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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
Ranking:
#38,513
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
51
pDev:
15.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
3
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
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 mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of off white head and light carbonation evident. Small amount of lacing.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, and caramel malts. Some wheat and grain.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, caramel malts, and some nuts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent amber ale but nothing special. Mostly bready and wheat malts. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.32/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Definitely some urine notes, which sort of ruin the whole beer for me. A mild citrus, water, not really much malt or all that much hop character.

T: Some toasted malt flavor, and a bit of creaminess. That's pretty much the only flavor. Otherwise, it's really watery and bland. Meh.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: This was not good. Way too watery, and that's what's good about it.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a big 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness are all you can detect.

Taste: big caramel, dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness create a nicely flavored amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: a very easy drinking sessionable beer. Nice flavors, not overwhelming at all.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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 flagmantho
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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 JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana.. Poured into the closest thing I could find to a pint glass at Brenda's parents house...

descent head.. the brew is a lite copper amber... no real lace and the head drops super fast.

nose is very lite caramel malts and descent citrus but more grassy hoppiness... not alot going on here.

Flavor is not alot better but has a little thicker quality to it.. I get more of an "American ESB" out of the palate, but it still just seems like a fishing brew to me.. I can see enjoying this one more if I had it available to me.. but I would probably never recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Boto
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a fairly large off-white head on it. It didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma was milder, with mainly some malt sweetness. Also a touch of floral notes. The taste was clean and refreshing. A good malt body with a hint of floral hops. A decent enough amber.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a random Montana brewers 6-mixer at a store in Whitefish
A - clear burnt orange, thumb of off white head retained at a consistent thin covering with healthy lacing
S - big malty aromas of molasses, cherry, and a woody earthy quality
T - malt flavour much like the nose with a prominent cedar woodiness along with light grassy hops and a buttery finish
M - medium body, lowish carbonation, sticky finish
O - a quality amber with a cedar character that gives it something unique

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Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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 NickSMpls
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MFMB
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
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 jneiswender
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Saloon in Montana.

A-amber, very clear, nice sticky white head

S-very nutty

T-somewhat bready, toast, roasted flavor, but has a "peach pit" aftertaste

M-medium

D-okay beer but way too much of a weird pit aftertaste

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoganMc
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of errantnight
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish amber with little head, little lacing, and decent retention.

Aroma is cracker and caramel, maybe even a hint of milk chocolate in the toasted notes.

Moderate caramel on the palate, lots of toast and bread notes. Clean finish with a drying, only slightly bitter finish. Hops are muted.

Medium bodied and smooth. Well crafted if uninspired.

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Irresistible Amber Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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