The Unforgiven Amber Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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The Unforgiven Amber AleThe Unforgiven Amber Ale

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2004

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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Pours out an orange-amber color with some small amount of hazing, a two finger foam head that settles in about a minute with medium levels of lacing left behind.

S. Peppery spice and earthy noble hops in generous amounts on top of a warm biscuity malt.

T. Biscuit dough appears first, joined by light amounts of floral and faint citrics, but the long sustained finish is almost entirely spice and herbal hopping.

M. Crisp and spicy dry finish, medium body and lightly carbonated. Could have used a slight boost to carbonation levels.

Notable mostly for having a somewhat longer duration of spicy noble hopped finish than your typical amber ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of brow1901
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of raygaymadness
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of SF_Posse
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dissapointed with this beer. It looks great on the poor.

Photo of u2carew
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bottle filled to the top, into a tyranena pint, pours a dirty amber color with a khaki head, low retention

s: pale grains and a healthy dose of lightly toasted/caramelized malts, barley husk and chaff, good hop presence of sweet citrus and stonefruit

m: low-medium carbonation, medium body

t: pale and lightly toasted barley flavors, full in flavor as if intact and straight from the fields, earthy hops with a moderate bitterness, more of the citrus and stonefruit from the aroma, rustic

d: enjoyable, a bit homebrew-ish in an unrefined way, but that's a large part of the appeal for me

single purchased in and carried back from Madison

Photo of Ragingbull
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with little to no head. Light but active prickle. Almost neutral nose that comes across as delicate but balanced with only the slightest hints of both hops and sweet malts. Clean attack and pretty complex for a standard amber ale. Smooth sweet flavor with that refreshing taste that smacks when you take your first sip in a new brewpub. Malt dominant flavor with the slightest hint of hops. The hops is more easily detected in the initial portion of the attack but the malt quickly takes over. I would rate it a B.

Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/19/12.
Poured on-tap into shaker pint.
A: Pours a golden orange hue with a thin white head.
S: Spicy hops abound. Hint of citrus.
T: Spicy (and a hint of citrus) hops. Some malt, but could be better balanced. Funny aftertaste.
M: Smooth and oily feel with a slightly bitter finish.
D: A solid and refreshing brew. Nice for drinking outside on the patio with a meal.

Photo of umustdrink
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark orange color. Dark white head fades to an eighth inch. Lacing sticks mostly around the head.

S - Sweet cereal malts with faint brown sugar, some light hoppy bitterness.

T - Taste starts with a light bitterness and quickly into light brown sugary cereal malts. Malts intensify along with some bitterness. Finish leaves a light sugary bitterness.

M - Medium consistency with medium carbonation.

D - A good amber, but I would have liked more intense flavors.

Photo of twbrewer
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber color that clears after time.1" of a creamy head that fades away leaving nice lacing.

S- Smells of citrus/floral hops with a sweet malt lingering in the background.

T-Citrus right upfront then a huge malt aftertaste with a hint of caramel.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and smooth feel over the palate.

D-This is a very drinkable beer.It has a hoppy smell that might scare some but its aromatic more than anything.Nice sweet malt finish,great balance.This makes a good session brew.

Photo of supercolter
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at The Lazy River in River Falls, WI.
Appearance- nothing to bark about, good coloration but serve in a frosted (i hate that) mug.
Smell is above average, some fair malts, kind of sweet smelling, thought it would by drier.
Taste is good, starts out sweet but then that quickly fades, not to bitter just a more mild flavor.
Mouthfeel is a bit to thin but not bad.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of rkinsella
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy orange/brown color, minimal head that went to nothing in a few minutes, no lacing. Actually, pretty weird looking. After the head was gone it looked like I was drinking some pineapple mango juice.

Smell - Grassy, a bit sour, and some floral notes.

Taste - Sweet/sour, earthy, followed by an almost smokey medium hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium weight, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - The earthiness kinda got to me by the end of the glass. Seems well crafted with a lot of interesting (new) flavors in balance. Not a typical amber ale. However, not really something I would want to try again.

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to supercolter for this great brew!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a dark orange with a nice thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S- Fruity hops with a crazy yeast nose

T- Fruity citrus hops hit you up front and dominate with a nice smooth yeast flavor and some delicious pale malts.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a little bitter dryness in the finish.


Photo of happygnome
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice transparent amber darker reddish color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: bready, yeasty floral citrusy notes
t: floral and citrus hop bitterness at first, very light bitterness. a caramel yeasty sweet malt flavor nice and refreshing
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i reallyenjoyed this

Photo of gatornation
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber color with a big head and good lacing it looks great...the smell is woodsy/malty slight hop ... the taste is the same smooth sweet malt carmel with biscuit notes followed by to little hops finish for me ...the mouthfell is strange almost sweet soapy taste..i dont know.. its drinkable if your outside on a cookout or picnic or doing yardwork but not for an enjoyable brew at home in front of the fireplace... it is drinkable.. so ill say try it and you be the judge.. when i want an amber ale i will reach for BELLS instead

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The Unforgiven Amber Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.