RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Muddy brown color that signifies this beer as rather unfiltered. Tan head. Caramel and malt aroma and the taste is pretty much the same. The alcohol is covered up pretty well by the hearty malts in this beer. Kind creamy and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2008
(Bottle). Mild malty aroma. Dark hazy amber, with a small tan head. Flavor is very balanced with sweetness, nuts, chocolate, caramel, and some fruit. Not much hops bite. Smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glaze0101 (79) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
amber with a light white head. nice drinkable beer mild with apricot and other fruity flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
minimal head, beautiful color, nice spices, sweet malts. finishes floral. Very well balanced and nice alc content.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (5705) - 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 Ive 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2008
A pretty good, but not great beer. I didnt notice a lot of "nuttiness" here, and the hops were almost nonexistent. The wheat malt is noticable but its mostly drown out by the sweetness, which is almost overpowering. Its an alright beer, but in the future Ill stick with Berkshires porters, which are outstanding.

   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 didnt love it. Might just not be my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (2028) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy brown. Kind of like a muddy river. Theres 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2566) - 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.

   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.

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