Friday, August 10, 2012

Madison River Irresistible Amber Ale

Type: Amber Ale
Origin: Belgrade, MT
Price: $9/6-pack (craft beer club)
ABV: 5.5% 
NSP: 13.02

Another poorly lit photo.  Apparently I need to drink during the day more often.  Anyway, another beer style I don't like! Hooray!  This one's from the same folks who offer the Salmon Fly Honey Rye that I quite enjoyed, though, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

It's got more of that iced tea coloration that I find ever so uninviting.  And it smells quite sweet and heavy.  But there are a couple of positives to be found- namely a nice vanilla-caramel scent (which brings to mind the malt character of Great Divide Samurai, Sweetwater 420, and the beloved Lagunitas Sucks, though those are completely different styles).  And, thankfully as always, it's not musty or stale smelling.

The caramel sticks around in the flavor, though it's cut by some surprisingly sharp (especially for a basement-level 28 IBU) hop bitterness.  The hops and a fairly high carbonation level give it a light body that isn't at all evident from the nose and the color- which makes it a good thing I drank it instead of just smelling and looking at it.  The finish is nice and clean, so that's good.

Well, as you may be able to tell from the dispassionate review, while I didn't hate this I didn't really like it all that much either.  I'm sort of indifferent towards it.  If you have a cookout, and you invite me, and you have some of this around I'll happily drink it.  But don't go buying any on my account.  And there you have it- a boring review for a boring beer.

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