Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale
Picaroons Traditional Ales

Simeon Jones River Valley Amber AleSimeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,123
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3.24 | pDev: 14.51%
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
Simeon Jones River Valley Amber AleSimeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Apr 10, 2016
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Buzzboyce from Canada (NB)

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Apr 10, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Dec 23, 2014
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byronic from Canada (ON)

3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

Jun 16, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Oct 20, 2013
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ahemahem from California

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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."

Mar 11, 2013
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ghisty from Canada (NB)

3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Jan 30, 2013
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber color. Decent head with a slow settling. Some spots on the glass.

Dark caramel malt aroma. A touch of earthiness. Pleasant.

Rich body and low carbonation make this a heavy beer. Creamy. Lots of caramel flavor, but it is not sweet. Good hop presence that provides balance but not notable bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly dry malt and a touch of alcohol.

Aug 26, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some hay/straw and a light amount of pine. It ends with a malty caramel aftertaste with a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Nothing here that will blow you away, but the taste is well rounded and pleasant. Not something that I will go out of my way to track down but it was worth trying.

Feb 27, 2012
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the St. John Ale House. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: minimal head, amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: deep caramel malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and honey

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet

Overall: An above average sweeter red that is decent but does not stand out. It could use a bit of hops to balance some of the sweetness. This is nothing I would turn down, nor request again though.

Sep 16, 2011
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spree92 from Canada (NB)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean, crisp red ale. There was an oversized head that regressed rather fast. Some uneven lacing left behind. The smell is of honey and oats. Also a soapy aspect to it. The taste is sharp. An overdose of carbonation is to much. Acidic and heavy on the stomach. Leaves mouth a little bitter, but tart. Overall, an OK beer that is easy to consume and is better than most major breweries.

Mar 26, 2011
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

2.41/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled on: 04/01/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark hazy red body with four fingers of white fluffly head. Head dissipated quickly and leaves thick patchy lacing.

S: Faint aromas of sweet malts. Nothing else I can notice.

T: Weak notes of caramel matls and some hops. Tastes like watered down Richards Red if a comparison is needed.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The carbonation is way to high in this, it's quite bad.

D: Not good in any area. Overall a bad brew.

Jul 05, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a copious amount of fluffy, off-white head. No real lacing left on the glass.

Some malts are available in the nose, and I detected some light hops from the bottle, but they are overtaken by an acrid scent that is not pleasant.

Taste consists mostly of butterscotch. Sourness from the nose is not really detectable, thankfully. Wet finish.

This bottle was slightly weird. I've had a few now where the scent and taste were off. At the current time there are better bottled products from them, so I would give this a pass.

Jun 27, 2010
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nighthawk from Canada (NS)

2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Nice slightly orangish-amber body with nice clarity sits beneath a very large initial white head that slowly sinks to a chunky ring that leaves a fair bit of lacing on the glass. This is a really nice looking beer.

Aroma has some sweet malts, caramel and a bit bready, with an odd citrus, berry and butterscotch mix that's a bit on the sour side. It's a weird blend that's not exactly pleasant, but not terribly onerous either.

Taste gets a bit overwhelmed by the tart citrus taste. It's a bit too lemony, and a bit odd with nutty butterscotch mixing in there too. Some mildly bready malts back it up a bit, but feel a bit weak.

Mouthfeel is a letdown too, thinish and bubbly. Thin/light would be fine with a more moderate carbonation, but this is just a bit too effervescent, giving it a watery feel.

Can't say I'm enthused about this beer. It's got a bit of a weird taste and a disappointing mouthfeel. Not a drain pour, but I'm eyeing warily the drink as I consume. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Nov 21, 2009
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a large, off-white, frothy head that lasted at a good two-fingers for quite a while. Body is hazy and a light copper color.

S: Smell is some light spices and malt sweetness... nothing really fantastic here.

T: Not a bad flavor... starts off with light roasted malts, with a lightly bitter finish. Average duration. I guess the key word here is 'light'... there's nothing too in-your-face about this beer, meaning that it isn't offensive, yet doesn't stand out from other ambers, either.

M: Light-bodied with an oily, smooth texture. Average carbonation.

D: Overall, not bad, but it's a little rough around the edges, and definitely one of the poorer entries from Picaroons. Nothing that makes it overly special, other than a nice appearance.

Oct 07, 2009
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babyhobbes from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from charlesw, thanks!

This looks like a dark glass of champagne with a lot of bubbles and a white effervescent head. Smell is alcohol and sweet. Taste and mouthfeel are reminiscent of gingerale. It's sweet and tingly. There's a bit of a citrusy tang to it. Not really my thing.

Jun 29, 2008
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

We have had better by this brewery, yet was worth the try. Soapy with aroma and soapy taste with some malt or hop. Butterscotch, acidic. Clean out the soap, clearly this is a mistake to bottle. Nice amber colour though. Thanks crockett for sharing. A pourout.

Mar 09, 2008
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

2.24/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to NASH for sending this my way!

Pours a cloudy amber, a bit chunky, massive cloudy white head forms, very rocky, leaves behind some pretty thick lacing, good retention, looks pretty solid. Smells pretty strange, very yeast, some sourness, wheat, grains, citrus and floral, smells like bad homebrew. Taste is bland, some bread and grains, caramel, citrus, light floral, no finish, super overcarbonated. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very high carbonation, definitely overcarbonated. Very drying mouthfeel, bit of sourness, definitely not very appealing. Thanks Greg!

Mar 01, 2008
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

2.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle from a friend living in Fredericton. Thanks Keith!

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/copper colour with a giant foamy off white head. Decent retention

Aroma: Very hoppy with hints of biscuits and butterscotch. Also, toasted malt with a bit of oak.

Taste: Malts come through in the taste.A bit of oak flavour with mild sweetness. Medium bitterness with a bit of sour grape in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to note, very average. Carbonation seems a tab high. Drinkability isn't very high.

Final Statement: Not sure if this is an out dated bottle. No date is listed. Nothing remarkable. I'll finish the rest of the bottle, but would not purchase again. An odd sourness hinders this beer. Too many other good Picaroon's to seek this one out again, but you should at least try once.


Another bottle from Keith.

This one was pretty well identical to the first, meaning my first review wasn't an off bottle. The sour finish is still there.

Jan 05, 2007
Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale from Picaroons Traditional Ales
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 43 ratings