Irresistible Amber Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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Irresistible Amber AleIrresistible Amber Ale

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

This amber is created with the use of choice hops and a unique blend of specialty malts to produce a rich and tasty brew. It is especially unique due to its original flavor influenced by biscuit and earthy characteristics.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - available in Alberta in the Madison River variety pack.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy medium gilded copper hue, with a thin cap of fizzy beige head, which dissipates in the time it took to appraise the situation, leaving a low-slung ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of nutty caramel, kind of biscuity malt, a bit of burnt sugar, and leafy, woody, earthy hops. The taste is good and malty, the biscuit and oily nuttiness really pushing to the forefront, that brown sugar undertone still sticking in there, with some softened earthy, forest-floor hops keeping things mostly in check.

The bubbles are actually rather supportive and surprisingly sprightly, after that anemic introduction, the body a lower-percentile medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes moderately off-dry, the consistent maltiness not all that sweet to begin with, and the edgy, leafy hops far from giving up the ghost.

A pretty decent amber ale, one which strongly resembles a nice American brown ale, all nutty and hoppy as it is. Whatever is it academically, practically, I wouldn't mind having another few on the deck, as summer shifts into third gear.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a random Montana brewers 6-mixer at a store in Whitefish
A - clear burnt orange, thumb of off white head retained at a consistent thin covering with healthy lacing
S - big malty aromas of molasses, cherry, and a woody earthy quality
T - malt flavour much like the nose with a prominent cedar woodiness along with light grassy hops and a buttery finish
M - medium body, lowish carbonation, sticky finish
O - a quality amber with a cedar character that gives it something unique

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana.. Poured into the closest thing I could find to a pint glass at Brenda's parents house...

descent head.. the brew is a lite copper amber... no real lace and the head drops super fast.

nose is very lite caramel malts and descent citrus but more grassy hoppiness... not alot going on here.

Flavor is not alot better but has a little thicker quality to it.. I get more of an "American ESB" out of the palate, but it still just seems like a fishing brew to me.. I can see enjoying this one more if I had it available to me.. but I would probably never recommend it to anyone.

Photo of guytyping
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet maltiness. Reminds me of being tickled by a pirate.

One time on my birthday, I was playing left field in one of those pre-little league leagues. We were taking some fielding practice before the game, and I took a nasty hop to the face. I sat out the whole game until the last inning, when the coach put me in to pitch. I gave up a hit, hit a guy, and then got out of it. That's what this beer is like.

Photo of errantnight
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish amber with little head, little lacing, and decent retention.

Aroma is cracker and caramel, maybe even a hint of milk chocolate in the toasted notes.

Moderate caramel on the palate, lots of toast and bread notes. Clean finish with a drying, only slightly bitter finish. Hops are muted.

Medium bodied and smooth. Well crafted if uninspired.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer was a nice clean amber-red color, poured with an off white head that soon fell back into the glass.

The beer smelled sweet, of caramel malt, and of toaster biscuit. It was certainly lacking some hop aroma for an amber ale.

The body was medium and the taste was mostly of caramel, the beer was lacking in a hop aftertaste.

Overall the beer could have used some hops, both in the nose and in the finish. It would have also helped to balance out the sweetness. That being said it was a refreshing beer.

Photo of jneiswender
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Saloon in Montana.

A-amber, very clear, nice sticky white head

S-very nutty

T-somewhat bready, toast, roasted flavor, but has a "peach pit" aftertaste

M-medium

D-okay beer but way too much of a weird pit aftertaste

Photo of einmt33
4.67/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a rich reddish gold color with a healthy tan colored head. Very fruity rich aromas when swirled. Nice array of hops and malts in the initial taste, great mouthfeel, and a very clean aftertaste. This is the first beer I have tried from this brewery and I am thoroughly impressed, very very smooth.

Photo of berley31
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a very small, off-white head that was down to nothing in no time. Spare lacing. Hazy, dark-amber body. Aroma was of light, roasted malt. Medium-bodied on quite creamy on the palate, with average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish... very nice. Good flavor of sweet malt at first, and finished slightly bitter. Average duration for the flavor. Overall, a very nice amber ale that one could drink all evening.

Photo of womencantsail
2.32/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Definitely some urine notes, which sort of ruin the whole beer for me. A mild citrus, water, not really much malt or all that much hop character.

T: Some toasted malt flavor, and a bit of creaminess. That's pretty much the only flavor. Otherwise, it's really watery and bland. Meh.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: This was not good. Way too watery, and that's what's good about it.

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a big 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness are all you can detect.

Taste: big caramel, dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness create a nicely flavored amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: a very easy drinking sessionable beer. Nice flavors, not overwhelming at all.

Photo of BryanReed
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, just not that great. Basically just "good enough" in all departments, but nothing excited me or stood out. Overall, a drinkable beer, but, I think I'll resist(haachacha!) buying it again.

Photo of flagmantho
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightish amber hue with a moderate haze and a pretty light effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam but dissipated pretty quickly. Nothing special here.

Smell: sweet and caramelly malt with a bit of breadiness. Stylistically appropriate, but a bit cloying for my preference.

Taste: overly sweet, bready and biscuity. I'm not usually a huge fan of ambers, but I like to try them because sometimes they really surprise me. In this case -- no. Too sweet, too biscuity and too blah.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not super creamy, but there's something here into which I can sink my teeth.

Overall: this beer isn't terrible, it's just too sweet to suit me.

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a copper-amber with two fingers of fluffy creamy head.

Smell- Caramalts, citrus hops, wheat/grass, orange.

Taste- Similar to the aromas with a mild tartness and biterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nice amber ale by Madison. This doesn't stand out as the star of the style but is still enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of ryanclicks
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint gladd. Beer has a very attractive dark color with a thin foamy head. Very little lacing on glass. Beer smells like a typical amber. Tastes like one too, which is in no way a bad thing. Overall a very solid beer, but nothing sets it apart from the crowd.

Photo of bagpiper2005
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Pours a clear reddish-copper color. One finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Nothing here to really speak of. Seriously. A deep whiff reveals a biscuity malt aroma. Other than that there's really nothing going on.

Taste: Well, what's there is pretty good, but overall it's pretty bland. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar primarily. Light citrus hop zing in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and sort of flat.

Drinkability/Overall: What flavor it does have is good, there's just not much. Drinks easily but lacks any factor that makes you excited to take the next sip.

Final Notes: This is a "get trashed" kind of beer. Not overly expensive and not all that great. Nothing offensive, bu lacks character. I won't be buying it again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear slightly red tinted amber color with a small head of pure white foam. The head has a very light level of retention, fading quickly to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is an odd mix of sweet and somewhat gristy wheaty smells. The sweet is of a more caramel nature with the wheaty smells having hints of a more hay-like nature mixed within. A little bit of fruity peach and apricot smell as there as well as well as a little bit of a spent grain smell. Overall, not really an all that pleasant mix of smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a sweeter fruit and caramel taste along with a little bit of light roasted malt and bready flavor. The sweeter fruit flavors are a mix of cherry and plum, but these are light in comparison to the caramel. As the taste moves forward, the caramel grows more intense and is joined by a more buttery toffee flavor at the expense of the fruit. A little bit of a more woody and slightly gristy spent grain flavor come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather oddly sweet, woody, and slightly stale grainy taste to linger on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. A decent feel for the odd mix of flavors, but nothing too special.

Overall – Nothing too great here in my opinion. A little to gristy and stale tasting with a rather odd mix of flavors. It lacks balance, so not really one I would want to go to again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of off white head and light carbonation evident. Small amount of lacing.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, and caramel malts. Some wheat and grain.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, caramel malts, and some nuts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent amber ale but nothing special. Mostly bready and wheat malts. Wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a fairly large off-white head on it. It didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma was milder, with mainly some malt sweetness. Also a touch of floral notes. The taste was clean and refreshing. A good malt body with a hint of floral hops. A decent enough amber.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, MT. Arrived a light copper penny amber with two to three fingers of creamy beige head. Aroma of sugary slightly toasted malts and lightly floral and earthy hops, with hints of cherry and apple. Palate is also rather sweet and smooth, hop flavor is very low-key although there is a slight emergent lemon-lime note and some floral tobacco. Malt-forward, with granola and caramel predominating and complemented by an overarching honeyed sweetness. Moderate body and carbonation, mouthfeel perhaps on the thin side although the sweetness works to counteract this. Finishes semi-dry and fruity. This is the second beer I've had from this brewery (see review for Salmon Fly honey rye) and both are pleasant enough and reasonably well-crafted, although there is a strong urge to use qualifiers and tempered language when describing ... Inoffensive and gentle beers rather than a bold statement.

Photo of Foyle
1.84/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: pours with a 1" off white sudsy heads that recedes quickly. Faint lacing only. Color is a slightly cloudy amber with small amount of carbonation streaming.
Aroma: sweet barley malt syrup, toasted wheat bread, some earthy hop spice as well.
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a dry finish.
Flavor: mild flavor, I expected more in the taste based on the aroma. Bland is the best way I can describe the flavor. There is not much of the expected caramel sweetness from an amber ale. Hard to find something good to say about this one.

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Plucked from the brewery's 12-bottle sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A very pretty golden red. A decent head to start quickly fades away to some impressive lacing.

S: Not a whole lot there, but what is there is good. Rich caramel and roasted barley.

T: Quite good, and led by the nose. A wonderful balance of barley and caramel. Roasted but not overly so. Finishes with a relatively hoppy, mild spice. Much more potent than the smell would indicate, yet quite sessionable.

M: Syrupy to be sure, but the hoppy spicy finish dries it up quite a bit. Not particularly full-bodied, but I don't really think it's supposed to be anything more than a good-timesy hot weather refresher.

O: I was in the middle of giving the brewery's honey rye ale a negative review, but it was so boring and bland I lost interest in doing even that. This is more like it. A well-bodied, solidly crafted amber that strikes a nice balance between being a beer to drink while grilling, and a beer to appreciate while eating what you grilled. Not half bad.

Irresistible Amber Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.