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The Unforgiven Amber Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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The Unforgiven Amber AleThe Unforgiven Amber Ale

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2004)
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

gdhawley, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tjfontaine
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer on tap a few years ago in a small restaurant near Ellsworth wisconsin. This beer WAS brewed in Maiden Rock near the rush river but as they have grown they moved to River Falls.

This is a great beer for my tastes - unfiltered, full body, just the right amount of hops ... tastes a lot like Mac and Jacks African Amber which I think this beer was modeled after. It is now my regular beer when I choose not to experiment with something new.

tjfontaine, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The colour of this beer is, well, amber. Slightly hazy, I decanted carefully as this is unfiltered. Nice white head with ok lacing. Smells strongly of toasty malts, with a slight sourdough breadiness to it. A light citrus, earthy hop aroma makes a cameo as well. The flavour mirrors the aroma with perhaps a tad more hop presence. There is also a slight, almost Belgian like yeast twang in there. Bitterness is there for balance and helps to leave a nice dryness in the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is an easy drinkin and well made beer. An intersting variation on what can at times be a rather boring style. I like this beer an awfull lot!

mjryan, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of dav2080
4.75/5  rDev +28%

dav2080, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Jamienichols7693
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%

Jamienichols7693, Oct 14, 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 Larrytown
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have nothing against ambers, but they usually end up as decent beers, and nothing worth celebrating. As such, I wasn't expecting much when I cracked this bottle.

A nice puffy one-finger head starts us off, but it fades pretty quickly. The beer has a ruddy orangish-red color. Really nice aroma of fruit on top of a bready base. Maybe this will be better than I thought.

The first sip hits immediately. Lots of immediate flavors and a touch of sweetness before it all fades to the hops on the back of the tongue. There's more going on here than in a typical amber. True to the nose, we've got some citrus flavors mixed with a biscuity base. I'm really digging the taste and it's got a nice medium weight to it in the mouth.

This beer is much better than I expected coming in. It's an amber certainly, but without any of the boringness I associate with that style. Unique and delicious. I'll definitely be picking up more of this.

Larrytown, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Many yeast particles dance amongst the beautiful amber color below the 1 finger head, that slowly recedes into some lacing.

S- The first thing that hits the nose is a nice hopiness which I would be willing to bet is cascades. Amongst the hopiness is some caramel malt and just a touch of honey.

T- Intially I get some dryness/bitterness due to the hops and then some really great caramel/maltiness, but it is definitely leaning more towards hoppy. The finish of the beer is dry hops with just a touch of residual brown sugar/malt.

M- Initially, the beer seems to have a bit of a cloying carbonation but lessens as the beer disappears in the glass. Overall no major issues, however.

D- As one who typically dislikes amber beers, the rush river really changes my perspective on ambers. This beer is great because it has more of a hop bite making it more than just the caramel notes that I have tasted a thousand times. Given the %, I could session this no problem and could easily drink this one everyday.

Greggy, May 19, 2008
Photo of NODAK
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is a bit understated, but has a pleasant caramel sweetness to it...some toastiness...whiff of hops.

Pours a light red color in the pint glass....head minimal but present. Looks appropriate.

Taste is a very pleasant one. A good caramel sweetness comes first, with a great note of biscuit pairing with it. Tasty. Hops are present on the present in an herbal way....just enough to wrap the swallow up right without lingering.

All in all, an outstanding amber ale. Happy to have had it.

NODAK, Jan 28, 2014
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 dfried
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Toffee-ish amber in color, 1cm off white head. The aroma is of malty toasted grains, sweet and sugary caramel, light citrusy hops, and something I couldn't quite put my finger on that was a bit soapy. I though it may have been from a poor glass washing job at the bar I originally sampled it, but I had a bottle of it the other night and it was there too. Not necessarily off putting, but definitely odd.

The taste is outstanding, and there was no hint of that soapiness from the aroma. Sweet and fruity apples and pears, toasted bread, a bit biscuity, caramelly. Medium carbonation, medium light body, and a slight creaminess to it. The hops are lightly tangy, but mainly leave some citrusy and floral notes. More fruity notes as it warms, raisins, dates, and some almost berry like flavors. Some yeasty chunks near the bottom.

Overall: one of my favorite ambers I have ever had. I really haven't tried all that many ambers given my affinity for hops and/or darker maltier beers, but I was really impressed with this one. The fruitiness is what stood out about it to me, where as a lot of ambers the flavor consists more of toasted grain that turns to a bit more of a cardboard flavor as it gets old. Maybe this one is just a bit fresher than most I have tried given its produced so close. Enough complexity for a relatively simple style, great flavors, and outstanding drinkability.

dfried, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a revise from my review about a year ago, not sure if my palate has just changed this much or if they have changed the beer.

Apperance, good cloudy amber color, White foamy head that leaves pretty quickly and leaves a little lacing.
Smell, good carmel malt smell, rounded out with floral hop aroma.
Taste, great sweet malt flavor rounded out almost perfectly with some candy floral hops.
Mouthfeel, Nice and thick but not overly thick, this one is very smooth and very well carbonated (my main issue last time I had it.
Drinkability, this was a good beer I would definatly drink again, the hop touch was nice and I like the sweet malts, very nice beer.

mnstorm99, May 17, 2007
Photo of rayj212
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

rayj212, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange-honey with a good bit of suspended particulate. Head retention is so-so.
S- Bread dough, slightly citrusy, with a bit of floral aromas.
T- Up front there is a good bit of citrus. The finish brings in a doughy, freshly sweet flavor. There is just a touch of toffee and butterscotch Well balanced and flavorful.
M- Clean mouthfeel. Medium-light body. Medium carb.
O- Among my favorite amber ales. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

jsprain1, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of dsgraham1
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great unfiltered and unpasteurized ale. It has great flavor with a good balance of malt and hops, mild spice and floral notes, and a clean finish. This is the first time I have posted a review. I chose to post it about this beer because I think it is one of the best beers I have had in a while. I have had it on tap and in a bottle. I like it best on tap but the bottle does not disappoint. I highly recommend it!

dsgraham1, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of cheddarerickson
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

cheddarerickson, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of heytomcat
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

heytomcat, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of BrianPlatz
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BrianPlatz, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of nperrier
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Mmmmm. Full of flavor! Full-bodied amber. Goes down very smooth. Hops are not overwhelming. Excellent aftertaste, yum!

nperrier, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Famous Dave's of all places. Pours a cloudy bright amber color with a small white head. The aroma is mild and malty. The tatse is similar to the aroma, but more pronounced. Malty overall with hops peaking through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth. Overall, this is a very drinkable brew. It is one of the best amber ales that I have had.

KarlHungus, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Extremely Hazy Dark Orange color; They do not get much more unfiltered than this. Despite that, you can make out the carbonation along the very edges.

Smell - Buttery Biscuits, Yeasts, Piney Hops, Malty Sweetness and some Toffee Notes.

Taste - Cloves, Bubblegum, Toffee, Yeasts, Malts and Floral Hops. Pretty tasty for an Amber Ale and nicely balanced, considering all the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Body is quite heavy and the carbonation is pretty strong, which is the weakest aspect of this beer. The body itself makes this beer more of a sipper rather than something you can just slam instantly, which both in favor of and against the beer.

Overall - An excellent Amber Ale despite some problems with it's palate. I've always had solid beers from Rush River and this proves to be another quality beer from that brewery.

NuclearDolphin, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

WastingFreetime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at MacKenzie's: Dark cloudy golden amber with more gold at the bottom. Small bubbly cap of creamy colored foam sits atop. Maintains a good skim and collar and when swirled the head flows back up to a respectable level so it seemingly has good carbonation. Lacing in adequate amounts of webby strings.

Aroma is firm, steady, crispened, and present of sour dough bagels and roasty nuttyness. Very bready on the nose.

Taste is also pretty bready; and thickly so. Nice sour dough bagel creamy breadyness with some nice evenly handeled roasted nuttyness towards the finish and some buttery notes mixed with warm whole grain toast spread with an orange/apricot marmalade. Solid taster for an amber, more so then most I've encountered with a Vienna style twist of heavy breads. Nice.

Fantastic full bodied finish, creamy, full, and eager with incredibly fine breadyness thats very well rounded and creamy with just the right amount of give in the carbonation.

This is one of the better Ambers I've had in quite awhile. I actually stay away from this style on most occasions due to its basic flavor profile and character that's seemingly copied at every brewpub or wannabe brewery. A good change of pace for the style; and I for sure as hell was glad to have tried it. Very good on-tap.

tavernjef, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of ejimhof
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Nice red brown color to this beer

S - Hops and floral notes are present.

T - Hops and malts define this beer very good taste one of the better reds available.

M - Smooth and not overly bitter.

D - Easily a beer you could drink more than one of.

ejimhof, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one falls on the light and orangey side of amber; there is scantly any tones of red and inspection to the light reveals only a more radiant and more concentrated shade of orange. Its head is elephant tusks white and appears strong and sturdy like them too. A slurry of bubbles and sediment are tossed about as if caught in the updraft of a tornado.

There's no doubt in my mind after smelling this: The Unforgiven is a beer I want to drink. It exudes a rather delightful, highly ambrosial bouquet of fresh baked bread, pumpkin pie spices, withering flowers, caramel-coated pastries and just an ounce of citrus fruit. It is like a busy bakery meets a confectioners' cupboard meets a springtime countryside.

The flavour makes for a beer that isn't quite as trite as its style would have you expect. What sets this amber ale apart from most others I've had is the distinctly perceptible taste of sourdough bread. It may hail from the Mid West but I swear I'm in San Fransisco drinking this! That sourdough flavour is best described as being, well, doughy and bready.

There is also a sweeping wave of buttery caramel that washes the palate in a sticky-sweet coating. A generous hint of diacetyl seems to be the ribbon that ties the caramel and bread together to make one tasty present for the tongue. An appetizing but unexpected note of pumpkin-pie spicing keeps recurring. I like it a lot.

All the pleasantries described so far are likely the result of a couple things: this beer was A) dry-hopped, which explains that underlying earthy tone and those harbored notes of citrus; and B) fermented with a specially cultured strain of yeast, which likely is responsible for the unique sourdough bread character and that pumpkin pie-like spiciness.

Of course, we can't discredit the work of the brewmaster; this malt bill is as hefty as it is delicious and both bitterness and carbonation are bang on the nose for a beer designed to be easily quaffed. Any offering that features both this quality and quantity of both malts and hops is a winner in my books. I'd drink this any day of the week, any time of the year.

biegaman, Sep 26, 2009
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The Unforgiven Amber Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.