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Dead Horse Amber Ale | Moab Brewery

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Dead Horse Amber AleDead Horse Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

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

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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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Hieroglyphic-looking motif of a "dead horse" baking under the sun on the well-designed label, with a tagline: "You Can't Beat A Dead Horse"...we'll see...thanks to Wasatch for sending this.

A: Pale amber, almost a dark honey, but with an amazing towering head. At least 4-fingers high after a vigorous pour, this off-white frothiness descended ever-so-slowly, never reducing to much less than 1/2 fingers worth of fluffy cream.

S: Smell is fairly weak, light biscuity malt and roasted nuts.

T: Not the typical malty amber, this one has a surprising but likable jolt of sourness, faint spiciness and bitter hops. Hop-malt balance is good, producing a flavorful ale that doesn't lean much toward one or the other.

M: Crisp & somewhat biting, but not aggressively sharp. The mouthfeel is generally mild/light and carbonation is light-medium.

D: Nice to try. Not outstanding but wouldn't turn down another either. ABV is unknown, but something tells me this is a lower one, sessionable and certainly drinkable for 2 pints at least. Thanks again, John.

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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 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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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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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 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 donnebaby
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy rich amber with a small hazy white ring. Floury sweet rice malts, light.

Taste is amber ale, with big notes of apples and some ricey flour accents as well. Aftertaste is mild, faint hops.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this brew, utterly smooth with the carbonation coming through as a follow-up. Medium body, comes across as heavy.

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Photo of Fabric8r
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a little above average, this beer is best as a summer ale. Light in body and color, somewhat sweet at first, then finishes very dry and bitter. Overall, the flavor is average for a beer of this style. This beer goes well with pizza, for instance, but not much else. They say "you can't beat a dead horse", but I think you can if you wanted to....

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Photo of tavernjef
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Color is a stained orangish-yellow, clear bodied, thin whitish head and spotty lacing. Smell has a stale malted fruity sense, kinda like dried peaches or apples. Sweet and dry on the nose. Taste is moderately sweet with some fruity tones of dark orange and mild hops giving a nudge of citrus and spice. Feel is shy of medium bodied, closing in on thin with a loose front and lacking in the finish some. A bit bland and plain but refreshing enough I guess.

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Photo of fattyre
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy very slightly reddish golden wit a large white rocky head and a moderate to thin mouthfeel. The smell was slightly malty/breadlike with a light citrus undertone. The taste was very much like the smell with a light maltiness fading to an increasing hop bitterness. This was overall a very decent amber ale that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't seek out.

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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 mjohn27603
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fluid oz bottle. Poured with such a big head that the whole glass was foam. It took several minutes for the pillowy foam settle down. From the label: "Named after the scenic overlook near Arches National Park. A traditional english mild ale with a well balanced malt to hop ratio." Slight chill haze in the bottle, it looked a bit copper in color. Being an amber ale, the most obvious taste is the hops bitterness. Not much taste until after you swallow then the hops kicks in on the tongue. I don't pick up much on the maltiness promised on the bottle. I had this on draft at the brewpub and it seemed a bit better. I had to transport this bottle by car a long distance - maybe the beer suffered. I pick up a slight sulfur smell. A bit fresher and I can see this as a refreshing beer.

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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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