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Deschutes River Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes River AleDeschutes River Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,524
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
705
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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Ratings: 705 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/18/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, especially with the 4% ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

on tap at an irish pub in park city, of all places. apparently a low abv selection made for the states with funny laws. I was impressed with this though, it pours a clear sunny color, with an inch of lasting rich fluff on top. the nose is mellow malt, light and crisp, crackery, with a honey sweetness, meadow springtime feeling beer. the taste matches the nose, crisp and clean, balanced, with a decent bit of bittering hops coming through the straw malt profile. very very drinkable at a low abv, fuller bodied too for its color, which I like a lot. this was an outstanding beer on a big hangover, just something to ease the headache away and reestablish myself. I always associate Deschutes with big bold beers, experimental stuff, and a penchant for creativity, but this simple everyday drinker is also something to behold in its own way. I really enjoyed it, and could easily drink pint after pint of this. everything a lighter beer should be. well done!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather malty, without much in the way of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. The name is duly evocative of my experience rafting down the lulling river through Bend a few summers ago.

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with two skinny fingers of densely foamy, lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some randomly archaic sea-plume lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, warming lemon pie, and peppy herbal, leafy, and grassy hops - simple, sure, but enticing all the same. The taste is semi-sweet pale grainy malt, with soft touches of caramel and toasted white bread, a bit of aged (read: forgotten in the vegetable crisper) lemon rind, and grassy, earthy, and wet hay hop esters.

The carbonation is rather sedate (and upon inspection, barely supportive, but what the hell, eh?), the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes pretty off-dry, the fruit-tinged bready malt really carrying on.

For this ultimately muddled style, Deschutes does very well by it - the balance of hops and game-worthy malt is more than I might expect for an average example therein. Maybe this is really an APA, maybe it isn't, but I'm sure all those Red Chair fans would throw a hissy fit if I more forcefully suggested the former. A pleasantly diverting session ale.

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3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/13/13. 4.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and appealing simple label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Purchased earlier tonight. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Deschutes.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. This is what a blonde should look like, but I'd like a bit more vibrance from the colour. Uneven light lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Pale malts, caramalt. Grainy as hell. A bit grassy. Light floral hops. Somewhat bready. A hint of minty spice. Graininess dominates. A mild strength aroma. Brings a fair bit to the table for an otherwise simple style. I'm intrigued. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts and caramalt forms the unobtrusive backbone. Light floral hops. Dominant grainy and grassy character. Light bready/crackery character. A hint of minty spice adds a nice touch. All around a well balanced brew with a seeming simplicity that disguises impressive subtlety for such a straightforward style. It doesn't have a high depth of flavour, but it's a pleasant refreshing brew. Very enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Decent body. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Slight overcarbonation. Emphasis is on drinkability in the texture. Complements the flavour profile well. Crisp.

Dr: Drinkability is high; that's the whole point. It's a quaffable brew that refreshes. Highly sessionable. This will be a good beer to lure macro lager drinkers into craft, but it doesn't offer much to impress those of us well acquainted with the style. It's a bit Kolsch-lite for my tastes. I see what Deschutes is doing, but they might have been better off brewing an approachable pale ale for this market. Like it, don't love it. I'd like to revisit it on-draught.

High C+

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3%

12 oz bottle with a BB date of Sept. 2014. Purchased in Eugene and consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River.
4.25 3.75 3.4 3.6
Appearance: clear deep amber with a semi-durable, sudsy bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Low-medium hop intensity in this ale is about that of a typical Pilsner. Mild+ bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.
O: well crafted but unexceptional.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More amber than blonde in color. Pleasant appearance with plenty of carbonation. A watery body with a hint of soda water in the flavors.

Taste of crackers and not much else to start. Definitely a Blonde Ale in that regard. Some slight fruitiness and a little sweet malt. No real hop flavor that I can find. Still, it's refreshing and drinkable, and it's hard to complain about the mild flavor given the 4% ABV. Maybe they're brewing this for the Utah supermarket trade. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright golden hue, perfect clarity. A head that other beer are jealous about adorns the top. Very aromatic; crackers, faint citrus, herbal, slightly floral, hop spice and grassy. Very crisp with a lighter body, expected being only 4.0%. Bready with grassy undetones, even hop flavor throughout and the bitterness at 28 IBUs is at an ideal level for balance. Orange pith, faint mint and a bit herbal with a mildly biscuity drying finish

Extremely drinkable and more than enough flavor to go around for its size, well done Deschutes!

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Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 705 ratings
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