River Horse Summer Blonde | River Horse Brewing Co.

River Horse Summer BlondeRiver Horse Summer Blonde
BA SCORE
3.3/5
249 Ratings
River Horse Summer BlondeRiver Horse Summer Blonde
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light, refreshing Ale that is easy to drink yet complex. Perfect for the warmer months.

Added by NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,613
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
249
pDev:
15.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured light pale and wheat mats and a faint herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean malts and a utilitarian herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a quaffable summer ale.

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Photo of LoveStout
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts as well as a nice lemony zest. It has a slight bisquity aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes earthy and dry with a slight lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer ale, but nothing to write home about. It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-orange with a dull white head that was 2 fingers in height, creamy soft, and exhibited great retention. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: light in nature, with fresh flowers, grains, apple/cinnamon spiciness, and some fresh cookie dough.

T: The flavor was soft, smooth and semi-sweet, with some glazed pastry sweetness and apple/cinnamon spiciness. Light honey flowers, pale grains, lemon bread, and some apple dough are detected as well. The beer finishes with a light tartness of citrus.

M: light, buttery slick and effortlessly slides off the tongue leaving faint lemon and orange hints behind.

D: nice drinkability, and unique flavor makes this worthy of a try. I would buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of corby112
2.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a massive frothy white head that takes forever to subside. Way too much carbonation. It took several minutes to pour twelve oz into a pint glass.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of bready yeast along with subtle spice and light fruit. Faint peppery presence with hints of grass, straw, apple, lemon peel and banana.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with some tight carbonation and zesty spice. Dry and earthy with hints of grass, straw and pepper. Bready yeast is the most prominent flavor but it doesn't add much to the palate. Sweetness toward the finish with hints of apple and lemon peel. Kind of bland but somewhat easy to drink.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden straw with hints of amber. Ample, creamy, frothy head.

S- Roasted malts and bread, faint hops and pepper and orange.

T- Matly and bready like many River Horse beers. Hops on the trail end with faint spicing.

M- not a heck of a lot of carbonation. left a little aftertaste.

D- Average, light ale. Drinkable yes, flavorful, no.

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Photo of claspada
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden, sun-colored beer with minimal head and hardly any lacing.

Aromas are quite faint and mild; lightly bready sweet malts with hints of biscuit and graininess. Light herbal/earthy hops.

The tastes begin very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but not overly flavorful. Hints of pale malt sweetness, light herbal earthy European hops. Mild doughy yeast flavors emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to light carbonation. Could definitely use more for the style. Finish is crisp, clean yet watered-down.

Overall this is a subpar attempt at a Blonde ale. Flavor profile is muted and seems dialed back. Not horrible but there were much better options that I passed up on draft; won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of zekeman17
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #139

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Pub in Mendham NJ.

River horse summer. Clear bright gold some foam to start. Light citrus nose. Smooth citrus taste light wheat. Crisp summer beer that is quite refreshing. May not be complicated but I'm enjoying. 375 35 375 325 375

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Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of buzzy
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeMans
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange-gold with a thin white head of fizz that quickly fades.

Smell has a lot of malt in it with a thin, metallic hop character in there as well on top of some orange scents.

Flavor is light and a tad thin with some heavy maltiness and again more citric flavors. One thing I'm noticing about all of the River Horse beers I've had is a common metallic flavor among all of them. I don't know what's going on, but it's definitely present here.

Thin crisp mouthfeel and an overall pleasant enough character makes this one an easy drinker on a hot day, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of LehighAce06
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AD17
2.27/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with little head. The nose is typically funky. The body is light and the central component of the flavor profile is wheat.

Average and not very interesting.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
Presented as a golden, light-blonde, sun-colored beer with a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Faint, mild aroma - sweet with hints of malts...
Taste was very crisp, clear, and refreshing... Hints of candied sugars abound, although the flavor was overall more subdued and less assertive than other samples from River Horse... Slick, watered-down, light mouthfeel, although the drinkability was fairly good due to the low ABV and refreshing factor...
Nothing special...

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a pale light amber colored beer with moderate white head.
Smell is notable for sweet summer fruits, but only very faintly.
Taste is light and fruity with a nice refreshing character.
A bit thin in the mouth with little taste retention.
A pleasant summer beer, but nothing outstanding.

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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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