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Über Alt - Rush River Brewing Company

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Ãœber AltÃœber Alt

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdwalsh on 05-12-2010

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This one arrived at the table in a Libbey pint sans head, but with a light tan ring of lace around the top of the glass -- good retention in that respect as it was rather sticky. Orange-amber in color (copper-like) and fairly clear, but there's some chill haze.

Nose is fruity but otherwise rather neutral and malt-focused. There's something here, a specific fruit note that I can't quite put my finger on. Light citrus notes here but they don't seem to emanate from the hops. There's also some yeast in the nose, along with a lighter medicinal note -- not an "off" note per se.

Soft biscuit-y malt note from the outset, paired with a lighter, almost citric hop bite, semi-sweet. Mild lingering bitterness throughout provides a good counterpoint to the semi-sweet, fruity malt character. The fruit notes here are a little more indistinct, but I can get strawberry and honeydew melon, and also very light notes of caramel and toffee. Alcohol is slightly more pronounced, both in the aromatic portion and across the palate, than in a typical 4~5.5% Altbier. Likewise, body is medium-full and definitely strikes me as fuller than that a standard Alt, but only by half.

Overall it's a nice beer, eminently drinkable, and just a bit "off" for the standard style. A sipper at 8.5%, and dangerously-drinkable one at that (as it didn't strike me as being that big as I was drinking the other day, nor did I discern the level of alcohol upon its first release a year or so back for which I cannot find my notes).

"Uber Alt" is a weighty rendition which brings to mind others (Doppel Sticke, New Glarus Alt...) which are a tough act to follow, but here, the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Worth a try, and is probably worth picking up bottles to lay-down for a spell. Pairs very well with lighter entrees.

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Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.