Broad River Red Ale | River Rat Brewery

Broad River Red AleBroad River Red Ale
BA SCORE
3.72/5
38 Ratings
Broad River Red AleBroad River Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River Rat Brewery
South Carolina, United States
riverratbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SC_Beer_Drinker on 03-22-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,008
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
38
pDev:
11.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 7
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Photo of barronkr
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Cbmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ordybill
4.87/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Fruit, malt and bread, nice mix.
Appearance- A reddish yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Malt, hops and fruit. I really like the taste!
Palate- A light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a great texture that matches the sweetness level of the flavor.
Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. Next time I am in South Carolina I will search this beer out.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated 9 November 2014.

Pours a relatively clear reddish-gold. No real head to speak of, but a thin layer of bubbles does cling to the top for the duration. No lacing, but a nice sheet of bubbles follows the beer up and down the glass as you drink.

Smells- smells like beer, but not in any standout way.

Taste- Mild malt, light hop bite.

Feel- smooth, easy to drink

River Rat sells this as "a beer for everybody" that is good "for drinking on hot day". I agree with that. Maybe not the most distinct of beers, but enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of tkelley
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - great ruby body, very clear. Thin white head.

N - caramel malts and yummy bread smells. Lightly yeast.

T - biscuity roasted malts. Kind of fruity and sweet. Very hearty.

M - chewy. Good carbonation.

O - very good red ale. Cheers!

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Photo of vancean2
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hilljack51
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice bright reddish copper color with a smaller cream colored head.

Aroma is very light some toasted caramel malts and light fruity notes and earthy hints.

Taste is pretty good toasted malts with some good caramel notes. Fruity hints blend with herbal mint like bitterness to round it out. Flavor is better or stronger then the nose let on to. Has the good malt flavor of an amber ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with maybe slightly more then medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad amber, defiantly hits the spot if your craving a toasted malt treat. Easy drinking and smooth, a solid enough brew.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DarthSheev
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mojo
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

With the South Carolina craft brewers blazing their trail, a glaring light is shone on River Rat Brewery as their take on "red ale" is borne of British roots but with a classic clean and comfort taste that's found in an American cast.

Its bright and brazen golden bronze color is clear and prismatic. It invites a quick taste that skips right by those floral and honied aromas and delve right into the toasted caramel, bread crust, pecan and grain-sweetened tastes that frame its early palate.

Once the flavors latch onto the middle palate, its sweetness reaches its apex with caramel, nut and slight butterscotch. The floral tones develop into mild citrus of orange blossom and kumquat. Lightly peppery and crusty in its malty-dry middle its taste is alive with a sun-kissed, albeit worty, grain character.

Its toasty finish is still somewhat juicy with malt and citrus but is also allured with a dry late palate of slim warmth, light grain bite and a broad woodish bitterness that fades fast in aftertaste. Grilled shrimp, caribbean jerk poultry or pepperoni pizza will all find favor with an accompaniment with this beauty of a red ale.

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Photo of huntermop
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tlema1
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really nothing special going on with this beer at all....very generic red ale

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Photo of DrMullet
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium reddish amber with good head and moderate persistent lacing.
Smell is malt with a bit of fruit.
Taste is a fairly complex mix of fruit and citrus.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikestaf
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thattizzank
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Broad River Red Ale from River Rat Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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