Über Alt - Rush River Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
06-13-2011 16:02:09 | More by Chaz
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap at the Black Forest Inn, this brew is a dark orange amber color with a light oatmeal colored, modest head and minor lacing. The aroma brings somewhat nondescript wheat and vague salty malt. The flavor, however, comes on with a licorice herbal hop layered over toffee malt. Decided and satisfying for sure. It has tiny bubble carbonation, sprite in feel with a medium-light body. Pretty drinkable though not a classic session beer. Once you dive in for a taste, it doesn't disappoint, so I recommend you try it and see for yourself. A good backyard quencher when you're not planning on more than a couple...or so.
08-07-2010 20:21:43 | More by Durge
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Hazy orange brown, no head, but typical of this bar. Looks like the head would be white.
S: A mild yeasty malt with no hops.
T: Again yeasty, but in a bready malty sort of way. There's an almost Belgian funk taste to it. There's a nice cinnamon-caramel taste as well.
M: A little flat but smooth and alright, just needs a touch of carbonation.
D: A little funky.
05-12-2010 22:13:19 | More by mdwalsh
3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-02-2013 05:18:18 | More by falloutsnow
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Scarlet-bronze bodied with loads of suspended particles. It's basically a sno-globe. Low-slung head with meager lacework. I fear this ages fast and poorly.
The nose mostly dispels my fear, with it's caramel apple, cherry, doughy, sweet, clean maltiness, a touch of orange rind bitterness.
The mouth brings caramel apples, replete with a peanuts. Black cherries, general sweet, with an almost vanilla essence, but carrying a tart edge thats almost raspberry. Doughy breads, a little fuzzy yeast slurry interference, and a small measure of grassy hops for balance.
As much matter as is floating through the liquid, it never seems to impact the mouthfeel. It's full, but lighter than it should be, given the strength.
This is on the cusp of something special. Clean the particles out and remove the light chunky sourdough/vinegar-y from the yeast flavor, and this becomes one to talk about and search out. It's $11 a six-pack, and probably worth it, even with these gripes.
08-29-2011 08:10:21 | More by cokes
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Another single scored on a recent trip to Minnesota.
A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing.
S - Scent is dominated by sweet caramel and burnt sugar, hints of plums and dried fruit, with some noticeable booze on the finish.
T - The yeast adds a fruitiness that boasts dark fruit, raisin notes, hints of cloves and peppery spice. The burnt sugar and caramel flavours linger on the palette alongside pumpernickel rye bread and a touch of ABV heat. This one has a flavour profile reminiscent of a Belgian Dark Ale, but more mellow.
M - Medium bodied, smooth, dry on the finish with a touch of ABV heat.
O - A tasty Altbier which definitely leans more on the fruity side of the style. ABV is well hidden and the flavour profile is robust. A worthy acquisition and I will definitely source out another bottle next time for trades.
10-30-2012 17:56:37 | More by andrenaline
Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.