New River Pale Ale | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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New River Pale AleNew River Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 73
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared 22oz bottle.
Looks as expected for style.
Flavor: exceptionally fruity APA with near, but lower than average, bitterness.

O: very nice fruity/juicy flavor. Easy drinking.

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Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first review of this brewery.

Pours coppery in color with a bit of orange. A 2 finger white head settles quickly Slightly cloudy, you can see through it, just no real detail. Bubbles of carbonation evident early on.

Nutty, grapefruit early on, then more lemony in aroma with doughy biscuit and some grassiness.

Rather dry at first impression, but then a bit of sweet, nutty malt. Overall, mostly citric, lemon and bitter lemon peel. Significant piney aspect rising in the back of the mouth. A hint of tropical fruit on occasion, llike mango.

Moderate in body with moderate bite of carbonation. Slightly sticky and drying in the end.

After seeing the reviews, I was surprised at how much I liked this beer.It's not "in your face", but it has good character, and in my opinion, is well rounded. I wouldn't hesitate to try it again.


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Photo of Etan
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz into a snifter.

A. Clear bright orange/copper body with a small white head.

S. Lots of grapefruit notes, cracker and caramel malt.

T. Pine, grass, light toffee, a bit of citrus. Dry, almost too dry.

M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. A decent pale ale, which is a bit too dry and grassy for its own good. Next time skip the Munich malt and pick some more interesting hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New River pours with a dense honey-like amber-orange color and with golden highlights that pierce its haze. As the beer settles, a lather of loosely knit carbonation builds on top before dissolving back into the beer nearly halfway through the session.

Sweet malt aromas are of caramel, honey, bread and biscuit and give the beer its early impressions. As the beer warms, a melange of citrus peels, grass and tea leaves give the beer a higher hop appreciation. Apples and apricots provide a mild ester component that deviates from American pale ales and tend toward English varieties.

The beer's taste is sweet with the same caramel, honey, and bread character that the nose suggested. It's long taste of sweet grains keep the hops surpressed until late in the taste when the bitterness of citrus pith, pine resins, and herbal grasses strive for balance. Again, the taste of tea and fruit pronounce in that long drawn middle palate and offers an English-like taste.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer builds a dull weight that sits on the palate in lumbered fashion. Its carbonation is fast-fleeting and the relatively high rate of residual sweetness struggles to develop the beer toward any crispness, cleanliness, or dryness in finish.

New River is a fine drinking ale. But because of its lack of adherence to the classic pale ale style, its caught in obscurity and becomes quite an ambiguous taste.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. No freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orange copper with a massive white head. Standard pour and half my glass was foam. Did the same thing on my second pour 20 mins later. What the hell? The head lingers for far too long and settles into a 1/4" thick crown. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Lemon citrusy hops, lemon oil, earthy, floral, pale malts.

Taste: Lemony citrus hops with an added piney resin bitterness. pale, crystal malts add a little depth but overall the brew is unbalanced and perhaps a little too bitter. Not loving it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. slightly high carbonation. Finish is bland. Beer is one dimensional with too much unbalanced bitterness.

Overall: Not terrible but there's much better pale ales. Doubt I would ever buy this again.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
1.8/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Other reviews below seem to hit all the key-words for this beer....unimpressed, disappointed, not happy, lacking....

Pours a straw, corny-colored orangish-dark yellow. This is a very dull Pale Ale. Very muted with off-tastes of hops, some citrus, but mostly just sudzy grain. Flavors, as slight and muted as they are, fade from taste as soon as they can be identified. Overall, poor example of a Pale Ale...disappointing to drink.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Virginia, the ew River is local. 5.6% pale ale. Says very aromic w a bouquet of citris fruit, grass & a light touch of tropicalsweetness but I think is a subtle pale ale with no aftertaste. Feels like 3% etoh. Tried it @ Pizza paridisio @ dupont circle. A glass goes for $7.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Lost Rhino.

Clearish dark orange amber with a cola like, quickly fading head. Fruity and malty nose, bread and grain with minimal hop bitterness. Flavor is heavy on bready malt with a light pine hop finish. Medium bodied and slightly undercarbonated.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/9/12
*From notes

-- Split this well deserved bomber with my Pops after a long damn day. --

A: Clean copper-orange. A good pour yields a loose and white .5 finger head.

S: Slightly piney, with a faint kiss of what seems like mango. Grains and malt linger in the background.

T: Low key. Quite malty, and a decent amount of East Coast pine. It reminds me a bit of a lesser Great Lakes Burning River, as it's not nearly as expressive.

M: Meager and disappointing. It's just not as rich and fulfilling as I'd like. The carbonation seems to be a bit low, like they should have kicked it up a notch back at the brewery.

O: Not a half bad attempt at an APA. Not my favorite in-style, but certainly not the worst. I don't know how often I'll return to this, but wouldn't be offended if a buddy bought me a pint.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with just a touch of golden hue. There is a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell with some malt sweetness and just a touch of hops. Nice but not very strong.

Taste: This is a pretty good beer. Bready malt with a good amount of hop bitterness. I would like the sweetness of the body to stick around for a bit longer to accompany the bitterness. This is a good food beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this pale ale quite a bit. Not perfect by any means, but I liked it. I would search out other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of grapefruit hops and toasty malt. Smells great, I don't know if it's me or not, but I tend to enjoy the aromas on APAs better than IPAs.

Crystal clear in the glass with a nice orange color topped by a kind of soapy looking white head. The head was bountiful but dissipated quite fast to a thin, respectable layer. Lacing is site nice, almost looks like the soap residue on my shower wall (good for a beer, bad for the shower).

New River has a really nice malty profile with low bitterness but a moderate hop profile which rounds it out nicely. I get this somewhat sweet bread component, like those Sweet Hawaiian Rolls you can buy at the supermarket. Interestingly enough, the hop flavor doesn't come across as grapefruit, but rather a bit more mango-ish. Tropical flavors are whats on the palate here.

Medium body and lower carbonation makes this a nice, almost session beer (almost), one can easily polish off a bomber without working too hard, but to savor it is a better idea. Overall this is a very very nice pale ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Barely any head forms off the pour from the bottle. What does form is a thin shocking white head that barely manages to form. Hazy, murky, and cloudy dull body of sewery copper yellow and brown. Some cola like bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. No lacing, manages to keep a simple white collar. This does not look appetizing.

Nose smells of green apple, faint malt and toast in the background. A bit sweet, English like tea hop aromatics, not that impressive, but also a noticeable medicinal bitter. That bitterness is really dominant after much time.

Crazy weird finish on this beer. Palate is wet bodied and lacking any depth. Taste is quick malt and medicinal hop finish. Very biting medicine on the finish with a dentist trip to the office bitterness.

This is my second beer from this brewery and so far I am not impressed with what I have had.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into tulip. the first bottle i have seen from lost rhino.

A: a slightly hazed orange body. head is frothy and white. good retention and plenty of sticky foamy lacing.

S: an american floral hop component. little bit of rose and hop resin. earthy and herbal as well. a nice symphony of all things hoppy.

T: the hop presence comes across mostly as bitterness and not so much in the flavor. it is a little one note. just a bitter blob. the finish that follows is all malt. chewy grain. i would guess maybe munich malt? and reading the label confirms that. go me.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium bodied brew.

D: not bad, not great. the aroma is distinctively better than the palate. if i were to tweak this recipe at all i would tone down the bitterness addition and get heavy on the flavor addition.

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Photo of Chaney
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge. This is my first LR beer!

A: Poured a somewhat translucent, yet very dark brown/maroon color, with about a half finger head that looked like Coca-Cola.

S: I didn't get much on the nose but maybe a puff of yeast and some candy sugar, without any citrus presence.

T: Once again, not much citrus and bitter as hell. Additionally, I one could almost describe this as a hoppy brown ale due to its overwhelming brown sugar (vs. hop) presence.

M: Very sugary, lots of lacing on the glass AND palate, and the lingering was not of the desirable variety.

O: I wouldn't call this a pale ale, much less a good beer. Almost a drain pour.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rustico in Alexandria, VA. Review from notes.

The beer is a hazy light orange color with a white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some citrus, bread, biscuits, malt. Lots of bready characteristics in the flavor with a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice, as is typical with a cask ale. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Black Bear Bistro in Warrenton, VA

A clear yellowsh amber with average head and good lacing

The smell is faint, citrus

Taste is mainly piney and citrus, refreshing but not complex

Overall a good and drinkable Pale Ale, but far from outstanding.

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Photo of bamojr
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber in color.
nice hop nose with malty backing. Smells nice and sweet.
great malt flavor that's got a good sweetness.
Some hops in the back to round it out. Lost its fiz a bit early.
Overall a decent brew, I'll have to try some more Lost Rhino stuff, this was a good introduction.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass. I believe the ABV was around 6% according to the menu.

a - Pour a somewhat clear orange yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and breast malts. Lots of malts and fruit, not a ton of hops. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of bready malts, fruity malts, citrus hops. Again, lots of malts and pretty enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good pale ale that was heavier on the malts than the hops, but I liked it. I enjoyed this one way more than the Face Plant I tried a few weeks ago. Very easy to drink and felt like I could have had a few of them. Would have it again.

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New River Pale Ale from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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