Über Alt | Rush River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rushriverbeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by mdwalsh on 05-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of ZAP
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Burnt orange color...

S-Smells rich and malty...almost like a Wee Heavy...dark fruits..caramel....

T-Richly malty with doppelbock like scents. Solid melanoidins... Fruity with plums and black cherries....also a bit of a wee heavy scotch like malt feel...kettlized caramelization...gooey caramel...just a load of sweet rich malt flavors.

M-Sweet but not sticky sweet. That is impressive. With all this malt goodness is still finishes with a slight dry note.

O-Nowhere near as bitter as the alt style typically calls for. That is a good thing in my opinion. All alts from here on out should taste like this one. Rich, malty and decadent. A dynamite beer! Make this the prototype!

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Photo of aswaller
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Chokobo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SweJon
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber with a minimal head. The aroma leads with caramel and peat, as well as toffee, banana, date, vanilla, baking spice, and pear. The flavor starts with rich but not sweet vanilla and caramel flavors, fading to a toasty flavor that reminds me of waffles and maple syrup. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall I was very impressed by this beer. The flavor evolves nicely over the sip and as it warms. There is so much going on, yet the beer manages to maintain a hearty relaxing quality. I can only say to brewers more Alts please.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color the head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toast, toffee, light caramel, nuts, and a hint of floral hops. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it is literally making me salivate. The taste is very malty with a lot of caramel, buttered toast, nuts, light toffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer. It reminds me of Victory Brewing's Ten Years Alt which I was very fond of. I can easily see Uber Alt becoming a regular of mine.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with date notches indicating week 4 of March. It is now May 19th.

A. An Orange-tinted light maroon brew with hardly any head to speak of despite a vigorous pour into my pint glass. It is within spitting distance of a Vienna Malt color. It has the appearance of being heavy-bodied by the way it swirls around.
S. Can't smell any hops at all in this thing. Instead what I smell is plums, figs, sweet toffee and nutella spread on toast. Man there must be a lot of malt in this thing.
T. Yup, there's a lot of malt in there. And as I suspected, a complete absence of hop flavor whatsoever. This would probably be a great beer to "convert" a non-beer drinker who has problems with beer because of issues with appreciating bitter flavors. Toffee and nut flavors dominate with stone fruits dancing around in the background. No harshness at all from the ABV, which earns high marks from me. It tastes just like a high gravity beer without hops ought to taste, IMHO.
M. Very nice. The carbonation is pleasantly tingly without being distracting, despite a puzzling lack of foam or head in the glass. Despite looking rather weighty when swirled around in the glass, it actually is only medium bodied on the tongue. Huh, weird, but not necessarily a bad thing. Also absent is the typical alcohol burn I get from something this high-octane. How the hell did they hide all that ABV?

Overall, I strongly recommend giving this one a try at least once. Well, maybe not if you are an IPA person, but if you dig Scotch Ales, look this one up and give it a shot.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a thin head of tiny bubbles with good retention.

Big sweet malty nose with a touch of hops. Caramel and milk chocolate bar notes.

Rich and sweet malt up front with a fair backing of hops. Reminds me of Scottish malt with caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, scotch and banana notes. Nice hop presence. Really quite sweet and complex. Love it.

Smooth and soft all around. Dry finishing.

Really digging this brew. Not sure how well it fits the style, but I'm enjoying it too much to care. Loads of depth, sweetness and character. Time to get me a sixer of this!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, Mar Wk4 notched on the label.

A - Gorgeous light copper in color, it's made even sexier by perfect clarity. Low off-white head but little retention. Nice lace.

S - The mild aroma is very reminiscent of the classic German Altbier with a restrained profile. Low biscuity malts and almost no noble hop presence, nutty notes come through though. After a bit I pick up a hint of yeast as the aroma starts turning to what a glass of cold milk smells like.

T - Almost spot-on, the flavor of this alt is fantastic! Biscuity pils and Vienna malts have some nice complexity while smooth noble hops add a good flavor balance of light floral earthiness.

M - Crisp, clean, and medium-bodied, this Alt finishes out lightly bitter and slightly dry with a mild carbonation tickle. Slight alcohol warmth accompanies but doesn't seem to be anywhere near 9%.

O - Uber Alt is a ramped-up version of the German classic that absolutely nails the style while remaining dangerously drinkable. Definitely one of Rush River's best brews, I can see why they call it "yum-yum juice!"

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you hockeyd for this
12 oz bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass

A- A clear light brown with a very small that disappears quickly

S- Very malty, caramel malts, bread, touch of dark fruit.

T- Caramel malts, honey, floral notes, toffee, light bitterness in the finish, surprisingly complex, took me a two sips to really enjoy everything that is going on.

M- Smooth, medium body, dry finish.

O- A really nice beer and I am very happy that I got to try it, easy to drink 8.5% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark caramel, almost umber hue, hazy and glowing with hanging particulate. a dense one-finger head quickly fades but leaves nice wispy lacing.

subdued but clean aroma of caramel, biscuits, bread, and rye crackers. some apple fruitiness with hints of blackberry and honey.

taste is deliciously rich malt with honey, maple syrup, and fruit sweetness. bready, biscuits, and a touch of hops mixed with a bit of apple and black currant.

mouth is great. full, rich, smooth. sweet and full without being slick or hot. a slightly dry finish works perfectly with the ample but smooth and fine carbonation.

all in all, one of the more impressive alts I've had in a long while. smooth, solid flavors, clean. all in all, this one hits on all cylinders. not one I'd want a ton of, but as a single, it's exceptional.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper into brown colored, a bit of fish food swimming in a pretty hazy brew, small tan head doesnt last too long but contributes to a fair amount of lacing. Scent is thick and syrupy caramel malts, with a bit of alcohol detected. Nice thick sryupy brew, lots of caramel malt, some fruit notes, just a dash of bitter hop, sipicy alcohol. Medium bodied. Pretty nice brew overall.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color, with a finer of white head that dissipated, this is a pretty beer.

Smells of sugar and cola. Tastes like caramel and sugar, with a bit of that cold taste at the end. Moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Not legendary, but I would have this anytime it's offered.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle into a nonic, this is one of my favorite domestic alts (though I still haven't had the NG or Metropolitan alts, and admittedly, this one is pretty high abv); I look forward to it every year. pours a fairly clear reddish copper topped by a foamy 2 finger khaki head that subsides in a minute leaving decent lacing. big malty fruity nutty nose, sweetish herbal hops, and hint of caramel on the edge. Follows the nose, with great layers of flavor, the caramel malts are there but stays on the edge, a fruity (apple, plum, raisin), nutty core with some herbal hoppiness keeping things lively. Moderate body, medium carbonation, a little lively, and kind of dry at the end.

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Photo of kguard
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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