Irresistible Amber Ale - Madison River Brewing Company
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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
2.85/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
07-01-2011 23:08:37 | More by bagpiper2005
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
06-03-2012 01:13:11 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev +4%
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
04-28-2012 02:55:39 | More by joemcgrath27
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-21-2009 07:13:38 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
05-23-2012 04:05:42 | More by guytyping
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-17-2010 05:49:31 | More by errantnight
3.28/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
07-20-2011 23:17:03 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
2.63/5 rDev -24%
Had on tap at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Saloon in Montana.
A-amber, very clear, nice sticky white head
T-somewhat bready, toast, roasted flavor, but has a "peach pit" aftertaste
D-okay beer but way too much of a weird pit aftertaste
08-06-2009 03:04:51 | More by jneiswender
4.65/5 rDev +34.4%
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.
02-05-2010 07:19:33 | More by einmt33
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
07-21-2009 21:54:09 | More by berley31
2.35/5 rDev -32.1%
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.
12-21-2010 05:15:44 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev +15%
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.
03-17-2012 20:05:17 | More by Gavage
2.89/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
10-08-2013 01:12:56 | More by flagmantho
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
04-07-2013 02:51:12 | More by leaddog
Irresistible Amber Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.