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Rust Belt - Sprague Farm & Brew Works

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Rust Belt
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BA SCORE
86
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprague Farm & Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jockstrappy:
Photo of jockstrappy
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this brew at the Venango Valley Inn, just a few miles down the road from the brewery. This one pours a cloudy copper color, with a creamy beige head that retained itself for a good while. Subtle combination of sweet malt in the nose, and a slight floral hop note as well. Taste is a very nice combination of caramel and toasted malt flavors, and a crisp floral hop punch that gives this beer a balance that is sensational. Very slippery on the palate, and VERY drinkable! Getting this beer so close to it's source probably helped, but in any case, this beer is stellar! Can't wait to get my growlers filled at the brewey the next time I'm in town!

jockstrappy, Mar 26, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbansurfer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth ale that has a nice hint of bitterness.
Has always had a nice amber head every time I have downed one.
Dark rust color- most of the time it is pretty opaque; in a good way for an ale.
Evidence of hops- but not enough to scare away the timid.
i would estimate that it is a heavy ale and that you need to mix a glass of water for every 2.5 beers.

Careful out at the farm or your friend might need to help you home
I swear there is more alcohol in these brews than is advertised and more than it seems like. Too much mixing and matching at Sprague's can ruin your bad reputation!

Turbansurfer, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of DoUhave
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DoUhave, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of drperry11
4/5  rDev +3.1%

drperry11, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into your glass with a deep copper color with a generous amount of head. Strong pine and citrus scents are evident. The taste is pretty hop forward for a Amber ale in my thoughts. Hops are strong grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and this one is very easily drinkable. This by far has to be my favorite Sprague beer.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of HurricaneCamille
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

HurricaneCamille, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Deuane
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gee, a lot of glowing reviews for this one but I found it to be quite simple and ordinary. Maybe I failed at having it after my IPA and the flavourful M.L.B.?

A-Dark copper with a thin, light tan head. Reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Light malt sweetness and a touch of spicy grapefruit. Nothing crazy here but decent.

T-Somewhat thick, mildly robust with a nice floral, leafy, aspect. Then....fades to nothing. I was totally let down with the micro second burst of interest. I even put M'eh in my notes as far as the taste was concerned.

M-The star of this beer with a medium body that seems more robust than it really is.

D-Again, maybe my selection of drinking order hurt this beer. I will have to give it another try during a future visit to see if this is true. I simply did not find this one overly complex or interesting.

Deuane, May 18, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin creme head. Flavor is hearty. Thick, meaty, floral, leafy, and what I expect an amber to be. Robust and complex. I like. I like much. Feel is thicker on the liquid body. Carbonation is lower but gives enough of a boost to the feel. This is a good amber. A very good amber. When I saw that the score for the beer after 2 reviews was an A+, I was really interested to see what I thought of this one. I was not disappointed. I'm lucky to be able to try this one. If you have a chance to do the same, take it.

Easily a top 10 amber when it has enough reviews. Soooo... How far is Venango from NYC???

RblWthACoz, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of ShadyJay
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ShadyJay, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer that I ordered at this small brewery. The color was a deep red and had a decent hop character to the smell. The taste reminded me a little bit of Arrogant Bastard with it's grapefruit like hoppiness. Head retention was a bit off and only lasted a short while. The balance was pretty good but did tend to favor the hop end of things, not that I minded though. Overall this is a great beer from a great small brewery and can't wait to get back to drink this one again.

Rhynes2, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
Rust Belt from Sprague Farm & Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.