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Special Ale (An American Amber) | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Special Ale (An American Amber)Special Ale (An American Amber)
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Special Ale (An American Amber)Special Ale (An American Amber)

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A variety of specialty malts are the backbone of this American Amber Ale; a perfect session beer.

Added by rfgetz on 09-22-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very good by from river horse

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4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a nice, dense biscuit colored head which laced well and lasted. Appearance was a hazy with a reddish / amber color. Aroma was grainy with hints of malt, fruit and grass. Taste was of a strong malt and caramel front and finishing with a hoppy bitterness, kind of a grain finish. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonated. Aftertaste was dry and bitter. I liked this beer a lot, one of the best amber lagers I've had.

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4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4, 4.25, 4.5, 4.25, 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tastes better than any macro-brew or micro-brew that I've had so far in my opinion. It's a delicious beer, especially considering the fact that it's brewed in New Jersey. It comes in a glass bottle with a pretty typical micro-brew label stating that it's an american amber. At 5.5% abv (incorrectly stated in the beeradvocate description) this beer could pass as tasting like a 4.2 - yet still comes with the kick of a 5.5% beverage.

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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm not going to claim that the Special Ale is world-class or anything silly like that. But what other reviewers see as a defect, I see as this beer's best feature. Sometimes--often--daily--I crave a malty beer that isn't hopped to the gills. And that's what this beer is all about--loads and loads of tasty, tasty malt. Not for everyone, apparently, but if you're a weirdo like me who likes his malt and wants it now, you could do whole a lot worse.

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4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - medium-dark amber color. Hazy/cloudy hue with light coming through nicely. Big and durable head with tight lacing around the glass. Nice layer of foam on top as well, even after a few sips.

S - Caramel, chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Little bit of hop presence at the end but for the most part medium dark malts, consistent with the style.

T - Caramel from the start, toffee/chocolate midtone, fruity apple finish.

F - Crisp and clean like a pilsner. Light in body. Not syrupy but definitely like a lager and not much of an ale.

O - I got this from a sales rep for River Horse when he was at my store. Very good amber ale. There is not much body to it like Fat Tire which I feel like could make it better to give it that syrupy caramel feel, but very drinkable and tasty. I am not sure if they are making this anymore, but this would be an awesome Christmas beer with some spice. River Horse did not disappoint once again! Cheers!

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4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at Wicked Monks in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Nice deep red/brown color. Thick foamy, off-white head which leaves a good deal of lacing. Very slight malty scent.

This has a very pleasant nutty taste. A slight bit of chocolate. Some bitter hops, but slight. There's a soapy aftertaste in there. A slight sweetness. It's a dry taste, almost like a cask.

Nicely complex with nothing overbearing.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Special Ale (An American Amber) from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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