Sunday, January 23, 2011

Berkshire Brewing Company - River Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 650 mL 'bomber' bottle, poured into a weizen glass

River Ale is a Dark American Wheat Ale, which is an Americanized version of the traditional European dunkelweizen. The beer pours a deep mahogany brown with a light orange glow. The unfiltered beer also carries a considerable haze and moderate active carbonation. The light tan head is generous in size with huge retention and excellent lacing. The musty nose has a minor hint of clove atop a dry breadiness. There's a bit of sweetness, but it has a tiny cloying edge to it.

There's a big toasted malt character with a cracked grain texture. The dark wheat comes through spicy with a hint of caramelized sugar. There's an edge of dark fruit sweetness and a slight kiss of hops that help produce a dry finish. Finally, the beer wraps up with a dry somewhat woody aftertaste.

Final Verdict: A-

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