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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our flagship beer is 5.5% alc. Deep amber in color, and slightly cloudy, this beer is remarkably smooth. We "dry-hop" this ale in the conditioning tank meaning fresh hops are added after fermentation to steep and add a subtle fruity nose. The yeast for this beer was custom created and cultured for us by a lab in Oregon, insuring a one-of-a-kind experience found in no other micro.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (3973) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
From a bottle. Yea, fruity almost floral aroma, sweet like some flowers and olfactory goes cloying aftera few moments. Cloudy light iced tea color. Strong malty initial alky flavors. Smooth on the palate, very little co2. If this is a amber ale, its a little different fer sure. Difficult at times for this lager lover. Finish is a little tuff to deal with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
The Dan Journal #454. Tasted 2/26/11. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a golden amber hue. Off-white head. Aromas of caramel sweet breads and toasty malts. Medium to full bodied with a nice caramel malty sweetness, off-set by soapy citrus hops. This was tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber color with a soft tight soapy head that fades. Aroma is minimal malt and yeast. Taste is smooth subtle malt and leave a spice herbal hop finish. Palate is thin and yet creamy and finishes dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2011
deep amber but not cloudy, effervescent bubbles, thick creamy head. A nice malty, caramel aroma, would have liked a little hop aroma though. Nice malty flavor, a hint of citrus hop flavor. Medium body, slight hop bitter finish. Interesting, didn’t know this is what am American Amber was supposed to be like, but this one is close to spot on per the BJCP.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Cloudy amber pour with a nice off-white head. Aroma of citrus, hops and caramel. Tastes of malt and citrus with a nice balance of hops. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 On draught at the hotel bar in Rochester, MN. The beer is an orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and mild hops. Light body with flavors of sweet malt and caramel along with a bit of hops. The finish is short and malty. Average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - JUL 14, 2010
bread, hay, citrus, dough, cheese, banana, golden, amber, minimal head, clear, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, flat,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2890) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
On tap
This was the best offering at a banquet. With someone else picking up the tab I opted to get a 12 ounce pour. For a run of the mill brewery this was a decent amber ale. I would not go out of my way to track down a six pack but for a sessionable beer to pair will with a solid meal it hit the spot.

Aroma / Appearance - The oak body was the color of wet wood drying after a recent flood. Smelling like caramelized hard candy the malt profile was sweet and chewy. Balanced and smooth it was not very assertive. I almost forgot about it while eating dinner.

Flavor / Palate - Balsa wood, caramel, and malt balls tickle the senses. The impression leaves a faint mark on the throat. Light and hoppy I thought of cherry pie extract thinned down 50% with distilled water. It does not set itself apart but this is not bad for a brewery that has to compete with the likes of New Glarus Spotted Cow and Fat Squirrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, hoppy, citrus, grass and pine. Flavour is caramel, hoppy, citrus and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 22, 2009
12oz bottle.
Pours an amber orange (surprise), clear with fizzy head that doesn’t last long even as bubbles never stop streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of fresh, bitter hops reminiscent of a traditional (read: non-West-Coast) IPA. Some fruity esters in there as well. Flavor is mostly crisp hop bitterness with some pine and floral hops. Caramel malt shows up eventually. Medium body with a tingly palate. Good enough that I’d gladly drink it to support local business if Rush River were my local brewery, but not good enough to actively seek it out. In short, a competent yet unremarkable beer.

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