Wednesday, March 20

Beer Review: Deschutes Brewing Deschutes River Ale


"Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci.

Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal.

Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal
Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget

Releasing March 4th in 6-packs and draft."


Golden/Blonde Ale
Alc. 4% | IBUs 28
140 Calories, 12 oz serving
 
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Appearance: (3.5)
- Clear, simple, and pretty basic looking. Light copper to straw yellow, but not as yellow as I would expect from a golden ale. This looks more like an IPA in appearance. Bubbly carbonation leaves a spotty thin layer of foam resting above. 
 
Smell: (3.25)
- Certainly some bready malty esters going on. Almost as if a touch of Belgian yeast was used. Light fruity aromas mix with a very bready and lightly sweet grain. Perhaps a touch of herbal and grassy hops show.
 
Taste: (4.5)
- Wonderfully clean and drinkable session ale for sure. Light bready and biscuity grain with only a touch of sweetness. Hops? Perhaps the hops were used really to finely balance this beer. Because it is balanced. Almost a zesty citrus and spice. I kind of was seeking more of a dry-hopped flavor in the finish, but that would change the entire beer overall which I don't think is necessary. 
 
Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- There is actually some body to this light sessionable number. Medium body with the perfect drinking carbonation. It's a touch chewy even and a touch dry in the finish which must be from the bittering. 
 
Overall: (4.25)
- One of the better 4.0% ABV session ales I have had. Perfect for the daytime, and perfect for avoiding the side effects of stronger beers. It is mighty well balanced, and is clean and crisp. It has flavors and body of a stronger beers as well. 
 
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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