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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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Thanks to RCL for this bomber in a trade. Pours like dark hefe or dunleweizen. All I can say about this is wheat dark wheat. Has a sweet mild aroma about it. Comes on at first like a weisenbock on the olfactory. During the session the alky content seems to mellow out a bit. Almost becomes well behaved after a while. Hints of banana or wheat beer. Probably should be listed as a weizenbock, looks like and tastes like many weizenbocks I’ve had. Back of throat malt bitter bite build during the session. Interstingly good cross between an ale and a dunkleweizen. Has a choco malt aroma in the background. Finish is alky malty impression that hangs for a while.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (440) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2008
A pretty good, but not great beer. I didn’t notice a lot of "nuttiness" here, and the hops were almost nonexistent. The wheat malt is noticable but it’s mostly drown out by the sweetness, which is almost overpowering. It’s an alright beer, but in the future I’ll stick with Berkshire’s porters, which are outstanding.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
I found this one to be pretty forgettable. Sweet and nutty with me fruitcake flavors, but I didn’t love it. Might just not be my style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1546) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy brown. Kind of like a muddy river. There’s a nice 1/2" tan head with frothy lacing that stays with you till the end. Nose is sweet with malts and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation, a little bit creamy. Flavor is slightly sweet with malts and breadlike flavors. Some nuttiness is in there . I enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2024) - USA - SEP 21, 2007
Nice label with those cute black and white drawings of working men that Berkshire Brewing likes. Brown color with nice head and lacing. Mild aroma. This has a fresh, robust flavor - grains, sweet malt, caramel, a dash of coffee, and mildly bitter on the fade-out. A good all around brew that is worthy of the cool waters and green hills of western Massachusetts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUL 21, 2007
Pours a brick red cololur with a thin sticky beige head. Malty aroma, with notes of caramel and nuts. Lots of malty flavours of caramel, toffee, and a touch of vanilla with a dry nutty finish. Surprisingly good, especially considering the lack of hops to balance this brew. I really enjoyed this brew, and will probably bring a few back with me to canada. Top notch, everything from the berkshire brewery has been impressive so far.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Brown copper colored with lacing white head. Oaky malts, sugar, nuts, toffee and figs are all here. The beer itself is sticky-fruity sugary sweet, lighter bodied brown. Nice murky river water, thats for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
On tap at Flat Street in Brattleboro. Maybe a bit of caramel in the aroma. Very mild with little going on in the nose. Dark amber clear body with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with almost cask smooth carbonation, just shy of creamy. Very mild. Starts with decent amount of maltiness, some grainy character. Some vanilla. Not much else. A bit of a sweet character and very little hoppiness. Nice dry nutty bitterness at finish. Nice session ale.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2007
a nice, smooth dark ale. nice malt flavor, low hops, some body but a touch watery. It’s a nice, easy drinking beer, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Definitely one I would like to drink again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again. A solid beer, just not too inspiring.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
22oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!). This happens to be my 100th Brown Ale rating. Poured light brown, almost a deeper orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate and nuts. Tastes of caramel, chocoalte, nuts and had a sugary sweetness as well.. Thinner body. Although this had the typical Brown Ale profile, I found the tastes and aromas didn’t really mesh together well. It was as if they were each fighting each other and and definitely did not blend.


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