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Irresistible Amber Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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81
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

a77cj7, Nov 18, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +10%

LoganMc, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Foyle
1.83/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ctwybeerguy, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Oelschlager, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

cbcrunch, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

leaddog, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Giggy, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

bcsbeer, Aug 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

craigreno, Aug 18, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 03, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

guytyping, May 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Heff19, May 02, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

bluckbeyes, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

NHSTEVE, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

wagner617, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

rocklibster, Apr 02, 2012
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3.48/5  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.

ryanclicks, Apr 02, 2012
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Irresistible Amber Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.