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Rivet - Tin Man Brewing Company

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10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 40.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tin Man Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Highstplz on 02-13-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 63
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Tall can poured into a mug. Looks like moderately strong tea, orange-brown with a small amount of off-white head. Aroma is massive butterscotch toffee, raisins, nougat, vague ephemeral brown spice, and a tinge of earthy tea-like hops ... Decent amount of diacetyl going on here and the palate follows suit. Butterscotch pudding, dry pecans, and weak black tea plus another whiff of the aforementioned brown spice. Some citrus notes emerge over time, perhaps the Willamette hops? I appreciate the flavors here, I do. The body of the beer seems off, however ... Like its too light for such sweet malt flavors and I am left with this curious empty sensation after a sip. Quite fizzy as well. Finish is nothing special, some tea-like hops that fail to completely cut the sweet malts. Although I am not wild about the mouthfeel, this brew seems to garner worse ratings here than I'd condone.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz single can, round 2 of this northern half-breed American's trip through his American import collection. I continue to like the spaced-out Bender Rodriguez robot in this brewery's logo.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a near-solid array of bleeding high-altitude cloud lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of biscuity, grainy caramel malt, with a touch of crystallized toffee, mushed apples, a hint of generic citrus, and peppy earthy, leafy, and somewhat grassy hops - very ESB-esque, actually. The taste is sweet caramel malt, with enough sassy biscuit and toffee notes to avoid that certain ennui, muddled, understated orchard fruit, and fairly AWOL (relative to the nose, anyway) earthy, kind of weedy, grassy hops.

The bubbles are very much on the down-low, with just the basest of support fulfillment, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt standing up through it all, idiosyncrasies intact, while the soft earthy, leafy hops keep their heads down in their seeming drudgery.

Tin Man seems mostly capable of making beers that lean towards the mean, and this offering is the bulls-eye on that particular metaphoric board. Easy to drink, the hops nothing less than what was promised, and worthy of a few rounds, I would imagine.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of mbratt93
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of secondtooth
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the pint can an attractive ruby-amber, with a fine head of off-white suds. Superb and thick spider-web lacing. Nice!

Nose is caramel malts, biscuity, and toffee-like. Not bad.

Taste is chewy toffee maltiness, with a little toasty caramel in there. This one is easy to drink, and probably my favorite of Tin Man's initial 3 canned offerings.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, which isn't as good as the draft version, this delivers a deep roasted grain flavor. I get some chocolate malt, which seems unusual, nutty pecan, molasses, barley, toast, light bitterness and tea leaves.

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Photo of Highstplz
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Distinctive color giving the appearance of a promising "Red"

S - The promise of the appearance was not met with the scent. Lacked depth.

T - Average at best. The caramel was faint.

F - Thin. Not watery, but not complete.

O - The spark that you expect from successful Micro Brews was lacking. Rivet is worth a second chance, but there are better options. That being said, the atmosphere at the brewery / eatery is inviting.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of kilobees
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jared_Guillaume
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Threlly
3.76/5  rDev +15%

Photo of UBrew1984
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of redluvr
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's nice to know that the classics aren't quite dead yet. In the capable hands of Tin Man, a return to the traditional Irish Red Ale is a much needed get-back-to-basics moment.

Amber brown and with a ruddish and rusty quality, the ale pours with a modest haze, a sterling carbonated bounce and a creamy ecru foam stance. Mild aromatics of bread crust, toasted peanut, caramelized grain and a light floral action rounds out the scent while its initial taste is creamy, semi-sweet caramel, supple savory toast, and light cola-nut robustness.

As the palate acclimates, the masculine malt base levels out and its more robust hints of cocoa and coffee emerge from the resilient toasted grains. Creamy, smooth but trending dry, a late charge of pepper, slight char and starchy breadiness round out the somber balance to close.

Medium-bodied and trailing with a creamy-dry texture, the beer's friendly creaminess and toastiness makes for a highly forgiving option for a wide array of food pairing options, but also carrying enough culinary art on its own to suffice for a stand-along session all to itself.

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Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Rivet from Tin Man Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.