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River Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
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Added by Seanibus on 05-08-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
177
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 177
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryan C. for this one. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy light honey gold color with under 1/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lace.

The aroma had a very light grain base with some very light floral hops on the edges. The flavor profile was pretty much the same, just a light brighter and more well defined. The grain gave a nice earthy base, and the hops showed a slight fruitiness.

The body was good, full without being heavy, smooth and with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, a nice little brew that would make a good match for various outdoor activities. Worth grabbing a few.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden sunshine with lots o'carbonation. A fluffy white head sits atop this brew.
The aroma has a biscuit malt smell with some hoppy spiciness.
Taste is quite good really, but I noticed a heavy bit of cloying. Biscuit malts and some hops are in the taste.
Refreshing brew that drinks oh so easy, my only problem was the cloying.

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Photo of Omnium
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours gold yellow, 1 finger white sudsy head, little lacing.
S - Baking flour and wheat is pretty much all i smell, maybe a hint of faint spice.
T - Follows the taste pretty close, large floury type taste, and a little of bitter tang at the end.
M - A tart bitterness hangs on to your palate, nothing really great.
O - I just flat out do not like this beer, the aroma is very off putting to me. Taste comes through in the same way.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The River Ale is a clear golden brew. It poured in to a shaker with very little foam head and little lacing. The smell is clean and unassuming. You get all malt in the nose. The taste is malty and crisp with very faint to no hop aroma or flavor in the taste. It is very soft on the palate and is a lawnmower type of beer. You could probably suck down a half rack in short order due to the qualities of this one. Not too bad of a beer but one which my wife would definitely like more.

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Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Downhouse in Houston.

A: Pours a reddish/orange color with a touch of haze. A one finger white head forms, and recedes after a few minutes. Light lace is left behind.
S: Fairly neutral in the nose. Grains, toasted malt. A bit of sweetness. Light grassy hops. Though not very aromatic.
T: Toasted grains, caramel and crystal malts. A light sweetness. A touch of grassy hops. Nothing lingers. Inoffensive and enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, and pretty clean. Just a tad watery though. Easy to drink. All day with this. "Poundable" as they say.

A nice little session beer. Very enjoyable, and I will be sure to pick up a few six packs. Not the best session beer I have had, but no bother. Something to drink when you don't want to contemplate the beer. Basically, Deschutes made exactly what they wanted.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD 07/02/13

Pours amber with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears & a touch of hay

T: Follows the nose, some grassy & lemony notes mix with bready sweetness up front. Pears, a bit of Golden Delicious apple, hay & peppery hops along some dryness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with hay & a kiss of lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance, would've preferred a slightly heavier hand with the hops

Highly drinkable old-school blonde. I will buy more of this as the mercury climbs, not a lief-changing beer, but super solid

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Photo of Wasatch
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best By: 6/18/13

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, a slight yeast note, with some hop notes. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall a tasty summer brew, will go great on HOT days. Surprised me that I saw this in the local Smith's.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A servicable session ale, with a flavor and mouthfeel that exceeds its modest ABV. Pours a sunny orange with a decent head that falls away quickly. The aroma is grainy with some overripe flower, orange, and apricot. The flavor is a little thin, but has a pleasant apricot and a reasonable bitterness. The mouthfeel is stronger than one might suspect from the ABV - a little prickly and viscous. The main downside is that the beer tends to fall away rather quickly after swallowing. But a worthy summer session.

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River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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