River Horse Special Ale ESB | River Horse Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
riverhorse.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
162
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Way over carbonated....gushers

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a reddish brown color nice 1 finger head of an off white tint, no real lacing though.
S - Caramel and toffee malts, an odd alcohol scent, but there's not much alcohol in this beer? Some sour candies and stale bread as well.
T - Tastes like a bad brown ale, all malt flavors with barely any hops or even bitterness. Very bland, and mildly tart
M - Thin fizzy, no good flavors resonating (not that there were any to begin with)
O - Horrid example of an ESB, River Horse needs to go back to the books on this one.

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange with a very large off white head with good retention.

Aromas begin with sweet pale malt and some light honey/caramel. As it warms you get some slight doughy, roasted maltiness with a bit of earthy hoppiness.

The tastes follow the nose with light caramel, toasted bready maltiness with some light toffee flavors as well. Light and clean earthy hoppiness emerges more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and earthy but mainly clean and crisp.

Overall this is a decent, flavorful and balanced ESB. Nothing to mind-blowing but quite satifying considering the ABV, but nothing close to the traditional quality English examples or even as good as many American interpretations.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of mikeg67
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy-amber with a thick, foamy, long lasting white head and some lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and some fruity notes. Body is medium and crisp. Bready, caramel malt is balanced on the palate by earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Good brew but not “special”.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at TJ Smith's and it was okay. if they had a better tap selection last night we wouldn't be talking today. Pours a plain average, came to me clear amber but with nary any carbonation and utterly lacking off head.
Aroma was basically just caramel malts with hardly anything to speak of. Taste is plain and average tasting with malts. There is a sutle nutty finish. Drinks smooth but feels abrasive with a bitter or grain husk finish.
No I don't really much care for this beer.

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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River Horse Special Ale ESB from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.17 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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