Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Simeon Jones River Valley Amber AleSimeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale
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Simeon Jones River Valley Amber AleSimeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MMansfield on 01-05-2007

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of ewpass
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a small head. Basic malty nose and body. Crisp carbonation and a little hop spiciness on finish. Good beer.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This artisanal beer is from a brewer from 350 km from my hometown. This beer is relatively good.

The bitterness is medium, the SRM is about 15.

The 500 ml bottle retail for 3.90 $ (cad). Picaroons brewer have many beers and this one is in the middle of the range.

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Photo of Buzzboyce
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall, a nice mild picaroons beer. Not my favorite for sure but not my least favorite of its kind. Good looking beer, nice to enjoy once or twice a year. Would recommend trying it as it may interest the ones with a small bitterness taste and still enjoy light beer.

Overall satisfied but not amazed.

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Photo of StephenPerr
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of souvenirs
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cam477
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous veiled mixed amber and copper color with faint activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes with average legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, grains, fruits, citrus, nuts, herbal spices. Well intensified and delicious sweet taste of caramel with a toasty nutty bread feel.

Medium body with good carbonation. Well intensified but short finish ending with an earthy and fruity, pleasantly spiced feel.

Overall : Excellent craft; inviting smell, sexy look, delicious flavors, refreshing, accessible.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seving Type: 500 mL bottle

A- Pours a beautiful reddish honey colour topped by a 1 1/2 finger pearl white head. Great looking ale by all standards.

S- For me, the aroma is extremely faint and sweet. The sweetness is something that reminds me of caramel or butterscotch but it's so faint that it is hard to tell. Not off-putting by any means but there isn't really much to offer in terms of aroma.

T- Initially, I was taken aback by the alarming level of sweetness but I eventually got used to it. A ton of maltiness going on here with a brief, almost sour hop finish. Like the aroma, the sweetness is caramel/butterscotch-like but much more pronounced here. Not bad, and certainly much better than your standard adjunct lager for sure, but there is something about the level of sweetness that just doesn't turn my crank.

M- Carbonation is on the high end and mouthfeel is quite light. Not only is this the most carbonation i've ever seen in an ale, its also the lightest i've ever had. The body compares to a light lager. Like many other aspects of this brew, the mouthfeel isn't bad, it's just a little different from what i'm used to in an ale.

O- Although Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale is probably my least favourite beer that Picaroons makes, its a pretty decent brew that is worth a try for anyone who can get Picaroons beer.

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Photo of Prcass
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of fostachild
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of byronic
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange almost copper with a generous whit foamy head.

Smells of hops and some butterscotch with a hint of yeast.

Taste of bread/grains caramel and some citrus. Definitely a sweet edge which fades into bitterness even a touch of sour is present in the lingering aftertaste.

Carbonation is quite high. Leaves a dry finish with a bit of sour.

Thanks to polloenfuego for this bottle!

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Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Simeon Jones River Valley is indeed amber - a gloriously lustrous amber. Its complexion is perfectly clear, brightly polished and almost entirely one uniform tone. The head pearl white. It is reminiscent of a precious antique amulet; it looks like it's worth fifty times its actual value.

The aroma doesn't get much help from the hops. This isn't that kind of Amber Ale. Lightly toasted grain makes for a fairly plain backdrop (which some brewers would exploit with citric or resiny hops) and imparts only minor elements of biscuits and butterscotch.

The palate benefits from a brief hop appearance; a grassiness arises on the finish. That is quickly chased away, however, by a biscuity and nougat-like sweetness. The texture is very grainy and the beer dries out quickly; a hefty maltiness results in a disproportionate amount of flavour.

This beer is named after a 19th century mayor of St John, New Brunswick, and is brewed in the tradition of the hearty, robust ale he is purported to have made. I believe it. This beer fits that description, lacks any trace of modern adjuncts and avoids aggressive hopping.

Simeon Jones River Valley Amber is exactly the kind of ale that turned me - and I'd wager many others - onto craft beer. While it's a little dull for my tastes now, I still appreciate the beer for the very same qualities I did when I first reviewed it eight years ago: quality and quaffability.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DirtyDurds
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of ahemahem
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am a Picaroons fan and this is my least favorite of their brews. Still it's better than any mass market US beer/ale. It approaches the lightness of a lager. It would be the best lager I've tasted but it's not a lager--it just has the texture and taste of one under the name "ale."

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Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ghisty
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a deep orange, amber with a tint of golden around the edges, reddish center
,thin sparse head. thin lacing, just the right amount of carb for the style.

reminds me of mollasses or honey and barley, sunflower seeds, a root vegetable tone, some smoke, maybe a hint brocolli, a nice hop follow up in there.slight alcohol note.pleasent. not skanky..but a memorable nose.its smell is something this beer attracts me with..
4 is a high ranking nose for my reviews.

level. a proper ale. has depth and charectar that grows on you.
not overly sharp, but still a bit more fresh tasting than some similars.
malty as promised by the color, and evened out with grains and hops.
has a good balance. a great beer to enjoy for the taste.

swift. it goes down very easily. almost too easily, as i quickly want to drink more.
ive had half of my pint gone before i can properly describe the thing. :)
very smooth overall, with a pleasant amount of carb, and a great overall feel.

as with most of the picaroons offerings, i review them regularly because it is located in my city, and i try to purchase locally to support the small creative brewers..
but biases aside, this is an ale that has been held in a brewing tradition , initially, when i had first tried this beer my tastes were not yet expanded to the point of understanding it, i found it strange and didnt know what to think. this was some years ago, and have since, learned to love it. as with all picaroons beer, if you can get it, give it a try. not the typical. this is a great one if you like ambers.
i personally wish more ambers would be available.
as this one has shown me how awesome they can be.

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Photo of NeanderthoR
4/5  rDev +23.1%

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