfect for tailgating -- now if they would only distribute to Seattle!

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is inkjetted "7908" on the bottom, maybe the BB date?

Puffy, convex head of foam on a lovely deep amber-orange body. A ring of lace with descending sheets of foam are left along teh edge.

Aroma of creamy peanut butter, which follows in the flavor. Quite a big specialty malt presence. Lightly bitter, although sweet malt steals the show. A little grainy, but smooth and round instead of having a rough hewn feeling. Maybe a little oatmeal, or malt-o-meal for the 80s generation.

Very light and easy drinking, in the English Mild tradition (style as stated on the label). Several wouldn't be out of the question in warmer weather.

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Photo of benloho
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber pour, plenty of ivory head and lace – nice looking brew with those streaky laces in my NB tulip glass. Toasty bread and malt in the aroma, which carried over into the taste. Very doughy and bready. Tangy, sour and very dry in the finish.

Amber ales are a lighter breed of beer, and this one personifies the style.
I could see this being a staple session brew if commonly available.


Hats off to Wasatch for a fine frosty sent from Utah!

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Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can't beat a dead horse, eh? We'll see about that. Pours a lazy orange copper into a pint glass. Small, dense head of off-white, that sticks around. Nose has hints of crystal malt caramel and toasted grain. Solid hop aroma, on the ganja side with resinous bitter notes. Taste is very similar. Weak malt strives for sweetness but comes across toasted and caramelly. Can't quite balance the resinous, bitter hop flavors. Moderate bodied amber/pale ale. Leans toward hops for sure. A nice, UT-constrained hop ale that is a nice session beer for those who like there hops.

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Photo of OB1
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Equal parts amber and orange with a sparse cloud of fine particulates. The cream colored cap is attractive, both after the pour and as it begins to depart. Thin, feathered rings of lace make their way to the glass and should continue to march downward as I drink. Solid.

The nose is pretty nice as well. I'm glad to see that Moab didn't skimp on hops. The beer has a wonderful fruitiness about it that smells like a combination of U.S. varieties (citrus) and U.K. ones. It's difficult to make an amber ale stand out, but the brewers have done a credible job of it.

Dead Horse doesn't quite hold up on the palate due to a too light mouthfeel (warning: personal preference alert). A little more pale malt would have done wonders. The hop flavor is as enjoyable as I thought it would be after the sniff test, but it fades too quickly. This is one of those beers that are too light for their own good.

It's a pretty safe bet that the ABV is somewhere around 4%. I had a 4.9% stout yesterday that tasted much bigger, so I know it's possible to cram a lot of flavor into a so-called session beer. I continue to hope for more flavor with each mouthful... and continue to be disappointed. Since I hate to beat a Dead Horse, I'll stop complaining now.

The mouthfeel is the least enjoyable aspect of the beer. It fades to watery prior to the finish, which is never a good sign. I haven't been too unkind, though, since amber ales aren't known for their mouthfilling creaminess.

This is my first Moab beer (thanks Wasatch) so I don't yet have enough information to pass judgment on the brewery as a whole. The basic framework for the construction of a quality amber ale is present, it just needs to be fleshed out a little. This Dead Horse could use a little more life.

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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
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