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
okay

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: donteatpoop on 08-07-2009

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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 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 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 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 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.

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