Rusted River Irish Red Ale - Rust Belt Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +33.3%
Being from the Youngstown area originally, i had to try this beer. i got a 22oz bottle and shared it with a lady. the head could be more sustained and no lacing. it is a handsome beer when poured. dark red, can't see through it too easily. the smell is delicious, a nice cereal grain to it, dusty in a good way. taste is more of the same, malty creamy, which brings me to the mouth feel, smooth with a crisp finish to it on the tounge. i could really drink this all night. if i were sitting in a bar in downtown youngstown, i know i'd have to be drinking heavily, this would definitly be a pint i'd be working on. lets turn youngstown around with beer!
02-15-2010 22:45:28 | More by foggymountainman
4/5 rDev +30.7%
Poured from a bomber sized bottle into a pint glass with an enormous head. Dark brown color with a small amount of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Strong caramel malty flavor. Very flavorful beer. I am not going to have a hard time finishing this beer.
07-10-2010 16:27:41 | More by mtnbikerpa
3.95/5 rDev +29.1%
I would have to say the only uninteresting quality of this beer is it has very little head and only a bit of lacing on the glass. Who cares, though, right? I am also not so sure what "style" the beer should be classified under. It is very creamy and extremely smooth. Almost an applely-caramel palate but not cloying. Extremely easy to drink, I will get more. Slight twangy bitterness at the end, maybe fuggles hopped? Medium bodied and extremely tasty. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Good job, Rust Belt!
02-17-2010 00:18:20 | More by bigdeuce
3.73/5 rDev +21.9%
When poured nice frothy head of tan, dark ruby red in color with no lacing on glass. Upon pour, looking at beer looks delicious and inviting
Rich roasted malts are the first thing that hit you then the light hoppy notes appear as they smell just beautiful.
The taste is of rich roasted malts as well then some hops lights in the back with subtle uprising saying here we are don't forget us.
Mouth feels is a bit watery and thin but still refreshing around the campfire .
Overall I guess it is a good beer, very drinkable and pleasant experience, will definitely look this 1 up again good beer overall.
06-25-2012 02:15:44 | More by nukem5
3.7/5 rDev +20.9%
[edited after retasting and retasting many many times again]
It's nice to see a brewery in Youngstown again. The brewmaster of this place used to be a brewmaster at Penn Brewing, so I was excited to try this. They also have a blonde ale, but the place I went to only had the red
Poured a nice dark maroon color with a nice finger of pinkish-tanned head resting atop it. The head didn't last too long, but it was there long enough.
Smells of spiced carmel malts and light underlying hoppy notes.
The had a great earthy malt character, a perfect adaption to the traditional style. I'm not sure if they worked on the recipe, but it's much better than my previous rating of the beer.
Both thick and thin at the same time, a waterey earth malty taste form a strage concoction in the mouth. No real carbonation impact on the palate, no after taste at all.
This is now a regular of mine. I had previously marked it low, but found myself drinking it more and more and thought something must be going on and rerated it. I'm not sure if they changed something or if my tastes have changed but this is a very good Irish Red Ale.
NOTE: This is also a great beer to cook with. Made a steak marinade with this and a pork tenderloin; both came out really well and I plan on making them again in the future.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-11-2009 06:30:52
Upon trying this from the bottle, I am certain that the tap lines at the bar I visited were not being kept up properly because the bottle was a much better experience than this.
I'll undoubtedly be altering this review the next time I find it on tap.
08-07-2009 06:28:11 | More by donteatpoop
3.6/5 rDev +17.6%
bottle poured into a pint glass.
The appearance of this beer is a deep and rich looking reddish brown color. The head vanished extremely quickly and left no lacing or residual head. The smell is of sugary sweetness. The flavor is a hearty and full flavored caramel and strawberry twizzler like flavor. It lingers on the tongue for quite a while but doesn't seem to evolve too much. It tastes rather musty in the beginning. The mouthfeel is a little more oily and thick than other Irish reds I have had. I enjoy it. This is a a simple ale but I feel that it is one of their better beers. It is rather one dimensional but still extremely enjoyable.
02-19-2012 15:41:41 | More by jifigz
3.6/5 rDev +17.6%
Funny I have Irish blood in me but I have never really liked any Irish beers.
Red ales never have been the for front of my tasting regime but from time to time I like to pick one up on occasion for reminder sake.
A dark murky red so that not common to me, so points given there.
Has little head and leaves quickly too, so deduct a little bit.
Smell has some strengh so add a point.
I have to say that this beer represent it style really well for being Irish Red Ale. I feel that I am becoming a little Irish now. One try atleast for this one.
08-03-2010 13:58:15 | More by mortarit
3.53/5 rDev +15.4%
22oz bottle at 50°F into a 22oz snifter, but not all at once. 1/8" khaki head blinks out of existence leaving behind a ring and some lonely splotches. Lace takes a few lazy seconds to slide back down the glass into the beer. The lack of head could have hurt my score for appearance, but the color is so amazing I don't even care about the head. A wonderful garnet jewel-tone red, and crystal clear. Aroma is sweet but light. Faint toasty malts and some nondescript reddish fruit. Flavor is nice and round, sorta jammy, and quite a bit toasty. Finishes well with a stony dryness. There's a light hop bitterness, herbal/vegetal. Tiny hint of alcohol and spice in the long finish. Mouthfeel is fine, light, dry with a moderate carbonation. Drinkablity is pretty high, low alcohol and a nice crisp sweetness helps this go down easily.
11-29-2009 16:19:47 | More by Otesanek
3.5/5 rDev +14.4%
light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.
Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time
09-18-2011 04:42:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.43/5 rDev +12.1%
Bomber bottle with nice graphics on the label, lots of stuff to read.
Pours a dark copper, soapy off-white head soon disappears. Smell is fruitcake, sweet and bready. Taste starts off a little bitter and morphs into toasty mellow malts. Finishes bitter, but also thin and a bit dry. Decent red ale, but I'm wanting just a bit more body in this one.
09-27-2010 17:33:57 | More by sixerofelixir
3.35/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a hazy copper with a decent, cream-white head that sticks around for long enough. A good amount of lace. Haze not due to cold, and i'm pretty sure this isn't bottle-fermented, so i'm not sure what's going on here.
Aromas of some faint caramel malt, dry grain and some ripe fruit (banana?) followed by a bit of earthy hops.
More caramel malt in the flavor, as well as an earthier hop taste and some faint fruit.
Mouthfeel is a little too thin for comfort, though carbonation is about right.
Though unimpressive overall, this one's refreshing enough and a decent red ale for the price.
11-30-2009 03:29:51 | More by endincolorado
3.35/5 rDev +9.5%
Bubbly reddish-brown brew. Layer of head held in check. 3.5
Toasted malts and faint hickory. Mild fruity sweetness in the back. 3.0
Super-toasty with some toffee bark sweetness. A little attenuated, but pretty tasty. Slightly metallic in the finish, but a true earthy hop flavor pulls everything together. 3.5
Medium and wet. Milder than average carb. Sucks down alright. 3.0
First Rust Belt beer. Nothing special. I'll continue to peruse their lineup. 3.5
06-24-2012 00:33:52 | More by thecheapies
3.28/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy consistency. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.
S: An underplayed, almost faint aroma of malt, caramel and bread.
T: Tasted of caramel and malt up front with a touch of biscuit, but the finish was thin and watery. Way too uneven.
M: An OK amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Not a horrible beer, just not particularly memorable.
08-13-2010 12:14:16 | More by avalon07
3.25/5 rDev +6.2%
First off, nice picture, who ever uploaded it. This is my first beer from Rust Belt.
A- Not much head but there is still a very thin film. The beer is a clear, fizzy deep red.
S- Nice smell. Lots of rich malts. Dark fruits (raisins), some chocolate. Hops are light and floral with a little bit of lemon.
T- The lemon from the hops comes out a lot in the taste. Malts are just about what the smell is suggesting.
M- Thin and overly carbonated. A drying finish.
06-30-2010 03:55:29 | More by MbpBugeye
3.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Appears a deep ruby red deep amber, large off white light khaki head forms thick and dwindles slow leaving behind speckled lacing. I guess the old brewer from Penn is up in Youngstown at the old B& O brewpub working it production style, I wonder what he is going to do now that Tom Pastorious is back at the helm in the Burgh.
Aroma is very muted mild sweetness and toasted malt character from the darker malts used in this Irish Red ale, a mild fruitiness with a sharp metallic mineral character pretty clean other than that.
Flavor is weird with a slight sliced apple tartness that dwindles and fades with roasted malt character. A touch of caramel but everything fades quickly and doesn't leave behind much on the palate. A grainy carbonated lifelessness with an almost rusty mineral flavor in each sip.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is a bit much after half the 22 ounce portion is poured. I'm not a fan of the finish on this beer it's hard to tell why, just the way the flavors fade and finish grainy and off falling flat much like the new version of Penn Dark brewed at the Lion in Wilkes Barre, PA. Sorry Penn I had to throw that in there again!
Drinkability is pretty weak not a beer I'm yearning for it's pretty middle of the road for craft beer so far only three beers out from these guys I hope the other two do better for them.
12-13-2009 06:04:16 | More by WVbeergeek
3.05/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a deep amber to reddish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small whiskey and caramel like malt. In the taste, a small caramel roast and a small taste of whiskey. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet malt in the aftertaste. It is kind of all over and can't decide which way to go.
02-27-2012 17:24:19 | More by OWSLEY069
Rusted River Irish Red Ale from Rust Belt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.