Lost Arrow Porter - Rush River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-21-2004

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lost arrow pours a dark caramel color with a tower cap of foam. The color thins toward the edges to classic brown ale. The aroma is a great mixture of chocolate, espresso, wet malt, caramel, hard candy, and earthy the hops. The aroma is inviting and draws the imbiber in. Medium bodied, smooth and contiguous. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the hype of the aroma, but is still quite enjoyable. Cocoa and just a touch of bitterness leave the palate dry. Overall a nice beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pour from a freshly-tapped keg.
Beautiful brown in color, murky, and with a bit of rolling, cascading action, though this is no nitr-tap. Head is a tight tan ring.
Aroma is very nice, great gobs of cocoa filling the nose, just a dab of bittersweet espresso, warm and inviting.
Aromatic experiences are revisited in the taste. Chocolate sensations flood the mouth, rich and well-rounded. Full-bodied,with a nice, softly lingering finish. No bitterness, although I like that in my porters sometimes, this is smoothness itself. Very easy-drinking and approachable, but not shy on taste, either.
Good job, here, I think I'll be getting very well-acquainted with this one.

Photo of natasharai
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1cm of off white bubbly head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The beer is much lighter in color than I expected, it is a clear brown color that lets plenty of light through.

Smell: This is interesting, kind of fruity, like berries. Also a lot of malty and coffee smell. This beer smells pretty sweet.

Taste: Up front a lot of sweet coffee and malt taste. Then it moves to a fruity berry taste. Leaves the mouth with a bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for a porter, nice amount of carbonation. Not much alcohol tingle.

Overall: Very good, not what I expected but very interesting. This beer has a nice combination of fruity notes and coffee, it is sweet but not overwhelming. Pretty easy to drink as well.

Photo of pat61
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant dark brown under a 2” finely bubbled, lightly tan tinted white head that produces good lace. You can see ruby highlights when holding the beer up to a bright light. Dark grain aromas greet the nose with some spice and a hint of cocoa. There are no dark roast or burnt aromas. A very creamy palate features a very mild roastiness, a mild nuttiness with some biscuit, mild chocolate and grainy malt. Just enough hop bitterness balances the malt sugars and gives the beer a light bitter chocolate flavor but there are no big burnt or hop flavors. Medium body with above average carbonation. Sessionable.

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Supercolter for this brew!

12oz bottle into a Snifter

A- Pours a dark dark brown with a decent 2 finger tan head.

S- Darker roasted malts with some coffee and sweet chocolate. Raisins and other dark fruits are also apparent.

T- Interesting, Strong hops up front with a nice coffee bitter background that's nothing like i was expecting.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter mouthfeel.

SkÅL!

Photo of dfried
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Java J's. Pretty dark body with some brown and ruby highlights, thin cream colored cap for a head. Sweet and chocolaty aroma, coco powder, caramel, some coffee notes, with just a little hop presence. More of the same in the taste, sweet almost to the point of cloying but not quite, chocolate and caramel with together with a touch of nutty flavor that reminded me of a candy bar. Hops leave a subtle herbal flavor. Some fruity notes show up in the aftertaste, apple, pear, and plum. Quite light bodied for a porter, and a sliky, milky smooth mouthfeel make it very drinkable.

Overall: nothing wrong with this one, light drinkable porter, but if they have Bubble Jack IPA where they have this one, I would get the Bubble Jack about every time.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 3/15/15 while grilling on the upper patio deck. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours a very deep mahogany in color with about a half finger foamy beige head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of cocoa powder. The taste has a bit more going on as there is some biscuit also. Easy to drink with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Slightly less bodied than other porters but tasty. Lighter to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall it was decent.

Photo of Chaz
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turgid, cola-brown in color with a dark tan head and minimal lacing. Roasted malts, espresso, and a touch of yeast on the nose, with very minimal ("no") hop presence. Lactic tang on the first sip is prominent, and along with an initial plummy sweetness gives me the impression that the brewer intended a nod in the direction of the sweet stout style. Light-bodied and very easy drinking, with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence - feels smaller than ins 5%. Hop and malt bitterness evident in the aromatic qualities mid-sip, along with a touch of granny smith. More roasted malts toward the end of the palate along with a dry finish. Light and a touch thin for the style, Lost Arrow rides on its roasted and dark malts, creamy texture, and the part lactic/part nut brown tang, and mostly it rides quite well. My favorite of Rush River’s year-round offerings, even though it bucks style a bit. On-tap at Stub and Herb's.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Porter was poured out of the bottle and into a pint glass. Dark and warm in colour with a chocolate, roasted nose to it. Tasted of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, with minimal yet present hops. No distinctive or lingering aftertastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Probaby.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with amber-brown edges. Small one-finger light brown head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Nice malt/hoppy balance, very interesting scent for a porter with semi-fruity scents mostly berries with some earth notes.

T: Malts up front with berry flavors turning into a hoppy finish with notes of coffee and some earth flavor with not much bitterness. Very interesting.

Overall: It's an alright porter that is well balanced and very drinkable porter. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of a winter variety pack. Served in a tulip.

A: Deep, cloudy brown with amber tones. Nice dense tan head. Spotty lacing.

S: Raisin bread, alcohol, toasty grain.

T: Very roasty malt dominates. Not a ton of hop bitter, just in the finish. Toffee, coffee, smoky.

M: A little thin but nice carbonation.

O: Very decent. Worth a go.

Photo of drizzam
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark brown in color, actually looks ruby in color when held up to a bright light. The body is topped by a substantial creamy light tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Very nice inviting aroma.

T & M - Roasted malt and dark chocolate with hints of coffee present. The taste actually isn't as strong as I would have expected from the aroma. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes with a very slight bitter roasted finish.

D - This is a very solid beer. As expected, as it warms it gets better. High drinkability factor from both the low ABV and good flavor. I would stock this as a regular beer in my fridge.

Photo of tconboy
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a tan head and moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malts. Very mild taste, the flavors definitely don't overpower you, but this is a nice, smooth, drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is definitely a little light for a porter. I could definitely drink a lot of this given how light it is for a porter. Might not be your thing and might be a little light for your typical porter lover, but it was pretty good.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rush River Lost Arrow pours an almost black color, with a light, small head. There is a good strong malty and coffee like smell. The taste is a bit light and weak; rather watery, but there is a typical malty dry porter taste that you can pick up. Nice carbonation, and easy to drink, but its a bit too light. Overall its a good beer, just on the weaker side.

Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep brown with auburn highlights. Small tan head. Good retention and lace.

S-Some cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. Nothing is overpowering. A bit muted.

T-Much like the aroma everything ispresent but not in copius amounts. The more you drink the better it all comes together. A nice combination of your "typical" roasty porter flavours.

M-Medium-light body leaving it a bit thin. Would like a more robust body.

D-A solid, sessionable porter. This brew does not set out to light the world on fire...but it has it's place. A decent brew without any flash.

Photo of dakotaben
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - About as dark as it gets for a porter with a slight ruber glow. A khaki 2 finger head whose initial presence softened quickly, but yet remained at .5 finger for quite some time. Lacing that remains

S - Sweet hazelnut smell. Slight coffee and black liquorish aroma

T - Roasted Chocolate and hazelnut taste that remains in your mouth.

M - Fairly light body for a porter with a medium sweetness that remains. Low carbonation

O - I really liked this for the roastiness.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with about one finger of light beige head. A smattering of lace clings to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is mostly roast malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. A bit of earthy hoppiness is present as well. Smells like a porter.

The flavor is quite roasty. Lots of burnt malt with a strong coffee back bone. Just a touch of chocolate in the finish. The earth tone that I picked up in the nose comes through as it warms. Solid flavor.

Light to medium body with maybe a tad too much carbonation for a porter.

Overall a nice porter and an easy drinker for sure. I would grab a sixer of this.

Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice auburn tone. Small light brown head on top. Retention and lace are adequate. Aroma is dry cocoa, mocha, light coffee and roasted malts. Decent, but subdued. Taste is pretty straightforward. Everything mingles nicely on the palate...chocolate, coffee, vanilla and char. A little chalky in the mouth, but that's fine. Seems a little watery on the palate. Body could use a boost. Solid porter though.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A strong pour delivers a thick, jet black body that omits no light when held up to light. A tan, frothy, one finger head quickly rises and slowly fades away. Minutes later there is still a lace around the glass with a thicker ring around the edge.

S - Lots of coffee beans, roasted malts and bitter notes stand out first. A deeper smell brings about sweeter, expresso like toffee, cream, and vanilla. Very smooth and inviting smell.

T - Taste is much like the smell. Plenty of bitter coffee notes that combine with roasted malts along with chocolate stand out initially. Toffee, cream and other expresso like flavors come through as well. Neither is too overpowering.

M - Medium bodied beer with an ample amount of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Entering the mouth the strong bitter aspects hit you first. Again nothing too strong, as the roasted malts and coffee notes first hit your palate. Following this is a strong amount of carbonation (for a porter), which I feel drowns out the cream, vanilla and toffee notes that would make for a great finish.

D - This beer has quite a bit of potential and simply needs a little tweaking. If the guys at RR can tone down the CO2 and let the back side of this beer open up more it would be outstanding. As it stands now, there seems to be some fighting between the two and the finish suffers as a result. Overall though I am impressed. In all my other experiences with different RR brews, hops have been a strong suit, so its nice to see some depth here.

Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Toasted bread, roasted malt.

Taste: Mildly sweet roasted flavor, a little bit of coffee comes through in later sips.

Mouthfeel: A little light but ok.

Drinkability: The lightness in body and not-too-strong flavors mean this could be a decent session porter.

A pretty good porter from a semi-local brewery. I've had a couple of Rush River beers and they've been good. I'll probably give the rest of their lineup a shot eventually.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Gelly's Pub and Eatery in Stockholm, WI.

A: deep copper color with wisp of head
S: mild nose, sweeter, roasted, nutty with little hops
T: mild taste, sweeter with some hints of roasted malt and slight bitter finish
M: slightly watery, not a ton of character

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How have I missed reviewing, nay, even sampling this beer in the past? I've had plenty of Unforgiven & Bubblejack, just never seemed to cross paths with this guy. Downed a bottle with surprisingly tasty pizza at Parkway Pizza in Minneapolis tonight.

Brown. Porter brown, to be exact. Smells like lightly roasted chocolate Kisses.

Lost Arrow's taste follows the nose to a T. Roast, almost crossing the yellow lines to coffee, is at the top of the beer chain. Soft chocolate, and a kick of sweet maltiness rounds out this simple porter.

Easy on the eyes, easy on the palate, low ABV, tasty, easy to drink. Simple, yup, but nothing I'd ever turn down. Good, solid porter.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is described on the bottle as LOST ARROW PORTER ALE, huh... Aggressively poured a 12oz into my pint and a tiny little tan colored head popped up, fleeting quickly. Opaque, sediment ridden, coffee colored. Smells of sweet malty coffee. Feels thin in my mouth and tastes of roasted malt with a teeny tiny, dull hoppy edge. Not as tasty as I had hoped, but it went down very easily. I feel like I could have a couple and still have room for dinner. Not my favorite from Rush River, but still good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
Dec Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - Clear throughout the pour, slivers of burgundy amber shine through the black beer. A four-finger tan head drops slowly and leaves collar upon collar of lace on the glass!

S - Acrid bitter, burnt roasted malt escapes without hesitation from this brew. Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate join but a faint off aroma seems to be hiding within. A dry cocoa musty yeast funk (not wild yeast) is buried in the back.

T - Cold coffee overwhelms the tongue and knocks any off-flavors too far back to notice. The roasted bitter malt is flavorful but one-dimensional.

M - Medium-light-bodied, it seems a touch on the thinner side for the style. Very carbonated as well. Moderate acrid bitter, dry finish from the roasted malts.

O - I get the same sort of yeasty off thing from this brew that I pick up from the others but it's largely covered up by roast a bit more. Once again, it's a promising brew that could be very good with some tweaks.

Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my first Rush River review so I’m super excited. In all, Rush River only has about a dozen beer offerings so they are a pretty small and precise brewing operation located in River Falls, WI. Not really sure what to expect as you never really hear anyone says anything good or bad about their beer.

It pours a dark brown color with a beige head that lingers around for a while. It has a mild robust scent of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and caramel malts. Nothing exciting here, just your classic porter scent.

The taste has elements of a heavy beer, but it still drinks rather light. There is a little bit of roasted malts and coffee in the taste but far from being bold. It finishes with a chalky, coffee after taste. This is a good beginner porter to see if you like the style, but it really could be more robust, flavorful, and thicker in texture.

Porters certainly aren't the most popular beer out there. Maybe it’s because it’s just really hard to make a good porter? This was a pretty good attempt by Rush River but as I said, it has room for improvement. It has great drink-ability, it’s just lacking that “wow” factor taste wise.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

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Lost Arrow Porter from Rush River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.