Madison River Brewing Company - Irresistible Amber Ale
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 28
Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Special B, Crystal 60, Carapils
Hops: Magnum, Glacier, Mt. Hood
Amber ales come in many different varieties and attitudes. This attractive, hazy brew is of the more malt-oriented persuasion, offering up prominent aromas of caramel, toasted grain, bread dough, and graham cracker, with an overall lightly sweet impression. On the palate, expect toasty caramel flavors to take center stage with notes of brown sugar and an underlying mild fruitiness that hints at raisin (a calling card of Special B malt). The hop presence is certainly not overpowering, allowing the malt character to take center stage, but there’s a nice lightly bitter counterpoint to the beer’s moderate sweetness. We recommend serving this brew on the warmer end of our temperature range where all the flavors can come through strong and in concert, and perhaps in the company of pizza or Mexican cuisine.
Madison River Brewing Company got its start in 2004 when founder and brewmaster Howard McMurry bought the brewery building and equipment of Moab Brewing in Belgrade, MT. Originally in business as a contract brewer producing beer for a few other local brewing companies, Howard was working toward the goal of establishing his own brand. In 2005, the proper state licensing came through and Madison River was granted the rights to begin producing beer under their own label.
Situated in Montana’s Gallatin Valley, in the southwest portion of the state, Belgrade sits in close proximity to the Madison River, which Howard chose to honor with his brewery’s name. A tributary of the Missouri, the Madison River is one of the premier fly fishing waterways in the world, a fact that inspires most of the names of Madison River’s beers (we have to admit we weren’t sure what to make of names like Green Emerger and Yellow Humpy until we learned that last tidbit).
Initially Madison River’s beers were available only on tap in local watering holes, but in September of 2006, Hopper Pale Ale and their current flagship (and one of this month’s features) Salmon Fly Honey Rye entered the market in bottles to the delight of thirsty beer lovers across the state. The company has experienced steady growth and as of 2012, their lineup has expanded to seven year-round brews as well as up to ten different seasonals. Madison River’s beers can be found throughout Montana, as well as portions of Wyoming, Idaho, and North Dakota.
For more info on the brewery or their taproom, you can reach them at 406-388-0322 or visit their website at www.madisonriverbrewing.com.
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