Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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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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Photo of cam477
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of babyhobbes
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of skellock
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of jcubz
3.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of souvenirs
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of TylerD420
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Prcass
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nighthawk
2.74/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of byronic
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 berley31
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of Long813
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of ahemahem
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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 polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Viggo
2.24/5  rDev -28.9%
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!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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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