Über Alt - Rush River Brewing Company
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
4.47/5 rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle with date notches indicating week 4 of March. It is now May 19th.
A. An Orange-tinted light maroon brew with hardly any head to speak of despite a vigorous pour into my pint glass. It is within spitting distance of a Vienna Malt color. It has the appearance of being heavy-bodied by the way it swirls around.
S. Can't smell any hops at all in this thing. Instead what I smell is plums, figs, sweet toffee and nutella spread on toast. Man there must be a lot of malt in this thing.
T. Yup, there's a lot of malt in there. And as I suspected, a complete absence of hop flavor whatsoever. This would probably be a great beer to "convert" a non-beer drinker who has problems with beer because of issues with appreciating bitter flavors. Toffee and nut flavors dominate with stone fruits dancing around in the background. No harshness at all from the ABV, which earns high marks from me. It tastes just like a high gravity beer without hops ought to taste, IMHO.
M. Very nice. The carbonation is pleasantly tingly without being distracting, despite a puzzling lack of foam or head in the glass. Despite looking rather weighty when swirled around in the glass, it actually is only medium bodied on the tongue. Huh, weird, but not necessarily a bad thing. Also absent is the typical alcohol burn I get from something this high-octane. How the hell did they hide all that ABV?
Overall, I strongly recommend giving this one a try at least once. Well, maybe not if you are an IPA person, but if you dig Scotch Ales, look this one up and give it a shot.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2011 03:46:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.86/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From: France44 dot com
Date: March, Week 3 notched on label, no year, probably 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass
Pours a 1cm tall mass of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, somewhat dense-looking. Retention is average, about one minute in length, fading to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though rather minimal, a few small dots and lines cling haphazardly to the sides of the glass. The body is a deep golden orange, bordering on brown, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues and slight yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, modest in activity and number.
Aroma of sweet, light caramel malt with strong toasted bread undercurrents and a moderate herbal, German hop presence.
Flavor is heavily influenced towards toasted bread, nuts, and woodsy hops, much less caramel/cocoa/dark malt than Uerige's doppelsticke, more reminiscent of a strong bock than a doppelbock, if we're thinking of lager terms. Front of palate experiences toasted, lighter-colored breads with modest graininess and balanced caramelized malt sugar sweetness, hints of dried brown figs, and a slightly herbal German hop touch. Mid-palate is of deep, rich toasted bread and balanced caramelized malt sugar sweetness, dried brown figs, light graininess, toasted nuts, and modest European hop herbal flavors and bitterness. Back of palate features rich caramel malt sweetness, lightly toasted nuts, and herbal Germanic hops with less emphasis on toasted bread and grains, though these are present as well. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, caramel malt sweetness, lightly toasted nuts, and mild European hop bitterness with an herbal edge.
Beer is medium bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation, bordering on the line of fizzy, but never crossing it. The result is a lightly effervescent, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel. Ethanol is not detectable at all in this 8.5% ABV brew. Closes semi-dry, with medium level stickiness clinging to the palate.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 05:18:18 | More by falloutsnow
Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.