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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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BA SCORE
73
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rust Belt Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: donteatpoop on 08-07-2009)
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Photo of Ryan011235
1.5/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter on 1/7/10

Dense ruby color with crimson highlights. Very nice, sharp color. 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly to a skim. Swirling brings it back, but retention remains weak. Sparse lacing.

Very doughy bread aroma with abundant yeast notes. In fact, it basically smells like unbaked bread dough. Notions of caramelized sugars waft about. Are there any hops in this critter? It's like the nose has a void where some hops should have been.

This tastes bad. As if the nose wasn't questionable enough, here is what I have to presume passes for acceptable flavor. At least the aromas was weird enough to be sort of interesting. This is just a just a bland mix of yeasty dough, watery caramel & something that I reckon is supposed to pass for hops. What a let down.

The feel is about as watery as you can get & still be medium bodied. Carbonation is very low. Ghosts of flavor that could have been haunt on the finish.

Each category is progressively worse. There are basically no redeeming qualities. No complexity. It tastes like flat, watered down Pepsi. Add some hops, a decent malt bill & an actual shot or two of rust water & this might be tolerable. Damn near a drain pour.

Ryan011235, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

avalon07, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Eldalonde
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Eldalonde, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
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

brentk56, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of mortarit
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

mortarit, Aug 03, 2010
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.

mtnbikerpa, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

MbpBugeye, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

goblue3509, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of kegger22
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

kegger22, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
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!

bigdeuce, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of foggymountainman
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%
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!

foggymountainman, Feb 15, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

endincolorado, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Otesanek
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Otesanek, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

donteatpoop, Aug 07, 2009
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Rusted River Irish Red Ale from Rust Belt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.