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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A strong medium bodied dark ale which contains a portion of wheat malt. River Ale has a slightly sweet malty, nutty flavor and is delicately hopped to provide a unique and pleasing taste.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1283) - - JUL 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-6-12- Poured from bomber into pint glass Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a two finger off white head. The head had great retention, but eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet wheat smell. The wheat is of a bready nature with the sweet being of caramel and some dark fruits. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a roasted malt and a very light citrus nature. Overall quite nice. Taste – The taste begins sweet and roasty with a nice wheat flavor mixed within. The sweet at the front is of a caramel nature, but as the taste goes on some brown sugar and a very light citrus hop come to the tongue. As the taste advances further a subtle boozy flavor comes to the tongue. It overall creates a very nice slightly warming sweet bready aftertaste on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium to just above medium side with the carbonation level being on the average side. The body is very nice for the sweeter bready flavors and really allows the boozy flavors to warm the mouth. Overall – A great sweeter brew. Wonderful flavors and a great warming feel. Fantastic!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange amber with a thin off white head. Wheaty and lightly sweet malty base, some toffee, light nutty notes, and hints of toasted bread. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1481) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Fruity banana split and dirty caramel aroma Hazy copper color. Taste is darker, maybe dates and even vanilla. Hop is present more as a ringing palate presence than flavor. Otherwise an easy drinking beer. Definitely some wheat at play, probably could be classed as dunkelweizen on here.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tap pours hazy medium brown with whiteish head. Near chocolatey grain aroma with some earthy tones. The taste is murky with some roasted chocolatey grain, funky mix of fruit and nutty earth. Underwhelming overall but drinkable.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2012
On tap at Pittsfield Brew Works, 20 April 2010. Amber colour. Very sweet. Didn’t taste too clean. Not a lot else to say. Either something wrong here or this is one of Berkshire Brewing’s weaker efforts. I strongly suggest the former. Flagged for re-rate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2622) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 6, 2012
berkshire river ale whine glass burnt orange, dark caramel look bavarian wheat, honey and oranges. hint of peppers and apricot 80% carbonation. light body. sweet but dry finish. It’s pretty good

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle shared with hobbie100. Thanks Richard! A: Slightly hazy medium brown color with a little head that leaves no lacing. S: Sweet spices, dark fruits, subtle malt. T: Subtle dark fruits (mostly raisins and figs) with spices. The beer is decent tasting, but doesn’t quite have the complexity or big flavors that would make it an awesome beer. While this is a decent brew, there are many beers out there that are better examples of beers that really shine with dark fruits/spices flavors. M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with slightly low carbonation. D: A good beer, but not one I would seek out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2012
22oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel and cereal malts plus floral and citrusy hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (401) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2012
Tap. Pours a clear copper color with minimal head. The flavor is sweet and dry and very distinctive. I can’t find the right adjective to describe it. A decent beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Dark amber color with a off-white head and some lace. Thick toasted malt aromas. Thick toasted malt aromas. Good mouthfeel.


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