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The Unforgiven Amber Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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84
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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2004)
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle form in St. Joseph, MN at Bello Cucina

A: cloudy, good creamy head; dark orange color
S: pleasant orange-infused hop aroma; opens up to slight bubblegum
T: sweet, well-balanced pale ale; very nice balance between hops, malt, and alcohol; the straw flavor complemented by some nice finishing hops

A solid amber ale.

Arithmeticus, Aug 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass, this beer gives about 2 fingers of large bubbled slightly off white head. The head hangs around for about half the drink with some lacing noted. A very slight haze. A light amber/orange color.

S-A hoppier aroma (clean citrus and grassy) than most amber ales. Also has a nice malty (sweet and slightly grainy) aroma.

T-Similar to the aroma. Malt and hops upfront and in the middle, ends a bit astringent and mouth drying but definitely not overpowering.

M-Crisp carbonation, balances the hops and malt very nicely. Medium bodied-quite nice for an amber, a touch creamy.

O-A bit heavy on the hops but quite nice complexity and an easy to drink brew. I can't ask for much more than that. A nicely crafted brew. First beer in about a week, so anything might taste great right now!

deebo, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale was poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Golden amber in colour with good clarity. Hoppy, fruity smell with citrus notes to the nose. Upon first taste, the ale was hoppy upfront with a bitter malt finish and mellow malt aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN...

Sort of dark peach-colored brown color, translucent. Flat head dies fairly quickly, in less than 30 seconds or so. Laces in incomplete dripping rings. Aroma of lemon peel, slightly soapy in overall impression. Mouthfeel is lighter, the carbonation on this one was less than medium as well. Not a bad caramelized flavor, especially to start, almost like cinnamon rolls, with a decent bittering that makes this beer a drinkable entry and gives it good neutral balance. Some hops linger into the aftertaste. Flattish presentation, something that happens from time to time with Rush River kegs detracts a bit here.

ADR, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of brow1901
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours and amber yellow color with a thin white head on top. The head disappears to nothing quickly, and leaves no lacing as it goes.

S- The smell that stands out to me is the lager yeast character. Less fruity esters it seems, though it does say ale on the label. The hops smell spicy and citrus.

T- Real light, mostly just hops that stand out. Tastes like typical bitter hops that are found in a lager, (maybe it is ale yeast with saaz or hallerteu hops).

M- Real light, which is apporiate. The carbonation levels are a bit low and the finish is too slick for me.

D- Pretty drinkable for the style, I like the hops in this beer. Not the most complex but this style never is.

brow1901, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

sgttibbs, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass) bottled 2wk June
A- This beer has a slightly hazy slightly dense apricot brown body with a snow globe of little bits swirling around with tiny bubbles. There is a sticky antique white head that last for most of the beer.
S- The soft sweet but very aromatic caramel malt and honey malt gives way to a soft green pine aroma that grows with each sip.
T- This beer has a slightly sweet caramel malt with some dry honey malt notes underneath. There is a soft slightly sweet biscuit note then a soft pine hint in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture.
D- This beer has a nice full rich caramel flavor but its not sweet or sugary with a nice support of green hops underneath. If there were light classes of beers I would say this is a great light barleywine.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of cokes
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Silty, sediment-laden pumpkin amber with a tight sticky pale khaki head.
The nose exudes plenty of wrought iron metallics and buttered dinner rolls, with a backing of hop-driven tropical fruit punch.
Into the mouth, it's all buttered bread, microwave popcorn, and heavy duty diacetyl. It's a shame, because under this oppressive curtain and burnt butter is a seemingly lovely, lightly nutty and toasty amber ale with a solid, if slightly metallic and astringent, citric and tropical hoppiness.
The mouthfeel is medium full and notably pasty with low CO2.
I've had similar problems with diacetyl in their Small Axe (and to a far lesser extent, Bubblejack IPA). Either they are wildly inconsistant, or I am particularly sensitive about their yeast. Regardless, I think I'm done with them.

cokes, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, filler in a mixed six pack

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, a rather copper body with a fluffy beige cap and decent retention...nice

smell: i was rather surprised to find out that this beer has quite a nice hop profile, sharp citrus and bubblegum combined with a nice grassy malt core...i like what i smell

taste: this is a nice amber ale, i'd definitely drink it on tap if that were an option. I love the hop profile - juicy citrus and bubblegum, tangerine, peach....grassy caramel malts...lovely

mouthfeel: smooth and crisp

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Nile.

I'd always ignored this beer when I visited the Nile. I mean, next to Furious and Bender, who needed it? Well it turns out this beer kind of kicks ass. It's a hoppy amber, like Troeg's Hopback Amber for anyone that's tried it.

It looks like a typical amber with a dark orange body and white head. The aroma is big on citrus hops and the taste matches. All the while, there's a nice balancing, biscuity malt presence that separates this beer from a pale ale.

Overall, there's a lot of nice hop and malt flavors going on in what makes for a very drinkable and tasty beer. Worth a try.

tempest, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Fr0stb1te
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Fr0stb1te, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head that quickly disappears. It is an unfiltered beer so some particulate matter is floating about the beer. Just a little lacing left on the glass surface.

Has a nice citrus hop aroma. Not much else to comment on.

This beer comes alive where it counts most, the taste. Starts off with a citric bite but quickly the malt mellows the flavor out.

Has a lighte body with a bit of a harsh carbonation that bites the tongue.

Highly drinkable with a lighter body and low ABV. A very good Amber Ale.

morimech, May 07, 2008
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Pint Glass
Drank At: Haymarket Grill (Eau Claire, WI)

This is the second Rush River that I have had on tap, and both times they have come out quite clear. The bottle I have had was definitely cloudy so you could see how it wasn't filtered. Perhaps the sediment is settling at the bottom of the keg.

Appearance: Amber.

Smell: Very strong malt and bread aroma.

Taste: A sweet malt caramel flavor. I noticed a lot of people claiming quite noticeable hop flavor and scent, but I didn't detect these.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: It was a good brew, and worth trying. I wouldn't pick it up again though. I'd stick to their Bubblejack IPA.

Ek0nomik, May 03, 2009
Photo of raygaymadness
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer does not follow a traditional amber.
Pros. Nice up front taste..malty but not overpowering.
Cons. It has a tingling hop aftertaste that is almost unnatural for a amber beer. Maybe a good start to drinking craft beers but it has nothing that makes you go wow.. this is tasty. That being said rush river does have some nice beers but a little more grain and less hops would make this beer more apealing.

raygaymadness, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kunstman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of deanis30
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of tourdot
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

tourdot, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of MoyaHoya
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

MoyaHoya, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

troyvar, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Mar. Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - More golden orange than amber, it's lighter in hue than I expected it to be. A low off-white head leaves good lace clinging to the glass in coiled rings.

S - A mellow hop combination of dirty earth and citrus lies in wait, waiting to strike. Yeasty undertones and caramel malt provide the base.

T - I expected the hops to strike like a snake and inject their bitter venom into my throat. Instead what I get is a good combination of citrus and earth that's balanced heavily by caramel malt.

M - Hardly biting bitter, this timid serpent of an amber is medium-bodied and balanced with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - Where they land around average with an amber ale, well-balanced nonetheless, they gain serious points for having a coiled snake on the label of "The Unforgiven" Whether or not they intended to allude to the Metallica song from the "Black Album" featuring the same coiled snake matters not to me as I listened to it with the beer regardless.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Bighorn
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Bighorn, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of dav2080
4.75/5  rDev +28%

dav2080, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Clear amber color. Pours with a nice head then settles. Visible sediment.
(S) Slight bready smell with mild hop aroma.
(T) Mellow sweetness and notes of caramel. Bitterness in the aftertaste.
(M) Body is lighter than expected. Crisp with some girth.
(D) Just average. Not a stand out brew.

u2carew, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of HardWater
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

HardWater, Jul 09, 2013
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The Unforgiven Amber Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.