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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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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2004

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Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of raygaymadness
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy light golden orange color. Very small white head that goes away quickly and and leaves no lacing.

S- Could pick up something sweet in here but can't figure out what it is. Also some yeast and just a hint of hops.

T- Fairly sweet. Sweet malts and floral hops and that's about it. Not a whole lot going on here and pretty mild.

M- Medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink. Not a whole lot going on in this brew. Not terrible but also probably won't go out searching for this.

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Photo of gatornation
3.16/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of rkinsella
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Head is pretty sizeable. Nose kind of leaves me frowning, and not in a good funky way. Tastes like an amber, looks like an amber. It's an amber, and neither an unusual nor a unique one. Not a bad beer, but I'm only drinking it because I'm in River Falls, there are so many better amber ales out there.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber with a minimal off-white head that recedes quickly, but leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is mostly light grassy hops, with some yeast presence. There's a bit of floral hops in there, but it's rather faint. A light malt backing that I think could be stronger and bring in more flavor.

I found this beer to just be not all that flavorful. I mean, it's decent, some malts, some hops, but nothing really notable. I don't get any of the really positive hops flavors I'd look for - mostly a touch of bitterness that comes on in the middle and coasts through the finish. It's easy-drinking, but lacks much complexity to the flavor. Finish is clean.

Light-bodied with about average carbonation. Refreshing feel in the mouth. Finishes smoothly, lingers, hmm, maybe a little less than I'd like.

Decent, but nothing to write home about. I found this beer to be lacking an identity - it didn't seem like it knew what it wanted to be. As a result, there isn't a whole lot in the flavor to make me want to drink it again. I didn't not enjoy it, but there's just not a whole lot to it.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this down at the foodery, hadn't been there in a while so I stopped down.

This beer poured a cloudy rusty-anber color with a fleetong head and light carbonation.

The nose is quite sweet and flowery with hops and a tinge of orange zest. The hops and the sweetness carried over to the taste as I really am getting this ascerbic bite on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is ok, but I am getting heavy cloying, which for me makes this a one-off at a sitting. A decent hoppy beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know that some online retailers gave extras. Cool. Notches at "Oct" and "Week 1", so I guess this is about two months old. 12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours cloudy pale golden with about a finger of good looking head. Nice retention and some lacing. Really faint hops, some (unexpected) fruitiness (apple). Taste is mostly lightly toasted malt, and a little breadiness and fruit (like apple). Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable. A good everyday beer.

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Photo of will4240
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer I ever had... Picked up a case for old time's sake.

Overall a pretty decent brew. Everything that one might expect from an amber/red ale. The maltiness and hops were both pronounced enough to keep things interesting, but this brew is simply not complex enough to be profound.

A decent brew from a company located on my favorite fly fishing river.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rush River's The Unforgiven Amber Ale pours a finger of stiff foam over
a cloudy deep amber brew. Considerable tiny particles are in evidence
and carbonation is active and steady. The nose is malt and vegetal hops.
The flavor is nutty, fruity malt and that boiled vegetable- like hop again, finishing
a bit grassy. Mouthfeel is full yet crisp, slightly astringent in fact. Rush River's
website indicates they are using some kind of a proprietary yeast in this
brew, and indeed it does produce an unusual effect, sort of a mash-up between
English and American styles. Interesting.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with hints on ruby. It had a small, khaki-colored head that left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity caramel malts with some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted much like the aroma - sweet caramel, bready/biscuity malt and a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is an okay amber. It works fine if you are looking for an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper orange with a small cap that quickly faded with some good lacing
aroma is a mix of light citrus, pine and some light malts
The taste is nothing exciting. hints of the citrus overrun with a piney malty flavor, just a bit of nuttiness and some biscuit flavor. It just doesn't seem to meld together nicely
good carbonation with a medium body, easy to drink but the flavor could be trying after a bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer begins with a steady and classic Amber pour. Medium amber to strong copper in color, the beer has near perfect clarity. A medium head fills the rim of the chalice and then reduces to a comfortable layer and holding serve. No real lacing on the glass.

A balanced aroma of sweet, caramely malts and orange-zest hops fill the nose. Light esters and phenols come in late along with a yeasty breadiness.

Malt flavors take the lead with a strong, sweet caramel taste. English malts give a firm bready, biscuity taste and in a rather bold manner. The hops (still in orange-zest mode) makes a valliant attempt to balance the sweetness but falls just slight. Herbal and citrusy hop flavor take a back seat here. Light fruitiness rides in the peripheries along with a light plastic phenolic taste.

Body is medium with the sweetness taking its toll in the end. Bitterness is there but never really balances the superior malt sweetness. Not sticky or heavy, the sweet taste isn't necessarity indicative of the mouthfeel.

Finishes with a deep caramel linger along with an herbal, orange flavored bitterness. Quite a nice beer. It reminds me of Lexington's local Kentucky Ale except with better hop balance and boldness.

Thanks Arvjunk!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/3/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Mythos" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thick white 1-finger foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen with each sip that stays in place instead of sliding back down the sides like some brews do. The aroma is mostly of grains and hops with a slight caramel sweetness. Pretty much is said for the taste as well. Does have a slightly dry and hoppy finish but doesn't last too long. Amber Ales are all over the board for me with some more hoppy than others. Overall probably in the middle of the pack for this one. Medium-bodied with good carbonation from all the streaming bubbles seen rising from the sides and bottom of the glass.

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Photo of kmeves
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy amber orange with a smallish white head. Aroma is lightly sweet with fresh grapefruit, pine hop and caramel malt. Flavor has a good malt backbone as well as a decent amount of hops for the style. Nice fruity aspect as well. Medium bodied, sticky textured. Somewhat long bitter finish.

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Photo of Chaz
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy golden-copper in color, toped with a two-fingered pale tan head. Nose is a combination of biscuity malts and a fairly assertive Pacific Northwest hop profile and styling. Hops are lightly citric, and strike me as much more assertive when decanted from a bottle than have my previous pints served on draught. Mildly biting hops on the profile blend well with the aforementioned biscuity malts, and there's a sweeter pale and crystal malt backbone amply backing this up. A lightly spicy and bitter hop profile lingers after the mild sweetness subsides. Very smooth in this incarnation, and with very good drinkability. Notes of red and golden apples are evident, as well as some toffee and a light sugary feel. This seems lighter than the stated 5.8%, but from experience I know that after a few of these at happy hour it really comes into its own. I've always found this to be a great accompaniment to a pretty wide range of food and it's a go-to beer in a few of the local bars I frequent. Still, I see this better-than-average beer get passed over regularly for the bigger, bitterer beasts and hope it doesn't end up getting lost in the shuffle and written off as another 'pedestrian' Amber. I'm happy to see that Rush River got the bottles out there and think this will do a lot for the brewery.

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Photo of atis
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber with foamy head that soon fades to bubbly patches. Aroma is pine hops, grapefruit and caramel malt.

Taste is bittery citrus hops first with bready malt, bits of fruit, citrus bitterness lasts into short aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, good and drinkable. Nothing too special about it, but perfect before going to sleep after a 12 hour working day.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled week 1 October) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy amber w/ lots of chunks & floaties, creamy off-white head. Maybe I should have poured more carefully.

Aroma is sweet & malty, fruity. Has a really dense, earthy aroma - dried apricots?

Taste is more bready, biscuity, less fruity than the nose. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is a little flat.

Overall I'm not especially impressed w/ this one.

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Photo of alexgash
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of August 2007.

Mostly clear, dark orange-amber body. Small, wispy, off-white head doesn't last long. Toasted malts, caramel, butterscotch, and marshmallows are balanced by light pine and tangerine hops. Toasted grains up front give way to doughy caramel and butterscotch malts. Juicy citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) hop bitterness takes over in the finish. Moderate body with a nicely carbonated feel.

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The Unforgiven Amber Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.