Irresistible Amber Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States
madisonriverbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This amber is created with the use of choice hops and a unique blend of specialty malts to produce a rich and tasty brew. It is especially unique due to its original flavor influenced by biscuit and earthy characteristics.

28 IBU

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
Wants:
0
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3
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of NickSMpls
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Boise Fry Company. Lots of lively carbonation, negligible head. Medium amber body highlights the malts, mildly sweet throughout. Kind of sticky finish. Solid amber.

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Photo of MFMB
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sooo I guess I got a little to carried away with my reviews and the folks at beeradvocate pulled a good 50 of them. My bad BA you I love you and I love beer and I'm sorry I done wrong. This beer was okay. How was that for a squeaky clean review?

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Photo of sporklift87
4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BryanReed
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, just not that great. Basically just "good enough" in all departments, but nothing excited me or stood out. Overall, a drinkable beer, but, I think I'll resist(haachacha!) buying it again.

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Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear slightly red tinted amber color with a small head of pure white foam. The head has a very light level of retention, fading quickly to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is an odd mix of sweet and somewhat gristy wheaty smells. The sweet is of a more caramel nature with the wheaty smells having hints of a more hay-like nature mixed within. A little bit of fruity peach and apricot smell as there as well as well as a little bit of a spent grain smell. Overall, not really an all that pleasant mix of smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a sweeter fruit and caramel taste along with a little bit of light roasted malt and bready flavor. The sweeter fruit flavors are a mix of cherry and plum, but these are light in comparison to the caramel. As the taste moves forward, the caramel grows more intense and is joined by a more buttery toffee flavor at the expense of the fruit. A little bit of a more woody and slightly gristy spent grain flavor come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather oddly sweet, woody, and slightly stale grainy taste to linger on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. A decent feel for the odd mix of flavors, but nothing too special.

Overall – Nothing too great here in my opinion. A little to gristy and stale tasting with a rather odd mix of flavors. It lacks balance, so not really one I would want to go to again.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of LoganMc
3.84/5  rDev +15%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, MT. Arrived a light copper penny amber with two to three fingers of creamy beige head. Aroma of sugary slightly toasted malts and lightly floral and earthy hops, with hints of cherry and apple. Palate is also rather sweet and smooth, hop flavor is very low-key although there is a slight emergent lemon-lime note and some floral tobacco. Malt-forward, with granola and caramel predominating and complemented by an overarching honeyed sweetness. Moderate body and carbonation, mouthfeel perhaps on the thin side although the sweetness works to counteract this. Finishes semi-dry and fruity. This is the second beer I've had from this brewery (see review for Salmon Fly honey rye) and both are pleasant enough and reasonably well-crafted, although there is a strong urge to use qualifiers and tempered language when describing ... Inoffensive and gentle beers rather than a bold statement.

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Photo of Foyle
1.84/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: pours with a 1" off white sudsy heads that recedes quickly. Faint lacing only. Color is a slightly cloudy amber with small amount of carbonation streaming.
Aroma: sweet barley malt syrup, toasted wheat bread, some earthy hop spice as well.
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a dry finish.
Flavor: mild flavor, I expected more in the taste based on the aroma. Bland is the best way I can describe the flavor. There is not much of the expected caramel sweetness from an amber ale. Hard to find something good to say about this one.

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Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of flagmantho
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightish amber hue with a moderate haze and a pretty light effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam but dissipated pretty quickly. Nothing special here.

Smell: sweet and caramelly malt with a bit of breadiness. Stylistically appropriate, but a bit cloying for my preference.

Taste: overly sweet, bready and biscuity. I'm not usually a huge fan of ambers, but I like to try them because sometimes they really surprise me. In this case -- no. Too sweet, too biscuity and too blah.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not super creamy, but there's something here into which I can sink my teeth.

Overall: this beer isn't terrible, it's just too sweet to suit me.

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Photo of Oelschlager
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Plucked from the brewery's 12-bottle sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A very pretty golden red. A decent head to start quickly fades away to some impressive lacing.

S: Not a whole lot there, but what is there is good. Rich caramel and roasted barley.

T: Quite good, and led by the nose. A wonderful balance of barley and caramel. Roasted but not overly so. Finishes with a relatively hoppy, mild spice. Much more potent than the smell would indicate, yet quite sessionable.

M: Syrupy to be sure, but the hoppy spicy finish dries it up quite a bit. Not particularly full-bodied, but I don't really think it's supposed to be anything more than a good-timesy hot weather refresher.

O: I was in the middle of giving the brewery's honey rye ale a negative review, but it was so boring and bland I lost interest in doing even that. This is more like it. A well-bodied, solidly crafted amber that strikes a nice balance between being a beer to drink while grilling, and a beer to appreciate while eating what you grilled. Not half bad.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a copper-amber with two fingers of fluffy creamy head.

Smell- Caramalts, citrus hops, wheat/grass, orange.

Taste- Similar to the aromas with a mild tartness and biterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nice amber ale by Madison. This doesn't stand out as the star of the style but is still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of craigreno
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - available in Alberta in the Madison River variety pack.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy medium gilded copper colour, with a thin cap of fizzy beige head, which dissipates in the time it took to appraise the situation, leaving a low-slung ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of nutty caramel, kind of biscuity malt, a bit of burnt sugar, and leafy, woody, and earthy hops. The taste is good and malty, the biscuity and oily nuttiness really pushing to the forefront, that brown sugar undertone still sticking in there, with some softened earthy and forest-floor hops keeping things mostly in check.

The bubbles are actually rather supportive and surprisingly sprightly, after that particularly anemic introduction, the body a lower-percentile middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes moderately off-dry, the consistent maltiness not all that sweet to begin with, and the edgy, leafy hops far from giving up the ghost.

Overall, a pretty decent amber ale, one which strongly resembles a nice American brown ale, all nutty and hoppy as it is. Whatever is it academically, practically, I wouldn't mind having another few on the deck, as summer shifts into second gear.

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Photo of guytyping
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet maltiness. Reminds me of being tickled by a pirate.

One time on my birthday, I was playing left field in one of those pre-little league leagues. We were taking some fielding practice before the game, and I took a nasty hop to the face. I sat out the whole game until the last inning, when the coach put me in to pitch. I gave up a hit, hit a guy, and then got out of it. That's what this beer is like.

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Photo of Heff19
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

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Irresistible Amber Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
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