Dead Horse Amber Ale | Moab Brewery

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BEER INFO

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%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of thedaveofbeer
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle.

Poured a thin brownish gold in color with a dense white foam that never quite vanished. Nose is "wet"--strong water tones and not much else. But maybe a bit of malts if a really look.

Very weak flavor. More like carbonated water with some off flavors than a beer to me. Malt flavors are thin and more noticeable in the aftertaste than with each sip. Just some ever so slight hop presence, but again I find it more in the aftertaste. I would forget I was drinking a beer if it were not for the aftertaste. Medium to light mouthfeel that leans toward watery. Probably a nice quaffable beer on a hot summer day after yard work but not something to savor in the evening.

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Photo of RWLawman
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of colts9016
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is from my notes. in 2008. Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.
Appearance: A thin head that is ivory in color. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange highlights.

Nose: A hints of citrus, malt with a slight sweet aroma.

Taste A good malt flavor and the hops is very hard to distinguish what the flavor profile is.

The mouth feel sweet malty texture. with some creaminess.

Overall: The body of the beer is thin & watery he finish is mild. I feel that the beer lacks a lot of character and life. I will revisit this beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from HomeBrewStuff. Quite a disappointment, I'm usually pleased with their output. On all counts, this brew falls short for the style, dry, murky, musty, metallic.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and pale hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky and is dominated by a pale, musky hops flavor. Despite the hearty malt character, there’s very little sweetness. This one tastes more like and English Pale Ale or an ESB to me.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, there are certainly several other beers with a kick as mild as this beer’s that I would prefer to drink if I’m going to go for a lighter style of beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of booga73
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RedBiddy
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dead horse is an appropriate symbol for this beer. It needs CPR desperately. It is light on all respects. Light in color, lacing, mouthfeel, taste, and general satisfaction. The brewmasters need to serve an apprenticeship at a northwest brewery. It's OK on a hot day when there is nothing but Bud, Miller, and Hamm's as alternatives - but that's not saying much. Joseph Smith...you need googles other than those made of stone.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of kflorence
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JUL 21, 2007

"You Can't Beat A Dead Horse"

I was hoping for more out of this beer, I had never heard of it and bought it because of the slogan which made me chuckle. The beer is fairly carbonated, tastes of toasty malts and hops. I was disappointed with the overall flavor, which was bland with a bitter aftertaste. Very dry. Not my style, I look for more flavor out of my ambers.

Apparently you can beat a dead horse.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

First off, the label says Moab Brewery Belgrade Mt so I'm slightly confused here(contract brewed?) but:

It pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy gold with a 2 finger+ head of foam. Better than average head retention.

The smell has some earthiness, hops, and some fruit.

The taste has an initial malt roastiness to it followed by some citrus hops and then it all seems to fade away. Quickly. Hmm...the finish is *very* watery as is the mouthfeel and I'd have to say that this isn't a very good stab at the style at all. The label says it's in the tradition of an English style Mild but if that's the case..um....nah, I'd give another example of the style a chance. No problem.

Bottom line: A very average brew at best and 1 I'd not consider to drink again.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moab Dead Horse Amber Ale
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. nice amber color, more orange than red. nice off-white head, with decent retention. light lacing.

S: not quite the aroma I was looking forward to. smells of sauerkraut and metal.

T: some of that cabbage is in the flavor as well, which is a huge turnoff to me. nothing really stands out to me with this one. big lack in flavor.

M: too carbonated, major lack in body.

D: not up to par with the rest of the beers in this style. I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dead Horse- Amber

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light copper with a small fizzy head.
S- Marmite and molasses.
T- Light molasses with a touch of roasted oat/ wheat. Thin dry earthy hops flavor in the end.
M- Very thin, watery. Flavor and dryness kick in, in the end.

Overall- Just to thin and watery.

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Photo of gwood
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a clean pint glass...

Pours straw colored, almost orange in the darker light of the dinning room here. Smells of caramel malts and very slight grassy hops. Some sweet caramel malt up front followed by a nice earthy hopping that finished clean, at first. There's a slight tinge to the aftertaste that I can't quite pick out (no freshness date on the bottle). Feels watery on the tongue, actually a bit watery across the board...nothing really stands out all that much. Completely drinkable on a nice summer day but I've got gotos in the fridge that'll be pulled first.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no dating, no ABV stated, but since it's Utah beer sold in grocery stores, by definition it's 3.2% ABW (~4% ABV) or less.

Pours into imperial pint glass a bright clear medium copper, a little carbonation shows.

Aroma is minimal, bready fruit and slight fruity sweetness.

Taste is limited, a little sweet malt, some bread/biscuit, and moderate floral hops. Nothing stands out. In that sense, it's well balanced, but well balanced mediocrity isn't anything to brag about.

Thin bodied, average mouth.

Overall, a vaguely drinkable lawnmower beer, with no huge flaws other than the lack of interesting flavor or body. I certainly won't spend much more money on it, if any.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of caramel and tea. Little bit of her4bal hop but not real strong.

Starts out with a big caramel taste just like the scent. Toasted grain and a slight sensation of mineral water on the tongue. Very mild bitterness. It is OK but on the mild side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a distinctly middle of the road ale.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jwc215
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed light amber with a very thin hed that immediately becomes spots and disappears.

The smell is of slightly roasted grain with a touch of earthiness and vague fruitiness. Very mild.

The taste is of slightly roasted grain. Earthy, slightly fruitiness bitterness gives it a nice balance. Taste is fine, though nothing full, but restrained and too watered down. Clean finish.

The feel is watery thin, though some flavor manages to hang on for a bit.

Mild is an understatement. Easy enough, with just enough flavor, to drink one, but too watery and overly mild, even for a mild ale, to keep interest or want another.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Utah.

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Photo of Darhawk
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Dead Horse Amber Ale from Moab Brewery
3.35 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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