The Unforgiven Amber Ale | Rush River Brewing Company

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The Unforgiven Amber AleThe Unforgiven Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well made like all of the rush river stuff has been, but really, at the end of the day, it's just another amber ale. This one has a little more body than most, fluffy and sturdy, and smooth going down, substantial enough to be four season beer, even up here. It also has a nice concentrated flavor, that while more or less traditional, is more robust that we are used to in the style. Nutty and sweet, hints of maple syrup there, a richer crystal type malt and nothing more than necessary buttering hops that provide some grassy balance later on. Sturdy and autumnal, this is definitely the best time of year for it, sort of a nice alternative to the samey octoberfest types out there right now. These guys make good beer, and while this is a far cry from their most inventive, it's very tasty and probably one of the better straight up Amber types I have had in awhile. Longer caramel finish, almost English for a second, mellow all the way. An easy six pack to get into any time of day, good food beer too.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Unforgiven pours a sediment filled copper color with a small head. There is a malty and biscuit aroma. The taste is very full, nice sweetness from the malts and a nice biscuit flavor. Good body and good feel. Overall its plain, but tasty.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/3/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Mythos" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a thick white 1-finger foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen with each sip that stays in place instead of sliding back down the sides like some brews do. The aroma is mostly of grains and hops with a slight caramel sweetness. Pretty much is said for the taste as well. Does have a slightly dry and hoppy finish but doesn't last too long. Amber Ales are all over the board for me with some more hoppy than others. Overall probably in the middle of the pack for this one. Medium-bodied with good carbonation from all the streaming bubbles seen rising from the sides and bottom of the glass.

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Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is a bit understated, but has a pleasant caramel sweetness to it...some toastiness...whiff of hops.

Pours a light red color in the pint glass....head minimal but present. Looks appropriate.

Taste is a very pleasant one. A good caramel sweetness comes first, with a great note of biscuit pairing with it. Tasty. Hops are present on the present in an herbal way....just enough to wrap the swallow up right without lingering.

All in all, an outstanding amber ale. Happy to have had it.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle form in St. Joseph, MN at Bello Cucina

A: cloudy, good creamy head; dark orange color
S: pleasant orange-infused hop aroma; opens up to slight bubblegum
T: sweet, well-balanced pale ale; very nice balance between hops, malt, and alcohol; the straw flavor complemented by some nice finishing hops

A solid amber ale.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Extremely Hazy Dark Orange color; They do not get much more unfiltered than this. Despite that, you can make out the carbonation along the very edges.

Smell - Buttery Biscuits, Yeasts, Piney Hops, Malty Sweetness and some Toffee Notes.

Taste - Cloves, Bubblegum, Toffee, Yeasts, Malts and Floral Hops. Pretty tasty for an Amber Ale and nicely balanced, considering all the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Body is quite heavy and the carbonation is pretty strong, which is the weakest aspect of this beer. The body itself makes this beer more of a sipper rather than something you can just slam instantly, which both in favor of and against the beer.

Overall - An excellent Amber Ale despite some problems with it's palate. I've always had solid beers from Rush River and this proves to be another quality beer from that brewery.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale was poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Golden amber in colour with good clarity. Hoppy, fruity smell with citrus notes to the nose. Upon first taste, the ale was hoppy upfront with a bitter malt finish and mellow malt aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/19/12.
Poured on-tap into shaker pint.
A: Pours a golden orange hue with a thin white head.
S: Spicy hops abound. Hint of citrus.
T: Spicy (and a hint of citrus) hops. Some malt, but could be better balanced. Funny aftertaste.
M: Smooth and oily feel with a slightly bitter finish.
D: A solid and refreshing brew. Nice for drinking outside on the patio with a meal.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this, another Rush River for me to try.

Pours a larger fizzy 2 finger head that fades fairly quickly with almost no lacing over hazy almost murky orange slight honey colored beer.

Nose light amber reddish malts, slight sweet toasty malts, light honey malt and fruity amber like aroma, with a bit of a grassy slight earthy hop character. it also has a light sweet extract amber syrup like addition.

Taste starts with more sweetness, light sweet malts, hint toasty and amber reddish malts, hint syrupy like malts, but a nice tasty malt base, fairly toasty maybe a hint of Munich malt and crystal malt. Then fades to a light fruity floral hop, hint of bitterness with a nice hoppy base. Finish is drier, light syrupy like malt lingering taste with hint of caramel and toffee, light amber reddish toasty malt, and some lingering light spicy bitter hop.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good. Malts are quite nice, despite a bit syrupy, nice hop character that is on the lighter side, and quite drinkable. By far the best Rush River I've had so far.

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Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass, this beer gives about 2 fingers of large bubbled slightly off white head. The head hangs around for about half the drink with some lacing noted. A very slight haze. A light amber/orange color.

S-A hoppier aroma (clean citrus and grassy) than most amber ales. Also has a nice malty (sweet and slightly grainy) aroma.

T-Similar to the aroma. Malt and hops upfront and in the middle, ends a bit astringent and mouth drying but definitely not overpowering.

M-Crisp carbonation, balances the hops and malt very nicely. Medium bodied-quite nice for an amber, a touch creamy.

O-A bit heavy on the hops but quite nice complexity and an easy to drink brew. I can't ask for much more than that. A nicely crafted brew. First beer in about a week, so anything might taste great right now!

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Photo of raygaymadness
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer does not follow a traditional amber.
Pros. Nice up front taste..malty but not overpowering.
Cons. It has a tingling hop aftertaste that is almost unnatural for a amber beer. Maybe a good start to drinking craft beers but it has nothing that makes you go wow.. this is tasty. That being said rush river does have some nice beers but a little more grain and less hops would make this beer more apealing.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Pours out an orange-amber color with some small amount of hazing, a two finger foam head that settles in about a minute with medium levels of lacing left behind.

S. Peppery spice and earthy noble hops in generous amounts on top of a warm biscuity malt.

T. Biscuit dough appears first, joined by light amounts of floral and faint citrics, but the long sustained finish is almost entirely spice and herbal hopping.

M. Crisp and spicy dry finish, medium body and lightly carbonated. Could have used a slight boost to carbonation levels.

Notable mostly for having a somewhat longer duration of spicy noble hopped finish than your typical amber ale.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled week 1 October) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy amber w/ lots of chunks & floaties, creamy off-white head. Maybe I should have poured more carefully.

Aroma is sweet & malty, fruity. Has a really dense, earthy aroma - dried apricots?

Taste is more bready, biscuity, less fruity than the nose. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is a little flat.

Overall I'm not especially impressed w/ this one.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know that some online retailers gave extras. Cool. Notches at "Oct" and "Week 1", so I guess this is about two months old. 12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours cloudy pale golden with about a finger of good looking head. Nice retention and some lacing. Really faint hops, some (unexpected) fruitiness (apple). Taste is mostly lightly toasted malt, and a little breadiness and fruit (like apple). Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable. A good everyday beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange-honey with a good bit of suspended particulate. Head retention is so-so.
S- Bread dough, slightly citrusy, with a bit of floral aromas.
T- Up front there is a good bit of citrus. The finish brings in a doughy, freshly sweet flavor. There is just a touch of toffee and butterscotch Well balanced and flavorful.
M- Clean mouthfeel. Medium-light body. Medium carb.
O- Among my favorite amber ales. Easy drinking and quite tasty.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper orange with a small cap that quickly faded with some good lacing
aroma is a mix of light citrus, pine and some light malts
The taste is nothing exciting. hints of the citrus overrun with a piney malty flavor, just a bit of nuttiness and some biscuit flavor. It just doesn't seem to meld together nicely
good carbonation with a medium body, easy to drink but the flavor could be trying after a bottle.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint at Lucia’s Wine Bar. Color was orangeish like a Hefe with about an inch of head. The slight lacing held strong throughout.

Smelled citrus, mainly orange. Lemon comes in there, too.

Tasted orange with some wheat and other kinds of citrus (lemon mainly).

Very refreshing, unlike your normal ambers. Mild carbonation.

Nice mouthfeel. Very low carbonation and a smooth finish.

Not a bad beer overall. I could have had this all night and been fine.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy burnt orange, finger head,

S: lemon peel, malt, pine

T: sweet malt, hint of biscuit, nuttiness, sticky mild bitter pine finish

M: med/light body, hint of sticky/oily mouth

O: Nice surprise; got this in order from MN.
Never heard of this brewery and usually don't care
for ambers/red ales, but this was quite nice.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Mar. Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - More golden orange than amber, it's lighter in hue than I expected it to be. A low off-white head leaves good lace clinging to the glass in coiled rings.

S - A mellow hop combination of dirty earth and citrus lies in wait, waiting to strike. Yeasty undertones and caramel malt provide the base.

T - I expected the hops to strike like a snake and inject their bitter venom into my throat. Instead what I get is a good combination of citrus and earth that's balanced heavily by caramel malt.

M - Hardly biting bitter, this timid serpent of an amber is medium-bodied and balanced with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - Where they land around average with an amber ale, well-balanced nonetheless, they gain serious points for having a coiled snake on the label of "The Unforgiven" Whether or not they intended to allude to the Metallica song from the "Black Album" featuring the same coiled snake matters not to me as I listened to it with the beer regardless.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber with a minimal off-white head that recedes quickly, but leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is mostly light grassy hops, with some yeast presence. There's a bit of floral hops in there, but it's rather faint. A light malt backing that I think could be stronger and bring in more flavor.

I found this beer to just be not all that flavorful. I mean, it's decent, some malts, some hops, but nothing really notable. I don't get any of the really positive hops flavors I'd look for - mostly a touch of bitterness that comes on in the middle and coasts through the finish. It's easy-drinking, but lacks much complexity to the flavor. Finish is clean.

Light-bodied with about average carbonation. Refreshing feel in the mouth. Finishes smoothly, lingers, hmm, maybe a little less than I'd like.

Decent, but nothing to write home about. I found this beer to be lacking an identity - it didn't seem like it knew what it wanted to be. As a result, there isn't a whole lot in the flavor to make me want to drink it again. I didn't not enjoy it, but there's just not a whole lot to it.

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Photo of dsgraham1
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great unfiltered and unpasteurized ale. It has great flavor with a good balance of malt and hops, mild spice and floral notes, and a clean finish. This is the first time I have posted a review. I chose to post it about this beer because I think it is one of the best beers I have had in a while. I have had it on tap and in a bottle. I like it best on tap but the bottle does not disappoint. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Head is pretty sizeable. Nose kind of leaves me frowning, and not in a good funky way. Tastes like an amber, looks like an amber. It's an amber, and neither an unusual nor a unique one. Not a bad beer, but I'm only drinking it because I'm in River Falls, there are so many better amber ales out there.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to supercolter for this great brew!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a dark orange with a nice thin white head that leaves little lacing.

S- Fruity hops with a crazy yeast nose

T- Fruity citrus hops hit you up front and dominate with a nice smooth yeast flavor and some delicious pale malts.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a little bitter dryness in the finish.


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Photo of ejimhof
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Nice red brown color to this beer

S - Hops and floral notes are present.

T - Hops and malts define this beer very good taste one of the better reds available.

M - Smooth and not overly bitter.

D - Easily a beer you could drink more than one of.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Juniors and Bo's n' Mine in River Falls

A - A steady pour releases a dark orange, almost light brown body. A nice one finger head rises to the top of the glass and fades to a nice lace with a strong ring minutes after being poured. Lots of carbonation is visibly racing to the top.

S - No surprise with Rush River, plenty of hops and floral notes hit the nose initially. A deeper whiff brings about slightly roasted malts and sweet caramel notes. Truly a unique smelling red ale, but something that doesn't necessarily surprise me. Overall, great smelling red ale.

T - Much like the smell. Plenty of hops and floral notes stand out. Light bread notes and a good malt backbone provide for some balance while the sweet caramel notes keep things interesting.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth there is plenty of hops and floral notes, but nothing overbearing. Carbonation cleanses the palate somewhat before the malts and caramel notes show up. Finish is somewhat piney and bitter, but nothing terrible.

D - I've become used to the guys at RR hopping their beers up so this one is no surprise. Aside from the Double Bubble, this is my favorite offering of theirs so it's nice to see this one so frequently available. It's definitely a beer I plan to seek out again when in the bars.

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The Unforgiven Amber Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
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