Heartland Brewery Indian River Light | Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 11-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 46
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taken at the ESB location on 18th Jan 2013: God it was cold outside!

Inside it was warm and welcoming.

The beer is pale yellow, almost golden, the bright winter sun giving it a true shine as it burst through the window. A white, thin head sat on top.

Citrus lead in the nose and taste: more grapefruit and lemon than orange.

Body wise it was OK, could have done with a bit more depth maybe.

My first beer in New York (they got better).

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Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse (Times Square), New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color but has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral hops and oranges are present in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and seems to resemble orange blossom honey a bit, but the flavors dissipate rather quickly.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink but doesn't seem to really fit its style and could use a little flavoring and bitterness from the hops in the taste.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this beer at the Radio City location. Served in a sample glass as part of a flight. Served cool.

Pours a dark gold body and a white head. Smells very strong of orange soda. Tastes like a orange crush. Fruit stone finish. Light body and high carbonation.

No thanks. Way to weird tasting. Too much like orange soda.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Samples at Radio City, Nyew York. Pours orange hue with a thin white head. Nose is mostly orange fruit and some caramel malt. Flavors are similar to aroma. Some dough and light hops are also present. Light, smooth body. The brew is too orangy for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Heartland Empire State, NYC, NY

For the people who come into the brewpub asking for Miller Lite. Pours pale golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light, sweet malts, and light fruits coming through. Yeasty, malty taste, with light crisp fruits coming through, but not too flavorful. Light mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, but too light for me.

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Photo of TheDeuce
1.8/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Indiana River Light….on tap at Port Authority

Appearance-mild orange to pale color, minimal head in the pint glass, carbonation dissimilates quickly.

Smell-mild fruit, alcohol, nose of grain and other fruits, subdued and weak

Taste/Mouthfeel-not tasty, this is advertised as having orange notes and this is true that they are there, but they compound a clean beer an otherwise clean beer with a flat soda flavor, muddled mixture that isn’t smooth and doesn’t go down well.

Drinkability-flavor isn’t enjoyable, weak and cloying

Overall-gimmicky and thoroughly unsuccessful, a rare beer that I inherently disliked. Avoid and try one of Heartland’s better offerings.

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a part of a voyage at the Heartland at 51st between fifth and sixth avenues in Manhattan. I wasn't aware that this was a pale ale since there really aren't descriptions of the beers. I though it was a light lager. Not great in either case but not terrible. Very light in color, light carbonation, very little aroma. I'm glad i tried it but I wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub
A: urine colored light amber with light fast moving effervescence. Ring of light head around glass. No lace .
S: fruity orange coriander with raw wheat husk.light stale straw. Very sweet
T: fruity oranges and citrus. Raw wheat. Almost like a fruit beer win coriander
M: good car blight body
D: actually quite good for the style

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Photo of bob3701
3.89/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint. I thought this would be the weakest of the offerings at Heartland but was very surprised by it. Drank this at their South Street Seaport location. Not much head but still laced OK. The aroma is what took me by surprise, fresh squeezed orange scent was great. I did not really detect corriander in aroma or taste. Taste was light and crisp with the taste of orange but did not dominate like in the aroma. Very drinkable.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on a trip to the brewery.

A: Pours a golden body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: Hints of orange blossoms that were fairly evident. Some malty undertones.

T: A smooth mix of a bunch of different spices; orange blossoms were evident along with coriander and some sweet malts to balance.

M: A little on the thin side and slightly watery was about average for this type of beer.

D: A fairly drinkable beer that had a decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. The combination of the orange zest and coriander was quite pleasant and made this brew a nice summer beer to drink.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.09/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit grainey with a great orange overtone, verry little carbonation or head. i was plesantly
suprised with this one, it had one of the best smels to any beer that i have ever had. the after taste is nice. this one is unlike any light beer that i have ever tasted. the orange was a good idea. try this one if you can get it

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Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Heartland Brewery on 43rd

A- pours a pale yellow/orange, small white head.

S- Sweetened Roses lime juice, corn, semi-sweet roasted malts.

T- Its a juice bomb, i swear its almost like a shandy. Other tasting notes include, sugar, dry hops, ginger, seltzer water, and mint.

M- Thin body, easy to drink.

D- Eh its too sweet and juicy for my personal taste, your girl might like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spice jar aroma, ginger and floral. Quaffable beer, over-the-top coriander, not a hint as promised, and cloying suagry sweetness (as characteristic of almost their entire lineup). Light pale, but lace is nice. Fresh smell, light mouthfeel. Decently carbonated as is the lineup, but this one is quite odd and unusual.

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Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a quarter inch white head. There was little retention and no lacing.

The smell featured an artificial orange zest and a clean biscuity aroma.

The taste consisted of a refreshing orange zest and a soft biscuity grain. There was also some detectable coriander.

The mouthfeel was thin, mildly wheaty and crisp.

Overall a unique and easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the Heartland Chophouse: Straw-colored and clear with tiny bubbles and a thin white head that leaves quickly. Nil lacing. Aroma of citrus and coriander. Rather thin body, with zesty orange flavor and some spice and malt. The flavors don’t intermingle very well though. The finish is spicy and lightly bitter, but watery. All in all below average.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is an interesting one. As it has the word "light" in its name, I imagine it will attract people who come into Heartland brewpub that dont have good taste in beer, or people that just arent really into beer in general and think they want something "light."

Even if it didnt have "light" in the title this beer would still attract people who don't really like beer because it is a lot like orange soda. The menu described it as having "accents of fresh orange," but it is more along the lines of "orange soda with accents of beer." This has to be the fruitiest beer I've ever had. This is not a good thing.

Orange. Orangeorangeorange. Orangeyjuicesodaorange. Did I mention this beer has a very noticeable orange flavor?

I guess if you like "malternatives" this beer would be right up your alley. A positive point for the Indian River Light could be that it would make a good crossover beer if you have a friend into malternatives or crappy beer that you are trying to get into craft beer.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was part of an 8 beer tasting flight.

The lightest beer available at this visit.

The pour was clear gold in color, nice full head and proper carbonation. Fresh hops jumped through the nose but did not overpower. Nice light malt flavor and body, finish and aftertaste was of medium length and carried some citrus notes to it.

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Photo of smcolw
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly no head but does leave a touch of lace. This beer is dark golden in color and is clear.

The aroma features mostly malt. It reminds me of the smell of a brewery--slightly stale "beer" smell.

This is a very sweet beer. The flavor that comes to mind is Fruit Loops. The hop is very light. Thin in body and high in carbonation, this is a moderate lager, at best.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured light yellow in color with a hint of orange and a decent-enough head.

Smell – The predictable light American grain aroma was complimented with some interesting spices. I could have sworn I picked up some Belgian-style coriander.

Taste – This wasn’t bad. The grainy flavor was better than many American efforts and it lacked that horrid Gummi-Bear sugary sweetness at the finish that so many macros seem to have. I also like the spicy character of this one.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with a nice, delicate, refreshing carbonation. This one is smooth on the palate.

Drinkability – This is a very unique example of American grainy beer and is worth a look.

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Heartland Brewery Indian River Light from Heartland Brewery Union Square
3.16 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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