bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Folsom, CA. Pours light amber with a slight white head. Aroma is a strange mix of toffee and floral. Med minus body. Flavor starts fruity, gets a little mixed hop, and then goes a little wheaty. The pleasures are too subtle for me.
triplehopped (49) - - MAY 25, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, deep, gold; small/medium white head with very little lacing. Hoppy aroma with floral/grassy notes. Taste is light, a little bitter and just a pinch sweet. Light bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Finishes fairly clean with a moderately lingering bitterness. Overall, a satisfying ale. Lacked any wow factor but a good everyday, any situation beer.
drjoeng (76) - - MAY 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4% ABV. American Pale Ale.
White soapy head. What I commonly refer to as a barmanís head.
Nose is malty. Not getting much in the way of aroma hops coming of the head.
Has a nice malty body and the palate is pleasantly stroked by bubbles and then gently scrubbed by a trace of hops. The one thing I notice most about my journey through a pint of River Ale is the volume...I catch myself thinking "Man, when is this beer going to end?"
Good for thirst-quenching and re-hydration, not so much for enjoying the fruit of a dedicated, devious son-of-a-bitch of a brewmasterís labor. Iím sorry Deschutes, we already have an award winning local laager, itís called Tiger.
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a delicious blond ale. Aroma was nice. Very yeasty with some light malt. Pour was a nice hazy medium light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was light and refreshing but with good flavor. The light malt was perfectly balance with a mild hop bite to balance it out. Nice carbonation. Great summer sipper.
Matt_Foran (90) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice copper color, aroma is light with a hint of malt sweetness. On taste, you can pick up a hint of hops, but not much. Light to medium bodies beer.
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near clear dark gold pour with a two finger, creamy white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is soft fruity esters, light citrus, light mineral, caramel, buttered bread and a little toffee. Favor is mineral, sweet citrus, caramel, sweet fruity esters, light passion fruit and a hint of grapefruit to the finish. Light body, crisp to slightly chalky, medium, somewhat sharp carbonation. Tasty stuff, lots of depth in flavor for the ABV%, still suffers a bit from the buttery notes in many Golden Ales.
scarletfire65 (1071) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Amber pour. Fizzy carbonation. Aroma has grapefruit, apple, earth. Very light bodied, Savory, grainy malt underneath. Fruity hop profile with apricot and pine. Underlying yeasty notes, almost Belgian-ish. Super clean and crisp finish. Nothing to it, but I kind of like how it comes together.
SPDickerman (1038) - Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coppery orange with a small white head. Smells fruity, citrus, hints of caramel. Taste is bitter, citrusy, hints of pine. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and average mouth-carbonation, Deschutes River Ale finishes with a smooth, lingering bitterness.
MadShaolin (100) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can pick out the cascades in this. Crisp and grainy, pretty full on the palate.
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Baybrew (4) - California, USA - APR 8, 2015 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bland. All I get is the bitterness. Just not enough body, even for a lighter, session beer like this.
bth122 (1326) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange tan color with dwindling head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Citrus hop notes throughout with crisp grains and smooth finish. Medium light bitterness, especially for a golden blonde ale. A very tasty summer beer.