Deschutes River Ale | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
703 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
703
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
143
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 703 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of Ilpalazzo
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Bryant Lake bowl on tap.
A: Brilliant straw gold with a ½” creamy white foam collar that leaves thick lace.
S: Citrus and light grains
T: The palate starts with light fruit and light grains and then it dries out with a slight grapefruit rind bitterness, fairly light.
M: medium body and carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink beer.

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

Refreshing, light beer. Enjoyed the mild hops and liked that carbonation. Not big on mouth feel, but didn't expect it from this type of ale. Would definitely buy again if on sale for a lawnmower beer or grilling beer. And the bottles are great to save for home brewing.

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Photo of BurlaNation
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has an APA/IPA taste but without the bitterness (that I don't care for)

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Photo of ssgunbond
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich amber with luxurious head of off-white suds. Lovely lace on my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Aroma: Malty — I get a tasty, toasty bread character right off the bat. Nice and light.

Taste: Toasty and sweetly malty, light in hop character and body but well tasty and enjoyable. River Ale may not be flashy, big, or bold, but it remains a flavorful and well-done session ale that I would gladly enjoy time and again. Prost!

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Photo of rwshelton2
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdel34
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It looks : yellow Amber colored body, a loose knit 2 fingered head leaving webs of lacing as it gradually recedes.

It smells : a woody pine note dominates; honey, grapefruit, and white raisin; slight clean antiseptic.

It tastes : the bitterness is subdued, but present; the hop is piney, but largely of grapefruit; some blonde style malts, with a little yeast and barley.

It feels : very creamy, easy drinking, bordering on medium bodied, ends clean and fresh.

Overall : it's a nicely crafted ale with an emphasis on the hop and yeast. The hop is subdued enough to make it enjoyable and pairs well with the yeast. Not something I'd drink over and over, but this beer is definitely respectable.

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Photo of curmudgeon236
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light, refreshing, inoffensive brew. Sessionable, not too hoppy, nor too malty, yet not bland by any means. One of the most quaffable beers I've ever had.
Well done, Deschutes!

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Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass; my local store had a sample pack that included this bottle which is just a week past its 1/30/15 best-by date
A: Clear light orange with a one-finger head
S: Apple, some florals/grain, a bit sweet
T: Grain, nice floral notes, a bit of citrus/grass from malt
M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit herbal
O: This would make a great session beer - light, complex enough to make you take notice while straightforward enough you don't have to give it your full attention

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Photo of lemmy187
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDudeAbides14
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NeubTube
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillyman11
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierwolf
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy medium gold. A finger of tan foam that leaves some okay lacing. Nice carbonation. For a blonde the tan foam was a surprise.

Aroma: Sweet, malty, floral.

Taste: Was sweet and malty but also there was a light but noticable metallic taste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slick feel. Good carbonation here
Smooth finish.

Overall: Pretty good and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - toasted grains, slight grassy malts, noble hops, hint of citrus peel.

Taste - Starts off with the toasted grains then goes into the grassy malts, noble hops, and citrus peel.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant malty finish.

Overall - A refreshing and sessionable blonde. This would be perfect for the hot "dog days" of summer.

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

Photo of Shade1951
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of the style, so it is difficult to provide a fair review.

No complaints about the look. Nice, slightly hazy gold color, not much of a head, some lacing (for those who care about lacing).

The smell is... mild. Faint hops. No unpleasant.

Taste is also mild, like the smell. Faint piney hops - nothing floral that I can detect. It's not bad, just not that memorable.

The feel is the worst attribute - to my taste buds. Watery. Mildly carbonated.

I guess this is what people would call a "session beer." It would take many people 3 or 4 of these to get a "buzz." Probably better consumed outside on a hot summer's day. The beer just doesn't have enough "substance" for me.

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Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 703 ratings.
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