Raging River Ale | Front Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A commemorative brew named after the great flood of '93. This is a bronze colored beer made with the highest quality malts and specially chosen hops to give this beer that extra hop bitterness with a delightful hop bouquet. A true "English Ale."

Added by bashiba on 07-28-2006

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 24
Reviews by tvv375ia:
Photo of tvv375ia
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from growler into imperial pint glass

A-ochre colored that is slightly cloudy with about 1 finger of head that faded away with a little lacing

S-some citrus hops along with some carmel malt

T-decent amount of hops that are balanced with some sweet malt

M-nice carbonation from a growler

O-pretty well balanced enjoyable to drink

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Photo of rossracing
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zoolou
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of bashiba
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very cloudy brownish orange in color with a light head that disappeared quickly.

Smell had a light bit of grain and malt with a stronger Juniper hop odor.

Taste was much like the smell a mild malt body with a touch of nice light grains that were quickly taken over by a decent bit of piney hops.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a nice light bit of oilyness to it.

Overall a decent and easy to drink APA.

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Photo of pitch31
4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer with nice hoppy but balanced taste. The appearance is cloudy but adds to the overall smell and flavor. Has very nice carbonation with nice lacing showing the beer is well made and glass is clean. The wait staff is also very pleasant and knowledgeable about beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jackpritchard
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Nickpd
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rosquin
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of vidguy17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This came with a thin, light-tan head with low retention. The color was a very cloudy light-copper. It had a lightly hoppy nose. The mouthfeel was thin with a medium-hoppy bitterness on the palate. The finish had a light-to-medium lingering hoppiness. Was it an APA? If so, it was okay. If it was supposed to be an IPA, then I was dissatisfied.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.29/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery.

One finger white head, good retention and lacing. Clear, golden, attractive.

Initially a pleasant citrusy hop nose, but one dimensional. Later notice a persistent skunky aroma. I think the lines are not clean.

Grainy, reminds me of a macro. Some mild hop bitterness but without the malty base for support and balance. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. Definitely not "extra hoppy" as labeled.

A little bit of fiz, but mostly pretty thin.

1/2 pint was more than enough. Skunky aroma and flavor likely due to infected lines. But the light, grainy, macro like flavor was a big turn off for me. Light enough to session if you don't find the flavor offensive.

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Photo of alostplot
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of RockerD
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to my seat with a nice head beautiful brown to orange color. Very hazy.

Has a nice hop smell! Centennial seem to rule this beer maybe some amarillo. Lots of citrus notes. This beer is described as extra hoppy yet when I think of extra hoppy I think of Dreadnaught.

Nice tasting beer. Nutty, piney and oily. Mostly thin. I guess if this is an APA it's decent in the category. This beer is more hoppy then their IPA.

Decent in the mouth... doesn't really pack a punch. But it's a nice drinking beer. This is a great one to get into if you want to graduate to a hoppier beer.

Would drink again on my next visit!

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dickroop
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was I lucky or not? The server said they had been out and had just tapped this beer. I don't know if I would have gotten the same impression if the beer had settled more.

It poured a brown suspension, quite cloudy, with a nice head that stayed a while and left good lacing. It reminded me of apple cider in color. The smell was not a lot.

The taste was indistinct hop bitterness. This was not quite the "Bronze, Extra Hoppy" that was chalked on the board. There was minimal malt backing apparent. The taste had flavor notes that were piney or floral, the finish was bitter with a nutty aspect.

Mouthfeel was a little watery, light body, crisply carbonated. There were some yeasty dregs at the end of my pint. I'm sure this is a nice, healthy brew, being unfiltered and unclarified. Drinkability was OK but I had hoped for more balance, a little more malt presence.

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Photo of beckje01
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, had it at Front Street.

A light brown look with a white head and no activity. There is a nice hop nose very floral. The taste is an ok hop kick but there is not body to hold the flavor up so it goes away. A ok start but fails to last to the end of the sip. Ok over all but not "extra hoppy" as described there. It's just not in the category of "extra hoppy" (Fair warning I am currently living in Minneapolis so Surly is my standard for extra hoppy.)

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Photo of Mdog
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

must have been near the end of the keg or something, but this was marketed to me as a "true english ale". mine was cloudy and thick, smelling of american malts and quite a bit of bitter hops, to the degree that the nose and appearance of this beer dont offer me anything even close to any authentic english ale ive seen or consumed. still, not an ugly pour, with a washed out red glow, a ton of sediment, and a lastign white head about an inch tall. smell is more of an american than an english pale ale, a healthy hopping. flavor is really yeasty from all the sediment, which was a big detractor for me, but the pale malt and bitter hops go well together, and it would be a decent drink with a little filtration. good carbonation, but the body is too heavy from all the yeast and so its a little more filling than it ought to be for the style. to me, this was a bit of a good miss. one of those chip shots you skull 30 yards on the ground but it trickles right up onto the green leaving a makable par putt, say a 7 footer with no break. imagine that golf shot in a glass, and thats raging river ale.

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Photo of Pooter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this for the first time today. I think some of the earlier reviews may be out of date -- there was a good floral hop aroma with a decent amount of bitterness. Not so much that out of the samples my wife chose this beer as well.

The waiter apologized for the cloudiness of the beer, explaining that their beer production had doubled in the past year and they were running past capacity.

It looked like a Heifeweizen, cloudy, so either it didn't spend as much time in the secondary as usual, or they didn't filter it. For me, this was a plus, because it turned out much more like a natural ale.

Overall, I give it a B+; I'll go back to taste some more. I sampled their seasonals and wasn't impressed, however.

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Photo of Iowacraft
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of mynie
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangeyellowamber all the colors of the dull sunglass spectrum. Good head.

Nice balance of malt and hop in the nose. Big ale yeast, pine and citrus hops, and pine and caramel malt. Nothing overriding the other.

Tastes like good, crisp orange hops up front, lighter dry hops and dry grain in the back. Nice, very good balance, but it's taken down a notch by a slightly soapy aftertaste.

A solid APA.

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Raging River Ale from Front Street Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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