River Brew Review: Eddyline Brewing River Runners Pale Ale

River-Runners-Pale-AleP1050056I normally try to have some sort of story to go along with a beer review, but I’ve been super busy at work and haven’t been getting out much so we’ll just go with a bland boring old beer review.

A while ago one of my buddies dropped off a couple of six packs from Eddyline Brewing. They are awesome for several reasons: first, they are cans; second, they are 16 ounces; third, they are actually six packs not four packs as you often see for craft brewed 16 ounce cans; fourth, the cans are rad; and fifth, they are brewed in Buena Vista, CO, a spot not known for breweries.

I will caveat this review with a reminder that in general I don’t love Pale Ales or IPAs. Today I am reviewing the Pale Ale, but sometime soon I will be reviewing the Crank Yanker IPA.
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Appearance: Clear gold/yellow with tons of bubbles. Thick creamy head that continued to build well after the pour and popped out of the glass. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrus and pine. Slightly grassy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong floral notes to start with a clean slightly watery middle and dry finish. Very slight hop aftertaste. Smooth. Don’t notice the booze at all, even at a respectable 6% ABV.

Overall: Darn good. I’m not a huge Pale Ale guy, but I like this beer. It’s local, it’s tasty and it’s really good on a hot day. A little bitter for my taste, but definitely not over hopped. I must say that I enjoyed the whole six pack!

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

4 out of a Six Pack Scale©

Stats:
ABV: 6%
IBU: 50
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Amarillo, El Dorado
Brewery: Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO

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