noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tastes ok and itís less filling too. River Horse makes a point that Summer Blond has lower carbs. Typical ABA -- pours hazy straw-amber with floaters. Solid white head, lasts pretty well, leaves a bit of lace. Nose is tart fruit: apple, quince, lemon, with straw and slight malt caramel notes. Taste is lightly malt, tangy fruit, and an odd phenolic, metallic taste. A tad of noble hop in a barely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good for a summer refresher. Refreshing balanced brew, although Iím not too impressed with River Horse after sampling several of their offerings. Theyíve all been low on flavor, almost overwhelmingly sweet and fruity, like craft versions of macrobrews. Theyíre all rather light.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, no glass. Poured a hazy, light gold. Surprisingly malty aroma and taste for a blonde summer ale. Was expecting a Corona, but was pleasantly surprised.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Citrus flavor, but otherwise pretty bland. I must say, it was very good on the patio in 100f weather last week! Not bad.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured clear yellow with a small fizzy white head. Skunky cream aroma. Taste is some corn, stale hops and skunk. Neither pleasurable nor refreshing.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
not a great summer beer. bought this in a sampler pack and it was a little skunky. on not ready to write river horse off yet
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent stuff. Bright and sunny yellow, crisp lemony nose. Nice fruitiness, bit bready, decently hoppy. Not incredibly complex stuff, but itís not trying to be.
haddon90 (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought this 12oz bottle at Normís in Vienna, VA. Poured a pale yellow with not much of a head. Lemony aroma. Hops and light malt as well. Dry, wheaty taste. Citrusy, and a little, and i mean a little bit of spice. Kind of watered down, and dry as well. Not bad though.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours gold with the smallest trace of a white head. Smells of hay, straw, and cinnamon. Tastes of flowers but again roasted malts with a nutty finish shine through.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light golden yellow with not much aroma, immediately it was obvious this would be a light tasting beer.This is a clean crisp refreshing beer. I expected a more watery taste but this was actually a fine tasting brew. Definitely a summer brew, very refreshing and thirst quenching. A hint of lemon, mild hoppiness and slightly dry finish. I favor a stronger darker beer personally, but this is one of the best light tasting beers I have had.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís nice to see some River Horse brew showing up in Ohio, I enjoyed some brews from them last fall while visiting relatives in NJ. This is basically just a nice mellow summer ale. Golden and clear, sweet fruity aroma. Taste is lighltly bready with fruity citrus. Mostly dry finish with lingering lemon zest.