Rusted River Irish Red Ale - Rust Belt Brewing Company

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Rusted River Irish Red AleRusted River Irish Red Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Rust Belt Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: donteatpoop on 08-07-2009

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 30
Photo of foggymountainman
4.07/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of nukem5
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[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.

Photo of mortarit
3.58/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jifigz
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Otesanek
3.51/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of endincolorado
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear ice tea brown with a thin cap that pancakes the liquid; very little lace

Smell: Loads of caramel, with a grainy element underneath

Taste: Caramel, up front, with the grainy flavors arriving by mid-palate; the finish is rather aqueous

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; rather flabby

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a nice crossover beer; the flavors are on-style but the mouthfeel problems need to be fixed for this beer to be deserving of a higher score

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes."

--W.C. Fields

Closer to pomegranate than persimmon with bright tangerine trim. A less than expansive golden ecru colored cap was produced on the increasingly elevated pour. The foam looks acceptable enough, doesn't deflate too quickly, and manages to lay down a little bit of sudsy lace.

The nose is too low on power. That said, it has the toasted and somewhat earthy-nutty characteristics of the style. Munich is almost certainly one member of the malt bill... and hops aren't appreciated.

Simply put, Rusted River Irish Red Ale is an average Irish red ale. A shortage of malt (in what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style) is what's holding it back the most. A little sweetness would be nice, as would bolder and deeper flavor.

The rundown includes steely caramel, toasted bread, a surprising amount of tea leafiness and a passing glance of ale yeast fruitiness. That all sounds well and good, but it doesn't come together like it should. Again, more malt would probably fix it right up. Or would at least move it in the right direction. Warming brings an inappropriate lemon juiciness into play.

The mouthfeel doesn't even make it to the low bar of average. It's so lacking in substance that Light Irish Red comparisons would not be out of line. The bubbles are both sharp and short-lived, which doesn't help.

It looks like Rust Belt Brewing is celebrating its first anniversary this month. I wish them all the success in the world, but they're going to have to brew better beer than this in order to flourish in a state in which good stuff from Great Lakes and Hoppin' Frog (and a whole lot else) is so readily available.

Photo of kegger22
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rust Belt Rusted River Irish Red Ale was a dull brown color with a one finger beige head that showed little retention.

The aroma was that of a copper penny, which was at least consistent with the rust belt image, in my mind.

The taste was hardly there at all. There was some malt, so light I couldn't pin it down any closer. Low on sweet and not a bit of hops to be tasted. I did find a diet cola after taste that did not help the flavor at all.

The mouth feel was somewhere between light and medium bodied, with low carbonation.

Drinkability was not good; I will finish the bomber, but don't really want too.

In a word: Insipid. The only other Irish red's I've had (Brian Boru & Conway's Irish), left me expecting a lot more, though I do realize we are not talking about 3F or GL here.

Late note: Even though the suggested serving temperature was 40-45 degrees, I found the flavor and mouth feel to have improved as it warmed even more. Unfortunately, not enough to save it.

Photo of goblue3509
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a skim head that leaves little to no lacing present. The aroma is faint and it smells like a caramel malt or sweet malt. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with some hints of sweet malt and nuttiness. The mouthfeel is low carbonatation and slightly creamy. The drinkability is okay, the taste is average. You could drink it absolutely, but it doesnt do much to make you crave and want it.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

An eerie, near post-apocalyptic label; dark, blood red tones, foreboding.

Appearance - the beer is a reddish amber, like a dark iced tea. Three fingers of tan head fade back to about a quarter-inch and hold. A few strays rises of lace.

Aroma - slightly fruity and roasty at first, but settles into a bready, slightly sour aroma, even a breathy alcohol note with warming.

Taste - mild roasty grain, and just as mild of a hop kiss. The flavor is watery, lacking depth. I know it shouldn't be pegging the flavor registers necessarily, but this comes across as a Killian's Light or something. The lighter flavor allows the grain to win on the aftertaste as opposed to the roast character, a critical miss for me. The finish does it no harm but offers no help. The beautiful label art left me utterly disappointed with the taste. While I do notice some improvement with some warmth, this isn't a style that generally sits around in the glass.

Mouthfeel - it's too bad about the flavor, because the mouthfeel here is superb IMO. Very smooth for an Irish Red. Crisply carbonated for a fine, refreshing feel. A nice fluffy but creamy brew.

Drinkability - while I too salute the steel industries past of Mahoning Valley, I would guess the intensity of their laborers exceeded the intensity of this bottle's contents. Not a bad beer, just disappointingly average and light tasting.

Photo of mpcrump
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into pint glass. Nice deep ruby color. Very full tan head.

S: Mild with a bit of caramel and biscuits.

T: Tasted of biscuits but quickly finished off as bland and watery.

M: Started out with an average amount of carbonation and finished dry.

D: Average at best. Starts out real nice but finishes quickly and very mildly. Almost seems watered down at the end.

I stopped by a store looking for an Irish Red like Brian Boru. It's hard to find Irish Red's other than Sam Adams or Brian Boru around here. They didn't have Brian and I thought I'd try this.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues throughout. Provides a thick tan foam head with moderate retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: Some mild dark fruits and bread. Does not get more intense and more flavors are not revealed as it warms.

T: Starts off bready and grainy and that taste lasts throughout. There is some very light dark fruit such as prunes or raisins that comes through toward the back end. Not offensive taste, just not enough of it.

M: A thin mouthfeel with nothing really left on the palate to savor.

O: My first Rust Belt Brew. Was intrigued by the art work for the brew. The taste was not offensive just extremely mild. Needs more flavor.

Photo of Buggies
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light aromas of caramel, toasted grains and fruit. Also a light metallic like aroma too. Really nothing there.

Taste is pretty unimpressive. The first sip reveled a slight sour twang which wasn't noticeable afterwards. Some really upfront fruity notes which dominate I think. Also some dark roasted malt flavors too. Really thin. Almost to the point that is feels watery.

Overall, I'd stay away from this one. Really nothing there. Tastes bland and unremarkable.

Photo of Eldalonde
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep ruby color with a full pillowy tan head. The aroma is a bit mild with nice caramel malts on the nose and a touch of toasted biscuits. Not much in the way of flavor, mostly just toasted biscuits. The finish is a tad short and sweet.

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Rusted River Irish Red Ale from Rust Belt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.