New River Pale AleJuly 1, 2004 Ashburn, VA
New River Brewing Co.
Available: NC, GA, VA, DC, MD
This pale ale is brewed from pale, caramel, Munich and wheat malts, with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops.
Alcohol (wt.): 6.9
Color: deep gold
Beautiful, with a nice sounding head, splendid color, rich aromatics fine-tuned, with a bountiful hop bouquet. The malt profile takes the lead here, but the well-tuned hop mix brings this up to an excellent, well balanced palate, followed by subtle tail with a neat tight finish on swallowing. Quite refreshing.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer has a hazy honey color and forms a thin white head. The aroma is brightly hoppy with minty notes and plenty of fruit. The carbonation is quite light, but hops provide the bite as bitterness coats the tongue. The body is light and the finish swift-- bitterness lingeres. Very West-coast for an East-coast beer. It's a little thin in the middle-- I like a bit more malt-- but hopheads will love this. Try it with spicy fish tacos.
- Garrett Oliver
Pours with a dense head and a bright amber color. Earthy, cedary hop aroma, becoming orangey as the beer warms a little in the glass. Light-to-medium body. Softly textured. Quite a hit of hop bitterness, with some cedary hop re-emerging in the palate. Warming alcohol in a finish that is robust, but rather abrupt. The flavors become rounder as the beer warms, but it lacks complexity.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.