The Great Brew Tour beer of the week is Über Alt from Rush River Brewing in nearby River Falls, Wisconsin.
Über Alt is the second beer that I’ve tried from Rush River. Small Axe Golden Ale, which I was not impressed with at all, was the first. Über Alt couldn’t be more different.
The aroma of the Über Alt was very nice. There was a malty/sweet backbone that was well complimented by notes of fruit and a hint of hops. I also noted a faint hint of alcohol.
The taste of this brew is incredible. The flavor matches the aroma quite well. The beer is held up by a strong sweet and malty taste. The high alcohol content (8.5% ABV) is also evident in the flavor. This beer is listed at 40 IBUs, but I don’t taste it. There is a detectable hop flavor in this brew, but it definitely takes a back seat to the malt and alcohol. There is a sweet caramel taste along with some warming in the Über Alt that is very enjoyable.
As I was drinking this one, I couldn’t help but think it might be even better if it had been purchased fresh and cellar aged for a while. I know when I homebrew, the high alcohol beers I make can really benefit from aging at cool temperatures. They seem to mellow out and get a little more complex.
I wouldn’t do this with this purchase, though. I bought this beer in August. Rush River lists this as an April through July offering. What I plan on doing is picking up a 6-pack of this next April and letting it rest in the cellar for another 6 months or so.
For me, winter is the time of year I really enjoy the sweet, malty, strong beers. Summer is a time when I like to seek out lighter ales and hoppy offerings. For my taste, the Über Alt would be better suited for winter.
For as much as I liked this beer, don’t be surprised if I review an aged version of the Über Alt again in January of 2013.
I highly recommend trying the Über Alt, but would also recommend waiting until the new batch comes out in the spring. If you’re finding it in stores now, it’s been sitting around for quite a while.
Next week’s beer is Good Old Potosi from the Potosi Brewing Company. This is a brew that you can get in Minnesota. If you get a chance, go get yourself one and let me know what you think.